Portland Trails 15x15 - A Symposium of Ideas

Not just an annual meeting…an annual celebration of great ideas from our community!

5:30 pm: Member reception and Annual Meeting

6:00 pm: 15×15 presentations

Our annual meeting is a night of the best ideas in trails, transportation, conservation, and placemaking from members of our community. The 15×15 presentation style inspires presenters to be deep, brief, and snappy; and it inspires audiences to walk away educated and entertained.

Presenters get 15 slides, at 15 seconds each to share the story of their idea or innovations. In years past we’ve heard from lawyers, middle schoolers, bridge builders, botanists and more. Join us for an evening of great ideas, snacks, drinks and community!


SPACE Gallery.
Free. Light refreshments during annual meeting, cash bar. There will be refreshments available for attendees observing Passover during the 5:30-6pm meeting/happy hour.
Have a great idea you want to share? Apply to be a speaker. See below.


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Check out some of the great presentations from our 2016 event!

Greg Jordan, Greater Portland METRO
Nason’s Corner Greening Project
King Middle School
Kara Wooldrik, Executive Dir. of Portland Trails


Our 2017 Presenters are…

  • Bill Needleman – City of Portland Waterfront Coordinator. Working waterfront expert, frequent trail commuter.
  • Derek Pelletier and Maryann Welsch– Environmental consultants. Year-round bike and public transit family.
  • Coco Kazadi – Accredited cycling instructor, Bikes for All Mainers advocate, and passionate community builder.
  • Jaime Parker – Portland Trails’ Trails & Active Transportation Manager. Strong believer in the city as a playground.
  • Laura Newman – Founder of the School Ground Greening Coalition. Voted most likely to move to Scandanavia by Portland Trails staff, champion for creative, outdoor play.
  • Doug Malcolm – Founder, Portland Wheelers, Registered RN, former business owner, foundation manager, and current outdoor adventurer.
  • Aram Mitchell – Executive Director, Renewal in the Wilderness. Never without a backpack and a sense of wonder.
  • Samantha Herr – Founder, Portland Bike Share. Community Advocacy Coordinator at Bicycle Coalition of Maine. All bikes, all the time.
  • Kara Wooldrik – Executive Director, Portland Trails. Trail forager, jam maker.
  • Tom Jewell – Co-founder, Portland Trails. Real estate lawyer by day, Forest City Trail mastermind the rest of the time.
  • Surprise guest! – Who could it be? Come to the 15×15 to find out!