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.

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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.

Josh Hoffman | How to become an epic freelancer, consultant or coach

Originally from Los Angeles, Josh Hoffman is a digital marketing consultant, strategist and instructor who works with brands and organizations across three continents, including W Hotels, Fendi, a U.S. Embassy, SodaStream, Milan Design Week, WeWork and China’s International Institute of Education. After building a six-figure, location-independent freelance business, he started Epic Freelancing to teach current and aspiring freelancers how to achieve financial success, creative freedom, and lifestyle design.

In his talk, participants will learn how to use various mindsets, systems and strategies to attract high-paying projects and clients they actually enjoy, continuously raise your rates without hesitation, and design the lifestyle they desire.

Jeffrey Tung | Successful Freelancing – How I Made Over $260,000 In 2016 In The Freelance Industry

Jeffrey started his career as a freelance app developer and was the lead developer for an app partnered with IBM. Since then he was ranked #1 on Upwork for almost every top keyword in his industry, and eventually expanded by creating his mobile app development firm, Clear App Development, which he still manages today. His company has worked with high profile clients such as Boston Consulting Group, Virgin Mobile, Sports Aficionados, among others, and some of the apps we developed have received over 2 million downloads.

In his talk, he will share his story from his years as a freelancer to his life as an entrepreneur. He will also give away his best tips on how to propose to clients and of course how NOT to do it. But also, he will tell you how you can find new customers and which core skills every freelancer and entrepreneur must have.

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 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 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.

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.

Ben Racz | The Ugly Truth About Your Beautiful Website

Ben is an expert in many genres of online direct response marketing,and he has worked in multiple positions from  as a Strategic Consultant to Product Launch Manager for some high profile direct response clients in 21 different countries. Having worked on campaigns with New York Times bestselling author Ben personally wrote Standard Operating Procedures on campaign management and media buying based on $500 million worth of advertising spend.

In his talk, Ben will illustrate why hiring “website developers” directly to build a site, and try to do the rest yourself is never a good idea. This is the equivalent of hiring builders to build your home, but forgetting that buildings are usually designed by architects. If you skip the strategy phase of planning out your marketing, your business will be inefficient at best, even if the idea is good. In this session, Ben will give you practical tips about the most important things you need to take into consideration when developing a marketing strategy, and will show you his process he used for some of the biggest players in the direct response marketing industry. If you’d like to come prepared, go ahead and download some of the mind maps here.

WORKSHOPS

Julie Clark | Free Killer Tools to Scale your Remote Team

Julie Clark is the founder of Capa Consulting Group, a social recruitment and HR consulting company helping companies produce faster placements and HR departments scale remotely. She is pioneering the future of recruiting and her model allows high-growth companies to attract true experts without the steep cost and contractual obligations. Before Capa Consulting Group, Julie worked for tech startups and helped them build their HR and Recruiting departments to be able to quickly scale their organization.

In her workshop, Julie will share her favorite tools for scaling and managing a remote team. Because that can be quite challenging and expensive (if you don’t know of all the free tools available for start-ups). Julie has spent her entire professional career researching and implementing business tools for lean start-ups. During this workshop, you’ll learn about tools for collaboration, project management, communication and running your business more efficiently.

Brooks Golden | Thought Leadership: A Value First Approach to Growing Your Business

Brooks is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Capa Consulting Group, where he is tasked with growing the company and changing the way businesses think about recruiting. He ran my first 6-figure company when he was 19, where he mastered the B2C service sale. He has since moved into B2B selling, and he is now faced with the challenge of a purely digital approach to business development that fits with Capa’s nomad culture.
This is a WEALTHY workshop; it will be geared towards businesses, especially entrepreneurs or executives. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a practical understanding of thought leadership that participants can put into practice in their businesses immediately. Participants will learn how to connect with the people they need to move their businesses forward. By understanding how to tailor their Web presence and position themselves correctly, they will be able to engage with their target audience through their existing network or by establishing a whole new network entirely. All attendees should come prepared with their most pressing business goal in mind.

Nora Oravecz | What do 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).

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.

Josh Hoffman | How to Directly Monetize your Digital Presence as a Freelancer, Digital Nomad or Entrepreneur

Originally from Los Angeles, Josh Hoffman is a digital marketing consultant, strategist and instructor who works with brands and organizations across three continents, including W Hotels, Fendi, a U.S. Embassy, SodaStream, Milan Design Week, WeWork and China’s International Institute of Education. He also teaches digital marketing courses at Elevation Academy in Tel Aviv and runs Epic Freelancing, a website for freelancers who want to achieve financial success, creative freedom and lifestyle design.

In his workshop Josh will show participants how to utilize various strategies and tactics in order to monetize their digital presence and generate scalable income (in addition to their main product or service).

Kimberly Roberts | BYOSH: Be Your Own Super Hero

Kimberly is the Chief Rebel-rouser and Founder of Rebel Livin’, a site dedicated to those who want to start living their “Somedays” TODAY! Storytelling was actually the impetus for Rebel Livin’, as Kimberly believes that she is not alone in wanting to have lots of kickass stories to tell when she’s 90! A farm girl from Indiana, she has a long list of adventures and more yet in store! From driving a CASCAR and Indycar, qualifying for the US Jr Olympic rifle team, to being one of the world’s noted Judy Garland doppelgangers, she has some fabulous stories of a life lived richly! Now with Rebel Livin’, she is building a rebelution of others who are tired of living a life of conformity and are dying to bust out on their Bucket Lists today!

In her workshop, Kimberly will help you recognize the power to change their circumstances and benefit by living a life out loud NOW versus waiting and having regrets. Whatever the circumstances, whether internal or external, participants will identify the #1 obstacle that has been holding them from a life lived fully and will learn how to tackle it. They will explore options for converting the ordinary into the extraordinary. Learn the three keys to making the shift to an adventurous living-out-loud-life long lasting, consistent and impactful!

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.

Alexander Surminski | How To Set Up A Funnel That Works

Alexander has worked in the financial industry mostly in marketing, and trading positions for ten years. For the last three years, he is a self-employed consultant for marketing and communication issues in the financial industry with a focus on conversion. He creates funnels (not only for his clients) that successfully work regarding building an audience, building trust and converting the strategy into an ethical product.

His workshop will start with a focus on the essentials: what is a funnel, why is thinking in funnels a must and what could your funnel look like? He will share case studies from his own experience, but he will also ask you to get engaged, use your own brain and work on your funnel for your own project. This workshop will be a hands-on session in which you will have the opportunity to ask your questions and develop your own ideas.

Ben Racz | How To Develop A Professional Marketing Strategy For Your Business In 7 Days, From Scratch

Ben is an expert in many genres of online direct response marketing, and he has worked in multiple positions from Strategic Consultant to Product Launch Manager for some high profile direct response clients in 21 different countries. Having worked on campaigns with New York Times bestselling author Ben personally wrote Standard Operating Procedures on campaign management and media buying based on $500 million worth of advertising spend.
In his workshop, he will give an insight into his strict, pragmatic attitude to managing campaigns. You will understand how hiring “website developers” directly to build your website will leave you with an unplanned, inefficient mess with a complete lack of strategy. In this workshop, Ben will ask participants to share their website URLs in advance, and he’ll analyze them before the session. He’ll then choose some of your submissions to give general and at the same time specific feedback about them in a way that all participants can benefit from what he’s saying. He’ll also help you go through some of the most common sticking points in marketing strategy, and depending on the number of participants he will personally work with you on some of your sales angles, copy angles, media buying ideas, marketing funnels, and unique sales propositions. He’ll also share a lot of insights that can only come from a senior marketing strategist – and can make a very large difference in your bottom line when you implement them.

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.

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.

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

Jody 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? Jody 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, Jody 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.

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. 

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.

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