Join us for 3 days of networking, events and keynotes.
Friday June 17th – Sunday June 19th, 2016 in Boulder, CO

YIMBYs from all over North America are going to converge on Boulder, Colorado June 17-19, 2016! We’ll learn from each other and create connections to help move housing policy and sustainable urban infill in growing cities from NYC to Seattle, San Francisco to Austin, and everywhere in between.


DRAFT AGENDA (subject to change):

Thursday, June 16th

  • 6:00 PM: Better Boulder Happy Hour
    Join local members of Better Boulder, event organizers, and early arrivals for an informal happy hour, and get to know a few of the folks you’re going to be spending the weekend with.  Location TBD.

Friday, June 17th

  • Morning: If you’re already in town, go for an early run or a hike, or have a leisurely brunch.
  • 12:00 Noon: Welcome lunch with @SFYIMBY Sonja Trauss
    We’ll eat lunch together at the Boulder Junction Hyatt Place, while Sonja Trauss of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation (SFBARF) gets us fired up to change our cities for the better.
  • 1:30 PM: Self organized peer learning session.
    We’ll break out into small facilitated round table discussions, on topics suggested by attendees and organizers — vote with your feet to find other folks interested in similar issues: e.g. defeating anti-housing ballot measures, transit accessibility of new development, how to form healthy alliances, legal challenges to exclusionary zoning, how parking requirements stymie new housing, how to make new urban density livable and friendly to people… and whatever else you suggest!
  • 3:30 PM: Break
  • 4:00 PM: YIMBY Civic Open Mic & Happy Hour at Sanitas Brewing Company
    We’ll take over the Sanitas Brewing Company patio, drink local beers and eat tacos while getting to know each other.  We’ll have an Open Mic set up, and folks will be invited to show off their public hearing testimony skills… by telling the tale of their best (or most disastrous) civic engagement, in three minutes or less.

Saturday, June 18th

  • 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM Exact Program TBD, sessions likely to include:
    • Responding to anti-housing ballot measures.
    • Forging healthy alliances between housing advocates and housing developers.
    • How has Seattle gotten so much right with HALA?
  • 7:00 PM: Public Keynote Speakers at eTown Hall
    Together we’ll explore how increasing urban housing supply in livable neighborhoods, and creating great walkable, transit accessible cities can address two of the biggest issues facing our society today: increasing wealth inequality and climate change.

Sunday, June 19th

  • 10:00 AM: Exact Program TBD
  • 12:00 Noon: What Then Must We Do?
    How do we keep our movement moving forward? What kinds of coordination should we have between different YIMBY groups across North America? How can we continue to learn from and support each other in this work? What resources do we have access to as a community?
  • 1:30 PM: Go home! Or go play in the mountains!
    If you’re not heading home immediately after the conference, reach out to the local organizers and we can give you suggestions for awesome stuff to do in Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park is just a little over an hour away by car… and there’s great rock climbing within walking distance of Boulder’s downtown.


Please join us for the first North American YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard!) gathering!  It’ll be a great opportunity to network with other YIMBYs working on housing and sustainable urbanism, hailing from all across the US and Canada. Better Boulder is inviting activists, professionals, and academics to participate in a series of workshops, discussions and keynotes, focusing on peer to peer learning, and building a common understanding of housing affordability and sustainable urbanism issues facing desirable metropolitan areas.


Thanks to a generous, community-minded donor, we are able to offer a significant number of need-based travel and accommodation scholarships to YIMBY 2016 attendees.  We will also be waiving the event registration fee for scholarship recipients.  We want community activists and others to be able to attend the event regardless of their economic circumstances.  If you are interested in receiving scholarship support to attend the event, please fill out the application.  Scholarship applications are due 11:59pm, Sunday, May 1st, 2016