Kinnernet is an unconference-driven tinkerer & change-maker community started and guided by Yossi Vardi, founding investor of ICQ. Breaking down the walls of traditional meetings, Kinnernet’s unconferences held annually in Israel, Europe and Latin America, create on-going conversations and lasting connections around the globe. Inspired by Tim O’Reilly’s Foo Camp, Kinnernet events are volunteer-driven and by invitation.
KinnerLat, is the Kinnernet Community’s annual LatAm event. Like sibling events it features a gathering of a carefully selected 100 and is held in a different venue each year. In addition to Kinnerneting, we also strive to bring LatAm to Kinnernet and Kinnernet to LatAm, exposing our group to in-region peers, and their compelling initiatives.
In 2016, Yossi Vardi invited a core team to bring Kinnernet to LatAm, to create KinnerLat.
The City of Knowledge is an innovative community that promotes social change through humanism, science and business. Here, businessmen, scientists, thinkers, artists, community leaders as well as experts in government, NGO’s and international organizations, collaborate to develop initiatives that generate social change. The City of Knowledge is located a few minutes away Panama’s urban center, and right across from the Canal. Before being transformed into the City of Knowledge, its campus housed the former Clayton military base.
Nov 15, 2019 - Nov 19, 2019
This year, Ciudad del Saber (The City of Knowledge) will host the fourth edition of KinnerLat.
Only a few minutes from Panama’s urban center, and right across from the Panama Canal, the 120 hectares and over 200 buildings of the former Clayton military base have been transformed into Ciudad del Saber, an innovative community that images, researches, learns, teaches, experiments, invents, created and inspires, providing that a different Panama and a different world are possible.
Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route.
In the capital, Panama City, modern skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park.
We will be providing more information on accommodation soon!
Panama’s main international airport is Tocumen International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen).
We will be providing more information on ground transportation soon!
We have five amazing days planned!
Morning activities (Casco Walks/ Yoga)
Welcome and Introductions at SELINA Plenary Room
Ignite Talks #1 - #4
Panel work session: "Great Companies Made in Panama" with Pedro Heilbron of COPA, KC Hardin of Conservatorio SA, Daniel Rudasevsky of Selina
Lunch at SANTA RITA Keynote by Aristides Royo (Minister of Canal Affairs and ex President Republic of Panama) - “One Canal, Two Countries”
Panel work session:"Why Conservation" with José María Figueres (ex Pres Costa Rica), Matt Larsen (Exec Director Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)
Ignite Talks #5 - #8
Gaga Dancing Sessions with actress-dancer Zina Zinchenko
Dinner at La Rana Dorada
Outdoor activities 1) Group 1 - Hard-core Las Cruces Trail hike 2) Group 2 - Pipeline Road bird watching & hike 3) Group 3 - Gatun Lake / Canal boat ride 4) Group 4 - Nature Labs & Sloth Sanctuary
Ignites Talks #9 - #14 at Los Caimanes Restaurant at Gamboa
Lunch & Key Note Keynote: "Environmental Recovery" by Lider Sucre (CEO Mamoní100 and Director Wildlife Works LatAm) on Environmental Recovery
STRI Visit with Matt Larsen- STRI Laboratories at GamboaWelcome and intro
Dinner at Las Bovedas Restaurant
Morning Activities (Casco Walks/ Yoga)
Welcome & Tour: Ciudad del Saber
Panel work session: CDS Success Stories (Pituka Ortega (IFF), Ricardo Moreno (Yaguará))
Panel: Israel, Panama and Innovation (Yossi Vardi, Abner Benaim, Assaf Allouche)
Panama Canal: Visit & Lunch Miraflores Locks Visiting Center at the Panama Canal
LatAm Fintech Panel by BIDLab (Felipe Echandi - cuantopago, Carlos Vega - CEO Tesorio, Raymond Katz - CEO Adelantos, Luis Ruben Chávez - CEO Yo te presto, Demetrio Strimpopulos - Director Banregio Labs, Aimee Senmat de Grimaldo - Presidente Banistmo, Gregorio Tomassi - Konfío, Martin Tamizi - Cuenca, David Poritz - Credijusto, Narciso Campos - Creel, Carlos Orta - Deloitte, Cristina Randal - Konecta)
Event Conclusion and Closing
Farewell Party Panama Bay Boat Ride
Departures / Start of Surfing and Hiking trips
Kinnerlat and its impact would not be possible without the support of our partners.
KinnerLat carefully selects 100 participants for each edition. If you would like to submit please click below:
Dear members, KinnerLat is a non for profit organization sponsored by private groups and dedicated to the common good.
There is a small participation fee to cover basic expenses during the event, however if you wish to contribute further to the organization, you will help us support its development and assure its financial balance. For every donation, an invoice will be sent to you. We are forever grateful!
WHAT ARE KINNERLAT’S VALUES?
Inclusion: passions of all ages and walks of life are welcome
Self-reliance: no need to be extra-posh, utmost environmental respect
Gifting: everybody contributes
WHAT IS OUR LEGACY?
KinnerLat is the equivalent of migrating birds dropping seeds in newly formed islands in the ocean: that induces new vegetation and cross pollination of ideas with the cities we visit and partner with. KinnerLat 2016 was Latin America’s first ever Kinnernet held at the historic “New World” capital of Antigua Guatemala, in Central America. The second edition of KinnerLat took place in October 2017 in the driest non-polar desert on Earth, the breathtaking setting of the high Atacama Desert in San Pedro and the Atacama Desert, in Chile, and last year edition took place in November on the spectacular Unesco World Heritage site of Oaxaca, Mexico – a city filled with history, gastronomic experiences and indigenous culture.
In every occasion, KinnerLat was able to put these destinations on the map of many world leaders that were not familiar with LATAM’s social and economic development, opening the opportunity for potential business opportunities and further advancement of the region. From these events, many projects have flourished.
We look forward to bringing this same magic to Ciudad del Saber, Panama
WHAT IS AN UN-CONFERENCE?
KinnerLat is an Unconference, which means content is principally determined by participants who are encouraged to share and present on any topic of their choosing. As at Tim O’Reilly’s famous Foo Camp, (again, at which Yossi Vardi was initially inspired to start Kinnernet), attendees fill in the program via big whiteboards. A Kinnernet is about sharing opportunities and ideas and making them larger and even more compelling. As one of our Core Champions points out, the Kinnernet Spirit is about “Making cooperation the new competition”.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT KINNERNETLAT’19?
An intense, stimulating few days with lots of activity! You’ll find yourself participating in endless fascinating sessions and accidental conversations – and of course hopefully leading at least one. Sheer outdoorsy fun is also assured in the old city of Panama, the canal and surroundings. We’ll have plenty of surprises and activities.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
KinnerLat attire will be totally casual. Many activities are outdoors, including certain workshops and meals. We will provide further details on what to pack when you sign-up.
WHAT ARE GROUP DISCUSSIONS?
We will have a few hour-long discussions. All put forward by Participants. You may prepare an introductory slide presentation or simply start with some opening remarks before “opening it up” for conversation. Upon arrival jot down your discussion on the White Board, you won’t be able to miss it! Discussions are typically held in groups of 10-20. By the way, group discussions can be in work-out format! Perhaps you want to lead your own meditation, yoga session, or similar! Or just share slides from an amazing trip.
WHAT ARE FIRE-SIDE CHATS?
A format intended for a single speaker to share her/his story with the audience.
WHAT ARE IGNITE TALKS?
A format intended for a single speaker to share her/his story with the audience. he motto is “enlighten us, but make it quick!” Speakers get five minutes to enlighten, and entertain new ways of thinking. These are 10 min / 10-slide “Plenary” Power Point presentations to our full group – on anything that moves you and you’d like to share.
WHAT IS GADGETHON?
Do you have a special, magical gadget that has become indistinguishable from magic (or you think is nearly there)? Tell us about it at or better yet, show it to us during the Gadgethon Session!
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT?
We highly treasure our community and want to make sure this remains a safe space. It is important that everyone feels safe and included regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or ability. To uphold the Code of Conduct, respect boundaries and look after each other. We do not tolerate harassment of any king.
If you need help or see someone who does, notify security, a staff member or reach out by filling a report here: http://www.kinnerlat.com/report-an-incident-form/