Hello Craft's second annual Summit of Awesome weekend series is fast approaching—check out the extensive schedule of speakers and workshops here. And while online registration was to have closed at noon today, beginning tomorrow you can register in person on-site at the Kennedy School. Kimberly Dorn, executive director of Hello Craft, answers a few questions about the proceedings.
MERCURY: How many years has the Summit of Awesome gone on? Where has it been held in the past, and how did you determine that it would be held in Portland this year?
KIMBERLY DORN: This is the 2nd annual Summit of Awesome. Last year, we held the first Summit in Washington DC. At last year's Summit, we had a fair amount of attendees from the West Coast, so we thought that it would be neat to bring the Summit closer to them this year.
What do you think is the biggest takeaway goal from the summit? Is it to make the attendees better business people, to foster the community of makers, to have fun, something else?
It's all three! I hope that attendees feel more empowered on the business end of their craft after the Summit, and that they have made lasting fun and business connections that they take with them and foster when they go home.
Can you give me a sense of what the demographics of the Show of Awesome sale event will look like? What proportion of the sellers will be from outside this region, and where are most of them from? Do people come in from throughout the country? Internationally?
The majority of vendors are from the Portland and surrounding areas, but there are also many vendors from across the country. The demographic of the fair mirrors most indie craft fairs, with the many female vendors, in their mid 20s-late 30s.
What is the expected attendance of the summit this year?
We have space for 200, and do expect to sell out on-site. Our online sales will close down Tuesday at Noon, but we will be accepting walk-up registration on-site, starting Wednesday Morning. 3-day, 2-day, 1-day and Workshop-Only passes will be available. First come, first serve.