YxYY In the News


YxYY In the News

Can YxYY Make Us Fall in Love With Conferences Again?

Mashable | By Stephanie Buck | Feb 14, 2014

In a matter of minutes, the entire event could change. Attendees, not coordinators, decide what to tackle next, then announce the plans a few minutes ahead of time. Its this organic, participant-created mission that powers the conference.

Meet the Anti-Conference: YXYY Attendees Go With the Flow

Associations Now | By Ernie Smith | February 26, 2014

The YxYY conference doesn’t need much more than some good weather, a pool, and some smart attendees to get the big ideas flowing—and it’s that spontaneity that makes it an event model to watch.

Oral History: Sex! Drugs! Apps! SXSW Interactive at 20

Fast Company | By David Peisner | February 26, 2014

It’s a bunch of nerds coming together, where they get to think their crazy ideas and talk about them with people who will not judge them.
— Ann Larie Valentine, Co-Founder, YxYY

The last chapter of SXSWi Uncensored discusses the emergence of new spin-off events trying to duplicate the early days of media tech innovation at SXSW, without all of the velvet ropes.

Why Many Tech Execs Are Skipping the Consumer Electronics Show

Entrepreneur | By John Boitnott | January 5 2016  

It’s a different mindset than traditional tech conferences, one that encourages creativity and strategy rather than popularity.



You made this. And we thank you.


You made this. And we thank you.

Musings and Makings from our Yesandians


From YxYY 003 - 2015

Nikolas Badminton - Saying Yes to the Future of Conferences

Brit Charek - Learning to Say Yes: Our Experience at and Unconference

Alexandra Samuel - Why and How to Yes (And Yes Yes)

From YxYY 002 - 2014

Ben Werdmuller - Dispatches from YxYY

Allison Laichter - Saying Yes! And Yes and Yes Yes

Molly Garris - Slideshare on YxYY

From YxYY 001 - 2013

Ian McFarland: Poem - YxYY, Year 1

Chris Tacy - Learning To Say Yes

Dinah Sanders - Venues Amplify Vibes

John Biehler - I said Yes to Yes by Yes Yes

Willo O'Brien - 400 People Say Yes

Mark Krynsky - My Experience at the YxYY Event

Genevieve Brannan - Yxyy



Christel Van Der Boom: Flipboard magazine

Everyone: Flickr account

Everyone: Flickr Group Pool

Ricky Montalvo: Underwater Photobooth

Brian Glick: Light Painting Photos

Natalie Villalobos: Epic Prom Dance-off Circle

Haley & Simone | Moving Portraits: YxYY Videos
YxYY unofficial teaser (burning marshmallows!) - http://vimeo.com/70089691
Say what? Say YES! (YxYY Day 1) - http://vimeo.com/70247690
Say Yes to Prom (YxYY Day 2) - http://vimeo.com/70818513  
YxYY Boy by The Pool: Quinn Interviews Oliver - http://vimeo.com/70232375

Eddie Codel: Pool time at YxYY

Sam Friedman: YxYY Poolside Portraits



Say Yes - playlist on rdio

Kevin Cheng's Poolside Mix

DKR's 80s Prom Set

DJ Goodword's Prom Set
https://app.box.com/s/q6mmqzjm55n1td3g79wn (download)
http://www.mixcloud.com/dj-goodword/yxyy-prom-2013/ (stream)

Evan's poolside chill music playlist



Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

YxYY Community Code of Conduct


Be respectful of other people; respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered; and if you can't resolve an issue contact the organizers. If you are being a problem, it will be apparent and you'll be asked to leave.


Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) is an intentionally positive community that recognizes and celebrates the creativity and collaboration of independent members and the diversity of skills, talents, experiences, cultures, and opinions that they bring to YxYY.

YxYY is an inclusive environment, based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or career path.

We value respectful behavior above individual opinions. This should be extended to hotel staff in addition to the YxYY community.

Respectful behavior includes:

  • Be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful.

  • Avoid demeaning, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, or physically threatening behavior, speech, and imagery.

  • If you're not sure, ask someone instead of assuming.


We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, and corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.

If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behavior. Expect that others in the community wish to help keep the community respectful, and welcome your input in doing so.

If you experience disrespectful behavior and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of an organizer. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just icky in any way. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.


This Code of Conduct extends to all interaction in YxYY's online properties and mobile app. In addition to civil and respectful behavior when interacting in our digital spaces we expect you to avoid the following:

- Impersonating someone else
- Posting content to which you do not have the rights
- Posting offensive material that is hurtful to other community members
- Posting private information in public spaces

If you see any online harrasment, trolling, or other questionable behavior taking place in the YxYY mobile app, Facebook Group, HackPad or Slack community, please report it immediately to help@yxyy.us.


Should you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or be confronted as such, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them and that you avoid repeating them in the future.


Yes and Yes Yes is a safe space for people to come together and engage in an environment of openness and trust. It is imperative that we preserve this. If you are attending YxYY as a member of the Press you must abide by the following:

  • Everything is OFF THE RECORD unless you explicitly specify that a particular conversation or activity is on the record and you have received written consent from every person mentioned or pictured.

  • A written release form must be signed by the subjects in any photos taken to be used for press purposes.


If the organizers determine that an event participant is behaving disrespectfully, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion and exclusion from the event without warning or refund.

As organizers, we will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community. We can't foresee every situation, and thus if in the organizers' judgment the best thing to do is to ask a disrespectful individual to leave, we will do so. We don’t like playing bad cop so please don't put us in this position.


Thank you to every YxYY community member for helping to make YxYY the respectful and inclusive community that it is.

Special thanks to YxYY community member, Tantek Çelik, & the other organizers of IndieWebCamp for creating and sharing the Code of Conduct on which this one is based. If you question the need for a CoC, please see this.