— Applications for the 2014-2015 Ambassador Program are now closed. —
The event is yours to produce, but we will provide you with the resources to stay true to 99U’s mission statement of providing the missing curriculum we didn’t get in school. During your Ambassadorship, you’ll have the support of our Ambassador Liaison, who will provide you with digital assets (such as templates, samples, and suggestions for marketing, branding, etc.) as well as a detailed handbook to help guide you in producing your event. When you attend the 99U Conference, you’ll be given advice and further instruction from the experienced 99U staff on what you’ll need to know to make your event a success.
Your speakers should be from your local community or area, have a history of making ideas happen, be a great public speaker, and have pragmatic and actionable insights to share. The Ambassador handbook will provide you with more in-depth curation guidelines and tips if you are selected.
The 99U Local events will happen the week of September 14th, 2015, between Monday, the 14th and Friday, the 18th. You’re welcome to choose which weeknight works best for your city, though we highly recommend selecting that Tuesday or Wednesday and holding your event from 7-10 p.m.
We do not provide compensation, beyond a complimentary 99U Conference ticket. This program is for those who are passionate and motivated about sharing the idea behind 99U with the world, and are eager to learn how to produce a great event.
The mission of 99U Local is to be free and open to the public. As such, all events are required to be free, with capacity only limited by your venue’s size.
It is mandatory that you attend the 99U Conference in full, from April 29th - May 1st. Past that, producing your 99U Local event will take some serious planning and dedication to make it great, but it should absolutely be manageable as a side project.
We are only accepting applications from individuals to be 99U Ambassadors. It’s important to us that we have a single individual who is accountable for producing the event.
As we are limiting this program to just 25 cities for now, we’re focusing on larger cities, with a population of at least 130,000 people or more. Please make sure that your city meets these requirements before requesting an application.
Heck, yes! Our goal with this new events series is to expand 99U’s reach globally. We’re accepting applications from cities all over the world, assuming they meet the above city population requirements. However, you should note that, we are asking that all talks be held in English, no matter what they location. Why? Because all of the content we share on 99u.com is in English, and we want to remain consistent when we roll out recordings of 99U Local talks.
If accepted, you’ll be asked to sign an agreement to fulfill the requirements and terms outlined above—essentially attending the conference and then producing your own local event in September 2015. After your event is complete, the Ambassadorship will be open to review and renewal, at our discretion.