Host a Mini Party for Alt Winter 2016

Are you ready to party it up at Alt Winter? We are! And we want you to have a hand in planning the fun. For the last few conferences we have invited creative and talented Alt Summit community members to host our Mini Parties. They put together a planning team, then come up with fantastic themes and gorgeous decorations. They help make the Mini Parties one of the highlights of the conference! 

Interested in hosting? Read all about the details and how to apply here!

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Driving Engagement with Social Media

Comments on blogs are rare. Nowadays engagement happens on social media. Plans are made. Ideas are germinated. Dream teams are introduced and formed. But none of this happens without your guidance. Conversations and collaborations that appear effortless, natural require practice and trial and error and until you find your voice and your pace. 

Join the Alt community this Wednesday morning (tomorrow) May 8th at 9AM PT/12PM ET on Twitter for an hour-long chat about hooking the interest of an audience and enticing them to engage. 

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Alter Your World by Recognizing Innovative Teachers

In 2013, we introduced Alter Your World to the Alt community at our flagship event in Salt Lake City. Since then we have loved watching the community strive for change, show acts of kindness, and celebrate doing good.

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who supports teachers and celebrates innovation in education, to bring our Alt community a fantastic opportunity. During the next two weeks, we hope you will join us and participate in a contest to celebrate teachers and innovation in education for a chance to win a ticket to Alt Summer for yourself and $500 cash for a deserving teacher.

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Keeping Your World View Fresh

How often do you step outside your comfort zone? Change up your daily routine? Why does this matter? Because when we’re not changing up what we’re seeing and doing our perspective and our writing can get stale.

Join the Alt community and our co-host Airbnb on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) April 29th at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET for an hour-long chat about how to use food and travel to keep your writing fresh. We will be talking about how to incorporate travel and new cuisines into your blogging, engage readers in your adventures, and more.

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Instagram Contest Giveaway: Show Us the Shoes Taking You Places

A consistent theme at Alt Summit is that the overnight success is a myth. As many entrepreneurs and creatives know, success involves a lot of hustle and a lot of pounding the pavement. So, for our last week of Share Alt with a Friend Instagram contests, we're combining our love of shoes with a question: what shoes are taking you places? Did you have a lucky pair? Share them with us and tell the story, and maybe they'll take you and a friend to Alt Summer this June in Salt Lake City. 

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Jumpstarting Collaborations

It’s often said two heads are better than one. When you’re a solo entrepreneur or a small business that second head takes the form of collaboration. But how do you incorporate collaboration into your process? Where do you find potential partners? And when you find them, how do you approach them?

Join the Alt community and our co-host La Crema, a long-time collaborator with Alt, on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET for an hour-long chat about collaboration. 

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Setting Up Successful Partnerships and the Next Instagram Challenge

The right partnerships start with you. Knowing your strengths and core competencies and then partnering with others who compliment those strengths and competencies.

Join the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat about partnerships. We will be talking about how you identify your strengths, showcase your strengths for potential partners, and more. There will also be a chance to win tickets to Alt Summer for you and a friend!

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Who Will You Share Alt With?

Want to share Alt with a friend? Spread the love and you may be able to take her to the next Alt Summer! 

Over the next five weeks, we will be hosting an Instagram contest each week! Every week we’ll announce the contest and its particular rules on Instagram, so make sure you’re following us (@AltSummit). Be sure to read through all of the details as they'll change from week to week and you won’t want to miss out! 

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Where to Find Color Inspiration in 2015

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or a home designer, finding inspiration can be one of the most important, yet most challenging tasks in your day-to-day life.

The Altitude Design Summit provides the perfect opportunity to cultivate new ideas and inspiration, especially with color. Color can greatly impact our moods. Here are five places to go for color inspiration.

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30 Days Until Alt Winter 2015 and a Giveaway

Can you believe it is only 30 days until Alt Summit Winter 2015? Maybe you have been a little preoccupied with the holidays to notice. 

If you don't yet have your ticket and you don't want to count on Santa, here's your chance to win a ticket to Alt Summit! Be sure to act quickly as the Instagram contest closes Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Midnight PST.

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Sold Out + Contest Winners

Sold Out

We hope you have your ticket to Alt Summit Winter 2015 because as of today we officially SOLD OUT! We are so excited to meet with all of you in real life, and are trying to wait patiently till January. 

In meantime, we are making great use of the lively Facebook group. We hope you will join us there! Introduce yourself, find new friends, and make plans together! Getting involved early on is a great way to make the most of the conference.


We were absolutely blown away with each of the mini-party submissions! We received over twice as many as last year with such creative ideas and obvious enthusiasm that narrowing down the list felt impossible. In the end, we picked six teams that were able to balance and compliment each other while displaying a unique, never-been-see-at-Alt point of view.  

Huge congratulations to the following teams:

Saturday Tours

While we are congratulating, let us get excited for these five people: Sara NealCarly MorganJenica ParcellStasia SavasukKamie Marshall and Amanda Tennant.

Each will be hosting fabulous city tours on the last day of Alt Winter. Food, shopping, history, photography - these small group tours are a great way to get outside and get to know a bit of Salt Lake City.

We will announce themes, plus more surprises and details, in the coming months for both the parties and the tours. Stay tuned!

Alt Summit Winter 2015 Mini-Party Submissions

By: Kelly Smith; Photo by: Kelly Smith for Alt Summit

We are so impressed with the response to the mini party host contest. Each of you are knocking it out of the ballpark with your original ideas and attention to detail. If you are still thinking about making your submission, then check out these recaps from last January's mini party hosts

The Secret Garden was a huge hit and a breath of fresh air in the middle of a cold January. 

Urban Jungle was styled perfectly with a neon sign (that they gave away in a genius contest!). 

I Wish I May I Wish I Might filled the room with golden inspiration. 

Glimmer Shimmer Shake danced the night away.

Carnival swept everyone away into a different world and spoiled guests with takeaways. 

You have a few hours left to summit your ideas! So go read this, form a team, and make your party dreams come to life with the help of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft at the 2015 Alt Summit Winter conference. 

Update: The contest has closed.