Each year, the Nantucket Conference brings together a small group of creative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, and executives. There are several reasons why the Nantucket Conference is a must-attend gathering.
First, there are unique opportunities for exchanging ideas and networking in a relaxing, informal environment. We acknowledge that much of the value of the Nantucket Conference comes from impromptu hallway conversations, serendipitous seatings at lunch, and walks around town. Nantucket is a place for having fun, doing business, and making new connections.
Second, sessions on Nantucket elicit the kind of real-world war stories and insight that you don't hear at any other conference. We limit the use of PowerPoint and forbid blatant company pitches. Also, since there is precisely no difference in the caliber of people on stage and those in the audience, there is always plenty of opportunity at each session for interaction and debate.
Finally, this isn't an event produced by a conference company that churns out dozens of cookie-cutter events each year. Nantucket is organized by a group of people -- our Advisory Board -- who actually work in the technology space every day.
The Nantucket Conference has forged stronger connections between the talented people building technology companies, the people funding those companies, and the people making technology decisions at larger, more established organizations.
If you've attended the Conference before, we'd like to invite you back. If you haven't, we invite you to find out what makes the Nantucket Conference so special. But no matter which group you're in, we suggest that you register early, as we are strictly limiting the size of the event, and the vast majority of last year's attendees indicated that they plan to return.
Each year, we make a handful of passes available to young
entrepreneurs who want to participate in the Nantucket
Conference. If you are an entrepreneur who hasn't yet
turned 30, send us an e-mail with your name, a sentence or two
describing your current venture, and a bit about how you think
you might benefit from being part of the conference. At the
event, you'll get a chance to introduce yourself and your
start-up to the audience, and to get feedback and input from
other participants throughout the 2.5 days. You'll hear back
from us in April or May if we can hook you up. As a note, these
free passes cover conference participation, freebies, and meals,
but not travel to Nantucket or lodging on the island.
If you are someone who would like to underwrite a pass so that an
Under 30 entrepreneur may attend, please get in
Underwriters may choose the entrepreneur they'd like to sponsor
from the list of applicants, or they can ask the conference
organizers to choose.
Our "Off-the-Record" Policy
The Nantucket Conference asks those of its participants and moderators who are journalists or bloggers to adhere to our "off-the-record" policy.
Feel free to blog, photograph, Tweet, or otherwise report about the Nantucket Conference. However, there may be instances where a speaker requests that something be kept "off-the-record," and we ask that you respect this by not including these comments in any of your coverage or commentary. If you'd like to label any posts or Twitter messages, please use #ack2013.
A limited number of press passes are issued each year, and by accepting a press pass to the event, the conference organizers expect that the recipient will adhere to this policy.
The Nantucket Conference is one of three high-level gatherings produced by Future Forward Events, LLC. The other two conferences are:
Forward: The New England Technology Summit
Future Forward, www.futureforward.com, brings together New England's forward thinking corporate technology decision makers with the region's top entrepreneurs who are delivering ground-breaking technology. Future Forward gives CIOs and other C-level executives a snapshot opportunity to learn about what's in the pipeline for new technology and it gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn more about the key challenges facing today's executives in large corporation. Past participants have included John Watkins, CIO of Fairchild Semiconductor, Terry Connor, CIO, Liberty Mutual, Doug Schwinn, CIO, Hasbro, George Colony, CEO of Forrester Research, Helen Greiner, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of iRobot and Marina Hatsopoulos, former CEO of Z Corp. Supporters of the program have included Deloitte and Touche, Microsoft and Foley & Lardner.
The Life Sciences Leaders Forum
Launched in 2004, Convergence, www.convergenceforum.com, brings together high-level life sciences players from around the Northeast to discuss and debate the most pressing topics of interest to the industry - topics like forging strong corporate partnerships; attracting funding from private and public sources; building successful research organizations; streamlining product development and approval; understanding the coming convergence of biology, software, and medical devices; and staying ahead of regulatory changes. Past speakers have included Robert Langer, ScD, Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, MIT, Dean Kamen, President, DEKA Research, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Henri Termeer, CEO of Genzyme.