north by north

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 will 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 Alaska.

Program Released

A draft program is available online, with confirmed speakers being added over the next month. Key features of the agenda include:

  • TED-style presentations – solution and best practice sharing from across the Arctic
  • Innovation Teams – four teams formed to address eight challenges; co-creation of solutions and opportunities
  • Fish bowl work sessions – solution creation for innovation challenges
  • Youth Innovation Challenge – rapid prototyping, pitching and awards
  • Curated Conversations – focused on features of sustainable development
  • Sustainable Arctic Award reception – presented for lifetime achievement
  • Circumpolar North Film Festival – films from around the Arctic, focused on innovation and resilience
  • Arctic Street Foods competition, resident DJs and Arctic Dance Party

Innovation Teams will address:

  • Sustainable Communities - Food and Housing
  • Affordable and Clean Energy - Renewables Deployment and Remote Solutions
  • Climate Action - Carbon Capture and Community Risk Assessment
  • Good Health and Well-Being - One Health and Culturally Driven Solutions

Together, team members will apply their sector experience, subject matter knowledge, and innovative capabilities to the challenges that each represent