Our sixth annual Knit Con employee event has arrived and it's bigger than ever before. At Pinterest, we pride ourselves on working alongside employees who are always open to learning, creating and teaching. Our mission at Pinterest is to bring everyone the inspiration to create a life they love and Knit Con is our mission brought to life.
Knit Con is what happens when Pinterest’s 2500+ employees around the world stop working for two days and celebrate inspiration, creativity and hands-on learning from one another as well as Pinners and creators. The goal is that employees leave these classes with a little more knowledge on a topic that they’re interested in as well as the opportunity to more deeply connect all employees with our company mission.
“The best part about working at Pinterest is being around incredibly creative people from multiple disciplines. What I love about Knit Con is how it gives us an opportunity to celebrate each other, not for the jobs that we hold, but for the diversity of talents we bring to the table. Every year, employees, Pinners, Creators and speakers from around the world come together to share their gifts. Once again, I couldn’t be more excited to broaden my perspectives, try new things and be creative. I know I’ll leave the experience feeling inspired, like I always do.”
When Knit Con started in 2015, we wanted to make sure that Pinterest was intentional about building inspiration and connectivity into our culture, not just our product. That’s why Knit Con started as an annual two day experience of what Pinterest would look like in real life. The event has grown from a few hundred participants in San Francisco to thousands worldwide.
Over the years we’ve tried various formats of bringing everyone together, and this year we’re trying something new - we’re going virtual. For the first time, we are bringing every office “together” for two days filled with everything from growing your own herb garden and building your own drone to effective philanthropy 101 and acrylic paint pouring to how to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
This year, emotional well-being will be at the heart of many of the speakers and sessions featured at Knit Con. We’ll hear from speakers who are experts in some of the topics and conversations that represent 2020 and what’s to come in 2021. Speakers include POSE actress Dominique Jackson, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leena Wen, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter CA Janaya Khan and Founder of Humans of NY Brandon Stanton.
Employees will also have the opportunity to learn alongside Pinners and creators such as how to make natural landscape tiles with Pinterest Creator Chieko Shimizu Fujoka, learning how clear mind clutter and boost brain power by speaker Andi Eaton, how to make a fruit crisp with Pinterest creator Grossy Pelosi and a class for the fanchovies with Alejandra Ramos.
For the first time this year, we’re adding a new component to Knit Con by encouraging employees to spend their time giving back to their local communities as an alternative way to get inspired. Our first-ever Knit Con Fund will capture a range of non-profit organizations suggested by each external speaker. If employees donate to any of these funds during the course of the two days, they’ll receive 2:1 donation matching.
Pinterest hires people who have more interests than they have time. Because our employees are talented and creative, we are able to pack hundreds of sessions over two days. And because we have continued to build a community of Pinners and creators over the years, we have more to share than ever before. Knit Con is proof that when great minds come together, anything can happen.