Even though we are now in the last quarter of 2019, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch some of the most inspiring innovation conferences of the year. Here’s a look at 5 innovation conferences we recommend checking out before 2019 comes to an end (listed in chronological order).
1. Future Festival (Oct 1-3) Toronto, Canada
Billed as a place for the world’s top innovators to prototype their future, this three-day conference hosted by Trend Hunter (a top trend firm) features engaging presentations, personalized innovation assessments and one-on-one consultations—plus the opportunity to engage in the same workshops that NASA used to prototype its mission to Mars. This conference will inspire you with next-level trends and consumer insights that will help you accelerate your future innovations.
2. ANA Masters of Marketing Week (October 2-5) Orlando, Florida
Called one of the biggest and best gatherings of senior level marketers in the country, this event attracts 3,000+ attendees and is the only marketing conference focused exclusively on growth. Distinguished speakers from companies like Target, Walt Disney, Chipotle, L’Oréal, Dunkin‘, Bank of America, Ford, Chobani and Hershey are sure to leave you feeling more informed and inspired about using traditional and digital marketing tools, evolving technologies, content, and data to reach target audiences and grow market share. If that’s not enough, you’ll enjoy a wealth of networking opportunities, golf and tennis, evening entertainment, and much more.
3. Harvest Summit (Oct 17-19) Sonoma County, California
Break out of industry silos and collaborate with a diverse group of leaders in technology, media, entertainment, food, wine and agriculture—all at one of the most beautiful places on the planet. This summit aims to facilitate the cross-pollination of inspiring ideas and a continuous exchange of transferable insights in order to spark innovation that can change the world. You’ll see attendees from a wide range of companies (including Nest, NBC, Impossible Foods, Instagram, PepsiCo, MGM, and Visa) and hear talks from leaders at organizations like Apple, Audi, Accenture, Google, Sales Force, James Beard Foundation and more. Joining innovators and influencers together with chefs, winemakers and artisans to discuss everything from raising capital, igniting transformational change and making a social impact, this inspirational one-day conference is sure to leave both your stomach and mind full… and happy.
The Harvest Summit is by invitation only. Click here to request an invitation or make a nomination.
4. Fast Company Innovation Festival (November 4-8) New York, New York
The Fast Company Innovation Festival features a full slate of talks by big-name speakers, immersive hands-on workshops and Fast Tracks field trips—intimate, behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most dynamic companies in NYC. The flexible format of this weeklong conference allows attendees to craft their own inspiring agendas, mixing creativity, design, leadership, social good, tech and more for a uniquely customized experience.
5. Back End of Innovation (November 5-7) Las Vegas, Nevada
The Back End of Innovation (BEI) conference is 100% focused on the execution of innovation. Innovators, R&D and product development executives all rely on this event as an annual best-practice roadmap. Hear inspiring keynotes from speakers at Amazon, Google, Ericsson, Microsoft and more. And you’ll have a blast rolling up your sleeves and working together with other leaders to solve the most daunting challenges that innovators confront on their journey to successful execution.
Adam Siegel is the Editor of The Accelerator and VP, Creative at Seed Strategy where he draws upon his diverse experience in advertising, research and innovation to craft breakthrough creative and winning concept copy.