Ben Silbermann and Gabrielle Blair. Alt Summit Keynote, January 2014.

By Gabrielle. Images by Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit.

For those of you who follow along on my Alt Summit adventures (I’m one of the founders of Alt Summit), I’ve got some big news. We’re experimenting with a major schedule change this year. Instead of holding a mid-size conference in New York and San Francisco, we’re going to host a second flagship event in Salt Lake City — Alt SLC Summer!

Ben Silbermann and Gabrielle Blair. Alt Summit Keynote, January 2014.

As you may know, we just held a winter Alt Summit in SLC last month, and now, we’re going to host a summer version in late June. Very exciting! Our events sell out so fast, and our hope is that by hosting a second big conference — one that mirrors the flagship event in January — we’ll double the amount of attendees who can take advantage of our programming. Plus, we won’t have to grow the conference so big that it will lose its close knit feeling. If you’re interested, tickets go on sale next Monday (3/3). Find more info here.

Ben Silbermann, Sara Urquhart and Gabrielle Blair. Alt Summit Keynote, January 2014.

Another big change is that we’ll be bringing Design Camps to cities around the country. They will be intense, in-depth, 2-day workshops where we dive deep on a particular topic — like photography or Adobe Illustrator or graphic design for bloggers. Design Camps will be quite small — 40 students max. We haven’t shared much about these yet, but you can watch for details soon.

Ben Silbermann and Gabrielle Blair. Alt Summit Keynote, January 2014.

Both of these schedule changes/additions are so big that they have my stomach in butterflies! Big shifts like this in a business can be terrifying as my mind spins with questions. Will anyone sign up? Are the dates we picked going to conflict with something we haven’t even considered? Will I be able to find amazing keynote speakers? And on and on. But overall, it feels good to stretch and change and do something new.

P.S. — The photos on this post show me interviewing Ben Silbermann, the founder of Pinterest, during the closing keynote of January’s conference. Sherwin-Williams sponsored the keynote and I was so glad, because I’m a huge Sherwin-Williams fan and have been using their paint for The Treehouse. You can see a video of the keynote here.