Aspiration Events - History

Aspiration is the global leader in the design and delivery of innovative technology gatherings for nonprofit and nongovernmental audiences. Our event philosophy and facilitation focus on maximizing collaboration and peer sharing, while making sparing use of one-to-many and several-to-many session formats such as presentations and panels. We believe the ultimate potential and power of any convening lie in the collective untapped knowledge and experience of the participants, and we strive to tap that vast store by maximizing dialog, creativity and idea exchange.

Over the past ten years, we have convened and co-organized almost 450 highly interactive events in over 40 countries across the globe, which are described below. We build agendas around user-oriented dialog that connects all the stakeholders in software design and development, and model our events to reflect the diverse and network-oriented nature of the communities we convene.

For more information on the Aspiration approach to events, see our Events Overview, as well as our paper on Creating Participatory Events as well as our Facilitation Wiki.

Aspiration Event Highlights, 2004-2016

For information on Aspiration events before 2013, see our Events History Archive

2016

  • Greenpeace Food for Life Summit, Avigliano Umbro, Italy, January 2016
  • TOTEM Platform Design Sprint, Berlin, Germany, January 2016
  • Open Society Foundations Global Finance Retreat, New York, New York USA, January 2016
  • High-Assurance Cryptographic Software Workshop, Palo Alto, California USA, January 2016

2015

  • IREX S.A.F.E. Retreat, Washington, DC USA, December 2015
  • Reproducible Builds Summit, Athens, Greece, December 2015
  • 2015 Nonprofit Software Development Summit, Oakland, California USA, November 2015
  • Women in Cybersecurity, Menlo Park, California USA, November 2015
  • Global Witness Strategy Design Charette, New York, New York USA, November 2015
  • ASL19 Open Elections, Washington, DC USA, November 2015
  • Code for America 2015 Fellows Wrap-Up, Marin Headlands, California USA, November 2015
  • Mozilla Festival, London, England, November 2015
  • Media Democracy Fund Net Neutrality Visualization Workshop, Washington, DC USA, November 2015
  • Greenpeace Mobiles x Mobilisation, Berlin, Germany, October 2015
  • BADCamp Nonprofit Summit, Berkeley, California USA, October 2015
  • Open Technology Institute Staff Retreat, Annapolis, Maryland USA, October 2015
  • Amnesty International Digital Campaigning in Crisis Response, London, England, October 2015
  • Boston Civic Media Consortium, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, October 2015
  • Shuttleworth Fellows Gathering, Temozón Sur, Yucatan Mexico, October 2015
  • Open Technology Fund Projects Summit, Washington, DC USA, October 2015
  • Open Technology Fund Team Retreat, Washington, DC USA, October 2015
  • Tor Developers Meeting, Berlin, Germany, September 2015
  • Mozilla Open Web Fellows Retreat, New York, New York USA, September 2015
  • Open Society Foundations Grants Management Retreat, Barcelona, Spain, September 2015
  • Global Goals Community Data Event, Washington, DC USA, September 2015
  • WRI Forest Perimeter Defense Unconference, San Francisco, CA USA, September 2015
  • Simply Secure Board Retreat, Brooklyn, New York USA, September 2015
  • Open Society Foundations Facilitation Training, New York, New York USA, September 2015
  • Greenpeace Global Climate and Energy Meeting, Girona, Spain, September 2015
  • Greenpeace USA Board Retreat, San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica, September 2015
  • Buntwani Innovation for Good Governance, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 2015
  • Ford NetGain Public Interest Technology Talent Pipeline Meeting, Point Lookout, Maine USA, August 2015
  • Centralized and Distributed Organization workshop, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2015
  • Ford Internet Rights Meeting, Point Lookout, Maine USA, August 2015
  • Open Society Foundations Access to Knowledge Strategy Meeting, London, England, August 2015
  • California Nonprofit Leadership Summit, Bakersfield, California USA, July 2015
  • Open Technology Fund Rapid Response Roundtable, Berlin, Germany, July 2015
  • Greenpeace Open Campaigns Camp, Berlin, Germany, July 2015
  • Google/Linux Foundation Core Internet Infrastructure Summit, Madrid, Spain, July 2015
  • Open Society Foundations Talking Transition DC Debrief, Washington, DC USA, July 2015
  • Lantern Project Team Retreat, Los Angeles, California USA, July 2015
  • Mozilla Festival Planning Retreat, Fife, Scotland, July 2015
  • International Workshop on Misogyny and the Internet, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, June 2015
  • Code for America Fellows Mid-Year Retreat, Marin Headlands, California USA, June 2015
  • Mozilla Work Week Whistler, Whistler, Canada, June 2015
  • Mozilla PR Team Retreat, Vancouver, Canada, June 2015
  • Allied Media Conference 2015, Detroit, Michigan USA, June 2015
  • Benetech 3D Printing for Accessible Education, San Jose, California USA, June 2015
  • Mozilla Open Badges Strategy Meeting, Los Angeles, California USA, June 2015
  • Tor Leadership Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts USA, June 2015
  • Ford Foundation Grantee Digital Security Needs Focus Group, New York, New York USA, May 2015
  • Open Society Foundations Strategy Unit Retreat, New York, New York USA, May 2015
  • International Open Data Conference Pre-Events, Ottawa, Canada, May 2015
  • EARN Staff Retreat, San Francisco, California USA, May 2015
  • Weaponized Social San Francisco, San Francisco, California USA, May 2015
  • Open Society Foundations Finance Conference, New York, New York USA, May 2015
  • FLUXX User Gathering, San Francisco, CA USA, May 2015
  • Humanitarian Technology Festival, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, May 2015
  • Talleres de Comunicaciones para Organizadores Comunitarios, Los Angeles, California USA, May 2015
  • Social Justice Technology Skillshare, Los Angeles, California USA, May 2015
  • Shuttleworth Fellows Gathering, Toronto, Canada, May 2015
  • Weaponized Social Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, May 2015
  • Cybersecurity for Internet of Things, Menlo Park, California USA, April 2015
  • Dialling Up Resilience, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2015
  • Community Based Adaption Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2015
  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Curriculum Sprint, Washington, DC USA, April 2015
  • I Annotate Conference, San Francisco, California USA, April 2015
  • Benetech Bookshare Advisory Meeting, Palo Alto, California USA, April 2015
  • Hypothes.is Staff Retreat, San Francisco, California USA, April 2015
  • Attention for Democracy Strategy Meeting, Pocantico, New York USA, April 2015
  • Grameen Foundation Senior Management Retreat, San Francisco, California USA, April 2015
  • Information Security Coalition 2015 Global Workshop, Washington, DC USA, April 2015
  • Center for Economic and Social Rights User Convening, Tunis, Tunisia, March 2015
  • Google Ideas Copcast Body-Worn Cameras Planning Meeting, New York, New York USA, March 2015
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation Directors Meeting, San Francisco, California USA, March 2015
  • Digital and Distributed Disaster Response, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, March 2015
  • Iran Cyber Dialogues, Valencia, Spain, March 2015
  • Lantern Project Team Retreat, Valencia, Spain, March 2015
  • Tor Developers Meeting, Valencia, Spain, March 2015
  • Antioch University Urban Sustainability Retreat, Los Angeles, California USA, February 2015
  • OpenStreetMap Board Retreat, Berlin, Germany, February 2015
  • Weaponized Social New York, New York, New York USA, February 2015
  • The Future of Human Rights Technology, Menlo Park, California USA, February 2015
  • Open Technology Fund Staff Retreat, Washington, DC USA, February 2015
  • Code for America 2015 Fellows Kick-Off, Marin Headlands, California USA, January 2015
  • TABridge Follow The Money Workshop, Berlin, Germany, January 2015
  • Google/Linux Foundation Core Internet Infrastructure Summit, London, England, January 2015

2014

  • Open Society Foundations Strategy Unit Spinoff Meeting, New York, New York USA, December 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Applications Team Retreat, New York, New York USA, December 2014
  • Mozilla Work Week Portland, Portland, Oregon USA, December 2014
  • 2014 Nonprofit Software Development Summit, Oakland, California USA, November 2014
  • Greenpeace Global Programme Leaders Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 2014
  • Ford/OSF Technology Funders Roundtable, New York, New York USA, November 2014
  • Code for America 2014 Fellows Retreat, Marin Headlands, California USA, November 2014
  • The Access Initiative Global Gathering, Bogota, Colombia, October 2014
  • Mozilla Festival, London, England, October 2014
  • Shuttleworth Fellows Gathering, Valletta, Malta, October 2014
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation Activism Retreat, Point Reyes Station, CA USA, October 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Spinoff Kit Sprint, New York, New York USA, October 2014
  • Responsible Data Forum Resource Sprint, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014
  • California Nonprofit Technology Festival, Richmond, California USA, September 2014
  • OSF Strategy Unit Retreat, New Paltz, New York USA, September 2014
  • Simply Secure Board Retreat, London, England, September 2014
  • Ethics of Data, Palo Alto, California USA, September 2014
  • Open Technology Fund Projects Summit, Washington, DC USA, September 2014
  • Internet Society Collaborative Leadership Exchange, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy Strategy Charette, New York, New York USA, August 2014
  • Open Technology Institute Staff Retreat, Annapolis, Maryland USA, July 2014
  • Humanitarian Open Streetmap Board Retreat, Washington, DC USA, July 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Global Finance Retreat, Budapest, Hungary, July 2014
  • Open Technology Whistleblowing Platform Roundtable, Berlin, Germany, July 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Staff Facilitation Skillshare, New York, New York USA, July 2014
  • Tor Developers Meeting, Paris, France, June 2014
  • Benetech DIAGRAM Summit, Warrenton, Virginia USA, June 2014
  • Code for America 2014 Fellows Retreat, Marin Headlands, California USA, June 2014
  • Journalism After Snowden, San Francisco, California USA, June 2014
  • Google Ideas Obfuscation Lab, Seattle, Washington USA, June 2014
  • MAPLight Platform User Stories Sprint, San Francisco, California USA, June 2014
  • Shuttleworth Fellows Gathering, Budapest, Hungary, May 2014
  • Information Security Coalition 2014 Global Workshop, Washington, DC USA, May 2014
  • PICnet Soapbox Summit 2014, Washington, DC USA, May 2014
  • Mozilla Foundation All-Hands, San Francisco, California USA, April 2014
  • Governance Data Alliance Design Meeting, Washington, DC USA, April 2014
  • Open Society Foundations HR Budget Roundtable, New York, New York USA, April 2014
  • California Nonprofit Technology Festival, Los Angeles, California USA, April 2014
  • Iran Cyber Dialogue, Toronto, Canada, March 2014
  • MIT Civic Media Lab Facilitation Skillshare, Boston, Massachusetts USA, March 2014
  • Penguin Day DC 2014, Washington, DC USA, March 2014
  • Responsible Data Forum Oakland, Oakland California USA, March 2014
  • UNDP Cambodia eAdvocacy Training, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2014
  • Open Cambodia 2014, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, February 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Post-2015 Strategy Charette, New York, New York USA, February 2014
  • Greenpeace Digital Mobilisation Skillshare, Umbro Terni, Italy, February 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Strategy Unit Retreat, New York, New York USA, January 2014
  • Open Society Foundations Budget Unit Retreat, New Paltz, New York USA, January 2014
  • UC Berkeley Labor Center eAdvocacy Training
  • Code for America 2014 Fellows Kick-Off, Marin Headlands, California USA, January 2014

2013

Aspiration helped design and facilitate over 60 events in 2013:

  • 2013 Nonprofit Software Development Summit, Oakland, California USA, November 2013
  • OSF Strategic Budget Process Mapping Workshop, New York, New York USA, November 2013
  • Code for America 2013 Fellows Retreat, Marin Headlands, California USA, November 2013
  • Sacramento Social Media Club eAdvocacy Workshop, Sacramento, California USA, November 2013
  • Advancing Data-Informed Philanthropy, Los Altos, California USA, November 2013
  • New America Foundation Management Retreat, Washington, DC USA, October 2013
  • Mozilla Festival 2013, London, England, October 2013
  • Code for America 2013 Summit, San Francisco, California USA, October 2013
  • FLOSSManuals/Google Summer of Code Doc Sprint, Mountain View, California USA, October 2013
  • Community Technology Alliance Mobile4All Summit, Redwood City, California USA, October 2013
  • Mozilla Summit, Santa Clara, California USA, October 2013
  • OpenITP Circumvention Technology Summit, Berlin, Germany, October 2013
  • TABridge Mentors Roundtable, London, England, September 2013
  • Cautionary Story Sprint, New York, New York USA, September 2013
  • California Nonprofit Technology Festival, Sacramento, California USA, September 2013
  • Mozilla Foundation Management Off-Site, Toronto, Canada, September 2013
  • Roadmap Digital Security Learning Lab, Oakland, California USA, September 2013
  • Open Technology Fund Projects Summit, Washington, DC USA, September 2013
  • Ford Privacy Roundtable, Bangor, Maine USA, August 2013
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Design Deep Dive, Mountain View, California USA, August 2013
  • Code for America 2013 Accelerator Kick-Off, San Francisco, California USA, August 2013
  • Open Badges Vision Summit, Toronto, Canada, August 2013
  • SEATTI Technology for Transparency, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2013
  • TorDev Summer 2013, Munich, Germany, July 2013
  • Code for America 2013 Fellows Retreat, Marin Headlands, California USA, July 2013
  • Code for America Staff Retreat, San Francisco, California USA, July 2013
  • ArtSpark Online Media Skillshare, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, July 2013
  • Mercy Corps Social Innovation Retreat, Portland, Oregon USA, July 2013
  • ABRE LATAM, Montevideo, Uruguay, June 2013
  • Allied Media Conference, Detroit, Michigan USA, June 2013
  • Code for America Senior Staff Retreat, San Francisco, California USA, June 2013
  • OONI Project Sprint, Berlin, Germany, June 2013
  • UC Berkeley Labor Center eAdvocacy Training, Berkeley, California USA, June 2013
  • California Teachers Association Region 1 Training, Burlingame, California USA, June 2013
  • Reimagining Education, Washington, DC USA, May 2013
  • Mozilla Foundation All-Hands, Toronto, Canada, May 2013
  • Third Rail Economy Roundtable, San Francisco, California USA, May 2013
  • Mozilla Tribeca Hacks, New York, New York USA, May 2013
  • PICnet Soapbox Summit, Washington, DC USA, May 2013
  • California Nonprofit Technology Festival, Coachella, California USA, May 2013
  • OpenITP Circumvention Technology Summit, Hong Kong, China, April 2013
  • CiviCon SF, Berkeley, California USA, April 2013
  • California WIC Association Annual Conference, San Jose, California USA, April 2013
  • Open Technology Institute Staff Retreat, Natural Bridge, Virginia USA, April 2013
  • OpenITP Staff Retreat, Washington, DC USA, April 2013
  • Information Security Coalition Global Workshop, Washington, DC USA, April 2013
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Design Jam, Mountain View, California USA, April 2013
  • First 5 Fresno Sustainability Workshop, Fresno, California USA, March 2013
  • Kapor Strategic Tech Teach-In, Oakland, California USA, March 2013
  • Open Society Foundations Souk Jam, New York, New York USA, March 2013
  • IAI Leadership Off-Site, San Jose, California USA, March 2013
  • Development Executives Roundtable CRM Teach-In, San Francisco, California USA, March 2013
  • Code for America 2013 Fellows Retreat, Marin Headlands, California USA, March 2013
  • Mozilla Webmaker Training Days, Athens, Greece, March 2013
  • TABridge Mentors Roundtable, London, England, February 2013
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Idea Jam, Mountain View, California USA, February 2013
  • Environmental Working Group Skin Deep User Roundtable, Washington, DC USA, February 2013
  • Greenpeace Digital Mobilisation Skillshare 2013, Barcelona, Spain, February 2013
  • Ushahidi 2013 Staff Summit, Lamu, Kenya, January 2013
  • Code for America 2013 Fellows Kick-Off, Marin Headlands, California USA, January 2013
  • FLOSSManuals Digital Security Sprint, Mill Valley, California USA, December 2012
  • Info Activism Planning Retreat, Barcelona, Spain, December 2012
  • Code for America Staff Retreat , Napa, California USA, December 2012
  • FLOSSManuals/Google Summer of Code Doc Sprint, Mountain View, California USA, December 2012

For information on Aspiration events before 2013, see our Events History Archive