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Inc. Magazine Best Innovation Conference
Future Festival Innovation Conference

"THE BEST INNOVATION CONFERENCE" is back!

Learn Why Starbucks, Netflix, Samsung, NASA, Lego & Google rely on Future Festival...
97% rate it the "best innovation conference"

Top-Tier
Innovators
Innovation &
Trend Keynotes
1:1 Meetings &
Assessments
After Party &
Networking
Pro Platform
+ Takeaways
5-10
DISRUPTIVE IDEAS
Innovation Conference "The Roaring 20s are coming back, and this is going to be the greatest window of opportunity in your career. Take the next step by learning next year's trends from the #1 trend firm. Our Future Festival has been specifically designed to be the world's best innovation conference — a place for the world's top innovators to prototype their future... and so far, it's working! 97% rate our World Summit the best innovation conference they've attended. " – Sarah St. Jules, SVP Strategy, Trend Hunter
Why Attend?
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WHY ATTEND?

This is when consumer needs totally change.
Know how to spot trends. Learn to action ideas. Change the way you work. Thrive in the post-pandemic world.

97% of attendees rate it "the best innovation conference ever" .
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.

future festival attendee universal

"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

future festival attendee honda

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

future festival attendee recommendation

"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

future festival attendee chicago tribune

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

future festival attendee aflac

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

future festival attendee budweiser

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

What's different about our innovation conference?
For starters, pure ENERGY, optimism & excitement. But also:

Engaging Presentations
vs. Passively Listening
Post-Pandemic Opportunity
vs. Lessons Stuck in 2020
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
Trend Safaris
vs. Vendors

Uncover next year's trends from the #1 trend firm (and 225,000,000 people)

Trend Hunter Innovation Platform

Trends create empires, disrupt incumbents and reshape the world. You might not always have trends front-of-mind, but in periods of chaos, trends become a CEO-level problem and opportunity. We are here to help

Trend Hunter is the world's freshest, most data-driven consumer trend platform, with 3 billion views and insight derived from 225,000,000 visitors. We've created more than 10,000 custom trend reports for 900 firms, and we want to show you FRESH, data-driven insights about YOUR consumer.

Learn to make innovation & change actually happen

Ideas are critical, but half of the battle in 2022 will be about execution. This is what we do best.

Our CEO, Jeremy Gutsche, is a New York Times Bestselling author who specializes in innovation and change. Back in 2008, his first book, Exploiting Chaos, became an award-winner, leading to work with brands, billionaires and CEOs. Today, our firm takes that work to the next level, with battle-tested methods, workshops and tools to help IGNITE CHANGE.

As we near the end of the pandemic, there's never been a better time to sharpen your innovation and change skills.

Relied on by 900+ brands, billionaires, CEOs & NASA
More than 10,000 innovation projects completed
New York Times Bestselling, Award-Winning Books

Day 1 Morning:
Megatrends, Chaos & The Roaring 20s

What does the post-pandemic world look like? Let’s chart it out, discover new opportunities and innovate forward.

The Roaring 20s are coming back
& this is YOUR window of opportunity

The renaissance period emerged from the bubonic plague. The roaring 20s were a product of the Spanish Flu. Consistently, throughout history, periods of crisis lead to periods of chaos and opportunity because people start making up for lost time, taking risks, trying new things. For you, this means that you could turn 2022 and beyond into the greatest career opportunity of your lifetime. In this year's Future Festival series, we will study 2022 trends and lessons from history to help you emerge through chaos.

Path Dependency
1. Path Dependency
2010-19
Opportunity Crisis
2. Crisis
2020-21
Opportunity Chaos
3. Chaos
2 Years
Opportunity Recharting
4. Recharting
Your Future

10:00am Kick-off with Jeremy Gutsche, the world's #1 most-watched innovation keynote speaker

Innovation Keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche

Get inspired about CHAOS & OPPORTUNITY with Jeremy Gutsche, one of the world’s top innovation keynote speakers & chaos experts, and the #1 most-watched innovation speaker on YouTube, with over 20,000,000 views. In this NEW keynote, he'll dive into the history of how post-crisis opportunity works.

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. Then he'll return for a lunchtime keynote about How to Create The Future.

"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

11:00am - Explore the 18 most-important megatrends shaping the world with top speaker Armida Ascano

Megatrends Top Trends Keynote Speaker

Our Chief Content Officer, one of the world's most popular speakers on trends, Armida Ascano, will help you uncover the forces impacting your business in a post-COVID world.

Leveraging our big data from 225,000,000 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.

12:00pm Learn how to make innovation and change actually happen

Innovation Keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche

Get inspired about CHAOS & OPPORTUNITY with Jeremy Gutsche, one of the world’s top innovation keynote speakers & chaos experts, in a NEW keynote, diving into the history of how post-crisis opportunity works.

What great opportunity is within your grasp? Our latest book, Jeremy Gutsche's award-winning Create The future, is all about how to make innovation and change happen, particularly during times of chaos. The book, which is our textbook on innovation, features tactics for disruptive thinking, innovation and change.

We've reached a point in time when everyone wants innovation, but most people don't know how to make it happen. In our era of rapid change, disruption, and possibility, there are so many great opportunities within your grasp. However, smart, successful people consistently miss out. We have 7 traps that keep us stuck to the path we are already on.

Day 1 Afternoon:
Category Deep Dives & Learning Groups (PRO+VIP)

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.

1:00-3:30 Experience the future in YOUR category with an immersive Trend Report & networking session

Innovation Conference Experiential Trend Reports

The best way to learn about the latest trends is to experience an immersive trend report deep dive. From healthcare to cannabis, we’ve sourced great virtual tours that will enlighten, educate, and wow, virtually.

Sample Topics
The official reveal and selection will be closer to the event.

Artificial Intelligence
Authentic CSR
Branded Engagement
Business & Technology
Business Evolution
Convenience Culture
eCommerce
Emerging Flavors
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

Day 2: The Future
(PRO + VIP):

What does the post-pandemic world look like? Let’s chart it out, discover new opportunities and innovate forward.

9:30am - 4:30pm - Futurist Keynotes - Learn next year's trends before they happen

9:30 The New Roaring 20s
9:30 The New Roaring 20s

THE MORNING SHOW / PRE-KEYNOTES - The Renaissance Period emerged from the bubonic plague. The Roaring 20s emerged from the Spanish Flu. And The Roaring 20s are coming back. Consistently, throughout history, the greatest periods of opportunity have emerged from chaos and crisis. Learn how to find your opportunity and warm up for the day with Armida and Jeremy discussing their favorite trends for 2022. The preview for this was our #1 webinar.

10:00 Micro-Generations, Post-COVID
10:00 Micro-Generations, Post-COVID

Every micro generation has experienced change through the pandemic. The results of this change are an era of resurgence and redefinition. In order to better understand these new opportunities, we must look back on past periods of instability and reinvention. This session will answer the question of how generations rechart through the roaring 20s.

11:00 New Wave Social Media
11:00 New Wave Social Media

Social media is not just communication anymore, people use it to feel connections and to entertain. Explore New Wave Social Media as we deep dive into patterns of human connection that intersect with the digital world. Brands widen their consumer lens by having a deep understanding of transparent messaging and authenticity on social platforms.

11:30 Experiential Economy 2.0
11:30 Experiential Economy 2.0

This era of reinvention will see a move toward a 'more is more' attitude, especially in the worlds of leisure and play. How is fun redefined in the post-pandemic world?

12:00 Better & Faster
12:00 Better & Faster

LUNCH KEYNOTE - If you've seen this keynote before, then this is a refresher or your break for lunch. If you haven't seen it, don't miss out! BETTER & FASTER is Jeremy's New York Times Bestselling book on how to get BETTER at adapting and FASTER and finding new ideas. In particular, this keynote explores the patterns of innovation in times of chaos.

1:00 Post-Pandemic Office Culture
1:00 Post-Pandemic Office Culture

Employeecentricity is front and center as we see major shifts in how consumers view and define work-life balance. This past year people have been re-prioritizing their lives, it's not just 'what do I do for work,' but 'why do I work?' Employees are more focused on a sense of purpose as we emerge from the pandemic.

1:30 Marketing Tech and Innovation
1:30 Marketing Tech and Innovation

People today are prioritizing a sense of empowerment and personal peace; what does that mean for their purchasing decisions? What will marketing look like for a target demographic who is less concerned with the things they buy than the way they are impacting the world?

2:00 Retail Innovation in 2022
2:00 Retail Innovation in 2022

The retail industry has undergone dramatic change over the last year of volatility. Factors such as in-store safety, hyper-convenience, and an urge to support local were key drivers in this regard. Where does that leave the retail industry today, and how do we reinvent from here?

3:00 Innovators in Business
3:00 Innovators in Business

Learn from Trend Hunter's network of innovation leaders about where the future is headed. Featuring lifelong innovators from Fortune 500s across industries, the Innovators Series is a segment dedicated to bringing a diverse set of voices to the table to discuss which Megatrends will be most important in the next few years, and why now?

3:30 Building a Sustainable Future
3:30 Building a Sustainable Future

Maintaining practices to ensure a sustainable future is top priority to many consumers, with brands playing a pivotal role in the mission to preserve our planet. Explore eco-forward trends in sustainability to plan for a better future.

4:00 The Super Future in 2027
4:00 The Super Future in 2027

What does your future hold? The lines that separate different industries are blurring. You can now compete in any market. It has never been easier to instantly become an entrepreneur, launching new products in almost any type of market. The pace of human progress will dramatically accelerate with machines that think like humans but with near-infinite speed and data.

Keynote Speakers & Futurists
Learn 100+ Data-Driven Insights & Innovation Frameworks

Jeremy Gutsche Innovation Speaker
Jeremy Gutsche
NYT Bestselling Author & CEO of Trend Hunter
Innovating in Chaos, Crisis and Recession
Armida Ascano Innovation Speaker
Armida Ascano
Chief Content Officer & Renowned Speaker
Generations: The Evolution of Millennials, Boomers, X’s & Z’s
Jaime Neely Innovation Speaker
Jaime Neely
Chief Culture Officer & Assessment Author
Work Culture: Experience, Excellence & Engagement
Courtney Scharf Innovation Speaker
Courtney Scharf
Chief Client Officer
Culture: Future of Leisure, Nightlife and Entertainment
Jonathon Brown Innovation Speaker
Jonathon Brown
Chief Growth Officer, Emcee & Client Interviewer
Tactics: Innovation Tactics, Frameworks, & Best Practices
Gil Haddi Innovation Speaker
Gil Haddi
SVP Client Success
Marketing: Hyperconnectivity, & Becoming Consumer
Ady Floyd Innovation Speaker
Ady Floyd
VP Client Success
Retail: Innovation, Omnichannel & Marketing
Mary Van Puymbroeck Innovation Speaker
Mary Van Puymbroeck
Senior Research Manager
Sustainability: Creating a Better Future
Taryn Boyd Innovation Speaker
Taryn Boyd
Senior Manager, Research and Clients
Media: New Wave Social Media
Sean Watson Innovation Speaker
Sean Watson
VP of Special Projects
Morning Show Host: The Roaring 20s & 2022

Previous Speakers & Surprise Guests

Stephanie Mehta Innovation Speaker
Stephanie Mehta
Editor-in-Chief
Nick Thompson Innovation Speaker
Nick Thompson
Editor-in-Chief
Malcolm Gladwell Innovation Speaker
Malcolm Gladwell
Author
Deborah Amato Innovation Speaker
Deborah Amato
Deputy Chief Technologist
Tony Hunter Innovation Speaker
Tony Hunter
CEO
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
CEO
Sarah Beachler Innovation Speaker
Sarah Beachler
Chief Strategy Officer
Betsy Armentrout Innovation Speaker
Betsy Armentrout
Strategy Director, Emerging Brands

Focus on your ideas, not note-taking, with a 100+ page workbook + learning materials

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Maximize your Virtual 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 2022
• The 2022 Megatrends Framework
• Workshop Exercises and Homework Questions
• Details for Trend Safaris

Continue your learning with our PRO tools, insights, reports & eLearning

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3 months of essential learning content

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

2022 Trend Report Library
2022 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

Day 3 (VIP):
Opportunity Hunting Masterclass
with Jeremy Gutsche

You’re inspired. You’re ready to act. Now it’s time to turn inspiration into action. Use day three, a morning event, to pressure test and plan actual scenarios and steps for your year ahead. You'll learn some of the lessons and best practices Jeremy Gutsche has learned in his work with 600 brands, billionaires and CEOs who often hired him during their times of chaos and rapid change.

Opportunity Hunting Masterclass - Learn to run prolific ideation workshops with Jeremy's special train-the-trainer type masterclass on innovation

private webinars and workshops

After two full days 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.

Learn the techniques Jeremy has used with over 700 brands, billionaires, CEOs and NASA. Learn:
• How to Filter Opportunity in Times of Chaos
• How to Find Overlooked Ideas Using Patterns & Megatrends

PRO Tip: Half of Attendees Bring Their Team

Many of the activities are designed for teams, leading you to specific outputs for your own brand. Don't worry, you will still get a chance to network with other people... but for the workshop, it's better to have a team. These clients send groups of 6 or more: Starbucks, Disney, Visa, The US Air Force, Adidas, Domino's, Aflac, Staples, Netflix, Microsoft, Red Bull, Universal, Target, Pepsi, VW, Walmart, Bayer, Honda

VIP Option - Get a custom trend report on your favorite topic (worth $2,000)

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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 2022 and beyond. 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

Rockstar / SVIP Option - Win in 2022 and bring innovation TO LIFE with a follow-up private workshop

innovation conference curriculum insights

Are you gearing up to get your team back in-office, and ready to IGNITE the energy? The roaring 20s are back and it is time to supercharge your team with energy and ideas for 2022

Our team is INCREDIBLY useful for your goals because we bring innovation to life, focusing on three core goals:
1. Exciting, Data-Driven Content
2. Actionable Takeaways
3. Contagious Enthusiasm

Day 1 - Tuesday, Sept 21st
  • 9:30 AM EDT
    Welcome Reception
  • 10:00 AM EDT
    INNOVATION: The Roaring 20s & Opportunity in Times of Chaos
  • 11:00 AM EDT
    MEGATRENDS: Top 18 Countdown for 2022
  • 11:30 AM EDT
    LUNCH KEYNOTE: Create The Future
  • 1:00 PM EDT
    CATEGORY DEEP DIVES (PRO+VIP Only):
    Choose Your Experiential Trend Report Session & Included Report:

    •Media
    •CPG
    •Alcohol
    •Grocery
    •Retail
    •Hospitality
    •Kids
    •Media
    •Tech
  • 3:30 PM EDT
    Wrap Up
Day 2 - Wednesday, Sept 22nd
  • 9:30 AM EDT
    Welcome Reception
  • 10:00 AM EDT
    CONSUMER: Generational Evolution in Chaos
  • 11:00 AM EDT
    MEDIA: New Wave Social Media
  • 11:30 AM EDT
    EXPERIENCE: Experiential Economy 2.0
  • 12:00 PM EDT
    LUNCH KEYNOTE: Better and Faster
  • 1:00 PM EDT
    WORK CULTURE: Reinventing Employeecentricity
  • 1:30 PM EDT
    MARKETING: The Era of Empowerment
  • 2:00 PM EDT
    RETAIL: Reinventing Shopping
  • 2:30 PM EDT
    Break
  • 3:00 PM EDT
    INNOVATION: Innovator Stories
  • 3:30 PM EDT
    SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: Creating a Future
  • 4:00 PM EDT
    AI & TECH: The Super Future
  • 4:30 PM EDT
    Wrap Up
Day 3 - Thursday, Sept 23rd
  • 9:30 AM EDT
    Welcome Reception
  • 10:00 AM EDT
    Innovation and Prototyping Masterclass
  • 10:20 AM EDT
    Learn The Patterns of Opportunity
  • 11:20 AM EDT
    Best Practices for Redefining Ideas
  • 11:40 AM EDT
    Best Practices for Running This Workshop With Your Team
  • 12:00 PM EDT
    Wrap Up

STEP 1 - Choose Your Event

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

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FAQ

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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.

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What are the dates?

September 21-23, 2021

Day 1: The World In 2022
Day 2: Category Deep Dives and Learning Groups
Day 3: Opportunity Hunting Masterclass with Jeremy Gutsche

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What technology do I need?

All content will be streamed live via YouTube and Zoom.

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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.

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

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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!

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

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