Unrig Summit is the premier right-left summit to solve America’s political crisis. It’s the brightest minds from the right and left working together to unrig our broken system.
With more than 140 inspiring speakers and trainers, Members of Congress, live entertainment, and attendees from all 50 states, Unrig Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect directly with the most engaged and invested members of the democracy reform movement. Whether you’re looking to build your skills as an activist, learn more about specific policy solutions, or to connect with others from across the United States who are ready and working to unrig the system, Unrig has what you’re looking for.
Right now, corruption is legal in America. Lobbyists write our laws, big money controls our elections, and politicians are incentivized to care more about the people lining their pockets than those who elected them. At Unrig, organizers, activists, politicians, and everyday people from across the political spectrum gather to connect with peers, build their skills, and learn the issues … so we can win.
Since Unrig Summit 2018, participants have won 4 state laws or constitutional amendments to end gerrymandering (in MI, UT, CO, MO), restored the vote to 1.4M citizens in Florida, and led the largest wave of democracy reform victories since Watergate. Join us in Nashville to become a part of what’s next for this movement.
Unrigged Live! is our big Saturday night show – an evening of live music, stand-up comedy, and inspiring speakers. We’ll also be presenting The Courage Awards, recognizing the individuals who put it all on the line to fight for democracy. Presenters and speakers at last year’s Unrigged Live! included: Jennifer Lawrence, Professor and former White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter, Florida voting rights advocate Desmond Meade, comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser, and Adam Yenser, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, and musical guests HoneyHoney and the legendary Preservation All Stars. Check out the full 2018 show on YouTube to get a taste of what’s in store for Nashville. The best part? Your ticket to Unrig Summit already includes full access to Unrigged Live! so you can just sit back and enjoy the show.
Every good idea begins with a spark. The Spark! Stage is a place where democracy reform leaders from across America will deliver 5 minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change. 2018 Spark Talks are collected in this YouTube playlist.
The Unrig Unconference is a pop-up summit within the Summit on Sunday morning. Up until Saturday at 2pm, any Unrig attendee can propose a session. By Sunday morning, and after a round of voting, the Unconference agenda is finalized and the winning presenters will lead trainings, talks and activities that have emerged directly from the Unrig community. More information on the Unconference, as well as instructions for submitting a proposal, is at unrigsummit.com/unconference/.
Learn About the Issues sessions are panel discussions that feature a moderator and three to four panelists. In addition to conversation between panelists, sessions will include time for audience Q&A at the end of the panels.
This programming focuses on key democracy reform issue areas (like voting rights and money in politics) as well as the connection between democracy reform and pressing social concerns (like healthcare costs and criminal justice reform).
Build Your Skills programming includes workshops and trainings that engage attendees in active learning and skill building. Whether you’re getting involved for the first time or you’re an experienced advocate, skillsbuilding sessions will give you hands-on learning from experienced trainers and practitioners.
Connect with Peers sessions engage attendees in connection with other Unrig attendees. They range from workshops to meetups and are a great way to expand your summit network.
Unrig Masterclasses are workshops that focus specifically on teaching best practices for advocacy on a specific democracy reform issue. These masterclasses purposefully follow a companion Learn About the Issues panel.
The Unrig Summit is more than a conference—it’s an opportunity to share experiences that grow your connection to the movement and the people in it. Unrig Moments are a set of activities at Unrig Summit designed to do just that. Whether it’s participating in the summit-wide game of Bingo for cool prizes, taking a photo in the photo booth, simulating a money-fueled run for Congress, or being interviewed by the roving video crew, Unrig Moments will enrich your experience at the summit.
Programming begins Friday, March 29th at 1 pm and ends at 2 pm Sunday, March 31st. Key programming is planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so please plan to attend all three days!
All Summit panels and workshops will take place at the Music City Center, Nashville’s state-of-the-art convention center located in the heart of downtown at 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203. All Summit programming will take place on the Music City Center’s second floor, with the exception of Saturday night’s Unrigged Live! which will take place in the Grand Ballroom on the fourth floor.
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We will livestream all plenary sessions and our Saturday night show, Unrigged Live!. Following the Summit, all livestream and Spark! Stage videos will be released on the website for those who can’t follow along in real time.
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Unrig Summit app, an interactive way to start planning for Unrig. The app is available to ticket-holders and is currently the only way to see the full Unrig Summit schedule.
- Search for “Event Portal for Eventbrite” in your App Store, or use these links: App Store or Google Play
- Tap on “get” or “install” to download the app. When finished downloading—tap “open.” The logo looks like this:
- When prompted, tap “accept notifications”
- Enter the Event Code: unrig2019—and Press Enter
- Scroll down and click “Register Now”
- Fill out your name, email, organization, and state—and Press Submit
- Personalize your profile
Here’s a User Guide to the App that walks you through how to login, personalize your schedule and profile, and more.
Once you’ve got it all set up, you’ll be able to:
- Plan your hour-by-hour agenda
- Connect with speakers and attendees by state or interests
- Rate sessions, ask questions, and give feedback
Installing the app is the best way to view and manage your own agenda for the Summit. With more than 80 sessions, 30+ five-minute Spark! presentations, interactive programming, entertainment, and more—you’re going to want to dig in and get organized right away.
Times, session locations and descriptions, speaker bios, and more are all available right now in the Unrig Summit app.
Don’t have a smartphone or want to keep it old school? Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you get all the right information. Changes to any session locations or times will be printed and distributed each morning at info desks.
App Help Available: We will be happy to help you get on the app and make the most of it at Unrig. If you’re having trouble, visit unrigsummit.com/bugreports, or visit our info desks while you’re at the Summit.
The Nashville Music City Center is located at 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
All attendees should enter at the intersection of 6th Ave. and Demonbreun St.–the entrance closest to our registration.
Doors open at 11:00 AM on March 29th and 8:00 AM March 30-31, and the building will close 30 minutes after the final session/event of the day.
Unrig Summit provides coffee, tea and water for the duration of the summit. We encourage you to bring reusable water bottles and coffee mugs.
Unrig will also provide lunch on Saturday and a cash bar on Saturday evening starting at 6:30pm and available after the show.
The Music City Center has a variety of concessions for purchase and is located in the heart of downtown Nashville, a short walk from a range of dining options.
The Music City Center is committed to accommodating the needs of individuals with disabilities. The Music City Center complies with all federal ADA laws.
All of our sessions will have flexible seating and room monitors will be instructed to reserve space at the front of each room for accessibility. If you anticipate needing any accommodations, please email email@example.com and someone from our staff will follow up with you.
A curbside drop-off for wheelchairs and sidewalk curb cut-outs is located on Demonbreun between 5th and 6th Ave.
Automatic doors are located at the Demonbreun and 6th entrance to the Music City Center and accessible washrooms can be found throughout the Music City Center.
All public restrooms in the Music CIty Center are accessible per Federal ADA requirements. Family restrooms are also located throughout the facility.
All seating within the Music City Center is temporary and therefore can be arranged for special accommodation with advance notice.
Sight Impaired Information
Braille instructions can be found on the elevators, restrooms and emergency exit signs throughout the building. Some Music City Center literature can be made available in braille upon request and with advanced notice.
Automated doors for wheelchair accessibility are located at our entrances on 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. Music City Center staff can assist with information regarding wheelchair usage
There are 29 ADA accessible parking spots located within our on-site parking garage.
Sign language interpretation will be provided for all Unrig plenary sessions and for Unrigged Live! Reserved seats will be available for attendees in need of assistance in close proximity to the interpreter.
Nursing Mother’s Lounge
There are two Nursing Mother’s Lounges in Music City Center, one on Level 1 and another on Level 3 near Exhibit Hall D. The closest Nursing Mother’s Lounge is on Level 1, just downstairs from the Unrig Summit Zone.
Adjacent to the registration desk, there will be a fully serviced coat and bag check on Sunday only. The bag check will be open beginning at 8:30 AM and will close at 3:00 PM. Unrig Summit is not responsible for any baggage left behind.
The bag check will be staffed by Music City Center in-house staff.
Guest wifi is available to all attendees through the Music City Center. No password required.
We need lots of volunteers! It will be a fantastic chance to be at the epicenter of the anti-corruption movement as well as explore the city of music. To learn more and sign up, check out this page: unrigsummit.com/volunteer/.
You will provide you with a full three-day pass entirely COST FREE! That’s a $355 value at full price, and it includes Unrigged Live (that’s our showcase Saturday night entertainment event, which was hosted by Jennifer Lawrence last year- and this year she is back)! To receive the full three-day pass, you must commit to either two half shifts (4 hours each) or to one full shift (7 hours long).
We will not be able to cover your lodging or transportation to Nashville. We also will not be able to cover all of your meals, and outside food is not allowed in the convention area. We recommend eating a large meal right before or right after your shift. And we will give you breaks to go grab snacks from the vending machines! Coffee, tea, and water will be provided, as well as lunch on Saturday.
There are tons of tasks we need our volunteers for, and we want you to take on a role that you are excited about and comfortable in. Some of these tasks include:
- Room set-up and break-down
- Customer service
- Stage management
- Stage technology (i.e. lighting, sound)
- Film production
- Photography (DSLR preferred)
- Photography editing
- Video editing
- and more!
If searching for your own housing, we recommend you book in the downtown district or ask your hotel if they have transport to the Music City Center.
While we do not have a formal roommate matching system, you can join our Unrig Facebook Group to connect with other Summit attendees and post to find someone else looking to share a room. Another great option for discounted accommodation is the Downtown Nashville Hostel, which has shared dorm rooms available. You can find a bunch of additional tips and recommendations in this guide to Unrig Summit on a Budget.
Nashville’s Music City Center is located in the heart of downtown and can be easily accessed by foot, car, or by the Music City Circuit, a free shuttle bus serving downtown Nashville. For route maps and more information about the Music City Circuit, please visit the Metro Transit Authority page. For other transportation options, please refer to the Nashville Travel & Transportation Information page. Major rideshare apps are also active in Nashville.
Nashville International Airport is a 20 minute drive from downtown. Travel to and from the airport via car (by taxi, Uber/Lyft, or rental car) or Nashville’s “WeGo Public Transit” bus system. For details on airport ground transportation, click here. For information on Nashville’s bus line, click here. Bus 18 runs from the airport to the Music City Center (at the 8th Ave. & Demonbreun St. stop).
There is a parking garage in the Music City Center and more affordable public city parking all around the venue.