This year’s RuralX schedule will be out soon.  Watch here for more details and take a look at last year’s schedule to get a feel for what you may experience at RuralX.
Your Rural Xperience.
Come as you are to explore, connect, reflect and create your own RuralX experience, with plenty of fun on the side. This event schedule sets out general expectations, while allowing you the freedom and flexibility to connect with amazing people.

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

1:00p – 1:30p


Check-in, grab a beverage, find a seat and settle in for a dynamic afternoon designed to fuel your fire and make you “Xcited” about what’s possible in our rural communities.

1:30p – 2:30p

Keynote Presentation

Build a better block: How to make a real change in your community

Jason Roberts, founder of The Better Block Project, will dazzle you with real-world ideas and inspiration.

2:30p – 3:00p

Communication Break

Mind blown by Jason?

Take a little break to catch your breath, check your phone or connect with fellow RuralXers.

3:00p – 4:00p

Ruralizing Our Potential

Exploring new ideas and possibilities

Deb Brown and Becky McCray, nationally known rural advocates, lead your through motivational rural success stories, including some from last year’s RuralX participants!

4:00p – 5:00p

OpenX Intro

Prepare to be Open

Joe Bartmann, VP of Innovation at Dakota Resources, explains the whys and hows of OpenX and helps craft an “on the fly” OpenX agenda.

5:30p – 9:00p

RuralX Better Block Party

Enjoy our street-fair-meets-food-festival event being held at the Wheat Growers Innovation Center. Buses will transport attendees from The DEC from 5:30p – 6:30p and take you to a fun, casual evening featuring a taste of local fair-inspired foods, makers market booths, music, games and a chance to relax with old and new friends. At the conclusion of the RuralX17 Better Block Party, buses will return attendees to The DEC between 8:00p – 9:00p.


8:30a – 9:30a

Opening Keynote

Start your second day with words of wisdom from Deb Brown and Becky McCray.

10:00a – 11:30a

Open X

OpenX breakout sessions bring attendees together to analyze, discuss, brainstorm and create action items on key rural agenda items.

11:30a – 2:00p

Box Lunch/OpenX

Grab a box and continue with OpenX or just take a break with friends or on your own.

2:00p – 2:30p

OpenX in Action

So, what are we going to DO with all these ideas? This is where we put our words into actions and create real meaning behind our time at RuralX17.

2:30p – 3:15p

Closing Keynote

Gather Your Crowd

Deb Brown and Becky McCray end our time together by learning effective ways to rally a crowd to support your ideas, business or rural community.

3:15p – 3:30p

Finish with a Start

Take home accountability and action items to make a difference in your community.