I'd like to invite you to join me in NYC May 27th-29th forDoGoodCon, a CONFEST celebrating social entrepreneurs who are creating sustainable change in both local and global communities through creative use of technology and design.
Warning: This is not your run-of-the mill conference. In fact, it's an ANTI conference, or what we're calling it a CONFEST. This event is about pure inspiration and celebration. No big corporate sponsorships or annoying marketing people - just folks, like you and me, who are making good things happen.
Our speakers represent a wide range of industries including technology, design, education, food, film, finance, transportation and entertainment - to name a few, all shaking it up through technology and design to create sustainable solutions that address social missions they've built into their business model.
Oh, and they are also creating jobs within their immediate environment (take that, all you politicians who are more interested in gamesmanship than in building our economy and job creation).
It's all about "place"
There will be no dreadfully depressing, over-air conditioned conference room that will have you clawing at the doors to escape. Oh, no. We're thrilled to have secured The Altman Building in Chelsea - a former 19th century carriage house with grand arched windows and vaulted brick ceilings. It will wrap you in its warm, welcoming arms. And it's an environment that we feel will encourage collaboration and connection.
Oh yes, connection. That's another way DoGoodCon is different. We're banning all annoying, hard-core marketing types. They can stay home. We're keeping the event small enough so that we can actually talk to one another and engage in meaningful exchange. We're encouraging those of you who are sincere and generous of spirit to grace us with your presence.
We hope to foster a true sense of cooperation and our goal is that aspiring social entrepreneurs leave the event with the ideas, practical solutions and contacts necessary to start their own projects.
Even if you can't be in NYC for the actual event you'll still be able to be connected and participate via our Live-Stream reward level that includes the special DoGoodCon app which will allow you to engage with the speakers, panels and participants in real time.
Are you still with me? Of course you are.
We're also super excited about our Pop Up Shop that will feature
carefully curated merchandise - a stunning showcase of Goods that Do
Good. The Pop Up will be open to the public for several days but on the
evening of Tuesday the 28th it will be open exclusively to DoGoodCon
attendees. We'll bring in bites and beverages from some of our favorite
NYC eateries and fest it up while you check out first hand how creative social
entrepreneurs bring it home.
Finally, we'll be wrapping it all up
with, what else? A wrap party.
A wrap party on a rooftop
no less. And because rooftops are only so big, and because we also have
to fit an awesome band up there - The Young Things who will be providing their sweet,
sweet sounds - we can only offer admittance to this incredible evening
to a limited number of people.
Here's how it will all shake out:
Monday May 27th: Welcome Evening featuring a special panel addressing
the particular challenges Social Entrepreneurs face.
Tuesday May 28th: First day of presentations & Exclusive
Shopping Evening at the DoGoodCon Pop Up Shop
Wednesday May 29th: Second day of presentations & Rooftop Wrap
Be sure to check out the schedule as it evolves at our official website, DoGoodConnect.com
All of our rewards are designed to give you access to DoGoodCon and to enhance your experience of the event.
EarlyBird $400 - the only way to get an early bird pass is through our kickstarter campaign. The pass includes our exclusive DoGoodCon app, built by the amazing team at Nice Agency out of London, which takes event engagement to warp speed (or hyper drive, for you Jedi's out there).
Live Stream Access$100 - If you can't be in NYC for DoGoodCon but still want to be part of the action, we will be live streaming straight to your laptop or mobile device. It will be just like being there. You'll receive our exclusive DoGoodCon app so that you can engage in real time with the attendees, speakers and panelists. And if you really want the full DoGoodCon experience...
Live Stream Survival Kit Combo $200 - This gets you everything that comes with the Live Stream reward PLUS the Survival Kit - a super cool sampling of Goods that Do Good, in which we'll include the official DoGoodConNYC shirt to sport about town. You sporty devil, you.
You can also get the Survival Kit on it's own $100
Roof Top Wrap Party Package $600 - this gets you an early bird pass to DoGoodCon PLUS admission to the exclusive Roof Top Wrap Party where you'll have the opportunity to mingle with the DoGoodCon speakers and panelists, enjoy delicious food and drink and an incredible live performance by The Young Things - one of NYC's finest. I hate to leave anybody out on this but we have size restrictions and can only fit so many people. These are going to go quickly so act fast. You don't want to miss out on this amazing evening.
Who's behind this, anyway?
I'm Alison Potvin, Founder of SheMatters. You might know me as BraveGirlNYC on twitter where I tweet about Social Entrepreurship, treehouses and my love of films. I also organized the first TwestivalSF which was a pretty great evening that raised a lot of money for Charity Water. I've just moved to New York after a stretch in San Francisco and I'm really enjoying connecting with the amazing people in my new city. DoGoodCon has been absorbing all my attention since my move, but I couldn't do it without the help of my intrepid intern, Jessica Hendrawidjaj, who, I like to call, my "Minister of Getting Things Done".
Questions, Comments, Input
DoGoodCon is a couple of months away so there's still time for YOU to tell US what you'd like out of the event. We're more than happy to take all good ideas and implement them. So make good use of the comment section below and comment away!
Risks and challenges
We've done everything we can to mitigate any risk to you with DoGoodCon. Either we reach enough people to fund the project, or we don't and we can all go back to watching Homeland. Our venue is secured, so that's not an issue. Possible road bumps may be speakers who for some reason can't travel at the given time. If that's the case, we've got backup peeps who add just as much value as the speakers listed. I've uncovered so many amazing Social Entrepreneurs while organizing this that there is an abundance of amazing folks who would happily step in.
It's possible that we may also experience some hiccups with our live streaming but we are going to select our team very carefully and will have backups in case our first selection can't deliver what we're asking.
But hey, it's my reputation on the line and I'll do everything within my power to make this a value-packed event for everyone involved.
Meow, Meow, Meow! What is it, Rufus? Did Timmy fall down the well? Oh, I see. Rufus would like to let you know that even if you can't be at DoGoodCon, for five bucks (or as Rufus refers to them, litterbox tokens) he will send you a personal shout out on twitter. As soon as he's done with his nap, that is. Plus you'll also get access to exclusive project updates.
And because he's not going to be left out of all the action, our intrepid mascot Rufus is putting together a package of his own. We're not really sure what all is going to be in it, but don't don't be too surprised if he sends you what he feels is the absolute highest expression of his appreciation - a dead mouse. AND you'll get access to exclusive project updates.
Can't be in NYC for DoGoodCon? We will be live-streaming the event directly to you wherever you might be. You'll have the opportunity to engage in real time with DoGoodCon attendees, speakers and presenters through our exclusive DoGoodCon app. Plus a shout out from Rufus and access to exclusive project updates.
DoGoodCon Survival Kit - a super cool sampling of Goods that Do Good, in which we'll include the official DoGoodConNYC shirt to sport about town. You sporty devil, you. Please specify "lady" or "gent" with your pledge.
Full Live-Stream package PLUS A DoGoodCon care package featuring merchandise from the artisans whose worlds are being rocked through the efforts of Disruptive DoGooders. You'll also score that shout out from Rufus and have access to exclusive project updates.
Early Bird CONFEST Pass Plus Rooftop Wrap Party Access -
You'll have full access to everything that comes with the Early Bird CONFEST Pass PLUS entree to our limited access Rooftop Wrap Party. Mingle above it all while the lights of Manhattan shimmer around us. You'll enjoy delicious drinks and scrumptious food and the sweet sounds of The Young Things, NYC's finest up-and-comers. These will go fast so snap one up while you can!