Our Inspiring Chicago
Innovation Conference

On March 16th, join Chicago's top innovators to experience next year's trends before they happen.
85% rate Future Festival as the "best business event they've ever attended."
Jeremy Gutsche Future Festival Our Chicago Innovation Conference is a 1 Day Accelerated Program that brings Chicago innovators the best of our epic Future Festival - Trend Hunter's multi-day trends, insight and innovation megaevent. This is our first year bringing the accelerated trends & innovation conference to Chicago, so it's a great opportunity to experience next year's trends from the #1 trend firm while prototyping your future." – Jeremy Gutsche, CEO & NY Times Bestselling Author

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WHAT'S DIFFERENT?
The power-packed 1 day conferences are immersive, takeaway-focused training programs

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COST-EFFECTIVE 1 DAY vs. DAYS AWAY FROM WORK
30 CORE CONCEPTS vs. DISJOINTED MATERIAL
DOWNLOADABLE PRESENTATIONS vs. TAKE-YOUR-OWN NOTES
PERSONAL ASSESSMENTS vs. GENERIC CONTENT
ONE-ON-ONE ADVISOR TIME vs. LACK OF FOLLOW-UP
100% ENERGETIC & ACTIONABLE vs. RANDOM & OUTDATED

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Our Chicago Innovation Conference

Our Chicago Innovation Conference will begin with a morning of innovation frameworks and trend conference content, including our 6 Patterns of Opportunity and the 18 megatrends that are shaping the world. Then, we'll work through a full day of more specific trend content leading up to an epic Future Party to cap off the day. Every Chicago attendee will also be getting an individual Trend Hunter assessment and $4,000 of takeaway materials.

future festival attendee chicago tribune "The workshops Jeremy ran, coupled with the Trend Hunter research and Future Festival also created opportunities for our team and expanded our people's thinking." – CEO
future festival attendee budweiser "Any senior executive would benefit hugely from taking a couple of days and attending Future Festival." – Global VP of Innovation

Why visit? Get our picks of a dozen experiences for after the Chicago innovation conference

Chicago Innovation Conference Venue
Our Chicago event takes place in the Gene Siskel Film Center, attached to the Art Institute of Chicago. The Institute is on the forefront of innovation and cutting edge cinematography, acting as a great focal point for such an innovative conference! This theatre boasts film festivals that celebrate diversity and prides itself on hosting premieres of trailblazers in their industry.

Future Festival’s after party will take place at the Common’s Club, in the Virgin Hotel. The Common’s Club is a modern bar that has a flair for molecular cocktails, unique decor and delicious food. See you at the conference!

Looking to explore Chicago innovation?
If this is your first time in Chicago for Trend Hunter’s innovation event, make sure to check out the innovative spots that the Windy City has to offer. Check out Under Armour’s Brand Shop, which comes complete with a wearables bar to let you test out the latest tech. Alina Restaurant is another gem of the city, offering molecular gastronomy and a variety of traditional foods that are deconstructed into new shapes, colours and textures.

Plus, explore a dozen unique Chicago locations for innovation in our Future Festival conference trend book!

Agenda & Topics

Trends & Innovation Conference Agenda
PRE-WORK: Innovation Assessment
7:30 - Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:10 - Seating & VR
8:30 - Better & Faster Innovation Keynote Speaker
9:30 - 6 Patterns of Opportunity & 18 Megatrends
10:00 - Tech & The Internet of Things
10:30 - Networking
11:00 - Lifestyle & Leisure Trends
11:30 - Health, Wellness & Technology
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Hyper-Convenience and Apps
1:30 - The 3 Sub-Segments of Millennials
2:00 - Retail Innovation
2:30 - Networking
3:00 - How to Win at Gamification
3:30 - Generational Trends
4:00 - Creating a Culture of Innovation
4:30 - How to Spark a Revolution & Action
5:30 - 10:00 Future Party With Networking, Apps & An Open Bar
DAY AFTER - 1:1 Meetings
TAKEAWAYS - 2017 Trend Report, Frameworks, Homework & "What I Learned" PPT

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