The Cruise Conference | May ’17

Dive into an ocean of opportunities. Immerse in the plethora of stories, wisdom, and experiences our participants will share during the conference of our next journey. Meet people to help you with your problems, broaden your horizon in your fields of interest and learn something entirely new every day.


TALKS

There are two talks in every morning session. Within 60 minutes, our speakers will share their stories, their experience and their knowledge with you. The talks are open to everybody.


WORKSHOPS

Several workshops take place in the afternoon session. These 90-minute events are hands-on, a little more cozy and limited in group size. Make sure to sign-up for our favorite workshop from Monday, 1st May (4.00 PM CET) to secure your spot.


NC EVENTS

Throughout the entire conference, there will be networking sessions and special events like Anna Etawo’s singing workshop or Erin Schneider’s panel discussion which are also open to everybody.

TALKS

Sean Casey | An Academic Perspective on Mobility – Capital, Power, and Belonging

Sean is a digital nomad multitool. He’s a full stack web developer and a cultural anthropologist. He currently holds an MA in anthropology and am a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, exploring the role of location independence in the identities and relationships of digital nomads.

In this talk, he’ll introduce – in plain, non-jargony language! (he promised.) – one area of social science theory that digital nomads can greatly contribute to: “mobility.” The freedom to move is what we mean by “location independence” and lies at the heart of our collective ethos. He will discuss mobility as multi-faceted:

  • a type of capital that has processes of accumulation and spending
  • inextricably linked to power and social status
  • a core value of this community that is used as a mechanism of belonging

This talk is meant to help us think together to process our experience as digital nomads, and to involve everyone in a discussion about us that will only continue to gain traction as our community matures and grows.

Nora Oravecz | How To Stand Out and Become a Better Networker

Nora Oravecz is a seasoned online entrepreneur. She is best known for her seven books, being the the most influential Hungarian blogger (Forbes Hungary) in 2016 and she has also been a Huffington Post contributor since she was discovered by Arianna Huffington.

One of her biggest passions is helping aspiring entrepreneurs/bloggers/writers how to start and grow their personal brand, how to make their passion selling and liked. She gave over 100 talks around the world and used her travels to interview people like Hayden Cox, Dave McClure, David Schneider, and Jeff Schumacher on their best insights and experiences. She loves transforming these stories into articles, blog post or workshops. She worked with brands like Oprah.com, Remote Year, TAP Portugal, Marriott, HBO, Universal Studios Hollywood.

In her talk she allows us to follow her through her personal story. Having been raised in a village with three streets and 500 inhabitants, she experienced a lack of money and support from a very early age. Today she has a very strong personal brand, wrote seven bestsellers, was part of international collaborations with companies like 500startups, or investors like Tony Conrad. Her path included being discovered by Arianna Huffington, spending time working for WebSummit for free and realizing, that the secret to a successful personal brand is not so much selling yourself. It’s about building the right relationships.

Johannes Voelkner | Lessons Learned As A Digital Nomad

Johannes is the founder of Nomad Cruise. This project is the result of his first five years on the road, where he realized that being a Nomad by yourself is not as ideal as moving in a global and friendly network of entrepreneurs and remote workers.
After five years of living and working abroad in Cape Town, he became a digital nomad more or less by accident in 2010. He wanted to travel to different destinations, where he could combine his passion for kitesurfing and the serious business of making a living. Over the past years, he has learned many lessons along the way and will share them with you in his talk.
An important point of the successful digital nomad lifestyle is that backpacking is not going to get you there. He will share with you, how his discovery of slow traveling changed is nomad life and increased his happiness. He will illustrate how a community and a dense network of like-minded people is essential, and how traveling with a purpose (personal/social/professional) should be the foundation of every move you make. He discovered that value of smaller towns over the major cities, and most importantly, he realized that a home base, a place you can always go back to, has an incredible value for long-term digital nomadism. Because after all: A life without limits sounds tempting, but there is a downside to it and you should know how to swerve it.

Ian Peters | IT Security for Individuals and Small Businesses

Ian has been working in IT Security his entire adult life. After initially working for the British government, he moved to the real world and did security consultancy for companies around the world. He’s now been a nomad (or bum, as his friends call it) for a year, working on assorted projects, both InfoSec and non-InfoSec related.

His talk will be a rapid walk through of best practices and recommendations on how to be sufficiently secure online both as individuals and for small businesses. He will also look at common issues and mistakes we all make, and how to reduce both their likelihood and the impact when it all inevitably goes wrong. The talk will also touch on anonymity, pseudonymity, and privacy – how and when to maintain these for your data and presence when traveling and online. This talk is aimed at beginners and those who have a basic awareness but want to learn a bit more.

Andres Cajiao | Recruit and Leverage the Potential of Human Talent.

Andres has been passionate about digital marketing since the age of 13. For the past two years, he has been leading ALTER, a consulting and agency business focused on social marketing. He’s an experienced public speaker, having given talks and workshops to over 300+ participants. Andres believes in the power of people, the power of good will and he firmly believes that you can go further when traveling with company.

In his talk, he will focus on the key insights and essentials of how to recruit valuable talent, discover opportunities, identify talent strengths and leverage its full potential. Participants will learn about case studies that prove the value of well-driven, talented and hard-working people. And also, they will learn about the benefits that arise from partnering with employees, co-founders or team members that will help you thrive in your venture.

Stella Romana Airoldi | Making an Impact in the World: Creating a Social Business

Stella is one of those people who seem to have been everywhere already. And it’s probably true! In 2008 she decided to travel around the world by herself for about eight months. Wherever she went, she felt like she was confronted with poverty and injustice. Long story short: she got her Master’s in Public International Law and became a board member of SIFE Leiden, where she learned that the best way to help people out of poverty is by making sure that they can provide for themselves. Soon after she founded 22STARS in Uganda, a business based in Kampala, in which women make jewelry from recycled paper. With the project, she enables children to attend school.

In her talk, Stella will tell you just how difficult it can be working in different cultures and especially with war victims without academic education, how to deal with obstacles at the start, how finding the right community will help you forward.

Pauline Paquin | Freedom Through Financial Independence

Pauline is a personal finance blogger and a location independent entrepreneur who left the rat race eight years ago to live life on her own terms. From early on, Pauline realized that money buys freedom and set off on a journey towards financial independence, building one income stream at a time. After business school, she started a company, got into real estate, and now manages a guest house and an education project in Guatemala. She has been blogging about all things money for the past five years and is passionate about empowering other people financially.
In her talk, she will cover the basics of personal finance and show you how creating sources of passive income can help you live the life you want. She will help you plan ahead to avoid the cycle of saving/travel/go broke/go home/repeat. Pauline will show you how you can have your cake and eat it too, and prepare for a bright financial future by laying the foundations right now.

Janneke Dijkhuis | From Corporate Slave to Salty Sailor

After an (international) career in tourism of ten years, Janneke exchanged her corporate life and her comfortable Bali expat life for the unknown. Never having sailed a day in her life and the only certainty being seasickness, she jumped on a sailboat for a five-month adventure sailing from Malaysia to South Africa. She thought to herself while stepping onto the boat: is this how stupid people die? Sailing across the Indian Ocean with zero sailing experience and with people she had never met, on a surface of 14 square meters…? Janneke is a firm believer in always doing what you fear most. She does not pick her adventures or locations; they pick her. And as she is not registered anywhere she lives a truly nomadic life. However, she also constantly feels pressured and overwhelmed by all the opportunities she has regarding location, adventures and business opportunities.

In her talk, Janneke will share her inspiring story. She will look back at the excitement and adventures, but also point out the personal and professional challenges of a Digital Nomad life. As most of her work experience took place in an offline setting, for the last year and a half, there have been many trial and errors finding her path in the digital world and finding the balance between work and play. But she chose a minimalistic and location independent lifestyle; only with a backpack and a laptop. And with her mission being to inspire, stay inspired, experience, develop and learn more about the world we live in, she would trade that anytime soon.

Alvaro Amo | Conserving this World – What’s Your Contribution?

Alvaro is a biologist, who has worked as an environmental educator in the Corcovado Foundation, where he coordinates differents conservation projects. Corcovado National Park is one of the best National Parks in the world (not only according to Alvaro), and to educate about preservation is his right up his alley. He’s aware of the complexity of the topic, but that’s where he sees the strength of it as well. He is fascinated by the challenge to consider both cultural traditions and new concepts of sustainability.

In his talk, Alvaro will take at look at the current state of our world and our unsustainable lifestyles. He will share his incredible knowledge of the Costa Rican biodiversity and their Conservation Model. He will introduce you to the different ways of conserving Nature and illustrate the process of educating for change.

Mira Arnold | What’s the cost of living your dream?

Mira is the founder of CoworkInn Dahab, JustInn Dahab and soon of ColivInn Dahab. She is German by passport, but broke with all the rules of Germanism: instead of pursuing the logical next steps for a ‘proper career’ after her studies, she traveled, ended up in Dahab and started her own business in a foreign country while still being a university student. Today, she’s “living her dream,” she says.

In her talk, she’s going to share her story and her experience. It’s a story of unusual decisions, taking risks and coping with the ups and downs on the way to turning her dream into a successful reality. She will explain how she started and overcame obstacles, how she learned to understand her role as a business owner, how her self-respect crumbled before it became stronger than ever. She will illustrate why fear is the biggest cause of failure and why courage will lead to growth and the most unlikely and incredible opportunities. And as a Nomad at heart, she will also discuss, how her minimalist lifestyle helped her succeed financially fast.

Andres Pineiro | Creating a Profitable Community on Instagram

Andres started traveling when he was 17 years old. His first backpacker trip took him all over South America on a small budget. Since then, he has made a living by finding sponsors for is his social media activities. At the same time, he started a creative project increasing brand awareness – from the biggest graffiti mural in his country, or traveling through Panamá on a bike.

In his talk, Andres will show you how to take your social media to the “next level.” We all know about how social media can help our daily life connecting us with brands and other travelers. Lately, however, there have been to many different opinions regarding the best way to get followers. People have written about organic versus non-organic ways to get follower on Instagram. In this talk, Andres will share all of the experiments he has done with his Instagram account and his latest discovery about how he has gotten 100 followers daily without paying a single dollar. He will share some best practice examples and experiments that failed. He will support the whole talk with personal statistics and information, which means that this talk is an insight to an influencer’s social media. This is as real as it gets!

Bruno Strizic | My story: The life of an international DJ

STRIZIC – International DJ and Digital Nomad. This is not only his email signature, it’s also the exciting combination of passions that enabled Bruno to have traveled the world since 2009. For thirteen years, Bruno has been an international DJ, who has signed several records as well.

In his talk, Bruno will share his fascinating story of how he started out as a DJ in Croatian night clubs, which he today refers to as “the hard yards.” He talks about how he gained international exposure and started traveling the world. An important factor of his success was his strategic approach to building a DJ identity.

But Strizic will share his insights into the art of DJing. He will introduce you to the production of music, share his tips on how to get gigs, manage costs and the challenging lifestyle. He will help you to understand the easy way to royalty free music and copyright and how to make your songs quickly and efficiently.

Samantha Wolhuter | Copywriting defines the voice era of UX design

Starting as a suit and then finding her passion with the pen, Samantha is a writer and storyteller for brands. She’s been in the advertising game for just over a decade, working across all mediums and platforms. Most recently she has worked as creative director for an online learning company and has just taken the brave step towards becoming a full-blown digital nomad.

She will be looking at the world of UX and UI through the eyes of a writer. What happens when there’s nothing to see? What are you going to say? Addressing the use of writing and language in the development of voice interface and how getting to grips with copy, could make a real difference to a believable experience for the end user – nevermind your bottom line.

Attendees will walk away from the session having a keen understanding of the role copywriting and content creation has in the user journey. Using these principles Sam will draw attention to how successful voice interfaces are not just about the technical capacity of a program to understand the human voice and language but also about how the response is framed, what words are used, and how you can personify your brand through accurate vocabulary. While humans want the efficiency promised by voice interactions there will always be the need to feel heard, be understood and be recognized – this can all be achieved through a carefully considered language, content and copy strategy.

Marc Mueltin | Scale up! A launch strategy and tools to use for productizing consultancy services

Marc is a computer scientist and Ph.D. in the field of e-mobility and related communications technology. After finishing his Ph.D. he joined a startup in the e-mobility domain (Chargepartner GmbH), providing Software-as-a-Service (Saas) solutions for the e-mobility market.

Marc recently decided to dive into the world of freelancers and now offers consultancy services to companies who need to know how the communication between electric cars and charging stations as well as charging stations and the operating IT backend works – based on internationally defined communication standards such as ISO 15118. As consultancy does not scale very much, Marc decided to productize his services: an e-book, sold at a fairly high price. He is currently working on a video-based online course as part of a certification program which he seeks to introduce to the market next.

In his talk, he will share his experience as a consultant in a high-tech industry and how he managed to do it location-independently. He will also talk about how he came up with the idea of writing his first e-book in a technological niche and what tools he uses to make this online business work smoothly (content management system – nope, it’s not WordPress ;) -, email marketing tools, survey tools, webinar tools, content delivery provider for my ebook and video tutorial, etc.) – without hiring any employees, just on his own. On top of that, he will share his best advice for a successful launch strategy.

Julia Riss | Crisis Communications in the Digital Age – Why does it matter & How can I prepare?

Julia has over six years of experience in a PR and Communications Agency, with a particular expertise in EU public affairs and crisis communications. In her previous agency she was responsible for a) designing and managing the execution of European-wide communication campaigns with a focus on mobilizing and engaging public and private sector audiences around a political topic and b) supporting stakeholders in building a robust crisis response process – either preparatory or to particular challenges

In her talk, Julia will go into the challenges of living in the digital age and how it provides a range of opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. Negative customer experience or bad press can spread like wildfire across the internet – putting a well-established brand & reputation into question. She will also focus on how small scale events can turn into a full-spread PR crisis, which tips & tricks you need to know to assess & improve the crisis preparedness of a business and she will share simple tools for addressing an ongoing PR crisis.

Rob Eijgenraam | Basics of Cryptocurrency Investing (for your Retirement)

After becoming an internet entrepreneur (and digital nomad), Rob needed to start managing his own retirement fund. As saving accounts provide low returns and index funds low liquidity, he found that the right portfolio of cryptocurrency investments can provide both good returns and high liquidity. Although he wouldn’t call myself an expert, he can share his experiences so far and the general history and developments of cryptocurrencies from a (retirement) investment perspective

Rob believes cryptocurrencies are a great (retirement fund / long term) investment because of the low cost of entry, low maintenance fees, high liquidity, and high (historic) returns. When investing in cryptocurrency you’ll have to decide which currencies/tokens to include in your portfolio. Rob will walk you through the different opportunities in the market from current top choices, to upcoming ICOs and exciting new projects in the blockchain sphere. This talk will provide you with a basic overview of what’s out there to invest in, and hopefully will make you excited to learn more and maybe start investing yourself.

David Alonim | Interpersonal Communication In Three Fields

David is a self-taught and army trained software engineer. About three years ago he decided that the office life isn’t for him and he hopped on a plane without knowing what was going to happen. One thing led to another and without noticing he has become a consultant for well-known companies. He has been on the road for almost three years already, on this trip he has helped and inspired many others to become digital nomads and enjoy the freedom to choose your rules. Other than that, David likes people! Really. He’s a dating coach, after a few years of dating and helping countless friends and random people around the world with their dating life I joined forces with the biggest company in Israel, Don Juan, and became a partner there. Don Juan focuses on topics essential to the art of dating: interpersonal skills, flirting, psychology, sociology, compatibility, fashion and recreational activities.

As digital nomads we surround ourselves with strangers all the time, this means we talk to people, try to impress them, seal a new deal or just make new friends. Therefore one of the most important skills we rely on is good communication skills. One of the core competencies in communication is interpersonal communication, which applies to all three fields, but each has its practices for it to be above the average person. In his talk, David will cover what the best practices for interpersonal communications are in each, and he will show on participants from the audience how it is done.

Jerome Knoot | How to sell info products and SAAS with SEO

Jerome has been an online entrepreneur for five years with advanced expertise in selling info products and SAAS with SEO. His Dutch online platform covers the topic of marketing strategy and attracts about 60.000 unique visitors a month mainly with SEO. Those visitors are mostly marketing employees of midsize and large companies and agencies in the Netherlands who are writing a strategical marketing plan for their company or clients.

His talk will cover his online entrepreneurial journey of the past five years. Alongside this ‘timeline’ he will try to give the audience insight and advice to apply to their own online business not only by telling so but also by making them think how this could work for them. He will address the questions of how to attract an audience with SEO, reveal what you could do for your audience, validate your product before investing, choose the right marketing instruments and maintain focus on them. He will also share how you can start learning from the numbers of your business and keep improving online conversions systematically.

WORKSHOPS

Nora Oravecz | What Do You Stand For? – Personal Branding 101

Nora Oravecz is a seasoned online entrepreneur. She is best known for her seven books, being the most influential Hungarian blogger (Forbes Hungary) in 2016 and she has also been a Huffington Post contributor since she was discovered by Arianna Huffington. One of her biggest passions is helping aspiring entrepreneurs/bloggers/writers how to start and grow their personal brand, how to make their passion selling and liked. She gave over 100 talks around the world and used her travels to interview people like Hayden Cox, Dave McClure, David Schneider, and Jeff Schumacher on their best insights and experiences. She worked with brands like Oprah.com, Remote Year, TAP Portugal, Marriott, HBO, Universal Studios Hollywood.

In her workshop, Nora will help you change your perspective on personal branding, blogging and creating content. She will encourage you to find your voice and define your unique niche. Practical skills like developing a content strategy, writing a great bio, which tools to use and most importantly how to get started within a couple of hours, will also be an important part of her session.

Giorgio Zamparelli | From Zero to Javascript Hero

Giorgio has been a software engineer and solo founder running a remote SaaS software product which serves restaurants for more than four years (Waiterio). He is well-experienced in web and mobile development and has worked in the Silicon Valley at Intel for over a year. Like a proper Nomad should, he has lived in more than ten cities for more than three months each while running Waiterio.

In his workshop, he will introduce people with no programming experience whatsoever to fast self-learnable hacking. He will use Google Chrome and its Developer tools to show how easy it is to start coding. He will share his best tips and tricks to keep going on your own. The workshop will not require an internet connection. All participants must bring their laptop and have Google Chrome already installed (not Firefox, not Safari, GOOGLE CHROME! ☺)

Jessica Yubas | Packing Hacks for the Minimalist Nomad

Jess has a background in architecture. She’s naturally a very spatially-oriented person. Even though she is not currently practicing architecture, her spatial visualization abilities have remained super valuable in key aspects of my digital nomad lifestyle, namely in how she packs her bag!

She will teach hands-on how participants can think visually about their backpack/suitcase and how to optimize the space and configuration of their pack to accommodate (and organize) their things best. She will provide tips as to folding techniques for every type of clothing (based on Marie Kondo’s method), how to decide which way to fold an article based on the amount of space they have and how to think strategically as to best placement of items within the backpack.

Each participant can bring their own backpack and some items to practice themselves in the workshop, and she will show them first/help them as they try. Overall, participants will learn to think strategically about packing so that they can reduce their luggage bulk, perhaps gaining the ability to travel carry-on only (like Jess does).

Brianne Miers | What’s Your “So What?”

Brianne is the principal of Kind Communications, providing strategic communications and content creation services to nonprofit organizations and start-ups. Her blog, A Traveling Life, focuses on how to balance a professional career with a life of travel.

In her interactive workshop she will help entrepreneurs at all stages focus on the unique value their business provides – the “So what?” They will participate in an exercise that will help them articulate that specific value in terms that engage and inspire their audience. But they will also learn best practices for targeting their outreach for maximum return.

Katharina Wagner | Building a Successful Marketing Plan on a Small Budget

Katharina has degrees in marketing and finance, but soon after gaining her first work experience, she realized that she wanted to work more creatively and independently. She spent months at a time in NYC, Prague, Frankfurt, and Córdoba/Argentina gained a lot of insights not only about different Marketing techniques but also markets and cultural specifications. She started her small company for sports swimwear together with her co-founder. After almost 1,5 years of planning, they launched their web shop in June 2016 and have since gained a lot of experience – most of it from making mistakes. Until now, they have sold almost 80% of their 2016 collection to customers from 6 different countries, and they are well prepared for a new summer to come.

In her workshop, Katharina will give an introduction to several free or low-budget ways of promoting a brand/product that has recently been launched or will be launched soon. Every market is very different, and there needs to be a lot of trial and error in each case to find the right marketing strategy. However, there are some common rules as well as some techniques that work in every case. This workshop is for everybody who will launch or has already launched an own business and wants to learn more about how to start an effective marketing plan on a small budget.

Erin Schneider | The Elements of Effective Video Storytelling

Erin is our cruise journalist in residence. She trained in the documentary and journalism school at New York University under Emmy-award winning professors. Her first documentary short went viral with 8 million views and a federal judge mentioned the film in the ruling that overturned the police practice she profiled. Erin has also worked as on-camera anchor, been an FM radio reporter in daily news, and recently produced videos courtside in Rio for the Olympic Committee that were aired on tv in 250+ countries. In her workshop, she will give you the cliff notes version of how to turn amateur videos into meaningful stories.

Fancy video cams on smartphones give anyone the tools to produce beautiful video. But making a compelling and watchable story is a skill not many have. With attention spans shorter than ever, knowing the fundamentals of how to tell a captivating and concise story will ensure your video is both watched all the way through and packs a punch for your audience. With or without narration, video is a powerful medium. This interactive workshop will briefly cover finding a story, story development, pre-production, shooting, interviews, scripting, and editing. Bring ideas that we can storyboard together or videos you’ve made and want to dissect.

Kunal Kripalani | Movement Matters – Balancing Life as Desk Jockey

Kunal runs a business that caters to an Australian audience of people seeking out the best nutrition and skills to live a life of vitality and performance. It is primarily an eCommerce business, but Kunal has diversified into wholesale and also manufacturing his own brands of whole food nutrition and supplements. These businesses have stemmed from a combination of his interest in nutrition, training in pharmacology and work in eCommerce. Over the years, Kunal’s interest in holistic health has increased. Previously he just focused on nutrition. Today, movement and breath-work have become fundamental elements in leading a pain-free and energetic life. These ideas will serve as one of the pillars of my next business venture.

In his workshop, Kunal will inspire you to integrate more movement into your daily life. This is a HEALTHY workshop, which requires active participation. No one will be sitting on a chair. He will start by talking about the common ailments we all suffer from as a result of screen-centric lifestyles (eg: Kyphosis) and the compounding damage being done over time to our skeletal structures. He will then move on to exploring movement and breath-work ideas from luminaries in the field.

Lina-Maria Schön | Your Beautiful Face: The Power of a Professional Portrait

Lina has been a passionate photographer for years with a focus on wedding, lifestyle and portrait photography. While her heart beats for Nomad Cruise during the week, she uses her weekends to accompany events, weddings and individuals, documenting their work, face or celebration of love. She has worked with a variety of German influencers who appreciate her honest, personal and authentic style.

In her workshop, Lina will introduce you to the power of a strong portrait for your public appearance. She will teach you the basics of portrait photography and easy portrait editing with Lightroom. Participants should bring a camera of their choice (yes, even a decent phone can do the job) and their laptop with an image editor of their choice (preferably Adobe Lightroom, but other software can do the job, too). Every participant will leave this workshop with his own portrait and no more excuses for bad photographs on their LinkedIn, Facebook or their next speaker blurb.

Ian Peters | Threat modelling and Secure development

Ian has been working in IT Security his entire adult life. After initially working for the British government, he moved to the real world and did security consultancy for companies around the world. He’s now been a nomad (or bum, as his friends call it) for a year, working on assorted projects, both InfoSec and non-InfoSec related.

Whether developing a small website, a client-side application, or a multi-layer cloud solution, IT security is important – get it wrong and not only will your brand be compromised but you may suffer serious financial consequences as well. Having a secure development methodology will not only make it more likely that your product will be secure enough, but it will also likely save you money in the long run. An important part of any secure development methodology is threat modelling – analysing the threats, risks, and impact of loss which apply to your product, and cost-effective mitigations which can be used to reduce these. This workshop will introduce the concept of a Secure Development Lifecycle, including references to the most common implementations. We will then work through threat modelling in more depth, performing some threat modelling of a real-world (non-IT) scenario. If time allows, we will then repeat the exercise for an IT/dev scenario. While primarily aimed at developer themselves, this workshop will be useful for anyone involved in software or system development, including PMs, QA/test, system architects, etc.

Andres Pineiro | Use Creativity to Monetize Your Social Media

Andres started traveling when he was 17 years old. His first backpacker trip took him to all of South America on a small budget. Since then, he has made a living by finding sponsors for is his social media activities. At the same time, he started a creative project increasing brand awareness – from the biggest graffiti mural in his country, or traveling through Panamá on a bike.

In his workshop, he will illustrate different ways in which you can work with brands. He will show you how to create new content continuously without being repetitive. This workshop will answer the question: How can you monetize your followers without losing them and without appearing like a “sellout”? Along with helpful case studies, he will share his favourite tools to improve the relationship between you and your fanbase.

Judy Seeger | Natural Remedies For Food Poisoning And Constipation When Traveling

Judy is a traditional naturopath with over 30 years of experience. She has had two holistic health clinics and worked with thousands of people to show them how to heal themselves from cancer to chronic conditions. Her mission is to continue to reach thousands, if not millions of people to empower them to heal themselves using foods, herbs, natural therapies that are low cost, yet effective.

It’s not fun having food poisoning and retching your guts out when traveling – but you love to try the local street food right? Judy will share with you, which simple remedies you can find in every country once you know what to look for. You will also learn the three basic remedies to carry with you at all times that are super safe and super effective especially for stomach issues. Plus, Judy will share how to use foods and drinks to heal anything from stomach cramps to diarrhea (hint: one of them is actually a drink you can find at the local bar!)

Keith Commins | Succesful Email-Marketing

Keith worked in IT systems and networks since college before setting up a web design agency in 2011. He struggled for 2 years to land a consistent stream of clients until he discovered “direct response” marketing, specifically email marketing and list building to not only produce a steady stream of clients but work with a better type of client also.

For freelancers arguably their biggest challenge is developing reliable systems to produce a steady stream of new clients. Often they turn to freelancing sites like Up works and Odesk to find clients, but the problem with these places is that often the quality of client leaves a lot to be desired. You will work for less than your true worth, and endure hassle with fussy clients who often will pay late, if at all. What if there was a way to work with the kind of clients that pay well, and are all round less hassle to deal with? Enter email marketing. Email marketing gives you the opportunity to demonstrate value, authority, and expertise to potential clients by building a relationship with them over time. It allows you to show up in their inbox day in day out, and demonstrate you’ve got the chops to solve their problems. In this talk, he’ll cover how to build a responsive email list of potential clients, and how you can use that list to land as many high-quality clients as your hands can handle.

Heather Mitchell | Heart, Strategy & Social Media: How to combine your you-iest you with strategic thinking and connection technology to create a business with no limits

Heather is passionate about encouraging people to choose the life they want over the life they think they’re supposed to want. Her formal degree is in social work and psychology, but she stumbled into business about 20 years ago and fell in love. Her first experience in the corporate world was in a small company with a CEO who was passionate about entrepreneurialism, so she’s had the benefit of playing in marketing, operations, training, and IT. She now owns a software and training company that she designed to be run from anywhere with a phone and an internet connection.

Heart, Strategy & Social Media is less about what to think and more about what to think about. The workshop group will talk about how to find yourself between who you are now, who you think you’re supposed to be, and most importantly, who you truly want to become. You may walk away with more questions than answers, because Heather believes that asking the right questions and giving yourself time and space to think about the answers that are most aligned with who you are IS how you create the best life. On a more tangible level, you’ll leave with a list of strategic pros and cons to help you start or build a business that reflects your highest priorities along with a roadmap for how to apply your personality and skills to optimize the results that you get.

Sanna Stefansson | Photoshop for Beginners – Quick Tips to Help Improve your Images

Sanna‘s background is in social media and web project management. She’s been freelancing and traveling for about a year, but previous to that she worked for a communication agency in Sweden. Photography has been her long-time passion, mostly as a personal hobby, but she also takes on assignments from time to time.

In her workshop, Sanna is going to walk you through the basics of Photoshop, before she dives into experimenting with different photos to shows you how to enhance them with a few simple steps. By the end of the workshop, Sanna’s goal is that all participants will have a basic understanding of Photoshop, know a few tricks to improve their photos and hopefully will be excited and curious to learn more.

Max Born | WordPress – An Intro For Beginners!

Max got bitten by the travel bug in 1999, which made him pursue a degree in business administration and tourism. His first job was both in sales and in online marketing for a German tour operator specialized in (sustainable) tours to Cuba and Latin America. Nomad Cruise II inspired him to quit his remote job as the webmaster, IT project manager and tech support for a Swiss tourism holding. Since webdesign and especially WordPress has always been his passion he started his own business..

WordPress, as it says on its homepage, is both free and priceless at the same time. It is an open source software you can use to create beautiful interactive websites, web shops or blogs. Creating a responsive website with WordPress is no rocket science. This (offline) workshop is highly interactive and mainly for people who have never used WordPress before. Max will show you how to register a domain and how to install WordPress. He will teach you how to create a fully responsive interactive single page website for which no internet will be needed; participants must bring their laptop, Max will provide all material for download before departure. 

Cristina Balari & Fernando Félix | Addiction vs. Meditation

In 2014 Cristina and Fernando, during the best moments of their executive careers, decided to turn their lives around and listen to their hearts. Cristina, Spanish, knowledge curator and e-learning specialist, has worked remotely since 2010 as a senior consultant. Fernando, Brazilian, engineer and business executive, worked for the World Bank and chaired a development foundation. Together they founded a consulting firm, and in December 2014 they started a journey originally imagined to last one year, but it has not ended yet. The Art of Leaving project or Arte de Partir as they say in Portuguese and Spanish, was born. They look for contacts with the different translations of what we call humanity. They are scuba divers, Reiki practitioners, meditators and eternal learners.

In their workshop, they will provide moments for reflection and discussions conducting the participants to think about their lifestyles. Using some simple exercises and hosting questions, they expect to put some light on the alternatives for a more centered and balanced way to explore our daily journey. They will cover the following questions: What is an addiction? · Am I addicted? · Are there “Good and bad” addiction? · The chocolate, running, money and work effects · Sharing feelings (using Nomad travel cards) · Group Meditation · Going beyond addiction and meditation · Who am I?

Samantha Wolhuter | CW defines the voice era of UX design

Starting as a suit and then finding her passion with the pen, Samantha is a writer and storyteller for brands. She’s been in the advertising game for just over a decade, working across all mediums and platforms. Most recently she has worked as creative director for an online learning company and has just taken the brave step towards becoming a full-blown digital nomad.

She will be looking at the world of UX and UI through the eyes of a writer. What happens when there’s nothing to see? What are you going to say? Addressing the use of writing and language in the development of voice interface and how getting to grips with copy, could make a real difference to a believable experience for the end user – nevermind your bottom line.

According to many in the digital sphere writing is becoming an increasingly important skill to master. As chatbots, voice interface and AI technology in general continues to grow this has never been more true. In order to expand on the relevance of language and writing in the UX and digital space Samantha’s workshop will teach you how to give a voice to your brand or product and then through that voice assist in the development of conversation. She’ll guide you practically through tools you can use that will enhance your writing ability. From there you’ll be taken on a step by step guide to writing for conversationally. The do’s and don’ts. How to overcome common problems when writing for chatbots. Rounding off the workshop on optimisation for voice search versus traditional search.

Clinton Donnelly | Doing Business in the U.S.

Clinton Donnelly manages Donnelly Tax Law, which specializes in income taxes compliance for US citizens living abroad and foreigners with US filing needs. He has saved his clients millions of dollars in IRS penalties. His firm does tax returns, tax amnesty, and tax debt resolution. He has CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and lawyers working for him. He acquired his incredible knowledge during his law degree is in international laws of finance and banking at the University of Liverpool. He has an undergraduate degree Computer Science. Usually, he can be found in the Republic of Panama, where there are no taxes on income derived outside of the Panama.

This workshop is aimed at non-US citizens who want to do business in the US. Whether you sell through Amazon etc. or have your own US clients, you will want to know how to setup business, banking, and taxes in the US. Is there a better option than Delaware corporations for doing business in the US? What do I need to know about sales taxes? How do I take my profits out of the States? How do I get a US banking account? Clinton Donnelly has a law degree in international business. He has clients throughout the world.

Elizabeth Ames | (Re)Building your brand — Generating Creativity

Elizabeth is New Zealand born and bred, but after studying interactive design, she began traveling the world, opening her eyes to various marketing and design styles across the planet. Currently, she helps several businesses with marketing strategies, building their brand, websites, social media, and video. Liz is a firm believer of thinking differently — finding a creative way to share your product/business and target your audience effectively.

In her workshop, Liz will discuss the importance of design and successful marketing, and how you can refresh your current brand (or even build a new brand). It’s going to be all creative thinking — creative games, brainstorming sessions, thinking outside the box to create new lead funnels which will benefit your business. You will learn how to modernize your style/logo/look/colors and how to change up the language.

Diego Araos | Bitcoins and Cryptocurrencies: the next digital-financial revolution

Diego is a Chilean entrepreneur and developer, who has been involved with start-ups since 2007 and has been developing software for the last 12 years. His experience reaches from web development to games, and from hardware to drones. In 2012, during a Silicon Valley incubator program, he became interested in online businesses and moved to Berlin, where he live until Nomad Cruise III. He currently works as a consultant and builds SEO SaaS, flipping websites and cryptocurrencies.

In his workshop, Diego will introduce me to the whats, whys, and hows of Bitcoin. He will make you familiar with Altcoins, such as Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Dash, and of course Dogecoin! He will illustrate his insights along different cases: developing (which interesting platforms have made businesses out of cryptos), investing (how to put money on crypto markets), spending (how to use them to actually buy something, examples in Germany and recently in Japan). He will then conclude with a look at the current state and a possible future of cryptocurrencies: SegWit vs. Unlimited (what ), Lightning, etc. And of course, you can ask him anything during his Q&A sessions afterward.

Clinton Donnelly | US Income Taxes for Nomads

Clinton Donnelly manages Donnelly Tax Law, which specializes in income taxes compliance for US citizens living abroad and foreigners with US filing needs. He has saved his clients millions of dollars in IRS penalties. His firm does tax returns, tax amnesty, and tax debt resolution. He has CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and lawyers working for him. He acquired his incredible knowledge during his law degree is in international laws of finance and banking at the University of Liverpool. He has an undergraduate degree Computer Science. Usually, he can be found in the Republic of Panama, where there are no taxes on income derived outside of the Panama.

This workshop is for nomads who are US citizens. How are US citizens taxed when living abroad? How to save up to $21,000 off your income taxes through smart Nomad living. How to legally reduce your taxes by 15% through international freelancing. What you need to know about filing taxes when doing business internationally. Clinton Donnelly has a law degree and is an Enroll Agent licensed by the IRS to represent US taxpayers worldwide.

Xylia Buros | Aligning Your Content with Your Mission & Goals

Xylia is a writer, communications strategist, and marketing consultant specializing in the fields of art, architecture, and design. Over the course of her career, she has served as a marketing manager at top architecture firms, event planner, publicist, and magazine editor. She is currently working with innovative firms worldwide to help them hone their messaging, expand their business, and reach new audiences. A magna cum laude graduate of NYU with a degree in English Literature, she has written about art, design, and business for several magazines.

In her workshop, Xylia is going to point out to you how you can ensure that your website, resume, biography, portfolio text, and other marketing materials convey what you want them to. If you’re taking part in this workshop, please bring your own marketing materials so you can pair off and analyze each other’s content. Questions dealt with will be: Where do we want our business to go? How do we want our clients to feel when reading our web content? What do we want to inspire our website visitors to do? As a published writer and marketing consultant, Xylia can help guide people on a one-by-one basis on refreshing their content. Especially for nomads, who don’t have the luxury of seeing our clients in person very often, our written content is extremely important.

NOMAD CRUISE EVENTS

Erin Schneider | The Nomad Cruise Panel: Running Away or Running Toward?

Erin has been a nomad on-and-off since 2010 but only discovered there was a term for it – and a whole community of amazing peers – during our last cruise from Spain to the DR. Erin started her nomad life in India, dropping out of NYU and spending a year on the road, picking up video volunteer work at ashrams and meditation centers. She later finished her degree in New York City with a documentary short that went viral. With 8 million views, a federal judge mentioned Erin and her work in the ruling overturning the abusive police practice she profiled. Last year, Erin worked courtside at the Rio 2016 Olympics as the beachside volleyball correspondent for the International Olympic Committee and her reporting aired on tv in 250+ countries.

Erin will host the final Cruise Conference event – our first ever panel. In it, she will interview two long-time nomads about the complexities of traveling full time. What – and who – do we give up? What do we gain? Is it better to have a home base or travel year round? The discussion will include how to integrate connections made on the cruise into life back on land. Finally, an audience Q&A will round off the panel.

Lina-Maria Schön | Speed Dating.

With an academic background in High School Education, our onboard Momma is very concerned that her sheep get along well. So this is Session is parte uno of our icebreakers.

To say it with the words of our dear friend Curt: “Come as you are.” You won’t have to fill out a form, no need to be nervous, no rating afterward! 12 questions, 12 strangers – who will surely be less strange afterward.

Anna Etawo | Find your Voice and Connect with Others

Anna loves singing. She as an experienced member of Hungary’s improvisational choir called “Sound Bath”. The choir was founded in 2011 with the aim of combining relaxation with choir-singing. She has been a founding member, has actively participated in several concerts (which are in practice relaxations) and workshops (mainly at festivals, e.g. SUN Festival in Hungary in 2015).

Find Your Voice and Connect is a playful, spontaneous singing workshop, for which no singing experience is needed. This genre is very free and highly experimental. The workshop is not about creating harmony or singing nicely. The main idea is to connect to ourselves by focusing on our mood, our feelings, our intentions, and trying to”voice” them or express them in sounds and movements. But it is also about connecting to other people in an unusual way. Any sound (which doesn’t hurt the ears of others) is allowed and accepted; it is all about free self-expression.

Our infamous 30-Second Pitches

The 30-second pitches have been implemented on NC III and they were a great success. With every participant in the room standing up, going to the microphone and telling the group WHO THEY ARE, WHAT THEY DO and HOW THEY CAN HELP within 30 seconds, the atmosphere is fantastic.

A fast-paced event for the entire community and a great chance to explore the full potential of our group! This event is hosted by Lina-Maria Schön, but really: you guys will do the talking.

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