Awakening was established in 2011 by a group of young Somali Professionals and Students in Ottawa. Initially it began as a way to raise funds for the famine that was ravishing Somalia at the time, and since then it became an annual gathering where the Canadian Somali community come together to highlight our success stories. The first annual Awakening conference was held on November 26, 2011. It was the first Somali youth conference held in Ottawa, and it brought together about 100 Somali youth, professionals, students and community leaders alike. Today more than 250 people attend the annual conference from all over Canada and thousands more from around the world tune in live on social media.