RELEASE: Apply for RFI Scholarship to Mobile Tech Conference

Lincoln, Neb. — July 18, 2018 — The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska is offering 10 $250 scholarships for rural Nebraska community innovators to attend the 2018 MobileMe&You national conference at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Oct. 26-27, 2018.

Scholarship Application »

MobileMe&You, a journalism and technology conference hosted by Gary Kebbel of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, focuses on new and emerging tools and best practices for storytelling on mobile media. Leading experts and researchers will discuss how to inform and engage new audiences in the mobile era.

“Mobile media are becoming increasingly critical for all aspects of life in rural areas—healthcare, agriculture, entrepreneurship and education,” said Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Interim Executive Director. “When Professor Kebbel approached us about recruiting rural community leaders to attend, we jumped at the chance to partner. Our RFI scholarship awardees will certainly learn, but they will also bring extremely valuable and important perspectives to the presenters and other attendees.”

Conference speakers include:

Scholarships will be awarded based on answers to a series of questions around mobile technology use in rural communities and ideas for the future. The application is open today and will close Aug. 31, 2018. Awardees will be announced in late September.

Conference Details
Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
City Campus Union
Extended details available at mobileme-you.com.

“I think the real key with mobile media is that it reaches everyone, and in particular, those who haven’t had the benefit of the super structure that’s in the city,” Kebbel said. “When the super highway that has 15 lanes does not reach out into rural Nebraska, mobile media do.

“Through mobile media you can get information, deal with medical issues, deal with financial issues, you can conduct your life as if you had the super highway. It’s your virtual super highway—it’s essential.”

 

Promotional Soundbites

Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director, talks about the importance of mobile media in rural areas and the impact rural leaders can bring to the conference.

“Mobile media are becoming increasingly critical for all aspects of life in rural areas— healthcare, agriculture, entrepreneurship and education. Our RFI scholarship awardees will certainly learn, but they will also bring an extremely valuable and important perspective to the presenters and other attendees.” (19 seconds)

 

Gary Kebbel, professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, talks about expanding mobile media to rural Nebraska.

“I think the real key with mobile media is that it reaches everyone, and in particular, those who haven’t had the benefit of the super structure that’s in the city. When the super highway that has 15 lanes does not reach out into rural Nebraska, mobile media do. Through mobile media you can get information, deal with medical issues, deal with financial issues, you can conduct your life as if you had the super highway. It’s your virtual super highway—it’s essential.” (34 seconds)

 

He also discusses the importance of delivering stories and content on mobile media to reach audiences of the future.

“MobileMe&You is a conference that basically says, mobile media are so important to the future of reaching the new audience, young people, that you’ve got to learn to reach them where they are, on whatever device they are using, whenever they want. You’ve got to accept the fact that they are in control, and mobile me and you is going to teach you how to do that.” (21 seconds)

 

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About MobileMe&You
MobileMe&You is an information and technology conference that highlights new and innovative mobile media techniques and explores how to think differently about storytelling on mobile media platforms. The 2018 conference will be held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus, with speakers from The Washington Post, CNN, Univision, the Big Ten Network, Verizon, Quartz and more to discuss how to use technologies such as bots, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 video.
mobileme-you.com

About the Rural Futures Institute
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.
ruralfutures.nebraska.edu