2018 North by North Youth Track

NxN is a celebration of the north, recognizing today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunity. Involving the next generation of leaders and knowledge holders is critical to designing responsive systems that meet multi-generational interests. Thanks to the Hickel Fellowship in Entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University, NxN is excited to be able to incorporate into the Festival’s program a youth track that does exactly that.

Teams of youth from across Anchorage will be inspired by the Arctic Youth Innovation Challenge, which involves the:

  • Presentation of a challenge
  • Presentation of challenge background
  • Concepts of rapid prototyping and innovation
  • Presentation practice and pitch to judging panel.

The challenge responds to the 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.

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

Youth teams are organized by APU and the Anchorage School District.

The public – youth and otherwise – can participate along the way as observers, with opportunities to contribute and join in the learning experience along the way. Additional youth track activities include:

  • Youth dance party
  • Maker space
  • Create your own – film, music, food

The Youth Track includes the Urban Homestead program of the Anchorage Museum.

2018 North by North Sustainable Development writing contest

We’d like to offer this writing contest opportunity to Alaskan students in grades 7 through 12, and in college, with one winner selected per grade. We would also offer $100 prize.
Essay responses should be not more than 500 words and include a title, author name and grade. Respondents are encouraged to review https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ for more information about the Goals. Responses should be submitted by March 30, 2018. Please submit to rsvp@institutenorth.org. The winner from each age category will present their essay April 28 in Anchorage at the North by
North Festival.


Thank you to our 2018 North by North Festival Sponsors