2018 Get Worked Up Conference

Get Worked Up is a one-day conference designed for emerging and student designers (generally people with 0-5 years of professional design experience). This conference is part of the AIGA Emerge Initiative to empower, engage and inspire emerging designers of different backgrounds and experiences as they grow their career. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Meet and interact with Upstate New York peers;

  2. Learn more about the profession, the business of design, landing a job, and being involved in the design community;

  3. Walk away inspired by the projects, creativity, and work of designers in our region;

  4. Ask questions and talk with speakers (all from Upstate New York)—don’t be shy, ask them what you really want to know.


9:30am Check in and Networking

10:00am Welcome, Shauna Keating (Kingston, NY)

10:20am Start At the Start, Mitch Goldstein (Rochester, NY)

10:40am Do It Anyway: Finding Opportunity in Unusual Places, Nicole Cooke (Buffalo, NY)

11:00am Break

11:15am Do what you love, and you’ll probably still feel like you are working (sometimes), Sam Fuller (Syracuse, NY) 

11:35am Vote Oswego Design Strategy, Danielle Benincasa (Oswego, NY)

11:45am Lunch (bring your own, go out on your own, or sign up to go out with a small group of designers to a restaurant in walking distance)

1:30pm Holy Sh*t I Got My Degree! (Things I Wish I Knew WHen I Began My Design Career), Casey Kelly (Buffalo, NY)

1:50pm Leading Creative Teams, Eleazar Hernández (Albany, NY)

2:10pm TBD Student Speaker 2

2:20pm Break

2:35pm Present Yourself, Milo Axelrod (Hudson Valley, NY)

2:55pm #TruthTella: Lessons Learned, Curtis Canham (Albany, NY)

3:15pm Wrap Up, Shauna Keating (Kingston, NY)

I Don’t Want to Get Hangry

Lunch is on your own (it is not included in the price of your ticket). There are a number of restaurants in the Amory Square and Clinton Square areas that are a short walking distance from the conference location. Adjacent, a cool studio in Syracuse, put together their guide to eating and drinking called Spots that provides a good overview of options.

During registration you’ll be asked to choose one of the following options for lunch:

  • I’ll bring my lunch! (There is room reserved at the conference site for those that don’t want to venture out).

  • I’ll make my own plans and meet up with my friends.

  • I want to make new friends! This option allows you to sign up to go to lunch with other attendees and some of the speakers. You’ll be assigned to a group and a restaurant. Reservations will be made in advance so that you can focus on networking.

Parking Causes Me Stress

There is ample lot, street and garage parking by the conference. Expect to pay for parking. SUNY Oswego has a guide to parking with all of the details.

Accessibility & Inclusion

There is accessible parking right next to the entrance of the building. Restrooms and all facilities are accessible. Please reach out to the event organizer, Rebecca Mushtare (rebecca@upstatenewyork.aiga.org) if you have any questions or concerns related to access.

There are a handful of scholarships available for those who want to attend but the cost is prohibitive. If you are in need of a scholarship to participate, please contact the event organizers, Rebecca Mushtare (rebecca@upstatenewyork.aiga.org).

By signing up to attend AIGA Upstate NY events, you are agreeing to uphold the AIGA Code of Conduct.

When & Where
Sat, Sep 22, 2018 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
SUNY Oswego Metro Center
2 South Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13202