All the details on the 2017 Collaborative.

What is the Collaborative?

The Collaborative is a three-day experience designed to foster connections and accelerate progress in the social sector. Nonprofit professionals, social entrepreneurs, and philanthropic leaders unite to share the ideas and innovations solving the world’s toughest social problems. Forget lifeless lectures and stuffy conference rooms; this experience connects changemakers, launches much-needed dialogues, and empowers you to be better at your job.

The Collaborative includes keynotes, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. The event is designed to maximize value for the attendee, with 60% of time spent in sessions and 40% dedicated to purposeful networking.

Where is the Collaborative?

The Warehouse at Cruiseport Boston, located at 1 Black Falcon Ave, Boston, MA 02210.

What is the Awards Ceremony?

The Awards Ceremony recognizes the most innovative solutions to our world’s toughest social problems. After two days of Collaborative sessions, the Warehouse transforms into a red carpet affair. The Classy Award Winners are announced on stage during this time.

Who attends the Awards Ceremony?

The Collaborative is designed with a single purpose—to bring together social innovators hustling for world change. Whether you, your life’s work, your professional interests, or personal passions fit this bill, you’ll find a community of like-minded problem solvers at the Collaborative.

We bring together an array of thought leaders and experts in the social sector, including top NGOs, international agencies, institutional investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and academics. Our attendees have spanned from entry level employees to c­-level executives.

The Classy Awards is for anyone who supports the work of NGOs or wants to be inspired by the social solutions that are transforming our world.

What should I wear?

Pack casual attire for the Collaborative. We suggest jeans, comfortable shoes, a light cover up or jacket if you get chilly.

The Awards Ceremony is formal cocktail attire: dark suit or slacks, tie, and a sport coat for men, a cocktail dress or nice blouse and skirt for women.

Are food and drinks provided?

There will be coffee and snacks at the Collaborative. On­site happy hour will include beer and wine. At the Awards Ceremony drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

What should I bring?

At the Collaborative, you need to bring your ID and cash for lunch. You also may want to bring a laptop, notebook/pen, and your business cards.

Will there by wifi?


Will there be charging stations at the Collaborative?

Yes, but please bring your chargers.

Will there be time and space for me to work?

There will be lounges and seating areas for you to catch up on email or make a few quick calls.