I am pleased to announce that Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer of NBC News, will be among the keynote speakers at a two-day conference on the state of online video at the W Retreat and Spa in Vieques, a small island off the eastern shore of Puerto Rico.

See the latest update on speakers for the conference.

Each attendee will have the opportunity to participate in one of several panels or in a dialogue with our moderators. The panels will be taped and published on Beet.TV and throughout our syndication network.

The event will be both a comprehensive exploration of our fast-changing industry as well as an extraordinary networking opportunity with the top publishers, network executives, journalists, technologists and advertising executives from around the globe.

Helping moderate will be Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of MIT’s Technology Review. Very pleased to have MIT’s venerable publication as our media partner.

Why Vieques? 

My wife and I have owned a home on the island since 2004. We get down there several times a year and take great pleasure in sharing the place with friends and colleagues. We are island boosters. I publish (intermittently) a video blog about the island called Vieques.TV.

Above I’ve embedded a video I made of the island’s wild horses enjoying mangoes by the beach, one of our island’s many wonders.

The Conference

The conference begins on Friday afternoon, March 16, and ends on Saturday. 

Spouses, partners or traveling pals are welcome to attend the social events, as are children.

There is a registration fee of $750.

Logistics and Transportation

Attendees need to fly to San Juan International. There are many  direct flights from U.S. cities via JetBlue, Delta, Continental, American and others. From Europe, there are direct flights from London Gatwick (BA) and Madrid (Iberia).

Vieques is about 25 minutes by a small prop engine plane from San Juan International. The plane tickets are about $200 roundtrip. We recommend Cape Air, Vieques Airlink and Seaborne.

There is also a ferry which located in Fajardo, about a 1:15 drive, $75 cab ride from the airport.  The ferry is $2.00.  (You can’t bring a car over on the ferry.)

Hotels and other Lodging

The W is providing us a generous room discount.  They are holding rooms for us at special room rate of $299 per night until the end of January. 

There are small, less pricey inns and guest houses, which we recommend. Also, if you are a family or coming with another couple, renting a house is an option. Some places we suggest are:

Malacon House
, modern guest house in Esperanza
Hix Island House, high design ecotourism
Hacienda Tamarindo, old fashion Caribbean inn
Casa Casadas, small and dramatic b&b
Villa Venti, small, modern and cool b&b

You can find a number of houses for rent on VRBO.

Also, it would be advisable and fun to rent a Jeep. Avis is the only major brand to rent vehicles on the island. There are several smaller agencies. For those who don’t want to drive, transportation will be provided.

Please check back to this page for updates and information.

To register, please make your request to info@beet.tv

Best regards,



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