The 99U Conference remains steadfast in its mission: to arm you with battle-tested insights to help you build an incredible creative career. When you spend each day pushing your ideas across the finish line, it can be hard to think critically about the “why” and “how” of your day-to-day. This is why, each year, we gather 1,000 members of the 99U community at Lincoln Center in New York City for the annual 99U Conference—to give you a chance to take a step back and analyze your life’s work critically, with the help of the most prolific doers in the world.
What do I get with my 99U Conference ticket?
- Hear 12+ serial idea executors distill their creative process and business approaches in captivating keynote talks from the main stage. Speakers will be announced in early 2016. Past speakers have included: Stewart Butterfield, Stefan Sagmeister, Jason Fried, Jack Dorsey, Paula Scher, John Maeda, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Baratunde Thurston, Brené Brown, and many more. To get a sense of who we curate, you can view all of our past speakers here.
- Get embedded in the creative process of industry-leading companies with more than 10+ “Studio Sessions” at creative offices all around New York City such as Spotify, Google, and IDEO.
- Learn the deep, meaningful skills that will push your career to the next level with our 75-minute master class sessions.
- Get a proper introduction to the ethos of 99U with our new Opening Festival featuring live demos, early registration, opportunities to stretch your creative muscles, and, of course, meet the 999 other do-ers who will become your new best friends.
- Dance all night at our legendary closing party at a leading NYC cultural institution. Past parties have been held at MoMA and have featured DJs like Matthew Dear and Questlove.
- Access to several cocktail hours across the event.
- Get a schwag bag that you’ll love, full of design-y goodness.
- Art exhibits, giveaways, and other surprises.
How much is a 99U Conference ticket?
It is important that the 99U Conference is accessible to creatives of all stripes. Which is why we did not raise the ticket price for 2016, keeping a general admission ticket at $799, the lowest it’s been in a half-decade.
Why an application?
We use an application process for two reasons: First, to manage the significant demand. Second, we’ve noticed increased interest from recruiters and other creative companies in attending 99U purely to tap into our audience. To manage demand and ensure that 99U still draws an incredible cast of motivated makers and doers, we’re adding a very short application to the registration process.
The application should take you no more than two minutes to fill out. Our main goal is to confirm that you are an action-oriented person who is ready to come to 99u, soak up some knowledge, and then make your amazing ideas happen. If that sounds like you, and you fill out the application sincerely and thoughtfully, you can expect to be approved.
We will review all of the applications in the order they were received, releasing tickets on a first come, first served basis. Once your application is approved, we’ll email you an invitation to purchase your ticket. We strongly recommend you purchase your ticket as soon as you are approved.
A Look at the 99U Conference 2015
Read the full recaps:
Part One: How to Fuel Collaboration & Innovation
Part Two: Rewiring Your Mindset & Avoiding Burnout
Part Three: Self-Awareness is Key
Part Four: How to Build a Business
Part Five: Tap Into Your Creative Genius
Part Six: How to Change the World
“If you want great work, don’t be comfortable, be provoked.”
— Clive Wilkinson // Design Director, Clive Wilkinson Architects
“A meaningful life is a stressful life”
— Kelly McGongigal // Author, The Upside of Stress
“I am not my Twitter bio.”
— Rohan Gunatillake // Director, Mindfulness Everywhere
“Planning beats talent.”
— Wil Reynolds // Founder, Seer Interactive
“Being curious is more important than being clever.”
— Rob Forbes // Founder, PUBLIC Bikes & DWR
“Somebody opened the door for you in your career, and telling that story is an act of love.”
— Anil Dash // CEO, ThinkUp
“We live in an era where ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”
— Chris Anderson // CEO, 3D Robotics
“Hard work isn’t enough. You have to give your employees hope.”
— Alex Blumberg // Founder, Gimlet Media
“We spend too much time crafting a net when we should be spending time jumping.”
— Scott Belsky // Co-Founder, Behance
“The other side of discomfort is growth.”
— Kelly Sue Deconnick // Comic Book Writer, Bitch Planet