PopTech 2019: SHIFT

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Join us for our 23rd annual convening of brilliant minds from all corners of the world. Hosted by Moran Cerf, PopTech is not your usual talking head fest but rather an influential gathering that places high value on authentic human connection.

Our campus setting at Point Lookout sets the stage for an immersive and enriching experience featuring the cutting edge presentations you have come to love, interactive sessions, shared meals, fireside chats in front of real fireplaces, late night debates, stargazing and music-making.

Make the most of the PopTech experience by staying onsite in one of Point Lookout’s beautiful cabins. Lodging inquiries and reservations can be made directly with Point Lookout. Please note, our conference registration fee is exclusive of lodging at Point Lookout.

2019 Hosts and Speakers


Who goes to PopTech?

Your fellow participants are a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds — technology, design, science, business, academia, arts, social entrepreneurship, medicine, foundations, non-profits, for-profits, you name it. They all share a passion for new ideas.

When should I arrive?

We encourage you to arrive early on Wednesday, October 23rd. Registration will be located in Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. We will be open from 3:30-8:30 PM. This is where you can pick up your badge, gift bag, and of course ask any questions. Stroll around the Point Lookout campus or take an energizing hike of one of the trails located on the property. We will be gathering for dinner in the Pavilion just adjacent to Hedges Hall at 630 PM. Please note: Your badge is required to enter the opening dinner — please don’t forget it!

What should I wear?

The PopTech vibe is creative and casual. Dress comfortably and pack outdoor attire to take full advantage of the outdoor spaces at Point Lookout. There is no need for suits, ties and high heels – leave those items at home. We suggest you pack comfortable shoes for walking and hiking, a jacket and fleece to keep you warm. A scarf, hat and lightweight gloves wouldn’t hurt either. Fall temperatures vary widely in Midcoast Maine, so be sure to check for the latest weather updates and pack accordingly. It is also a good idea to pack an umbrella, as rain can be common this time of year.

Where should I eat?

We will be hosting community dinners at Point Lookout on Wednesday and Friday nights, as well as lunches on Thursday and Friday. Thursday night participants are on their own for dinner. There are a number of amazing restaurant choices in the area that range from pubs to James Beard Award-winning restaurants. Restaurants that require advance reservations include Primo in Rockland and Nina June in Rockport, otherwise access to tables is pretty easy. Please check in at Registration for a list of area restaurants in Lincolnville, Camden, Rockport and Rockland. Most inns and small hotels include breakfast. If you are staying at Point Lookout, it might be fun to provision your cabin for breakfast and snacks – a quick stop at Hannafords Supermarket or French and Brawn in Camden on your way to Point Lookout will allow you to stock up. The closest option to Point Lookout is Wentworth Family Grocery, about 5 minutes away.

Help! How do I get to Northport, Maine?

Don’t fret! Check out TRAVEL for various ways to travel to Northport. Be warned, Uber and Lyft are not ubiquitous to Midcoast Maine!

Where should I stay?

Check out TRAVEL for lists of full service resorts, hotels, inns/B&Bs, luxury inns, motels, cottages, and contact information for house rentals.

I’m coming to PopTech by myself. Will I be lonely?

Not a chance! From randomly assigned lunches to community dinners and immersive sessions PopTech is carefully designed to create meaningful and lasting connections between you and your fellow participants.

Is there a PopTech 2019 app?

Yep! We’ll let you know when the conference app is available, usually right before the conference kicks off. Stay tuned. Other questions? Email us and we will be more than happy to help.



One of the highlights of the PopTech experience is the location of the event itself — Point Lookout, a beautiful retreat site just north of Camden, Maine. Located about 2 hours north of Portland, Point Lookout is located in Northport, providing a stunning, setting that takes full advantage of Maine’s natural beauty and New England hospitality. You’ll be joining us during one of the most beautiful times of the year — peak fall foliage season.

Here you can find directions for how to get to Northport and plan your lodging for the conference.

Conference Location

The PopTech conference takes place at: Point Lookout, 67 Atlantic Highway, Northport, Maine.


Lodging at Point Lookout is now full. Please contact [email protected], we are happy to assist with information and alternative lodging. Please refer to the lists below for a variety of classic New England bed and breakfasts, full-service hotels and luxury inns.

Full Service Resort

Samoset Resort (25 minutes from Point Lookout)


Camden Riverhouse (10 minutes from Point Lookout)

Lord Camden Inn (10 minutes from Point Lookout)

16 Bayview Hotel (10 minutes from Point Lookout)

Cottages & Inns

Beach Cottage Inn (5 minutes from Point Lookout)

Spouter Inn (5 minutes from Point Lookout)

Lodge at Camden Hills (5 minutes from Point Lookout)

Inn at Sunrise Point (5 minutes from Point Lookout)

Inn at Camden Place (10 minutes from Point Lookout)

Abigail’s Inn (10 minutes from Point Lookout)


Black Horse Inn Call 207-236-6800 to book (5 minutes from Point Lookout)

In addition, Airbnb, Camden Accommodations offer house and cottage rentals in Lincolnville, Northport, Camden and the surrounding area.

Getting To Camden

By Plane

Portland’s International Jetport (PWM) is easy to fly into with multiple airlines providing direct service. JetBlue, Delta, United, Southwest Airlines and US Airways.

We’re also accessible via Boston’s Logan International Jetport (BOS). Bangor International Airport (BGR), and Rockland’s Knox County Regional Airport (RKD), served by Cape Air.

Driving times between airports and Point Lookout

PWM – 2 hours

BOS – 4 hours

RKD – 40 minutes (please note, this airport is only served by Cape Air, which flies small prop planes that can be subject to weather delays and cancellations).

Getting from airports to Northport

The most efficient and economical option is to rent a car at the airport. All major car rental companies are available at airports listed above. If you are coming as a group, carpooling is a great option. If you are coming alone and would like to rideshare, post a request on the PopTech Facebook page in the week or two before the conference.

Alternatives to car rental

Midcoast Limo provides door-to-door service between airports and Camden and Northport. 

Concord Bus Lines provides service between Portland Jetport and Boston Logan airport with stops in Camden and Lincolnville (stop nearest to Point Lookout). Once at the stop, it is necessary to get a local taxi to your destination.

Local Cabs

Please note, Uber and Lyft are not ubiquitous to midcoast Maine!

Cabs can be secured by calling one of the following:

Schooner Bay, 207-594-5000

Yellow Cab, 207-596-3440

Joe’s Taxi, 207-975-3560

Questions? Check out the FAQ section or contact [email protected]

Gathering our Community

The PopTech conference is a convening of brilliant minds from different corners of the world. Far from a traditional conference, PopTech is an influential event that places high value on authentic human connection. It is an immersive and enriching experience filled with cutting edge presentations, interactive sessions, shared meals, fireside chats in front of real fireplaces, late night debates, movie screenings and music-making.

Our goal: explore, inspire, instigate and discover a shared potential that extends well beyond the reach of individual aspiration.