November 10 to 14
By invitation only
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.
Matias de Tezanos
Who is coming
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:
Daniel Gomez Iñiguez
Gina Diez Barroso
Jose Maria Figueres
Matias de Tezanos
Nov 10, 2018 Nov 14, 2018
Oaxaca is a complex yet intensely attractive city. The destination for this year’s KinnerLat is a Unesco World Heritage site, and, when it comes to history, gastronomy and indigenous culture, Oaxaca rivals anywhere in Latin American. It’s the Mexico of Zapotec and colonial legend. Life pulsates through handsome, tranquil streets, where regional flavor arises from historic hotels, crafts-person run shops, and the intentionally grungy mezcalería. Satirical street art, bohemian bars and lively street markets attest to the city’s daily life.
With the implementation of programs that incentivize entrepreneurs to build their projects and economic support to start-ups and small companies, Oaxaca is preparing itself to become a leading hub for technology in the country and the region. This is aligned with Kinnerlat’s objective of introducing attendees to a Latin American culture to learn about social, tech, and economic advancements of the regions selected.
We’ll have a registration desk at the venue, La Calera, but make sure to do it in advance so you don’t miss any of the activities and talks.
We won’t be returning from Monte Albán to the hotels but rather heading straight to the venue, La Calera, so you’d want to bring water, a hat, comfortable wear and an extra shirt (or change of outfit) if you wish to for the day of activities.
We won’t be returning to hotels after the closing plenary but will head into cultural activities and closing dinner. Be prepared with layers for the evening.
Please check the schedule for airport pick up and drop offs and choose the one more convenient for your flight.
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.
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.
In both occasions, 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.
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’18?
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 amazing Oaxaca 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!
This year, the Kinnerlat community is supporting the work of:
Kinnerlat and its impact would not be possible without the support of our partners.
Official Mezcal and mixologists
IT, Social networks & dynamics
With the support of:
Experience design and production