2018 Core77 Conference - Now What?

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You’ve made something you truly believe in. You’d love to let the rest of the world know... NOW wHat? Your clients are taking the “free” part of freelance too literally... NOW wHat? Freelance life is going well! Except no one is paying your invoices... NOW wHat? Your thinking is sky-high, but your budget isn’t... NOW wHat?

The 2018 Core77 Conference takes place on octoBeR 25TH in BRooKLYn NEW YoRK, and will focus on starting and running a design business, or launching your own product line. Attendees will walk away with tangible skills and toolkits to help them produce, finance and promote their products, their services, and themselves, along with a network of connections to help nurture their nerve. It will be informative, it will be honest, and it will be fun. Go on, BuY TicKeTS noW.

  • Presenters

  • Now What? Will begin with a morning of inspiring and informative talks where leaders in the field of design entrepreneurship will share their personal success stories. Our lineup of speakers comes from a wide range of backgrounds, which means no two talks will be the same—expect to start your morning off right with valuable insights into everything from design firm best practices to the key traits investors look for in startups.

  • Craighton Berman
    Craighton is a designer, illustrator, educator and creator that simply loves bringing ideas to life—both for clients and as self-directed projects. His illustration work combines design-thinking and napkin-sketching to yield a unique form of concept-driven storytelling. Craighton is also the founder & creative director of Manual, a home goods brand that creates products for slow living. Craighton has work in the the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection, was the first designer ever to use Kickstarter to launch a product, and taught "design entrepreneurship" at the University of Illinois at Chicago and design sketching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Emily Cohen
    A brutally honest consultant, Emily has been honored to work with many leading design firms across the country. Through these experiences, she has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. Emily conducts strategic business retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies. She loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, online courses, and in her new book, Brutally Honest: No Bullshit Business Strategies to Evolve Your Creative Business.
  • Alex Daly
    Alex is the founder of Vann Alexandra, a creative services agency that gets projects financed through crowdfunding, and the industry’s “Crowdsourceress,” a name she received in the press for her expertise in the space. Her clients include Neil Young, Oscar-winning filmmakers, Pentagram designers, Eric Ries, and TLC, the best-selling female group of all time. Alex has served on panels at top film festivals, universities, and organizations, is in the class of 2016’s Forbes 30 under 30, and published her first book in Spring 2017 by PublicAffairs, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.
  • Michael DiTullo
    For more than 20 years Michael has been designing iconic products and brand experiences for some of the best brands in the world including Nike, Google, Motorola, Honda, and Hasbro. Located a block from the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, his studio focuses on industry leading halo projects across autonomous automotive, consumer electronics, travel, mobile devices, wearables, toys and conceptual Hollywood entertainment projects.
  • Alexis Houssou
    Former entrepreneur and financier, Alexis started Hardware Club in 2015 with a mission to support the best hardware startups worldwide using collaboration and network effects. Through its unique $30M community-based fund, Hardware Club invests in hardware startups in Europe and in the US at seed stage. Alexis took part in launching several novel initiatives like the Hello Tomorrow Summit and the accelerator The Family. He also sits on the boards of companies including Remedee Labs, Reach Robotics, Aryballe and Keecker. Passionate about how tech can create an impact on communities, Alexis regularly mentors startups in various programs including Techstars and StartupBootCamp.
  • Visibility
    Visibility is an industrial design office based in New York City. It was founded by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab in 2012. Their work has been internationally recognized and exhibited, gaining the office such honors as Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design. The office focuses on the purity of an idea, as well as its material and formal actualities. The constant ambition is to move forward while looking back, drawing on observation and innovation as instruments of development. Visibility aims to distill ideas to what they want to be, retaining what appeals to our human sensibilities.
  • HAWRAF Studio
    HAWRAF is an interactive design and technology studio that engages audiences in new and interesting ways. Co-founded by Carly Ayres, Andrew Herzog, Pedro Sanches & Nicky Tesla, the studio is full-service and media agnostic, covering branding, design, development, marketing, and execution. From sound-reactive identity systems for orchestras to mirrored selfie posters for dental startups, HAWRAF helps their clients have more meaningful, authentic interactions with their audiences.
  • Jamie Wolfond
    Jamie is a Canadian designer based in Toronto and New York. His work explores the ways in which manufacturing can influence the design process. Often centered around one material or production method, the objects Jamie designs expose new applications for pre-existing manufacturing techniques. Jamie founded Good Thing in 2014.
More Presenters to be Announced
  • Workshops

  • After lunch, we will break out into two hour-long workshop sessions led by seasoned professionals from the Core77 community. Each workshop will hone in on a specific topic—from personal branding to crowdfunding—and will transform ideas introduced in the morning into actionable strategies that can be put to use immediately.

Full Schedule to be Announced
  • Tickets

  • In addition to the full day programming, all tickets include an invitation to Wednesday night's informal kickoff party. *Please Note: All ticket sales are non-refundable.

  • Early Bird Tickets $275
    (Limited quantity available through July 31st)
  • Regular Tickets $375
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  • Location

  • thE LocatioN: A/d/o
    Now What? takes place at the beautiful A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A/D/O is a space created for designers that features communal workspaces, an installation-filled patio, a tastefully-curated design boutique, the world-renowned restaurant and cafe, Norman, and a community of creative thinkers and doers.
  • ACCComodAtIonS
    There are several hotels within walking distance of A/D/O. We recommend the Franklin Guest House, The McCarren Hotel & Pool, The William Vale, and The Wythe Hotel are all excellent options.
  • GEttInG tHERE
    A/D/O is accessible via public transportation using the Nassau Avenue stop on the G line or the Bedford Avenue stop on the L line.
  • A/d/o
    29 norMan Ave
    Brooklyn, ny 11222
    A/D/O.com
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  • Schedule

  • Join Core77 and our design community for a full day of presentations and workshops located at A/D/O in Brooklyn. After filling our brains with knowledge during the day, we’ll gather back together for an exciting keynote presentation before our closing party, conveniently located a few steps away in A/D/O’s main room and installation-filled garden patio.

      • 8:30 AM
        Doors Open
      • 9:30AM — 12:15AM
        Morning sessions
      • 12:15PM — 2:00PM
        Lunch break
      • 2:00PM — 5:30PM
        Afternoon workshops
      • 5:30PM — 8:00PM
        Cocktail and Networking Reception
  • Sponsors

  • Now What? is generously supported by the following companies and organizations:

The 2018 Core77 Conference takes place on octoBeR 25TH in BRooKLYn NEW YoRK, and will focus on starting and running a design business, or launching your own product line. Attendees will walk away with tangible skills and toolkits to help them produce, finance and promote their products, their services, and themselves, along with a network of connections to help nurture their nerve. It will be informative, it will be honest, and it will be fun. Go on, BuY TicKeTS noW.
The 2018 Core77 Conference takes place on octoBeR 25TH in BRooKLYn NEW YoRK, and will focus on starting and running a design business, or launching your own product line. Attendees will walk away with tangible skills and toolkits to help them produce, finance and promote their products, their services, and themselves, along with a network of connections to help nurture their nerve. It will be informative, it will be honest, and it will be fun. Go on, BuY TicKeTS noW.

Thanks for registering for the Core77 Conference 2016.

We'll keep working on making this year's conference rock. In the meantime watch your email for details and updates. See you in Los Angeles on September 29th. You can't miss it!

Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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