Engagement Innovation Summit.

October 23 & 24 2019, Brooklyn, New York

Join audience engagement enthusiasts and innovators across community-focused industries to explore how a culture of listening, service and trust-building can make us better at what we do. This inaugural summit will include a special focus on what it takes to create more engaged elections coverage.



If you care about journalism’s mission of informing and serving the public, then you care about audience engagement and treating communities we cover as partners rather than consumers. It’s that simple.

At Hearken’s inaugural Engagement Innovation Summit, we will gather people driven by the charge of cultivating community and improving democracy through information sharing.

We’ll bring together engagement pros, senior leaders, students, innovators and entrepreneurs across industries to develop a shared vision for audience engagement and community-building best practices, how to track and measure success and how this work will contribute to your organization’s bottom line ($) and future sustainability.

With profoundly important elections coming up in the United States and across the world, this gathering will have a special track on how innovators are creating engaged elections coverage.

You will leave with:

  • New connections with people at the forefront of engagement innovation

  • A collaborative vision forward for the future path of public-powered journalism as a sustainable business practice

  • A tool kit for bringing your learnings back to your everyday work

  • Practical guides for creating more engaged elections coverage and a citizen’s agenda

Hearken’s Engagement Innovation Summit will not have long keynotes, boring Powerpoints, or vendors. It will have collaborative, hands-on sessions, interdisciplinary facilitators, and ample time for discussion, collective problem-solving and networking.

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October 23 & 24th, 2019. Details on the schedule to be announced soon.


501 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York

Would you like to support a more engaged ecosystem in journalism?
Sponsorships are available. Contact Stephanie Snyder for more information.

Featured Speakers

More speakers to be announced soon.


Jennifer Brandel

Founder & CEO, Hearken


Ashley Alvarado

Director of Community Engagement, Southern California Public Radio



Partners to be announced soon. Contact info@wearehearken.com for partnership inquiries.