***NOTE: Speakers/times subject to change until final agenda is released***
Freedom Festival Tent
The Freedom Festival Tent is open to ALL conference registrants at any level
The Festival Tent is directly across the street from the Steamboat Grand and is located immediately adjacent to the Sheraton pool.
If you are registered for the Full Conference or VIP/Sponsor level, you may come and go between the Steamboat Grand ballroom and the Festival Tent as you wish, to see the speakers of your choice.
PLEASE NOTE: Freedom Festival Tent registration does NOT include admittance to the ballroom at the Steamboat Grand or to the Friday night keynote dinner featuring Carly Fiorina.
Freedom Festival Tent Agenda
Festival Moderator: Kelly Maher
Political Analyst for 9News (KUSA) in Denver
Named to “Forty Under 40” Best & Brightest Young Political Professionals by the American Association
of Political Consultants
Friday, August 26
Festival Tent Registration – wristbands available for pre-registered attendees; on-site registration available.
“First Principles” seminar – featuring Dr. Matt Spalding, Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs, Hillsdale College:
How can we get America back on course? Join best-selling author Dr. Matt Spalding for an inspiring and thought-provoking discussion. Dr. Spalding is the author of the best-selling book, We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, and is the Executive Editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.
Networking & Lunch on your own (Festival attendees) – Those who are registered for the Full Conference will proceed to the Steamboat Grand for the opening luncheon featuring Senator Ben Sasse.
Remarks by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (Nebraska), followed by meet & greet with Senator Sasse live in the Festival Tent
“Whatever happened to free speech on college campuses?” – a discussion with Jillian Melchior, Political Editor of Heat Street and Tony Blankley Fellow with the Steamboat Institute
“Socialism vs Capitalism” and why do so many millennials “feel the Bern”? featuring Dr. Yaron Brook, Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute
“The Art and Science of GOTV” featuring Ned Ryun, Founder and CEO of American Majority
Lincoln Initiative: In Technology, We Trust — A New Narrative for Liberty
Uber and Airbnb have told liberty’s narrative better than any think-tank, politician, and pundit. Tech companies, arguably, have made more progress in reducing the size of government than most policy makers. The battle of tech companies versus regulators and progressive politicians readily contrasts freedom and big government. This battle impacts Americans in two very important ways—the service provided by the tech companies saves the public time and money, while also reducing the need for a bureaucratic watchdog. If we truly believe that the private sector can do the job better than the government, then let’s stand back and see what technology can do.
Happy Hour on Yampa Street!
Saturday, August 27
Organizing on Campus – how to start a student movement for free markets, limited government and free speech on your campus – featuring Charlie Kirk, Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, and CU-Boulder Student Government Co-Presidents Marcus Fotenos and Colton Lyons
Freedom Inspired Idea Hackathon – each participant (individual or team) makes a 5-minute pitch for their idea to solve the problem they selected, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from our celebrity panel of judges. Our judges – and the audience – will choose the winner.
Judges deliberate and announce Hackathon winners by 12:00 Noon.
The top 3 Idea Hackathon participants will be invited to join the full conference in the ballroom at the Steamboat Grand for the closing luncheon, beginning at 12:30pm. The overall winner will make his/her 5-minute pitch to the audience of 350 people in the ballroom and will be presented with the 1st prize check of $500. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will also be presented with their prizes of cash or merchandise.
Optional Group Activities (hiking, mountain biking, golf or other)
Leadership Program of the Rockies – Recruitment Party
Coyote Gold Margarita Party and Concert – Gondola Plaza at base of Steamboat Ski Area
Show your Freedom Conference name badge or your Freedom Festival wristband and ID for complimentary margaritas, courtesy of Coyote Gold
The Sheraton’s outdoor umbrella bar will also be open for additional food/drink purchases.
“Mud Puppy” Live on the Steamboat Stage at Gondola Plaza!