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FREE virtual event series

This is the most critical period of change in modern history. Your consumers' preferences are changing by the minute. Join 40,000+ of the world's brightest insight leaders, from Starbucks & Samsung, to Google & NASA, relying on Future Festival to step back, think big, and spot opportunity with fresh, data-driven insights from the #1 trend firm.

Why Attend in 2021


This is when consumer needs totally change. Knowing how to spot trends, make new connections, action ideas, and change the way you work, will help you not only survive but stay ahead. This is Trend Hunter’s area of expertise.

97% of attendees rate it "the best innovation conference ever" ... NOW FREE.
20/20 of the “most admired brands” in the world rely on us to predict opportunity.
95% rated the “overall caliber” of attendees higher than other events.
INC calls it one of the best innovation conferences to inspire your team.

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"The best, most engaging and most relevant business event I have ever attended." Chief Strategy Officer & SVP of Marketing

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"Hands down, the best way to experience innovation and the future." Consumer Insight Specialist

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"The best event I've ever attended, and we go to motorcycle races." Head of Sensing and R&D

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"Future Festival is a concentrated dose of inspiration and insights. This event is a must-attend!" Associate Brand Manager

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"No service out there captures Consumer Behavior as well as Trend Hunter" Creative Development Manager, Ideation

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"An incredible experience that left me fueled and supported with new tools." Creative and Business Development

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"Future Festival created opportunities for our team and expanded our people's thinking." CEO

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"Undoubtedly the most meaningful conference I've ever attended." VP of Sales

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"Any senior executive would benefit hugely from taking a couple of days and attending Future Festival." Global VP of Innovation

For context, we help smart people, like you, navigate chaos and opportunity

In 2008, our CEO Jeremy Gutsche published his first book on chaos. The book became an award-winner, setting off a career and consulting practice related to innovation in times of chaos and rapid change.

Today, we have helped 700 brands, billionaires, CEOs and NASA on more than 10,000 research projects and 1,000+ workshops. From free digital resources to custom in-person events, navigating chaos is what we do. This year, that means a free innovation conference series to help you thrive.

Relied on by 700+ brands, billionaires and CEOs
More than 10,000 innovation projects completed
New York Times Bestselling Methodologies

2021 is a new window of opportunity

Post-crisis moments end in a period of chaos and recession-mindset. In chaos, the decks get re-shuffled and market leaders often change. Now is your time to invest in yourself, study the new trends, evolve and win. You’re closer to new opportunities than you think.

Path Dependency
1. Path Dependency
Opportunity Crisis
2. Crisis
9-12 Months
Opportunity Chaos
3. Chaos
6-12 Months
Opportunity Recharting
4. Recharting

Now is the time to learn 2021 trends from the world's #1 trend firm

Trend Hunter Innovation Platform

For context, Trend Hunter is an unrivaled 3 billion view trend platform. 800 brands rely on us to predict and create the future. This year, consumer needs have entirely changed and it is more important than ever to get FRESH, data-driven insights about your market.

What's different about our virtual innovation conferences?

Engaging Presentations
vs. Passively Listening
Live Streamed
vs. Recordings
Fresh, Data-Driven Insights
vs. Outdated Material
Energetic & Actionable
vs. Random & Outdated
Workshops with Your Team
vs. Limited Takeaways
Downloadable Presentations
vs. Take-Your-Own Notes
Individual Assessments
vs. Generic Content
One-on-One Advisor Time
vs. Lack of Follow-Up
Virtual Trend Safaris
vs. Vendors

Day 1:
The World In 2021 (FREE)

This day is the free virtual innovation conference to prepare you for 2021. What does your year ahead look like? Let’s chart it out, discover new opportunities and innovate forward.

9:00am - Kickoff Keynote -
How to Thrive in Chaos

Innovation Keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche

Get inspired about CHAOS & OPPORTUNITY with Jeremy Gutsche, one of the world’s top innovation keynote speakers & chaos experts

Our CEO, Jeremy Gutsche, is a New York Times bestselling author who has become an advisor to over 800 brands, billionaires, CEOs & NASA, particularly focused on innovating through times of change. As one of the world's top innovation keynote speakers, he'll kick-off the innovation event with unparalleled energy.

"Gutsche is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers on the planet, well-regarded as the top trend-spotter in the world... the most energizing, inspiring & applicable... & I’ve heard Bill Clinton... Bill Gates... & Tony Robbins." - The Sun Newspaper

10:00am - The Top 18 Megatrends -
Predicting 2021 and Beyond

Megatrends Top Trends Keynote Speaker

Discover the forces impacting our post-COVID world, and how to predict new opportunity.

Leveraging our big data from 150,000,000 people, we’ve built the most researched, most data-driven system for identifying opportunities. This unparalleled research led us to 6 Patterns of Opportunity and the 18 most important Megatrends shaping our future.

Using this framework, you’ll learn how to apply these Megatrends and patterns to any industry, and then more specifically how the resulting Megatrends conference content can be leveraged when you return home. For continuity, the rest of the innovation conference builds upon these frameworks, deep-diving into the top Megatrends throughout the rest of the day.

11:00am - 4:30pm - Keynotes

Global Megatrends in 2022 and Beyond
Global Megatrends in 2022 and Beyond

To be updated July 2021 - Join us for a deep dive into the 18 Megatrends Matrix, these are the trends that matter for 2021. In general, the trend landscape is confusing and messy, to make sense of it all, we’ve developed a novel proprietary sorting system, that identifies the most integral ideas. Once you know what’s making waves, your business has the insight to make connections and this is how innovation is born.

Micro-Generations and a World Post-COVID
Micro-Generations and a World Post-COVID

To be updated July 2021 - Let’s look back at world-transforming moments to better understand how different generations navigated and innovated through. For your business, this is an opportunity to get closer to your target audience. To consider what they may be experiencing and how you can be there for them in new and surprising ways.

Retail Innovation in 2022
Retail Innovation in 2022

To be updated July 2021 - Through the change, three retail-centric Megatrends emerged: Naturality, Authenticity, and Many-to-Many. Let’s examine and explore the shifts that happened in-store, online, and in omnichannel spaces. A time to reflect on what worked and where to next.

Consumer Behavior in a Post-COVID World
Consumer Behavior in a Post-COVID World

To be updated July 2021 - Even in the pandemic, businesses rose to the moment, listened to their customers, and flourished. Those that were quick to innovate were quick to win. Let’s take this moment to study the tactics for success in the new world, and how to find opportunities when you least expect them.

Marketing Tech and Innovation
Marketing Tech and Innovation

To be updated July 2021 - Chaos can be distracting. It can take us away from the fundamentals of marketing and innovation. The best organizations know how to manage the chaos without losing their purpose.

The Future of Entertainment in 2022-2025
The Future of Entertainment in 2022-2025

In this session, we’ll unpack the new way consumers break up their days. We’ll explore the new rules of leisure, unexplored avenues, and exciting adaptations for your business.

The Super Future in 2027
The Super Future in 2027

To be updated July 2021 - Prepare for the next 5-10 years. Get to know: HYBRIDIZATION—The lines that separate different industries are blurring. You can now compete in any market. INSTANT ENTREPRENEURSHIP—It has never been easier to instantly become an entrepreneur, launching new products in almost any type of market. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE—The pace of human progress will dramatically accel- erate with machines that think like humans but with near-infinite speed and data.

Keynote Speakers & Futurists

Jeremy Gutsche Innovation Speaker
Jeremy Gutsche
Bestselling Author & CEO of Trend Hunter
Innovating in Chaos, Crisis and Recession
Armida Ascano Innovation Speaker
Armida Ascano
Generations: The Evolution of Millenials, Boomers, X’s & Z’s
Jaime Neely Innovation Speaker
Jaime Neely
Work: Experience, Excellence & Engagement
Courtney Scharf Innovation Speaker
Courtney Scharf
Play: Future of Leisure, Nightlife and Entertainment
Jonathon Brown Innovation Speaker
Jonathon Brown
Tactics: Innovation Tactics, Frameworks, & Best Practices
Gil Haddi Innovation Speaker
Gil Haddi
Marketing: Hyperconnectivity, & Becoming Consumer
Ady Floyd Innovation Speaker
Ady Floyd
Shop: Retail Innovation, Omnichannel & Marketing
Mary Van Puymbroeck Innovation Speaker
Mary Van Puymbroeck
Back to Basics of Consumer Behaviour
Taryn Boyd Innovation Speaker
Taryn Boyd
New Wave Social Media

Previous Speakers & Surprise Guests

Stephanie Mehta Innovation Speaker
Stephanie Mehta
Nick Thompson Innovation Speaker
Nick Thompson
Malcolm Gladwell Innovation Speaker
Malcolm Gladwell
Deborah Amato Innovation Speaker
Deborah Amato
Deputy Chief Technologist
Tony Hunter Innovation Speaker
Tony Hunter
Jodi Goldstein Innovation Speaker
Jodi Goldstein
Executive Director, Innovation Lab
Bill Hayden Innovation Speaker
Bill Hayden
Chief Strategy Officer
Francis Pierrel Innovation Speaker
Francis Pierrel
Sarah Beachler Innovation Speaker
Sarah Beachler
Chief Strategy Officer
Betsy Armentrout Innovation Speaker
Betsy Armentrout
Strategy Director, Emerging Brands

World Summit Day 2 (PRO + VIP):
Category Deep-Dives and Learning Groups

Be ready to explore unimagined possibilities, prototype new ideas, go on a virtual trend safari, and be challenged with an experiential trend report. On this day, our PRO and VIP attendees will break into smaller groups to workshop, network and move closer to innovation.

9:00am - Filter your inspiration into applicable insights for your role

private webinars and workshops

After a day full of inspiring new ideas, insights and frameworks, you will want to take some time to think about the best ideas for you and your brand. In this part of the day,

Learn the techniques Jeremy has used with leading brands, boards and billionaires. Learn:
• How to Filter Opportunity in Times of Chaos
• How to Find Overlooked Ideas Using Patterns & Megatrends

Innovators Who Send Teams: Starbucks, Disney, Visa, Adidas, Domino's, Aflac, Staples, Netflix, Microsoft, Hasbro, Red Bull, Universal, Target, Pepsi, VW, Walmart, Bayer, Honda

9:30am - PRO - Break Out Into Learning Groups

Day two is all about your business as we break off into smaller, more immersive learning groups. It’s not your usual zoom meeting! Join 15 global peers in an immersive deep dive into a category of your choice.

10:30am - PRO - Take part in a Scenario Planning Masterclass, strategizing 2021+

private webinars and workshops

Learn the science of scenario planning, a highly-effective method of strategy developed in the Cold War, later applied to business and some of the most successful pivots and transformations of all-time.

Specifically, you will learn the following:
• The history of scenario planning, and core concepts including: The Expected Future, Alternate Futures, and Scenario Planning best practices
• 2-3 alternative scenarios for the aftermath of a world post-COVID, in addition to the Expected Future (status quo extrapolated)
• How to develop tactics related to each scenario, in order to win
• How to leverage scenarios to get buy-in and create a more-numble culture of innovation

1:00pm - PRO - Choose your trend adventure - pick a category for a trend report and workshop group

Innovation Conference Experiential Trend Reports

NOTE: Select from 10+ Experiential Trend Reports. The official reveal is coming soon. Below is a list from our last event.

The best way to learn about the latest trends is to experience them yourself. From healthcare to cannabis, we’ve sourced great virtual tours that will enlighten, educate, and wow, virtually.

Artificial Intelligence
Authentic CSR
Branded Engagement
Business & Technology
Business Evolution
Convenience Culture
Emerging Flavours
Experiential Tech
Experiential Wellness
Future of Dining
Future of Fashion
Future of Tech
Interactive Tech
Millennial Lifestyle
Office Culture in the New Normal
Social Media Evolution
Sustainable Retail
Touchless Retail
Youth Engagement

PRO - Post-event, get speaker powerpoints, learning materials, trend reports & our Festival workbook

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Maximize your World Summit Experience with the Future Book and Trend Report.

• Takeaways Notes and Frameworks
• Key Insights from Each Speaker
• The Must-Know Top 20 Trends in 2021
• The 2020 Megatrends Framework
• Workshop Exercises and Homework Questions
• Details for Trend Safaris

PRO - Join thousands who get tools, insights, reports and extras

innovation conference learning materials

3 months of essential learning content

Learn to filter out the noise and identify relevant opportunities even in times of widespread change and disruption.

2021 Trend Report Library
2021 Trend Report Library
PRO Dashboard Subscription
PRO Dashboard Subscription
Trend Hunter eLearning Subscription
Trend Hunter eLearning Subscription
100+ Page Presentation Deck
100+ Page Presentation Deck

VIP Option - Get a Custom Trend Report on your favorite topic

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Our business model is curating custom trend reports for 700 of the world's leading brands. During COVID alone, we completed more than 2,000 custom reports for aggressive brands looking to win in 2021 and 2022. Sample our work and increase your ability to win with fresh, data driven insight.

“The custom reports really speak out to us. There is a lot of information out there, but filtering is really difficult. What makes the difference is having somebody who begins to understand what we are doing, who can really help with that curation... a great resource." - Creative Director, Adidas

"No service out there captures Consumer Behavior as well as Trend Hunter" – Creative Development Manager, Ideation, Disney

SVIP Option - Get our Premium 5 Year Strategic Planning Report + VIP tickets for up to 6

innovation conference curriculum insights

The 5 Year Trend Reports are premium well-researched guides written by Trend Hunter Futurists who specialize in innovation and change. Each report covers the macro forces and trends that will play out in the next five years.

Unlike our traditional custom trend reports, this report takes a longer term view beyond the consumer trends, looking at the macro forces which have the potential to dramatically impact your company. The 5 Year Trend Report has been created to plug and play into your strategic and business planning. When you know what’s coming, you can direct your organization to opportunities sooner.

Note: this is an exciting, live-only event (no recordings)

Super Early-Bird Pricing for World Summit Virtual - Sep 21-23
DAY 1: The World in 2021
Live YouTube Stream & 2021 Trend Report
Full Experience, Event Platform and Smaller Networking Groups
DAY 2: Category Deep Dives & Scenario Planning
Get Immersed in the Category of Your Choice, in a Learning Group of ~20
Morning Session: Innovation Culture, Creating Action & The World in 2021
Category Trend Report PPT (Choose from 30+ Categories)
Category Trend Immersion, Report Walkthrough & Workshop
Prepare 2021 Scenarios in a Special Workshop with Jeremy Gutsche
Develop Actionable Plans and Next Steps in Groups of 5+ (or with Your Team)
DAY 3: Scenario Planning Masterclass w/ Your Team
Prepare 2021 Scenarios in a Special Workshop with Jeremy Gutsche
Develop Actionable Plans and Next Steps in Groups of 5+ (or with Your Team)
Private Workshop For Your Team, Post-Event
Get a 1 Hour Trend Webinar, Workshop or Report Walkthrough w/ Your Team
Any time within 3 months, get a deeper immersion into your favorite topic
Facilitated virtually by a top Trend Hunter (excludes Jeremy Gutsche)
PRO Extras
200 Page Speaker Highlights (PPT)
2021 Trend Report
3 Month Trial of Trend Hunter PRO Content
3 Month Trial of Trend Hunter eLearning (114 modules/12 hours)
140-Page Event Workbook
VIP Extras - Trend Report Bundle
Bonus Custom Trend Report (worth $2,000 - limit 1 per brand)
Speaker Q&A Sessions (VIP Only)
1:1 Team Meeting or Call with an Advisor
Team Innovation Assessment Overview
SVIP Extras - Strategic Planning Bundle
Exclusive Keynote Presentation hosted by a Trend Hunter Futurist (virtual)
Up to 6 VIP Tickets for Your Team
(Save $14,000)
With purchase of a PRO or VIP ticket to Future Festival World Summit Virtual 2021, you will receive 1 complimentary ticket to one of our upcoming 1-Day live events in 2021 or 2022. (1 + 1 Future Festival tickets when you purchase a World Summit Virtual ticket).

NOTES: All prices are in USD. All ticket sales are final. However, if you notify us by email at least 1 week advance, tickets are transferable to other coworkers or events within 1 year.
With the purchase of PRO or VIP level tickets for our World Summit Virtual 2021 event, attendees receive one complimentary ticket to an event of their choice from the list of our live 1-Day events in 2021 or 2022.
1 complimentary ticket comes with total purchase of PRO or VIP tickets to World Summit Virtual 2021.
Custom reports with the purchase of a VIP ticket are limited to a maximum of 1 report per brand and 1 report per purchase. Bonus Custom Reports must be requested between now and 45 days after the event. Conference details are subject to change.
Updated Refund Policy
Book with Total Confidence
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 changes daily, we have updated our refund policy so that you can feel totally confident when purchasing an event ticket.
Future Festival is looking forward to hosting live events again in 2021 and 2022. The safety of our attendees, clients and staff is our top priority. We are monitoring the state of the pandemic and will be respecting restrictions in the cities where Future Festival is hosted. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available on-site.
What happens if my event gets rescheduled?
If your event gets rescheduled to a future date, you will have a choice between the following options:
  • Transfer your ticket to the newly scheduled date
  • Transfer your ticket to any other 1-Day event in a different city (within a 1-year period)
  • Gain access to our Future Festival Virtual event option (+ 3 months of access to Trend Hunter’s eLearning Platform for General ticket holders)
What happens if my event gets canceled?
If your event is canceled with no future scheduled date, you will be entitled to the alternate ticket options above or a full refund.


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Who attends Future Festival Virtual?

Future Festival Virtual was designed for industry leaders who are ready to break through chaos, to own 2021. Content is aimed at Managers, Directors, VPs, and C-Level execs from all industries.

What technology do I need?

All content will be streamed live via YouTube and Zoom.

What to expect at Future Festival Virtual?

Day 1
The Trend Hunter Futurists ready you for change with a full day of exhilarating keynotes.

Day 2 PRO & VIP
It’s all about your business as we break off into smaller, more immersive learning groups. Work alongside your global peers in an inspiring and challenging session led by one of Trend Hunter’s Futurists. Be ready to explore unimagined possibilities, prototype new ideas, go on a virtual trend safari, and be challenged with an experiential trend report.

To keep innovation in the works, get the 5 Year Trend Report and group ticket discounts.

Why should I bring my team?

Because innovative thinking is better shared. At Future Festival Virtual, you will be excited by trends and undiscovered opportunities. These are best shared with your group.

Right now you can get great deals on tickets. Quantities are limited. Buy now!

Who is speaking at Future Festival Virtual?
Can I Transfer my Ticket to Another Person?

Yes, tickets can be transferred to a colleague. Message a week before to make the change.