A Portlandian lovefest for independent creatives.

XOXO is an experimental festival that celebrates the humanity behind Internet creativity. Designers, developers, podcasters, writers, YouTubers, musicians, and many more gathered for three days in September to share their triumphs, their struggles, and their eye-opening work.

I was lucky enough to get a ticket in the lottery, and my experience at the festival redefined my standards for creative community building, from the Slack team to the meetups to the main events. I take the wonderfully weird XOXO spirit with me into all of my projects, and I hope to one day create something worthy of that festival's mainstage.