Mutiny Labs: Cuba
An Innovation Retreat

A Design and Entrepreneurship Tour in Support of the Cuban People

(5 day trip)

Take 5 days this spring to explore Cuban entrepreneurship and design culture. Walk away with inspiration and a few new friends.

Cuba experiences innovation by necessity.

The country is an exceptional incubator for design and business. While there, we will meet with designers, architects, software developers and general business owners. The general daily plan is to have a discussion, explore the surrounding communities and then head to some fantastic restaurant. What’s covered? 95% of our meals are covered, and all of our housing on island is covered. You only need to cover your flight in and home.

Immerse yourself into the Cuban experience

Cubans experience regional isolation that forces innovation even as social change is constrained from top down. Gain insight into how fluid geopolitics and scarcity make Cuba an exceptional incubator for design and business.

  • Discover Malecon 663, a concept store, boutique hotel and restaurant with a creative menu and a rooftop space with stunning panoramic views and live music.
  • Chat with restaurateurs, historians and community activists to learn how history and reality collide.
  • We’ll explore the revitalized neighborhood of San Isidro, then chat with the people responsible. Now Havana’s Art District, social initiatives, workshops, galleries and concerts revitalized San Isidro.

Meet your counterparts

Have intimate conversations with business owners to understand the micro affect of geopolitics. Work alongside entrepreneurs and designers to enhance cross cultural understanding and share best practices that you can put to use when you get home.

Discover the trick to thriving when designing in scarcity

In a country that seems immune to external forces, learn how Cubans are creating some of the most innovative experiences in design, architecture, and fashion. We’ll have the chance to experience how day to day scarcity impacts the choices a business makes.

  • Tour Lab 26, a designers’ collective and the home of “Espacios” project combining architecture, design and art, run by renowned Cuban architect Vilma Bartolomé.
  • Meet Oniel Diaz to learn how he’s been able to build multiple businesses and help increase foreign investment in Cuba.
  • We’ll meet entrepreneurs in the tourism industry, and take a cocktail and cooking class to see formal and informal economies up close.

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