Building on HATCH Experience’s twelve years of growing success & global influence, the inaugural HATCH Summit in Latin America will take place February 17-21, 2016 at Kalu Yala, the world’s most sustainable community – located less than an hour from downtown Panama City.
HATCH Lat•Am is a unique, invite-only summit focused on fast-tracking global progress & innovation through catalytic connections between 125 of the brightest creative disruptors from North America and Latin America. The HATCH summit will feature keynote talks, workshops, think tanks, facilitated mentor sessions and peer-to-peer mentorship sessions designed around rapid prototyping solutions to real-world problems. Incubated collaborations with local entrepreneurs and educators will help strengthen local communities, and forever impact the lives of future Latin American leaders. HATCH was founded on mentorship, and there is no energy is more renewable than education.
Participants come from incredibly diverse backgrounds and industries. Some of the confirmed guests for the inaugural event include Siri inventor Tom Gruber, Google and IDEO designer and educator Elysa Fenenbock, NASA Scientist and communications leader Michelle Thaller, Harvard Business School professor Dr. Beth Altringer , Forbes contributor and executive leadership consultant George Bradt, Peruvian multi-media artist Grimanesa Amoros, Sid Lee CEO Will Travis, Digital Artist and Experience Creator Android Jones, Mamalode Founder Elke Govertsen, and HATCH Founder, Aspen Institute Fellow, and Virgin Produced Director Yarrow Kraner.
HATCH leadership are proactively building a Latin American Board of Advisors; searching for and curating change agents “going upstream” toward solving global challenges at their source.
Following a multi-year search, Kalu Yala was selected as the perfect location due to its proximity to a metropolitan hub and transportation, while offering HATCHers a completely off-the-grid retreat in one of the world’s 25 biological hotspots with the most biodiverse permaculture forest designed by global experts; and the best farm-to-table dining experience in Central America.
Learn more about the powerful internship opportunities at Kalu Yala available to students from Montana and around the globe.
Interested in attending? A small number of scholarships are available: APPLY HERE.
WHY PANAMA? It’s quickly become a hub for Latin America.
- ECONOMICS – Panama has been the fastest growing economy in the western hemisphere for 8 consecutive years.
- TRADE – Panama is the 2nd largest duty free in the world after Hong Kong, with 5% of global shipping trade coming through the canal.
- TOURISM – Panama is the fastest growing tourism market in LatAm, with New York Times calling it the #1 destination in the world in 2012.
- MULTI-NATIONALS – Within the last 10 years, GE, Merk, Avartis, 3M, Catepillar, Samsung, LG, Conde Nast, and many others have all opened regional headquarters in Panama to administer the growth of Latin American markets.
- NGOs – Panama transformed a former US military base into the City of Knowledge, which is now home to the Latin American headquarters for the UN, including UNESCO and the World Food Programme, along with offices from The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and many more.