Creating a future we can all believe in.
During the Tom Tom Festival, our TOGETHER Conference convenes engaged citizen leaders from all sectors and neighborhoods to talk about the future of the community. Four immersive tracks tackle some of the most important questions of the day with leading thinkers, while leaving space for pause, self-reflection, and connection that allow for deeper relating and collaboration.
Not your average conference.
This is a conference about connection; the power of synchronicity, and the untapped potential between cross-sector leaders.
You will experience panels, keynotes, workshops, and seminars, alongside facilitated conversation, meditations, and embodiment experiences. Whether you’re coming to elevate consciousness, learn about the latest technologies, or help build a more just Charlottesville, prepare to deepen your connection to Self and your community.
Our campus is Charlottesville’s iconic pedestrian Downtown Mall. Our conference journey takes us to grand theaters, galleries, tech incubators, restaurants, social clubs, public parks, and of course, the red bricks of the Mall.
WED 4/17 - Technology for Good
Increasing opportunity through technology and entrepreneurship.
Building upon last year’s foundation, TFG 2024 moves into the next chapter of our growing tech ecosystem. Through a combination of panels, lightning talks from experts leading the way, and hands-on workshops, we’ll explore the intersections of technology and climate, education, health and wellness, and how we can work together with other entrepreneurial hubs nearby.
THUR 4/18 - Entrepreneurship for All
Showcasing the paths to starting up.
Entrepreneurship is the buzziest of words, and also speaks to the lifeblood of main street Charlottesville. How do businesses start, grow, and flourish? Dive in with the seasoned entrepreneurs creating the mom-and-pops businesses that provide necessary goods and services, to the technology startups transforming industries and disrupting every-day life. This track explores the funding, training, and planning necessary to launch and sustain a business.
FRI 4/19 - Society & Justice
Creating a welcoming and equitable community.
The Society & Justice track zooms out on the systems of our society. This day will feature critical conversations around criminal justice reform, art and culture, financial access and empowerment, and early childhood education. It is a sustained look at the ways in which the structures and resources of our community can be brought together to assist everyone and establish a shared conversation for the future.
SAT 4/20 - Conscious City
Fostering healthy, mindful, and connected communities.
This conference takes us on an intellectual and experiential journey through healing. We’ll explore a variety of proven ways we can heal ourselves and increase our awareness and happiness—from meditation and mindfulness to plant medicines and guided practices such as counseling, yoga, energy healing, hypnosis, and more. Along the way, we will explore ideas about what is meant by “consciousness” and how you can meaningfully increase joy and fulfillment in your day-to-day and truly flourish.
This event is produced by the Tom Tom Foundation, a 501(c)3 that champions innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in tomorrow’s cities.