SHiFT is an open community of makers, thinkers, designers, and creators.

Come join the campfire conversations.

Connect to Industry

Each day, the events, workshops, and discussions will focus on an aspect of the design process. Topics like community, reflection, craft and grit are explored through community challenges.


Build your Community

Instead of relying on algorithms to build our online group of friends, learn to talk with others and connect on a personal level. This investment in human relationships will provide an actionable personal and professional network.


Explore with Friends

Break free from the monotony and set off on an adventure with a fun mixture of personalities and viewpoints. Use this time to experience the world, push yourself, and build memories. 


Lead and Follow

Being a good leader means knowing when to follow. Learn to embrace others’ knowledge and unique skills so you can create better team dynamics. 


Upcoming Events

Simply Complex

Tuscumbia, AL    |    11 - 16 June 2017


To be successful you need to understand how to logically work through solving a problem, but also emotionally connect with the user. Poems, music, and art have a way of transporting us to faraway places and engaging our emotional layers. But to be successful they need the technical attributes of rhyme, cadence, and experience. Engineered structures, products, and economies have the ability to provide trust through quantified experiences. They are a channel that can carry beauty and prosperity to the masses. The connection that math and music have is no accident. The power that physics and architecture create is well known. Come learn how to think through metaphors and create beauty from numbers. 

Explore your Perspective

Wales, UK   |   9 - 15 July 2017


One cannot truly appreciate the valley until you climb to the mountain top. This event will challenge you mentally, physically, and push you to question your own perspectives. You'll walk in your own shoes to the top of the mountain and then 'try on' someone else's to the valley below. This will help build and understand the power of empathy and personal perspective. Immersed with different cultures, surrounded by unique environments, and having interactions with diverse ways of thinking, will leave us with a few less filters over our eyes.


A Day at SHiFT

Daily workshops and discussions will focus on topics like community, reflection, craft, and grit.

Morning lectures and workshops will feature artists, designers, and industry leaders speaking to a variety of topics from design, community and passion.

Explore & Discover Nature

Escape from the routine and break free from bad habits. Spend time with others exploring the natural world around you. With 3000+ acres of forests filled with creeks, caves and trails, there’s endless opportunities to spend time appreciating the world we too often overlook.

Experience Cross-cultural Learning

Cultures, backgrounds, and stories will merge to be shared in a way you’ve never experienced before. Learn from others, teach others, and create something together.

Our Story

The concept for this non-conference has been maturing for years. It started while the founders were attending Auburn University. They would bring students out to the woods for a short time in order to be rejuvenated and find inspiration for their design projects.

This foundation has been matured over many years and now SHiFT is a location inspired platform that uses the design process to connect students and professionals through workshops and community projects.

Events for the college and professional are typically a week long and include deep conversations with thought leaders, physical activities that re-invigorate the soul, and challenges that expand the mind. The single and multi-day K-12 events are focused around team building and understanding the power of the design process.

SHiFT is ultimately about forging strong, long-lasting relationships through hands-on activities in an outdoor setting. By bringing students and professionals from around the world together for a unique experience, we aim to reignite the playful nature of the design process. SHiFT was created for the explorer, maker, and leader in all of us.