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  • The Commons - The Hemmingway Room

Saturday October 15

7:45am Doors Open + Registration

8:30am The Story of Fairgoods

What does it take to go from the amazing and awesome concept stage to the finished product? Fairgoods, a cheeky and fun, type-obsessed, product-based start-up founded right here in Calgary, is going to tell us how. Lauren Stanley (Biz Boss) and Shauna Hartsook (Creative Chief) run the show and with three years behind their belt, they have more than a few stories to share. 

featuring Shauna Hartsook and Lauren Stanley

9:10am The Importance of Developing Your Personal Brand

featuring Lauren Popadiuk, Chris Pecora, Todd Macfie and Zoë Klintberg

moderated by Kait Kucy

9:45am Cool Phone Apps that Every Creative Needs

There are hundreds, if not thousands of apps to help you take better photos. But which ones will take your pics to the next level?  From filters to editing, you'll come out being a better and smarter photographer. 

featuring Chris Dowsett

10:20am So You Want To Be An Influencer?

featuring Christopher Amat, Irene Seto, Paul Conrad Schneider, Haley Salomons

moderated by Paula Worthington of North Strategic

11:10am Expert Breakout Sessions: During our three 10-minute breakout sessions, meet and greet with experts in all fields ranging from Law, PR, Art and Design. Come prepared with questions and a healthy stack of business cards.

featuring Cam Hoff (Design), Heather Buchanan (Artists + The Internet), Janine Rogan (Finance for Small Business), Lana Rogers (PR Basics), Brittany Messner (Media Kits), Anne Mckinnon (PR & Messaging), Jason Krell (PR & Messaging), Kate Klassen (Starting a Magazine), Tamara Elliott (Travel Blogging + PR) and Quita Brunt (Business Law). 

11:40am Coffee/Networking/Lunch Pickup from MADE Foods

12:00pm Lunch + Keynote Presentation - Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk

featuring Danielle Krysa of The Jealous Curator, author of Creative Block; Collage; and Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk (October 11, 2016)

12:45pm Book Signing with Danielle Krysa

1:00pm Finding Your Point of View: Aesthetic, Mandate, Voice

You can't be the next big thing if you don't have your own point of view. Lori Andrews pin points how to find and share your unique perspective through your life and career. 

featuring Lori Andrews, The 10 Cent Designer

1:45pm From Blog to Book: How Bloggers Get Published

featuring Dan Clapson, Julie Van Rosendaal, Marie Rayma, Tom Babin

moderated by Mike Morrison

2:15pm Monogram Coffee + True Buch Kombucha Networking Break (10 Minutes)

2:30pm  10 Years / 10 Lessons: UPPERCASE's slow and steady path to the next big thing

featuring Janine Vangool, founder of UPPERCASE magazine

3:10pm Creative Entrepreneurship: Built It and Will They Come?

featuring Sarah Ward (Sarah Ward Interiors), Jeremy Ho (Monogram Coffee), Kyle Chow (PLANT), Ian and Lisa Davies (Fresh Laundry and The UnCommons)

moderated by James Boettcher (Fiasco Gelato and YYCFoodTrucks)

3:40pm Networking + Coffee Break

3:55pm RUNNING A START-UP IN 2016: Poppy Barley

Kendall Barber is the co-founder of Poppy Barley, a company rethinking every step of the footwear industry. Discussing what it is like running an online start-up in 2016, Barber will share valuable take-aways about what she has learned since the company's inception.

6:00 - 8:00 pm The NEXT BIG THING Bash

Your brain is going to need a heavy dose of oxygen after a full eight hours of learning, networking and inspiration-gathering. Luckily, the NEXT BIG THING bash is being held at the greenest place in Calgary - PLANT in Inglewood! Join us for an evening of food, drinks and great conversation amongst the flora. Admission is included in ticket price.

Private event, no guests.

Location: PLANT in Inglewood, 1327 9th Avenue SE - walking distance from The Commons

Sunday October 16 - WORKSHOPS

11:00am Stop Taking Selfies: Learn to Shoot Yourself Like a Pro

hosted by Lori Andrews at The 10 Cent Studio, 1322 15th Ave SW - Top Floor

A one-hour hands-on course to learn to take better photos of yourself with your phone. Class will guide you through all aspects of in-phone camera use from using self timers for professional looking headshots to getting better angles for OOTD images. Lighting techniques, inexpensive tripod recommendations, on the fly techniques and in-camera post process apps will be discussed. Recommended apps to download in advance - A Color Story and Spring. Come dressed to impress and you will walk away with a flattering new social media headshot that you took yourself.

One hour class. Limited to 20 people. $40.00 per person. Tickets available here.