North by North

SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 27-29, 2018

The “North by North Festival” captures the spirit of Alaska and the Arctic – to address our challenges and opportunities with northern innovation and resilience, to build on a rich history and to ensure a prosperous future. Quite simply, the North by North Festival is “for the North, by Northerners”. These concepts are critical to our citizens, communities, and companies and align with goals of resilience, livability and growth. The North by North Festival will bring innovators from across Alaska, the nation and other Arctic regions to collaborate and address local and circumpolar challenges that can be addressed with process and technological innovation. We hope to see, as outcomes, solutions and policy-relevant findings that will be delivered globally to northern governments and organizations; strong business-to-business relationships develop that result in partnerships; and public awareness heightened related to the state of innovation in the North.

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Activities over the course of the weekend include:

  • TED-Style Talks
  • Panel Discussions
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Workshops
  • Work Session

The Festival will be:

  • Music Infused – musicians from across the Arctic will perform at times that inspire the conversation, will participate in thematic discussions, and at least one large public event
  • Film Inspired – films produced across the Arctic will be included in the 2nd Annual Circumpolar North Film Festival, responding to one of the four themes. Film festival directors and producers will participate in dialogue throughout the weekend, and shorts will inform the discussion.
  • Food Fueled – northern inspired street food, lunches and other meals will be delivered by a circumpolar network of chefs, many of whom will be participating in the Festival and competing using local Alaska products, including seafood

A youth track is being developed to include future innovators and resilience-builders.

Call for Participation

We are inviting participation from across Alaska and the Arctic, individuals who are experts in their field and interested in problem-solving and international collaboration. Four teams will be created and together they will apply their sector experience, subject matter knowledge, and innovative capabilities to challenges that each represent.

Teams will be announced by January 15, 2018. Participants should expect to spend the week in Anchorage, Alaska, from April 23 to 29, 2018. Teams will collaborate virtually the month prior. From April 27-29, 2018, teams will engage in public dialogue and presentations reporting outcomes.

The four innovation challenge areas are chosen from the Sustainable Development Goals and based on their applicability to Alaska and opportunity to see innovation applied in a northern context.

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Climate Action
  • Good Health and Well-Being

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