FAQ

What is NewCo?
NewCo is a new kind of event experience: a mashup of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival.  Register to attend any of over 125 presentations given by local innovative companies and organizations.  You get to pick which sessions you would like to see and you get to visit each company/organization in their home office or locale.

When is NewCo SV?
October 21-23, 2014 in Silicon Valley. There will be a VIP Reception and Plenary(date will be announced in June) for VIP ticket holders, Host companies, and sponsors.

FAQs for Interested NewCo Hosts
We designed NewCo to celebrate the spirit of innovation that embodies so many of the organizations around the world.  This October we are bringing NewCo to Silicon Valley and look forward to working with you to create a session that properly captures and shares your unique story.  We’ve put together this FAQ to help answer some questions we frequently receive about NewCo and what it means to host a session.  If you have any further questions/thoughts please contact Tim Nordvedt at tim@newco.co.

What makes a company an NewCo?
NewCos are on a mission to change the world.
NewCos are enablers, not a gatekeepers.
NewCos believe in open collaboration with customers, suppliers, employees, and their community.
NewCos believe in transparent communication.
NewCos are open minded and nimble.

Why should I participate as a Host Company?
NewCo host companies benefit in many ways including marketing, business development, and recruiting opportunities, along with enhancing community relations. NewCo attendees are high caliber members of your industry, your city, and your community across a range of business sectors. They make the effort to physically come to your company to learn about your company’s leaders, mission, and impact on the world. This is a unique opportunity for you to not only spread the word about why what you are doing is important and different, but also a chance to create new business and community relationships.

Previous NewCo Festival sessions have lead to host companies creating new business partnerships, making new hires, and establishing new contacts with neighbors next door and across town all while in the comfort of their own business environment. An added bonus, if your company is selected to be part of our Premiere Video Circle, we will record the session and provide you with the edited pieces as well as the raw footage which you may repurpose for your own use.

NewCo is a powerful vehicle to bring qualified people to your headquarters. By designing a session that will attract the right audience, you have the chance to meet potential recruits, for example, or to start a conversation with the right members of the community about a topic important to your company’s future. NewCo delivers a complete list of the attendees that come to your session, and we can work with you to create just the right session content to fit your company’s specific needs.

How can I apply to be a NewCo Host?
To apply to be considered to Host a session, fill out the Host application and our team will be in touch shortly. Application deadline is August 26, 2014.

Who will be attending NewCo SV?
NewCo SV is open to anyone who is interested in attending. We expect a mix of senior marketers, investors, developers, writers, technologists, start up founders, and policy makers, most of whom will be local to Silicon Valley.

What is my commitment as a NewCo Host?
As a NewCo Host, a founder or senior member of your management team will lead a 45 minute session around your organization’s vision and what innovation means to you. Time of day (broken out in one hour segments between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.) and the number of people you can host is up to you and what you are comfortable with.

On the day of the event we will provide you with printable collateral to put up at your offices to denote your organization as a host company.

Should we be prepared to provide food and drinks?
Host companies are not required to provide food or drinks, although it is certainly welcome. Keep in mind that attendees will be going to different sessions throughout the day so small snacks and drinks will definitely be appreciated!

Should we be prepared for the press?
Members of the press may join your session, either as a curious member of the audience or to officially write a story. If there are members of the press who are interested in writing a story about your particular session we will make sure to connect them with you.

How many Host companies will there be in Silicon Valley?
While we would like to accommodate everyone who is interested we can only feature approximately 125 organizations this year in Silicon Valley.  Hosts will be throughout the city and each will have a 45-minute segment to share their vision and story. We encourage you to present for up to 30 minutes so you can allow time for audience Q&A.

What set up do I need to provide as a Host?
You will need to provide seating and/or accommodation for the number of attendees that you tell us you can host.  If you have any in-house audio capacity (sound) and you are able to host over 75 people we suggest that you utilize your in-house sound (this is not a requirement).

Will you be video taping the sessions?
We will be capturing a select number of NewCo host sessions and we will take shots of your building and office space. When you apply to be a host please indicate if you are interested in having your session recorded and contact Elissa Hambrecht for any video related questions: elissa@newco.co.

FAQs for Interested NewCo Attendees and Volunteers

How do I register for NewCo SV?
Online registration is open. Please note that you can sign up for free or upgrade for earliest access to our schedule picker.  Sessions will fill up fast, so upgrading is your way to ensure that you get the sessions you want to attend.

After I’ve registered how do I pick which sessions I will attend?
You will receive an email from us when you have access to the schedule picker, based on your registration level.  Our online schedule picker will allow you to pick one session per time slot, building two full days of visits and presentations from Silicon Valley’s finest and most innovative companies and organizations.

Can I change my schedule once I’ve picked my sessions?
Yes, you can edit your schedule at any time. However, we ask you to be mindful of other attendees who may want to attend sessions that are full. If you do not plan on attending any sessions we ask you to change your schedule picker as soon as you are able.

Are there any mixing events or other get togethers?
We will be messaging out “meet ups” during the days via Twitter. For VIP registrants there is a plenary event(date will be announced in June).

What if I lose my credentials?
Please print up a copy of your detailed schedule and carry this with you at all times.

Can I take photos inside the companies and organizations I visit?
Yes, you are welcome to take photos unless there is a specific request not to at a particular session (which you will be alerted to in advance). In fact, we encourage attendees to take photos and share them on social media during the festival using #newco.

Can I volunteer?
We are always looking for volunteers. If you have interest in volunteering, either onsite or in advance of any of our events, please fill out a volunteer form and we will be in touch.