Kinnernet is an annual community-building event for changemakers, creatives, and innovators organized by Yossi Vardi, founding investor of ICQ. By breaking down the walls of traditional meetings the unconference creates conversations that yield solutions and innovation to real-world issues. The unconference aims to tap into the diverse problem solving and critical thinking skills of its participants. Inspired by Tim O’Reilly’s Foo Camp, KinnerLat is an invitation-only and self- organized symposium.
KinnerLat, a branch of Kinnernet, is a gathering of 100 carefully selected innovators. The unconference, held in a different Latin American city every year, aims to foster innovation through collaboration. By introducing attendees to the region’s social and technological advancements and creating an open platform for discussion, KinnerLat aims to find solutions to real-world problems.
In 2016, Yossi Vardi invited a core team to create Kinnernet LATAM.
The City of Knowledge is an innovative community that promotes social change through humanism, science and business. Here, businessmen, scientists, thinkers, artists, community leader,s 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!
We have created a unique global and diverse community of innovators who challenge conventional thinking, identify new forms of creativity, and start global conversations to foster desirable futures. Former attendees include change-makers, world-shapers, scientist, artist and passionate entrepreneurs:
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?
Creativity – Progressive leaders pushing for a change
Innovation – Unpacking new research, innovative techniques, and tech advancements.
Culture – We honor heritage while promoting a culture of innovation.
Community – Our biggest accomplishment is brining together an amazing group of people and we highly treasure it.
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/