14th Annual Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange "Unconference"

News posted Jul. 28, 2017 - 6:00 am
Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange Program Speakers

The Unconference


a loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events. At this unconference, attendees will create sessions on the spot, making for an energizing and freewheeling exchange"

(*Image: Jason Hibbets, left; Aly Khalifa, right)

Main Event: Share your Imagination, your Ideas, your Expertise

Come out and enjoy a fun, fast, participant-driven experience where you are in the driver’s seat. Pitch your idea to the other attendees and if your topic is chosen you will lead your own session among amongst your peers! Alternatively, you can attend as an active audience member, voting on the sessions you want to attend and participating in other attendee’s sessions. Additionally, you can get connected locally with exhibitors from various City of Raleigh departments.

  • Registration is now open!
  • Space is limited to 200 registrants!
  • Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • Location: NCSU McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606


8:00 am - Registration opens, Exhibit hall opens, Continental breakfast

9:00 am - Unconference begins

10:40 am to 12:30 pm - Unconference sessions

12:40 pm to 2:00 pm - Keynote luncheon

Keynote Speaker Aly Khalifa:

Aly is a design entrepreneur specializing in invention development. He has launched products for some of the most exciting consumer brands and has garnered more than 24 patents. Aly and his wife, Beth, have pioneered inventive culture creation locally as the creators of SPARKcon, Gamila, and other innovative ventures. SPARKcon is the nation's largest open-source creative festival, attracting 75,000 attendees annually. Gamila is a collection of sustainable single-serve coffee and tea tools, which was acquired by Seventh Generation in 2014. Aly and Beth are also the owners of the Designbox, where their engineering and artistic skills marry in the creation of products, brands, and experiences for their clients globally. Aly’s latest effort, Lyf Company, creates delightful products including a line of bags and customized shoes. Lyf is built on a unique circular-economy model, combining 3D printing, on-board electronics, cradle-to-cradle principles and decentralized manufacturing. By collaborating with experts across diverse disciplines, Aly fashions revolutionary new products, technologies, and methodologies. His collaborations have been nominated for a Grammy, and his work exhibited in the Louvre. He is an AIGA Fellow and an Eisenhower Fellow, recognized for his creative leadership and ability to drive tangible change.

Special Guest Unconference:

Facilitator, Jason Hibbets
Jason is a Senior Community Evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat, and a Community Manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The Foundation for an Open Source City. Jason has been instrumental in the creation of a transparent, community-focused, collaborative Raleigh; he has been applying open source principles in neighborhood organizations for years. He has also been the Co-Chair of CityCamp Raleigh since 2011 and a mentor to other CityCamp groups across the country.

You must pre-register to attend and there is a non-refundable registration fee, which includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration ends September 15th at noon.

  • Raleigh residents fee is $10.00
  • Non-Raleigh resident fee is $15.00
  • Make checks payable to City of Raleigh and mail to:
    • Community Engagement Division
      Attn: Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange
      P.O. Box 590
      Raleigh, NC 27602

To Register:

To register online or download and mail in your registration form.

*Note: Once 200 registrations have been received, registration will close.*

For more information please contact the Community Engagement Division at 919-996-4330.


  • Sep 16, 2017
  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm


  • NCSU McKimmon Center
  • 1101 Gorman Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27606

For more information, contact

  • Dan Bagley or Luis Olivieri-Robert, 919-996-4330
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