You’ve booked your flight.
You’ve secured your ticket.
Let the momentum begin at NGS2019.
You and 1,000+ attendees are heading to New York City from June 7-9, 2019, to attend OUR largest and most impactful Summit yet! All accepted applicants to Summit events have something in common: a fire to achieve and go above and beyond for their passions. You and your fellow entrepreneurs bring this amazing energy to the NGS experience, and we know that you want to gain the most #momentum possible. That’s why we created this guide on how to seek the utmost value out of attending Next Gen Summit 2019. Below, find tips and tricks to inspire your weekend planning.
See you at the Summit!
ARRIVAL TIME & LOCATION
To avoid lines, ensure a good seat, and beat the rush, we recommend you plan on arriving to venues and sessions early. Official registration will begin Saturday morning so bring a valid ID for check-in.
Friday Venue: The Mezzanine (55 Broadway, New York, NY 10006) beginning at 5 PM EST
Saturday & Sunday Venue: Convene (1 Liberty St, New York, NY 10006). Enter Convene on Broadway between Cortlandt Street and Liberty Street. Saturday’s doors open at 9 AM and Sunday at 10 AM.
- Cortland St (R, W)
- WTC-Cortlandt (1)
- Fulton St (4, 5)
- World Trade Center (PATH)
The Next Gen Summit Official Conference App is your mode of connecting with attendees, requesting 1:1 meetings with fellow peer entrepreneurs, view the agenda and venue map, interact with Summit partners, and more. You will be emailed a link to download prior to the event. Make sure you create an account and get to matchmaking. The app is the perfect way to start talking with other event goers and building friendships before you join us by ‘requesting meetings’ and utilizing the chat rooms. Nervous about making connections at the event? Start doing that today with the app, and reach out the Team Next Gen if you need some recommendations of individuals to connect with.
There’s no official dress code, so wear what makes you comfortable and feel the most confident. What do you want to wear when meeting potential business partners, investors, and new friends all in the same room? Suits, jeans, hoodies, everything goes!
WHAT TO DO AT NGS
Speaker Sessions: Experience over 30 sessions covering a diverse array of topics from scaling your startup to the future of media.
1:1 Mentorship: Receive 1:1 mentorship and coaching from startup leaders, industry executives, and renowned experts through Next Gen’s Office Hours.
Themed Dinners: A conference tradition, NGS Themed Dinners are casual, pay-your-own-way dinners at affordable restaurants in NYC.
Networking: Spend the weekend with a hand-selected cohort of 1,000+ brilliant young entrepreneurs from across the world and connect with fellow entrepreneurs, speakers, mentors, and celebrities.
Roundtable Discussions: Uncover the stories, tactics, and habits of founders of billion-dollar brands and industry moguls through roundtable discussions.
Next Gen Summit After Dark: Relax at the end of a packed Summit day over music, laughter, bowling, and laser tag during our Friday and Saturday evening festivities.
The most impactful personal connections and professional developments we’ve witnessed at NGS happen when Next Gen-ers get real with each other. Be vulnerable - let people know the good and bad as it is, and what help you need. Remember: every Next Gen-er who is attending has been hand-selected from a crowded application pool. You’re here for a reason.
Community is born from a give first mentality. We embody this in our Online Community and at our Summits. There will be investors, press, mentors, speakers, celebrities, and others present - they’re inundated with ‘asks’ thrown at them. The secret sauce to gaining the most value from NGS? Help everyone you can, first and without calling for reciprocity. Give because it’s the right thing to do - and the way we do things at Next Gen.
MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY MINUTE
The full #NGS2019 agenda is live here. With so many sessions, it’s impossible to get to them all. Take some time beforehand to look through the schedule and identify topics that most resonate, excite, or challenge you. Craft your personalized Summit agenda (and let us know if you need help deciding).
STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH YOUR EMAIL
Leading up the NGS2019, we may send you important information, updates, and more. By staying aware via your email, you will be the most informed of what to expect at the Summit.
SIGN UP FOR PROGRAMMING
You will have the chance to sign up for mentoring sessions, Themed Dinners, and roundtables prior to the event. Make sure you are researching the different individuals and signing up for those sessions that peak your interest before you arrive.
We curate content, people, and initiatives to encourage innovation and diversity. You may come across a speaker, attendee, or session that you don’t necessarily agree with. Instead of running away from it, we encourage you to run towards it. Be flexible, start conversations, and respect differences.
We’ve been hosting Next Gen events since 2015 and have iterated continuously to give our community the best experience possible. The non-session programming including our Themed Dinners, Kick-Off Party, Saturday Night Festivities, and more have been designed to facilitate connection outside of your standard conference ‘networking.’ Take part in these Next Gen Traditions. Show up and engage beyond the venue walls.
NGS is an action-packed weekend and the agenda is packed with content. To make sure you’re meeting as many great people as possible, try grabbing lunch or dinner with fellow Next Gen-ers. Unsure who to reach out to? Find a team member who will be happy to facilitate an intro. NOTE: Lunch and other meals are not provided at Next Gen Summit, though the team is happy to make restaurant recommendations.
MEET OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS
We curate our partners, speakers, mentors, and exhibitors just as rigorously as we do our attendees. Everyone is there to act as an amazing resource to your journey so take the time to say ‘hello’ and learn about the value they’re offering to participants. You just may walk away with a cool give-away, too.
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS WITH #NGS2019
Our community will be sharing their favorite Next Gen Summit 2019 moments on social media using #NGS2019. Make sure to snap pictures and videos throughout and share using the #. We will be liking, following, and retweeting your best angles!
FIND THE NEXT GEN TEAM
Need help locating a session? Not sure how to make the most of your lunch hour? Have a general question? The Next Gen Team and Event Staff are never far away at NGS. Find someone wearing a Yellow Lanyard & Team Badge to help with anything you may need. And make sure to say hello to Dylan, Justin, Rachel, & Michael (they live for meeting you all).
REMEMBER YOU’RE NOT ALONE
Feel a bit intimidated networking and making connections? You’ve been chosen out of thousands of applications because you are so impressive that we had to have you there. Find that confidence to say hello to a new person, walk up to a speaker, and use your passion for what you’re building to make conversation easy.
#NGS2019 is here to help you along your journey, and it’s important to make time for enjoying all that life has to offer. Amidst the fast-paced connecting and learning, take a second to ensure you’re smiling and having a good time. If at any point that’s not the case, grab a team member and we’ll lend a smiling hand.