Alt Summit Summer

February 28, 2014

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.

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1 Janssen February 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

This was such an exciting announcement. I was so thrilled to see it show up this week.

(And my mind is already spinning with speaker ideas – can’t wait to pitch when you open it up for panels and speakers).


2 Traci February 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Congrats! I’m curious to hear more about the classes. Will you do one on photoshop?


3 Design Mom February 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I think so! At least at some point. We’re going to announce our first 3 or 4 classes this weekend, and then add to the schedule as we secure teachers and topics and locations. Photoshop is definitely on our list of possible topics.


4 Melanie February 28, 2014 at 1:24 pm

My apologies for a completely superficial comment, but where the red shoes from? They are stunning!


5 Design Mom February 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Those shoes! They are my one pair of really luxe shoes — Louboutins. I bought them on ebay a few years ago and save them for special events. They were a bargain compared to full price, and yet, still expensive. : )


6 Jennifer February 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I was going to ask the same thing! You look absolutely stunning in all these photos and the shoes just add to the glamour!


7 anne | flax & twine February 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

That’s so funny. I was going to say the same thing – the shoes (and you!) look absolutely fabulous!!! Love them! It was my first time at the event and I enjoyed it so much!! You have built something truly incredible!


8 Azra March 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

I had to notice, you look amazing. So pretty!


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