Our Top Minneapolis
Innovation Conference

On May 23rd, join top innovators in Minneapolis for an innovation event that will explore future trends and innovation. 85% rate Future Festival as the "best business event they've ever attended."
Innovation Keynote Speaker Jeremy Gutsche With our one day Minneapolis Innovation Conference event, Trend Hunter is bringing our best innovation content, keynotes and seminars to Minnesota. By combining research-backed keynote sessions with an immersive afterparty experience, you’ll learn about the future of trends and consumer insights in a whole new way. We hope to see you there!” – Jeremy Gutsche, CEO & NY Times Bestselling Author
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WHAT'S DIFFERENT?
Our 1-day innovation conferences are immersive, takeaway-focused training events

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COST-EFFECTIVE 1-DAY vs. DAYS AWAY FROM WORK
100+ DATA-DRIVEN INSIGHTS vs. OUTDATED MATERIAL
DOWNLOADABLE PRESENTATIONS vs. TAKE-YOUR-OWN NOTES
INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENTS vs. GENERIC CONTENT
ONE-ON-ONE ADVISOR TIME vs. LACK OF FOLLOW-UP
ENERGETIC & ACTIONABLE vs. RANDOM & OUTDATED

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Our Minneapolis Innovation Conference

Our Minneapolis Strategy Conference takes all of the vital information from our three-day event in Toronto and packs it into one accelerated program. Highlights from the day include Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche’s engaging keynote speech outlining the 6 Patterns of Opportunity and 18 Megatrends changing our world, informative trend and innovation sessions on the future of consumer insights, and an immersive afterparty experience where top innovators will have an opportunity to connect. You will also walk away with $4,000 worth of research and presentation materials to help you turn inspiration into action.

future festival attendee johnson and johnson "Awesome INNOVATION experience... highly recommend for anyone that wants to disrupt, re-invent or re-define their business." – Senior Director of Strategy & Innovation
innovation conference attendee "Any senior executive would benefit hugely from taking a couple of days and attending Future Festival. All that attended went back to their desks with new eyes on the world, and knowing what are the right questions to ask."
– Global VP of Innovation

Why visit? We'll suggest a dozen one-of-a-kind experiences for after the Minneapolis Innovation Conference

Minneapolis Innovation Conference Venue
Whether you’ve visited the Twin Cities before or not, there is plenty to see or do. If you have some time on your hands before or after the Minneapolis Strategy Conference, be sure to check out some of the city’s most unexpected venues. This includes stopping for some delicious vegan grub at The Herbivorous Butcher, sampling some exceptional sour beers at Wild Mind Artisan Ales, and then crafting an original score on the city’s famed Sidewalk Harp. If you’d rather enjoy some downtime, head over to Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis to explore an anechoic chamber that has been dubbed “the quietest place on earth.”

Plus, explore more of Minneapolis’ unique hotspots with our innovation conference guide!

Innovation Conference Locations

The Minneapolis Strategy Conference takes place in the heart of Minnesota’s most vibrant metropolitan area. While the larger of the Twin Cities is famous for its parks, lakes, and natural beauty, it is also a hotbed of innovation and creativity. This creative side of the city will be on full display at the Future Festival venue, where attendees will enjoy some of the city’s best amenities.
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1625 West End Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416

Schedule for Minneapolis 2019


Morning
Networking Breakfast
How to Win the Future
Networking Break
Future of Generations: The Evolution of Millennials, Boomers, Xs & Zs
Future of Play: Play, Nightlife and Entertainment
Future of Marketing: Hyperconnectivity & Becoming Consumer-Centric
Networking Lunch
Afternoon
Future of Life: Lifestyle Trends, Wellness & The Future Family
Future of Shop: Retail Innovation, Omnichannel & Marketing
Future of Work: Experience, Excellence & Engagement
Networking Break
Future of Innovation Tactics, Frameworks & Best Practices
The Super Future: AI, Robots, Globalization and the Mechanized Future
Networking After-Party with Cocktails & Appetizers
Networking Breakfast 7:30am
Meet and mingle with other attendees over a continental breakfast and a hot cup of joe.
How to Win the Future 8:30am
What great ideas are so close within your grasp? Most people don’t realize it, but you are much closer to new opportunity — and disruption — than you might think. As Bill Gates describes, business is going to change more in the next ten years than it has in the last fifty. In this highly rated keynote, you will learn how to stay ahead.
Networking Break 9:50am
Future of Generations: The Evolution of Millennials, Boomers, Xs & Zs 10:10am
Stop using labels like ‘Millennials.” Gain insight while uncovering new ways to think about modern consumers, what motivates them, and how to more accurately target them. Deep-dive Trend Hunter's Micro-Generations to unveil a more sophisticated approach to consumer behavior and segmentation.
Future of Play: Play, Nightlife and Entertainment 11:05am
Consumers of all sorts are prioritizing unique, worthwhile experiences over products. Dive into the evolution of entertainment expectations across travel, nightlife, leisure and all things fun and how that will impact and influence a variety of industries.
Future of Marketing: Hyperconnectivity & Becoming Consumer-Centric 11:30am
Modern technology has shifted how consumers engage with brands, and it’s no longer enough for ads to be entertaining and memorable. Uncover tactics for leveraging the future of marketing tech, authenticity and brand love to create impactful marketing strategies.
Networking Lunch 12:00pm
Future of Life: Lifestyle Trends, Wellness & The Future Family 1:00pm
Learn about the key drivers of consumer behaviour and how that is impacting wellness, travel and technology in the era of the personal brand. We’ll dive into what is motivating purchasing decisions, loyalty and how to create a meaningful connection to consumers.
Future of Shop: Retail Innovation, Omnichannel & Marketing 2:00pm
In order to understand the future of retail, forget what you think you know about siloed, multi-channel approaches, and accept that omnichannel – the creation of seamlessly interchangeable platforms across all entities – is the foundation for successful retailers.
Future of Work: Experience, Excellence & Engagement 2:30pm
Explore the ever-evolving dynamics of today’s workforce and learn why your organization’s success depends on understanding and applying the 4 ‘E’s of modern work culture. Be prepared to learn statistics and implications gleaned from the Trend Hunter Innovation Assessment, revealing what’s holding you back from building your best team yet.
Networking Break 3:00pm
Future of Innovation Tactics, Frameworks & Best Practices 3:30pm
Leaders today are under increased pressure to find winning innovation strategies, but there are few avenues to learn how others do it. Gathered from personal interviews with today's business leaders, this session focuses on reporting actual innovation techniques used in business today.
The Super Future: AI, Robots, Globalization and the Mechanized Future 4:00pm
Jeremy Gutsche closes the conference by painting a picture of what the world could become in the more distant future. Extrapolating upon the insights that Trend Hunter projects will shape the foreseeable future, Jeremy touches on everything from technology to culture; focusing on opportunities that can be leveraged for the better of society, our pursuits and the planet.
Networking After-Party with Cocktails & Appetizers 4:30pm

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