ABOUT - The Feast is an annual event that brings together artists, filmmakers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and technologists to engage each other in discussions about creating world-shaking change. October 11-13 at Center 548 in Chelsea, Manhattan gathered 400 innovators to partake in 2.5 days of talks, breakout sessions, and an epic distributed dance party on the High Line featuring boom boxes and banana suits that took over Penn Station. Interactive experiences included demos of the urban art form Parkour, performances by Alvin Ailey’s Dance Troupe and a show by the up-and-coming band Great Caesar. On the last day of the conference hundreds of self-organized dinners as part of The Feast Worldwide joined the conversation, many of which were Skyped into the New York Conference.

MY ROLE - As the Event Producer I was brought on 3 months before the conference to finalize all details and coordinate with vendors, sponsors, talent and volunteers. I designed a media blogger lounge for UPS and a kombucha swing lounge for SAP. I recruited artists from around the world to add details to the space, including an origami installation in the area in which attendees where given a number upon entrance and retrieved their name tags from the corresponding origami. 

BUDGET - I managed a budget of $600,000 for the event raised from sponsorship and ticket sales. 

ATTENDANCE - 400 cross disciplinary entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers. Speakers included John Maeda, (Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins), Swoon (Artist), Robin Chase (Founder, Zipcar), Steven Friedman (President, MTV), Charles Duhigg (Author, The Power of Habit), Debbie Sterling (Founder, Goldie Blox). Partners and sponsors included The Rockefeller Foundation, Intel, UPS, SAP, Drury Design Dynamics, Chobani, Partnership for a Healthier America and more. 

TESTIMONIALS - "Overall, I cannot sing the virtues of the event loudly enough. The biggest win? It was downright FUN without losing the gravity and genuine curiosity of topics and members alike. I can't wait for next year."  - Toby Boudreaux, CTO of Control Group

Photo Credits: Knack Factory // www.