FEEcon 2017: How You Can Change The World
You are invited to the inaugural FEEcon, a major gathering of freedom lovers from all walks of life with powerful networking opportunities, awesome panel discussions, and educational fun for everyone – all sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education and held in vibrant and beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, which is being called the cultural capital of the US.
FEEcon, with 70-plus sessions and 10 distinct tracks, seeks to provide real skills for professional success, combined with a solid theoretical education you can’t get in college. The focus is on living and thinking more creatively and effectively. The conference provides vast networking opportunities, and allows you to engage with successful entrepreneurs and student leaders.
The dates are Thursday, June 15, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017. The location is the gorgeous Omni Hotel at the CNN Center. Atlanta is FEE’s home and one of the global centers of commerce and entrepreneurship. It has tech startups, microbreweries, the World of Coke, vast international cuisine, and an awesome arts scene. Plus, Atlanta has Uber and Lyft!
Everyone is invited and everyone should come. There are, however, special tracks and pricing available for students and young professionals.
For a general audience and financial supporters, $329 gains access to all FEEcon sessions, plus FEE’s Annual Retreat which includes the VIP Reception on Friday, June 16th, the VIP Lunch and VIP Banquet Dinner on Saturday, June 17th. After the early bird special ends on March 10th, the price goes up to $379.
For students and young professionals, the price is $99, and you’ll have access to the FEEcon Kickoff event on June 15th, all Friday sessions, and all Saturday sessions. Travel, hotel, and tuition reimbursement scholarships are also available. The price goes up to $149 after the early bird special ends on March 10th.
We live in a connected world. To solve problems, it’s imperative one has an understanding on how to harness technology. The Digital Solutions track challenges you to present a real world problem and work with leaders in this field to develop a solution...think “Hackathon.” Build upon your skills of Creating Web Presence, Building & Managing a Website, Google Analytics, SEO, Front end coding, CRO, Content Marketing & Community Building, Growth-Hacking and Digital Marketing as we explore innovation and the changing digital landscape.
Entrepreneurship & Business Success
It all starts with an idea. The Entrepreneurship and Business Success track is for those who are looking to turn today’s great idea into tomorrow’s thriving business. Our speakers and workshops explore what it takes to be a successful Entrepreneur. Develop practical skills such as pitching ideas, raising capital, and growing your business. Hear from today’s business leaders at they recount their inspirational stories and struggles of growing a business from an idea to success.
Personal and Professional Development
Being successful in this life requires you to cultivate a certain set of skills. The Personal and Professional Development track gives you actionable advice needed to push your career forward. Our speakers and workshops focus on improving your leadership skills, being comfortable with who you are and developing your personal brand. Learn from masters in this field as you continue your journey to be a better manager, public speaker, storyteller, writer, marketer, and fundraiser.
Poverty Alleviation, Well-being, and Prosperity
It’s almost paradoxical that in a world with so much wealth, our society continues to struggle with poverty. The Poverty Alleviation, Well-being, and Prosperity track tackles this formidable issue head on. We dive into the history of the global aid industry and explore the social benefits derived from Economic Development, Social Entrepreneurship, and Mutual Aid Societies. To tie it all together, we will view and discuss the award-winning documentary, Poverty, Inc.
Urbanism, Development, and Your Neighborhood Presented by Market Urbanism
Wherever you live, your city uses archaic regulations to restrict what can be built, and for what purposes buildings can be used. The Urbanism, Development, and Your Neighborhood track is a joint effort by Market Urbanism and FEE to shed some light on the vast spectrum of land use and transportation regulations that suck the vibrancy out of neighborhoods, cause traffic congestion, and constrain housing supply to the point we have an affordable housing crisis in cities across the world. This track provides you with the intellectual tools you’ll need to make a case for liberty in your own backyard and bring liberty to your streets.
Policies for Economic and Social Progress
As we all strive to create a vibrant society, we must always be mindful of the impact policy has on our efforts. The Policies for Economic and Social Progress is a survey of hot-button policy issues, specifically, immigration, Education, Police Reform, Criminal Justice Reform, Corporate Welfare, Religious Liberty, and Environmental Issues. We explore how policy can lead to great strides forward or disastrous steps backward.
No longer should you be a slave to the scribblings of some economist and their defunct theories. The Economic Essentials track is an extensive introduction to economic thinking. Become adept at handling spurious economic arguments as we explore differing perspectives such as Austrian Economics, the Chicago School, Public Choice, Keynes vs Hayek. A special focus is on the Austrian view of Entrepreneurship and its central role in wealth creation.
Our social institutions are shaped by the underlying philosophical foundations they are built upon. The Political Philosophy track explores how varying philosophical ideas promote or hinder entrepreneurship. From Objectivism to Classical Liberalism to Conservatism to Anarchism, we uncover the moral foundations that make a free society possible.
Science and Technology
We live in a world made better by those who innovate. The Science and Technology track explores current and future trends in this every expanding field. We explore burgeoning technologies such as AI, Bitcoin, medicine, self-driving cars, environmental entrepreneurship, 3-D printing, Start-up Cities and ventures in Seasteading. We delve into efforts to hinder progress in these areas as well as ways to maneuver around such attempts.
Creativity and Commerce
Creativity breathes life into ideas. It’s creativity that makes our ideas beautiful. When free to create, human beings discover beauty. The Creativity and Commerce track examines how freedom has influenced art, literature, music, film and food in our society. A special nod is given to Hip Hop and its evolution as an organic and self-directed creative development.
FEE Strategic Update
The FEE Strategic Update track explores business related towards the operation of the Foundation for Economic Education for interested donors who have joined us at FEE Con. We will look at current and future initiatives as well as FEE’s financial outlook for the coming year. Join key members of the team as we delve into the work FEE is doing to expand upon its mission to inspire, educate, and connect young adults with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: FEEcon is open to anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship or exploring economic thinking. We encourage people who are new to these ideas to apply, and all we ask is that you are respectful, intellectually curious, and willing to engage in the presentations and discussions.
A: The cost to attend is $149 ($99 Early Bird Special) for Students/Young Professionals and $379 ($329 Early Bird Special) for General attendees thanks to our generous donors. For Students/Young Professionals, the charge covers tuition and some meals. For General attendees, the charge covers tuition, access to the FEEcon Reception and VIP Dinner. Student tuition and travel reimbursement scholarships are available on an as needed basis. Click here to apply for scholarships.
A: For Students/Young Professionals, sign in begins on Thursday 6/15/17 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For General attendees, you are welcome to attend Friday's sessions and can arrive anytime on Friday 6/16/17. If you are just attending Saturday's sessions, please arrive by 8:00 am on Saturday 6/17/17 am to get signed in.
A: To apply for a Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship, Hotel Reimbursement and/or a Travel Reimbursement Scholarship, go here. Scholarships are limited and based on need. Therefore, apply early.
We suggest you apply for the scholarships first and wait to register & pay until you know you have been awarded the scholarships. If you register and pay the admission fee before you know you are to receive a scholarships, we will be unable to refund the entire amount if you need to cancel.
The Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship covers the cost of the admission to FEEcon. The Travel Reimbursement Scholarship covers your cost to get to FEEcon. We cover up to $750 for international students and up to $500 for domestic students. The Hotel Reimbursement Scholarship covers $260 of the hotel cost if you book in FEE's hotel block at the Omni Hotel. Be prepared to submit all travel and hotel receipts for approval.
Upon receiving your application for the Scholarships, we will review and determine if your need fits our criteria. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for us to review and respond to you. You will be informed via email if you will be awarded the Scholarships. If awarded a Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship, a Hotel Reimbursement Scholarship and/or a Travel Reimbursement Scholarship, you will receive a check when you arrive to the event.
A: When following GPS, please use 190 Marietta St NW Atlanta, GA 30303. The Motor Lobby entrance is located off of Marietta Street. Hourly parking rates: 0–3 hours: $16; 3–6 hours: $22; 6–24 hours: $35. Parking rate for over-sized vehicles (large and/or lifted SUVs and trucks) is $39. Covered, overnight valet-only parking ($35) includes in/out privileges. Here is a map of self-parking lots near the Omni Hotel.
A: We will provide coffee and bagels for breakfast. Student/Young Professional ticket holders will be on their own for lunch. Don't stress. There's an extensive food court connected to the Omni Hotel in the CNN Center. Please take a look at the available options. For all attendees who purchase a General Admission ticket, FEE is also hosting a Dinner Reception on Friday, lunch on Saturday, and a VIP Banquet on Saturday.
A: We have reserved a large block of hotel rooms at a discounted rate with the Omni Hotel. The number of rooms are limited, so we suggest you book early to ensure you can take advantage of the discounted rate.
A: Registration will close on May 15th, 2017. However, we will open up the ability to register for sessions before that date. Space is limited for sessions, so we encourage you to register for the event early so that you have the opportunity to choose the sessions that interest you as soon as we open up Session Registration.
A: Yes. International students are welcome to register and attend. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and for completing any necessary paperwork required by your country for a visa. We do offer a limited number of Travel Reimbursement Scholarships for international students. Please apply here.
A: If you need a Visa to enter the United States, contact the US Embassy or Consulate in your country and find out what options are available to you and what their requirements are. Be sure to do this as soon as possible as it may take a few weeks or months to complete the process.
A: On or before 5/15/2017: 75% of Admission Fee; Between 5/16/2017 and 6/01/2017: 50% of Admission Fee; On or after 6/02/2017: $0
Lawrence W. Reed is president of the Foundation for Economic Education and author of Real Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction and Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism. Follow on Twitter and Like on Facebook.
Kickoff & Opening Remarks
Student/Donor Interaction Event
Recess & VIP Luncheon
If you're flying, plan to fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Once you arrive, please use 190 Marietta St NW Atlanta, GA 30303 for GPS. The motor lobby entrance for the Omni Hotel is located off of Marietta Street.
Hourly parking rates:
- 0–3 hours: $16
- 3–6 hours: $22
- 6–24 hours: $35
*Parking rate for oversized vehicles (large and/or lifted SUVs and trucks) is $39
*Covered, overnight valet-only parking ($35) includes in/out privileges.
We have reserved a large block of hotel rooms at a discounted rate with the Omni Hotel. Please click here to access the room block. The number of rooms are limited, so we suggest you book early to ensure you can take advantage of the discounted rate.