CHARLOTTE – With less than 100 days to go until the 2012 Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, convention officials today unveiled a new website at www.demconvention.com, which will help enable this convention to be the most open and accessible in history. The new website will be a critical part of a broad digital media effort that will engage Americans across the country in the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
“Whether you’re in Charlotte or anywhere else in the country or the world, our new website provides Americans with new and innovative ways to join the conversation and participate in the convention,” said Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan. “Demconvention.com will help tell the story of the convention to those who can’t physically be in attendance and engage more Americans than ever before, making this the most open and accessible convention in history”
The new website incorporates interactive tools and social media integration to help bring Americans together to engage in a conversation leading up to and during the convention. This integration makes it easier for users to view updates from our Twitter feed, YouTube videos and Flickr photos. The site will provide more interactivity allowing users to watch a live stream of official convention proceedings and share photos, videos and ideas about the convention.
Other features of the website include: a new blog that will be updated regularly to provide the latest information on logistics, including a unique look behind the scenes of convention planning; a timeline which allows users to explore the long history of conventions; a communities section to highlight how the convention relates to Americans of all backgrounds; and a delegate map that will allow people to follow the delegate selection process.
The website will also serve as a portal for all things convention related, from a countdown clock to information on logistics, credentials, media walkthroughs and housing.
The DNCC worked with Raleigh-based small business, Business Empire Consulting (BEC), to re-launch the website. In April, the DNCC announced BEC as the website services vendor to be responsible for providing web design, development and production services.
The website is only one part of the effort to make this the most open and accessible convention in history. In January, the DNCC announced changes to the convention format and venues that will allow more Americans to participate than ever before. The convention will be shortened to three days, allowing Labor Day to be used to host a free and open to the public family –friendly festival at Charlotte Motor Speedway celebrating the Carolinas, Virginia and the South. In the final day of the convention, President Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium, allowing thousands of everyday Americans to attend and participate. Additionally, for the first time in history, the convention is not accepting cash donations from corporations, lobbyists and PACs, and limiting individual donations to $100,000, and is engaging in an aggressive grassroots fundraising program, allowing more Americans to be involved.