Aspiration Events - History

Aspiration is the global leader in the design and delivery of innovative technology, strategy and implementation 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 twelve years, we have convened and co-organized almost 500 highly interactive events in 45 countries across the globe, which are described below. We build agendas around participant-driven dialog and collaboration that connect all the stakeholders in strategy, design and development processes, and model our events to reflect the diverse and network-oriented nature of the communities we convene. Our approach prioritizes concrete and tangible outcomes that engender rich post-event collaboration and meaningful impact.

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

  • 2016 Nonprofit Software Development Summit
    Oakland, California USA, November 2016
  • Code for America 2016 Fellows Wrap-Up
    Marin Headlands, California USA, November 2016
  • Open Society Foundation Human Resources Department Retreat
    Lisbon, Portugal, November 2016
  • 2016 Mozilla Festival
    London, England, October 2016
  • Mozilla Festival European Digital Rights Funders Meeting
    London, England, October 2016
  • CampaignCon
    Barcelona, Spain, October 2016
  • Open Technology Fund Advisory Council Meeting
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 2016
  • Open Technology Fund Projects Summit
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 2016
  • Consumer Reports Privacy Testing Protocol Design Sprint II
    New York, New York, USA, October 2016
  • Shuttleworth Fellows Gathering
    Solčava, Slovenia, October 2016
  • Tor Developers Meeting
    Seattle, Washington, USA, September 2016
  • Greenpeace USA Board Retreat
    San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica, September 2016
  • Greenpeace International Retreat
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 2016
  • Google/Linux Foundation Core Internet Infrastructure Summit
    New York, New York USA, July 2016
  • Mozilla Open Web Fellows Hosts Planning Meeting
    New York, New York USA, July 2016
  • Consumer Reports Privacy Testing Protocol Design Sprint
    New York, New York USA, July 2016
  • Ford Foundation Public Interest Infrastructure Workshop
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, July 2016
  • Open Society Foundations National and Regional Foundations Roundtable
    New York, New York USA, July 2016
  • Amnesty International Global Digital Campaigning Strategy Workshop
    London, England, June 2016
  • Code for America 2016 Fellows Mid-Year Retreat
    Marin Headlands, California USA, June 2016
  • Consumer Reports' “Hack at the Track” Automotive Hackathon
    East Haddam, Connecticut USA, June 2016
  • Open Society Foundations Applications Team Retreat
    New York, New York USA, June 2016
  • Locking the Web Open
    San Francisco, California USA, June 2016
  • Humanitarian Technology Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts USA, June 2016
  • Information Security Coalition 2016 Global Workshop
    Washington, DC USA, June 2016
  • Open Society Foundations 2016 Grants Management Retreat
    Lake Balaton, Hungary, May 2016
  • Open Society Foundations 2016 Finance Conference
    Vienna, Austria, May 2016
  • Greenpeace US Retreat
    Pacific Grove, California USA, May 2016
  • California Nonprofit Technology Festival
    Watsonville, California USA, April 2016
  • Future of Human Rights Technology
    Mexico City, Mexico, April 2016
  • Open Society Foundations Intranet User Needs Meeting
    New York, New York USA, April 2016
  • Shuttleworth Fellows Gathering
    Littlehampton, England, April 2016
  • Hellman Foundation Grantees Meeting
    San Francisco, California USA, April 2016
  • Iran Cyber Dialogues
    San Francisco, California USA, March 2016
  • Greenpeace USA Board Meeting
    San Francisco, California USA, March 2016
  • Monk School of Global Affairs – Create 2016
    Toronto, Canada, March 2016
  • Open Technology Fund Corporate Rapid Response Roundtable
    Valencia, Spain, March 2016
  • Tor Developers Meeting
    Valencia, Spain, February 2016
  • European Digital Rights Summit
    Berlin, Germany, February 2016
  • European Digital Rights Funder Summit
    Berlin, Germany, February 2016
  • Code for America 2016 Fellows Kick-Off
    Marin Headlands, California USA, February 2016
  • Open Technology Fund Projects Communications Lab
    New York, New York USA, February 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
  • 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
  • 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