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 We can’t do it with out you!

Topcon is a TWO-Day ANNUAL CREATIVE CONFERENCE HELD IN CHATTANOOGA, TN.

We host speakers from all over the country in various creative fields who share their stories and experiences in the creative industry with a broad audience. Attendees include artists, photographers, designers, writers, developers, business owners, teachers, and students from Chattanooga and across the Southeast. 

Our mission is to educate, inform, and inspire others with the intent focus of fostering a creative community.

After six years, we couldn’t be more proud of what the event has become and what it means to everyone who attends. Because of our sponsors, our partners and everyone who attends, we’ve been able to host some of the biggest names in art and design.

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SPONSORSHIP LEVELS


MAIN STAGE SPONSOR
$8,000 (1 Available)

  • Title Sponsor on stage during main event

  • Mention by MC on stage during main event

  • Up to 15 tickets to event

  • Shoutout on social media accounts

  • Logo on slides between speaker presentations

  • Company profile on website with links

  • Logo on all applicable promotional material except t-shirts

  • Table at event for company material, brochures, and swag


KICKOFF/AFTER PARTY SPONSOR
$4,000 (2 Available)

  • Title Sponsor during Kickoff party

  • Mention by MC on stage during main event

  • Up to 10 tickets to event

  • Shoutout on social media accounts

  • Company profile on website with links

  • Special shoutout on social media accounts

  • Logo on stage banner

Have an awesome space you want us to party in? Let’s talk!


WORKSHOP SPONSOR $3,000

  • Title Sponsor during workshops

  • Mention by MC on stage during main event

  • Up to 10 tickets to event

  • Shoutout on social media accounts

  • Showcase of your space in highlight video

  • Company profile on website with links

  • Special shoutout on social media accounts

  • Logo on stage banner

Have an awesome space you want to party in? Let’s talk!


PIONEER $3,000

  • Up to 10 tickets to event

  • Shoutout on social media accounts

  • Logo on stage banner

  • Logo / Link on website

  • Table at event for company material, brochures, and swag

TROOP LEADER $2,500

  • Up to 8 tickets to event

  • Shoutout on social media accounts

  • Logo on stage banner

  • Logo / Link on website


SCOUT $1,000

  • Up to 6 tickets to event

  • Shoutout on social media accounts

  • Logo on stage banner

  • Logo / Link on website

HIGH FIVE $500

  • 2 tickets to event

  • Shoutout on social media accounts

  • Logo / Link on website


 

Another way you can support the cause is to buy a bunch of tickets for your team!

Inquire about group and corporate discounts

 
 

These levels of sponsorship keep us going but
we are open to to hear any ideas you may have.

WHY SPONSOR TOPCON?

We want as many people as possible to come enjoy our event and have access to a unique opportunity. Many creatives of all ages, would like to attend an event annually, but cost and proximity are seen as deterrents.

Chattanooga’s creative culture continues to grow and evolve as an increasing number of people are engaging with it. Sponsoring Top Con gives you direct access and exposure to this emerging and sometimes elusive creative class. Your support helps bring something special to our community. Chattanooga is an amazing place. Let’s continue to make it a TOP destination for creatives in the Southeast and beyond!

Top Conference relies heavily on the generosity of our sponsors in order to keep ticket prices low. One of the hallmarks of Top Conference is its affordability versus other design/creative conferences in the region. We want as many people as possible to come enjoy our event and have access to a unique opportunity. Many creatives of all ages, would like to attend an event annually, but cost and proximity are seen as deterrents.


Some of the ways we spend your almighty dollar:

  • Securing venue

  • Travel / Lodging for our speakers

  • Catering, beverages, and event staffing

  • Decking out our swag bags with Chattanooga soul

  • Keeping ticket prices low so all, especially students, can attend


 

TOPCON REGISTRATION VERSUS CONFERENCES OF SIMILAR SIZE
AND SUBJECT MATTER

TOPCON 2 DAY CONFERENCE: $70-$130 ($50 STUDENT)  

CROP CONFERENCE 2 DAY CONFERENCE: $250 ($150 for pop-up)

CREATIVE SOUTH 3 DAY CONFERENCE: $450 ($250 STUDENT)

HOW DESIGN LIVE 4 DAY CONFERENCE: $795 - $1,695

ADOBE MAX 3 DAY CONFERENCE: $1,895


WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN REMAINING ACCESSIBLE AFTER 6 YEARS. WE CAN ONLY DO IT WITH YOUR SUPPORT

 
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LET’s MAKE THIS YEAR
THE BEST TOPCON YET!

We work hard to make every year better and more successful than the last. 

How does Top Conference measure its success? To us, it’s always trying something different. It’s seeing new faces in the crowd. And it’s helping others discover and explore their interests. A truly successful event by our standards is one that surpasses expectations, reaches out to a broad and diverse audience, and delivers a unique and relevant experience for Chattanooga and surrounding areas.

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FUN FACTS

AVERAGE ANNUAL
ATTENDANCE:
235

2013: 150 
2016: 300 
2018: 250

LOCAl: 60%
OUT-OF-TOWN:
40%

STUDENT: 25%
PROFESSIONALS:
75%

 

1000’s OF POSTS AND MENTIONS

ACROSS FACEBOOK, TWITTER, DRIBBBLE AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. 

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TWENTY + EVENT SPONSORS

 

The 2019 Lineup


 
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TRACIE CHING

ILLUSTRATOR, VECTOR ARTIST

Living and working in Washington, DC, Tracie Ching is a self-taught digital artist specializing in complex, graphic portraiture. Her work often involves a limited palette – a tendency-turned-style after years of working in the medium of silkscreen prints.

While commissioned for a wide range of projects including commercial athletic apparel, editorial illustration, and gallery work, Tracie Ching is best known for her alternative movie posters. VIEW SITE

 
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Bob Ewing

LETTERER, DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR

Bob Ewing is a hand lettering artist, designer and illustrator. He first introduced his lettering chops by sharing daily custom hand lettered words on social media. With a prolific body of work, Bob has mastered a unique style of bold, curvy and sharp lettering. Bob is a strong believer in artistic development in schools. He co-founded INCH x INCH, a monthly button subscription. Proceeds go to art programs in K–12 schools. VIEW SITE

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Dan cederholm

CO-FOUNDER DRIBBBLE

Every great client, every project, every award, that Caleb Dan is the co-founder of Dribbble, owner and maker at Advencher Supply Co., and founder of SimpleBits. He previously worked with YouTube, Microsoft, Google, MTV, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blogger, Fast Company, and more. Dan has written five books on the craft of creating websites. He collects hobbies and is a dad in real life. VIEW SITE

 
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CALEB LUDWICK

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, BRAND STRATEGIST / 26 TOOLS

Every great client, every project, every award, that Caleb has won has been through collaboration with talented designers. 15 years ago he was a PhD student starting out in copywriting, pairing up with art directors. Today he calls himself a "brand voice guy," working with UX designers to unearth simple truths and connect business with creativity for clients like Square, IDEO, Food TV, and Dalit Freedom Network. VIEW SITE

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Julia Robbs

PHOTOGRAPHER

Julia Robbs is a commercial and lifestyle photographer in New York City. She grew up in the French Alps, and has also lived in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco. 

Curiosity for the world and adaptation is as much a theme in her life as it is in her work. Working both in studio and on location for clients in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries has led to a diverse and varied portfolio.  Her projects have taken her on shoots all over the world, including Spain, France, Ireland, England, and all across the United States. Although she has no acting experience, you may have recently seen her in a Jaguar commercial. VIEW SITE


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OUR HOST


 
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JASON CRAIG

DESIGNER / ILLUSTRATOR

Southern gentleman with a midwestern work ethic based in Augusta, Georgia. For the last twenty-two years he has worked as a full time graphic designer and illustrator for screen printers, sign shops, large format printers, alt weekly newspapers, advertising agencies and music festivals. He has even spent some time coloring comic books for DC and Disney.

Jason’s work has been published in PRINT Magazine and HOW and has won numerous Addy awards and an AIGA InShow award. Jason also spends time speaking, judging Addys and is President of the Augusta, Georgia chapter of Adfed. VIEW SITE

SOME OF OUR ALUMNI SPEAKERS


WAYNE WHITE 
Wayne White is an American artist, art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist and illustrator. He has won four Emmy Awards for his work.

AARON DRAPLIN 
Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author and founder of Draplin Design Co. He is based in Portland, Oregon. His clients include Nike, Burton Snowboards, Esquire, Red Wing, Field Notes, Ford Motor Company and the Obama Administration.

LYDIA NICHOLS 
Lydia Nichols is an illustrator who has worked with a number of clients, including Google, Girl Scouts, MoMA, Cricket Magazine, Hasbro/Playskool, and more. She is the author of numerous children’s books, including Halloween Trick or Treat: A Colors Book by RP Kids.

KELLI ANDERSON 
Kelli Anderson is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and creative tinkerer. She has crafted everything from a paper record player to experimental websites, all with the aim of renewing our wonder at the everyday.

ORLANDO AROCENA 
Orlando is a Mexican-Cuban-American vector illustrator who enjoys delivering creative solutions for some of the world’s most renowned Brands like Marvel, Disney, HP, and Warner Brothers.

TAD CARPENTER 
Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and teacher based in Kansas City, Missouri. Tad has illustrated over twenty children’s books on the market today as well as designing over 200 gig posters for musicians, bands and tours.