SOCAP18 Conference Preview

SOCAP18, convening October 23-26, 2018 at the the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco is right around the corner! The SOCAP team is hard at work developing outstanding programming and events—including over 150 breakout sessions and more than 500 speakers. Here’s a look at what’s to come.


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First Speakers Announced

The first speakers announced promise insights from experienced practitioners in catalyzing impact through market-driven solutions, as well as a willingness to look critically at the state of the field of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. A number of upcoming book releases will be featured in talks by the authors:


  • Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities – Reclaiming the American Dream
  • Ann Mei Chang and Eric Ries – Lean Impact
  • Anand Giridharadas – Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
  • Vikram Akula, Founder, SKS Microfinance – Micro-Meltdown


Andre Agassi and Bobby Turner of Turner Impact Capital will discuss their collaboration around investing in charter school facilities, and revered impact investors Arjan Schutte of Core Innovation Capital and Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital will speak to the frontiers of financial inclusion. Six years after Jackie Vanderbrug gave a keynote address on investing with a gender lens at SOCAP12, three pioneering leaders of this global movement will reunite for a conversation among Joy Anderson, Suzanne Biegel, and Jackie Vanderbrug on the evolution of gender and markets.


From a Conference Agenda to a Festival Schedule

New this year, SOCAP is shifting in format from a conference agenda to a festival schedule. Expect a broader range of formats, sparking a shift in the programming from a block-by-block agenda to a festival of many stages with unique atmosphere and content offerings. Learn more about this exciting format change.


Themes Announced

SOCAP believes in the wisdom of the crowd over a top-down approach, with conference themes developed through listening to the field, pulling out areas of energetic debate, untapped opportunity, and timely insight. This year you can expect to find a particularly diverse set of topics and themes that work well within the festival-like atmosphere of SOCAP. Check out the SOCAP18 themes.


Record-Breaking SOCAP Open Winners

A record-breaking 78 SOCAP Open sessions have been selected for SOCAP18. This was the largest number of SOCAP Open proposals ever received, with 427 ideas sent in by community members. Explore the winning sessions here.


Coming Soon

In the coming weeks we’ll share more of the amazing speakers and attending organizations you can expect to find at SOCAP18. Want to stay connected and receive updates on SOCAP events, ticket specials, and other opportunities? Sign up for the SOCAP newsletter.