FEEcon is 2017's premier gathering of freedom lovers from all walks of life, with professional networking opportunities, inspiring panel discussions, and educational fun for everyone – all sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education and held in vibrant and beautiful Atlanta, Georgia.
With your Student/Young Professional ticket, you will choose from 70+ sessions and 10 distinct learning tracks, designed to provide real skills for professional success, combined with a solid grounding in economic, ethical, and legal principles that you won't get anywhere else. Learn how to live and think more creatively and effectively, with the goal of improving your life and the lives of those around you. FEEcon will offer vast networking opportunities and allow you to engage with other successful entrepreneurs and student leaders.
With your General Admission ticket, you will have the best of both worlds – FEE's Annual Retreat plus FEEcon. This will be the conference of the year for supporters of liberty. You will enjoy a VIP experience with philanthropists and partner organizations from across the freedom-loving community. You may also attend your pick of any FEEcon sessions, where you can expand your own education while witnessing first-hand the returns that FEE is generating on your investment in educational outreach.
FEEcon will inspire and empower you to change your life and the world!
FEEcon will run from Thursday evening, June 15th, through Saturday evening, June 17th, 2017. The VIP Annual Retreat events begin on Friday evening, June 16th. All events are at the gorgeous Omni Hotel at Atlanta's CNN Center.
For students and young professionals, registration is $99, and you'll have access to the FEEcon Kickoff event on June 15th, all Friday sessions, and all Saturday sessions. After the early-bird special ends on March 31st, the price goes up to $149. Limited travel, hotel and tuition reimbursement scholarships are available.
For all other attendees, $329 opens your access to all FEEcon sessions, plus FEE's Annual Retreat, which includes these VIP events: Friday evening reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday evening reception, Saturday evening banquet dinner, and Sunday brunch. After the early-bird special ends on March 31st, the price will increase to $379.
Magatte Wade is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating high-end retail brands based on diverse African traditions that change the perception of Africa. She is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end skin care products line. Forbes has named her as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa.
Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference.
Caitlin Long is chairman and president of Symbiont, the market-leading smart contracts platform for financial sector uses of blockchain technology. She is an independent blockchain adviser with 22 years of finance experience working with companies such as Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.
We live in a connected world. To solve problems, we need to understand how to harness technology. The Digital Solutions track challenges you to present a real world problem and work with leading figures to develop a solution. Think: “Hackathon.” Technical expertise isn’t necessary to implement digital solutions. Along with expert advisers, you and your team will create a detailed business plan to solve a problem by harnessing available digital technology. In the end, your team will present the solution to a panel of judges for the chance to win a prize!
It all starts with an idea. The Entrepreneurship & Business Success track is for those who are looking to turn today's great idea into tomorrow's thriving business. FEEcon 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 as they recount their inspirational stories and struggles of growing a business from an idea to success.
Success requires you to cultivate a certain set of skills. The Personal & Professional Development track gives you actionable advice needed to push your career forward. This learning track focuses on improving your leadership skills, being comfortable with who you are, and developing your own personal brand. Learn from masters as you continue your journey to be a better manager, public speaker, storyteller, writer, marketer, and professional.
It's almost paradoxical that in a world with so much wealth, our society continues to struggle with poverty. FEEcon’s Poverty Alleviation, Well-being, & 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.
Wherever you live, your city uses regulations to restrict what can be built and for what purposes buildings can be used. FEEcon’s Urbanism, Development, & Your Neighborhood track is a joint effort by Market Urbanism and FEE to shed light on the vast spectrum of land use and transportation regulations that often diminish neighborhood communities, cause traffic congestion, and constrain housing supply to create affordable housing crises across the world. This track provides you with the intellectual tools you'll need to make a case for liberty in your own backyard.
As we all strive to create a vibrant society, we must always be mindful of how policy impacts our efforts. FEEcon’s Policies for Economic & Social Progress track is a survey of hot button policy issues such as 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 backwards.
No longer should you be a slave to some defunct economist and his theoretical scribblings and mind-numbing economic equations. FEEcon’s Economic Essentials track is an extensive introduction into economic thinking. Become adept at handling spurious economic arguments through exploring different perspectives of Austrian economics, the Chicago school, public choice theory, and Keynes vs Hayek. A special focus is on the Austrian view of entrepreneurship and its central role in producing wealth and prosperity for all.
Our social institutions are shaped by underlying philosophical foundations. FEEcon’s Political Philosophy track explores how varying philosophical ideas promote or hinder entrepreneurship and progress. From conservatism to classical liberalism to objectivism to voluntaryism, we uncover the moral foundations that make a free society possible.
We live in a world made better every day by innovators. FEEcon’s Science & Technology track explores current and future trends, including artificial intelligence, Bitcoin, medicine, self-driving cars, environmental entrepreneurship, 3-D printing, start-up cities, and even seasteading. We delve into efforts to hinder progress in these areas along with ways to maneuver around such attempts.
Creativity breathes life into ideas, and makes our ideas beautiful. When free to create, human beings discover beauty. FEEcon’s Creativity & Commerce track examines how individual freedom has influenced art, literature, music, and film. A special nod is given to hip hop and its evolution as an organic and self-directed creative development.
Learn more about how FEE applies the latest technologies to publishing, education, media, and marketing in pursuit of our vision of a world where the ideas of liberty are familiar and credible, especially to young people. Financial supporters will be particularly interested to learn about FEE's leadership in knowing our customer and using leveraged distribution to introduce the principles of a free society to young people around the world.
If you're flying, plan to arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). FEEcon will be held at the Omni Hotel: 190 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. There is a room block available at the Omni Hotel, and there are numerous other lodging options nearby. The valet entrance for the Omni Hotel is located on Marietta Street. (Parking Information)
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.
For students and young professionals, registration is $99, and you'll have access to the FEEcon Kickoff event on June 15th, all Friday sessions, and all Saturday sessions. After the early-bird special ends on March 31st, the price will increase to $149. Limited travel, hotel and tuition reimbursement scholarships are available.
For all other attendees, $329 gains access to all FEEcon sessions, plus FEE's Annual Retreat which includes these VIP events: Friday evening reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday evening reception, Saturday evening banquet dinner, and Sunday brunch. After the early-bird special ends on March 31st, the price will increase to $379.
For Students/Young Professionals, sign-in begins on Thursday, June 15th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. For Annual Retreat and general attendees, you are welcome to attend all Friday sessions and may arrive anytime on Friday, June 16th.
You can apply for a Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship, a Hotel Reimbursement Scholarship and/or a Travel Reimbursement Scholarship here. Scholarships are limited and based on need, so please apply early.
If you are unsure whether you will be attending, we suggest you apply for the scholarships first and wait to register and pay until after you have been awarded the scholarships. If you register and pay the admission fee first and then decide to cancel, we will be unable to offer a full refund.
The Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship covers the cost of admission to FEEcon. The Travel Reimbursement Scholarship covers your cost to get to FEEcon, 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.
When following GPS, please use 190 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. The valet entrance is located on 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. See the map of self-parking lots near the Omni Hotel.
For Student and Young Professional attendees, we will provide coffee and bagels for breakfast. Student/Young Professional ticket holders are responsible for their own lunch and dinner. 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 Annual Retreat and General registrants, FEE will provide the following VIP events, which include food and beverages: Friday evening reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday evening reception, Saturday banquet dinner, and Sunday brunch.
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.
Of course. In fact, we encourage you to do this! If you know someone who is attending FEEcon and you would like to room with them go ahead and arrange that with the hotel. If you do not know anyone attending FEEcon and would like to find with a roommate, please fill out this form. You are responsible for coming to agreement with any prospective roommate and for coordinating the booking arrangements in the room block with your roommate.
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 and the United States to obtain a visa. We do offer a limited number of Travel Reimbursement Scholarships for international students. If you need a letter from FEE to bring to your embassy, please fill out this form.
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 their requirements. Be sure to do this as soon as possible as it may take a few weeks or months to complete the process.
Please fill out our cancellation form. You can also send an email to FEEcon@FEE.org. Please refer to the Cancellation Refund Schedule below to see if your cancellation will result in a fee.
- On or before 5/15/2017: 75% of registration fee may be refunded
- Between 5/16/2017 and 6/01/2017: 50% of registration fee may be refunded
- On or after 6/02/2017: $0 (no refund available)