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.
Activities over the course of the weekend include:
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.
Program Draft and Registration Open
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
Registration options are online for an expected 300-400 participants from all eight nations, across the US and Alaska.