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99U Local Recap: The World is Flat

Photos and highlights from the 28 99U Local events from across the globe.


In the past, the creative world operated like a secret club. You had to live in the “right” city and know the “right” people to build a great creative career. Thankfully, those days are fading from memory.

The world is flattening and the creative world is inching ever closer toward meritocracy. Creatives are flourishing because of talent, and success can come regardless of geography or who you know.

It is in that spirit that we launched 99U Local, our first-ever series of community-hosted events. During the week of September 14th, 28 creative communities from all over the globe gathered to showcase local serial idea executors that dished out road-tested insights on making ideas happen.

It would be impossible to recap 28 events in more than a dozen time zones. However, below are just a few highlights from our outstanding organizers—each of whom contributed time, materials, and their own local flavor to the ethos of making ideas happen.

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Stella Karl Cosic’s talk at 99U Local Belgrade

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A packed house for Belgrade

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Honolulu was sure to introduce some local flavor

99U Local: Hong Kong

99U Local: Hong Kong

Cheers to 99U Local: Malmo

Cheers to 99U Local: Malmo

99U Local: Beirut

99U Local: Beirut


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São Paolo ambassador Mariana Camardelli shows off some materials just before the big event.

99U Local: Washington D.C. is ready.

99U Local: Washington DC

99U Local: Lagos

99U Local: Lagos

Jason Fox at 99U Local: Melbourne

Jason Fox at 99U Local: Melbourne

99U Local: Dallas

99U Local: Dallas

The beautiful scenery at 99U Local: Albuquerque

The beautiful scenery at 99U Local: Albuquerque

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Dresden’s organizers with a few of their closest friends.

Selected Social Media Highlights

At #99ulocal Edinburgh event tonight! Very excited so far! #Edinburgh #creatives @99u

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At #99ulocal Edinburgh event tonight! Very excited so far! #Edinburgh #creatives @99u

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#99u in #multiplex … #99ulocal #kerk #gent #cnc #waterjet #waterjetcutting

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About last Friday. #throwback to #99ulocal #99ulagos 📷 @ogeche

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@matthewtapia tearing it up. #99uhnl #99ulocal #talented

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@thinkandtalk preparadas para ser inspiradas #99ulocal #99ulocalbogota

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@ Red Bull Station na última segunda-feira 🌐 #99ulocal 📢 talk available online

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Standing room only at #99ulocal #yyj – lots of @99u fans in the room!

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For more, check the #99Ulocal hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. 

2015 99U Local Ambassadors

99U Local would not be possible without 28 dedicated volunteer ambassadors who worked tirelessly to organize a flawless event. They are:

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roxanne Blair
Program Director, Creative Startups

Atlanta, Georgia
J. Cornelius
Founder & President Nine Labs

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Kenny Nguyen
CEO/Founder
Big Fish Presentations

Beirut, Lebanon
Mary Michel Rizk
Graphic Designer and Founder, MM Studio

Belgrade, Serbia
Nenad Ivanović
Designer and Founder, Lege Artists

Bogotá, Colombia
Cristina Cordova
Innovation Networks BU Director, Katharsis

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
James Boettcher
Chief Idea Officer, Fiasco Gelato

Chicago, Illinois
Adam Jun
Principal, Jun Creative

Cincinnati, Ohio
Troy Bronsink
Retreat Curator, Author, Life As Art

Dallas, Texas
Frances Yllana
Senior Art Director / President, Imaginuity / AIGA DFW

Denver, Colorado
Jennifer Hohn
Executive Creative Director, Vladimir Jones

Edinburgh, Scotland
David Mahoney
Illustrator, Headless Horse

Dresden, Germany
Andreas Schanzenbach
CIO & Founder, CROMATICS

Ghent, Belgium
Jean VanDamme
Innovation Manager, Colruyt Group

Hong Kong, China
Emma Reynolds
CEO, E3 Reloaded

Honolulu, Hawaii
Ben Trevino
President & COO, Bikeshare Hawaii

Lagos, Nigeria 
Gbemi Adekanmbi
Co-Founder, Kwirkly

Los Angeles, California
Mathieu Young
Photographer + Director, And & And

Malmö, Sweden
Netta Lönnqvist
Campaign & Email Marketing Specialist, Bonnier Entertainment

Manila, Philippines
Jen Horn
Chief Collaborator, MUNI Cultural Creatives Inc.

Melbourne, Australia
Jason Fox
Director, Dr Jason Fox Pty Ltd

Nashville, Tennessee
Matt Dudley
Owner, The Skillery

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Melissa Morris Ivone
Design Overlord, Curalate

São Paulo, Brazil
Mariana Camardelli
CEO & Creative Director, Altos Eventos

Toronto, Canada
Hamza Khan
Co-Founder, Splash Effect

Victoria, B.C., Canada
Emrys Miller
Director, Rocketday Arts
President, GDC Vancouver Island

Warsaw, Poland
Noemi Gryczko
Education & Innovation Information Society Development Foundation

Washington, D.C.
Erica Schlaikjer
Creative Strategist, Huge

Don’t see your city? Let us know @99U so we know to stop by next time. Want to apply as an Ambassador for 2016? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to know when we reopen applications.

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