2018 North by North Innovation

NxN Innovation brings innovators from across Alaska, the nation and other Arctic regions to collaborate and address local and circumpolar challenges that can be addressed with process and technological innovation. Activities over the course of the weekend include:

  • TED-Style Talks
  • Panel Discussions
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Workshops
  • Work Session

We will see, as outcomes, solutions and policy-relevant findings that will be delivered globally to northern governments and organizations; strong business-to-business relationships develop that result in partnerships; and public awareness heightened related to the state of innovation in Alaska.

Themes: Four priority areas chosen from the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals based on their applicability to Alaska and opportunity to see innovation applied in a northern context. Keep in mind that these intersect with other SDGs.

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Climate Action
  • Good Health and Well-Being


Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • Welcome Reception


Friday, April 27, 2018

  • Keynote Welcome – Innovation + Resilience
  • TED-Style Talks – four tracks
  • Keynote Lunch – Innovation Ecosystems
    • Local Foods Demonstration
  • Themed Dialogues
  • VIP Dinner
  • Circumpolar Film Festival


Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • Themed Work Sessions
  • Arctic Street Foods Competition
  • Community Workshops
  • Arctic Dance Party
  • Circumpolar Film Festival


Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • Artist Dialogues – Innovation in the Creative Space
  • Keynote Lunch
    • Community Potluck
  • Presentation of Innovation Solutions
  • Closing Keynote
  • Circumpolar Film Festival

Sustainable Cities and Communities


Climate Action

Good Health and Well-Being

Affordable and Clean Energy