Summit Project Successes - The Longest Table Dayton

In just over a month, hundreds of individuals will descend upon the Dayton Art Institute for what has become the annual Launchpad for volunteer-powered community projects – The UpDayton Summit. While the event itself is filled with excitement and something that is looked forward to all year, the projects that come out of the Summit are the heart and soul of UpDayton. A campaign and selfie wall that has turned into a mantra for the city of Dayton; the painting of a walking bridge bringing together two communities divided by a highway; the purchasing and installation of bike racks around the city to make Dayton more bike friendly; and a table the length of the third street bridge filled with strangers breaking barriers by breaking bread together – those are just a few examples of the projects that got their start at the UpDayton Summit. Because these projects touch so many individuals, we’re going to kick-off a series focused on the 360-degree impact of a project, getting insights from project leaders, project volunteers and community members that have been impacted by the projects. We start with a little teaser from a 2016 project – The Longest Table Dayton. Here’s a recap of the event that happened on October 15, but The Longest Table movement didn’t stop there. Smaller events have been taking place in a variety of locations monthly with the goal of continuing the conversation from the big table. If you want to get involved, visit the Longest Table website for details about upcoming events around Dayton. 

Stay tuned for the next entry in our series and don’t forget to register to attend the UpDayton Summit →

Summit 101

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If you're new to UpDayton, you are probably seeing a lot of posts everywhere about the UpDayton Summit. Very simply put, the Summit is UpDayton's yearly gathering where we decide on what major projects we want to work on to help make Dayton a better place to work, live, and play. Attending the Summit is one of the most impactful ways for Daytonians to get involved in their city. 

Who: YOU! 

What: 2017 UpDayton Summit

When: The evening of Thursday, April 27th

Where: The Dayton Art Institute

How: Register HERE (sign up by March 17th for Early Bird pricing!)

Earlier this month, Daytonians with a vision for our future submitted their project ideas for the UpDayton Summit. After guidance from UpDayton leaders, the list of projects will be narrowed down to final ideas that will be pitched at the 2017 Summit on Thursday, April 27th. The audience will then vote to select which three projects will each receive $1,000 in seed money and a year of support from UpDayton staff, leaders and volunteers. After the Summit, attendees can then volunteer to help make their favorite project idea into reality. 

Past UpDayton projects have included The Longest Table and the New Dayton Icon. 

No matter if you're new to Dayton or you have lived here your whole life, the UpDayton Summit is a great way to meet new people and see what this city is all about. To learn more about our organization, or to sign up for more volunteer information, check out this cool primer about UpDayton. We hope to see you soon!