The Cosmos Summit

COMING LATE SUMMER 2019

We’re raising $75,000 to produce The Cosmos Summit, and we need your help.

In 2019, we’re taking things to the next level by producing The Cosmos Summit: the largest gathering for Asian women creators we've ever seen In New York. This one-day experience will bring Asian women together to imagine a world where we can all flourish and thrive. The theme of the Summit is IMAGINATION. We are a community dreaming up the world we want to live in, that recognizes our identities and experiences.

  • Representation: How do we, as creators, make the representation that’s authentic to us? What does that look like?

  • Money: How do we make sure we’re getting paid what we deserve for what we make? How do we handle money in a healthy way, acknowledging money has been a taboo/sensitive topic in our culture.

  • Health & Wellbeing: How do we take care of our mental and physical health as we hustle, build, make, and create? How do we find care that is thoughtful about the Asian woman experience?

  • Support: How do we support each other as a community? What does that FEEL LIKE? (hint: amazing)

Today women of color receive less than 0.2% of venture capital funding. This is why we are crowdfunding and turning to our community of supporters for help.

Your contribution will empower us to:

  • Book, design, and decorate a venue space in NYC for ~500 Asian women attendees

  • Invest in audio/visual equipment rentals and tech support to ensure a high quality experience 

  • Develop programming (lightning talks, panels, workshops) tailored to the Asian woman creator's needs

  • Invite speakers and workshop facilitators you care about and want to learn from

  • Build a custom immersive art installation featuring work by up-and-coming Asian women artists

  • Create custom swag / goodie bags for all Summit attendees  

  • Fairly compensate members of our programming, partnerships, and production teams: photographers, videographers, artists, designers, and more

 
 

The Cosmos Summit FAQs

How many people will be at The Summit?

Up to 500!
Where will it be?

New York, NY

How long will it last?

One day! (expect a weekend date)


Who will be attending?

Asian women creators, entrepreneurs, freelancers, designers, artists, and rule breakers from across the US. Women from age 18-65 have attended our events, and our ambition is to have a truly intergenerational gathering.

We are committed to making this an intersectional event. As a community we are inclusive of self-identifying women, femmes, gender nonconforming, queer, and transgender individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and mixed descent.

What is the Summit going to be about?

Our theme is IMAGINATION. That’s where we are in our journey - we’re trying to dream up the world we want to live in, that recognizes our identities and experiences. We’ll be imaging:

  • Representation: How do we, as creators, make the representation that’s authentic to us? What does that look like?

  • Money: How do we make sure we’re getting paid what we deserve for what we make? How do we handle money in a healthy way, acknowledging money has been a taboo/sensitive topic in our culture.

  • Health & Wellbeing: How do we take care of our mental and physical health as we hustle, build, make, and create? How do we find care that is thoughtful about the Asian woman experience?

  • Support: How do we support each other as a community? What does that FEEL LIKE? (hint: amazing)


What vibe can we expect?

We are breaking conference norms!!!! No panels, no small talk, no petty judgment. That’s been the ambition of all Cosmos experiences.

  • We’ll make cool stuff together: Honoring the “acts of service” love language of our Asian moms, we will be connecting and learning through creating. Some ideas on the table: making zines, public art, mixing beats, creating our own custom tote bags….we aren’t just talking about creating representation for us. We’re going to make it together.

  • We’ll have honest AF conversation: We’ve been to so many panels that glossed over the real details of our stories. We will be forgoing panels for facilitated storytelling sessions and intimate small group sessions. We’ll all leave with new friends that last after the Summit (we’ve seen this happen from the retreats and workshops we did in 2018!)

  • We’ll have experiences for introverts AND moments to reflect and recharge: We know how draining summits can be (having been drained all too many times ourselves). We’re committed to creating a space for introverts and time during the day to recharge and reflect, without feeling FOMO.


Where can we see the programming?

We are still finalizing the programming and will share in the next few months! Trust that we’ll have a full lineup of workshops, conversations, food, and immersive experiences :)


Will ticket prices go up?

Yes, the crowdfund is the lowest price we’ll be selling GA and VIP tickets for.


Will you offer scholarships?

Yes. One of our crowdfund rewards is a scholarship for women in need. If you’re interested in partnering with us to fund scholarships, please get in touch via hello@jointhecosmos.com


Who are you partnering with?

We are currently having conversations with potential partners - please contact us at hello@jointhecosmos.com if you or your company are interested!

Why are you crowdfunding?

Today women of color receive less than 0.2% of venture capital funding. Our parents are immigrants who worked hard to give us a better life in America, but they do not have funds to support a private “friends and family” angel round. In this sense, we crowdfund because we must.

But we choose to see this positively: crowdfunding aligns best with our mission. From day one, co-creation and collaboration have been part of our founding community principles. We want our initiatives to be transparent and clear to the community. Every dollar raised towards our goal sends a powerful message: our community is here and supporting one another.


Where is the money going?

The funds raised will help us put an initial deposit down for a venue in Brooklyn, NY; use top quality audio/visual gear to ensure optimal sound quality; design a custom immersive art installation featuring work by women in the community; create custom swag and goodie bags for all Summit attendees; rent chairs and decor for maximum Instagram-friendly aesthetic; and fairly compensate the programming & production team: photographers, videographers, workshop facilitators, artists.