Good news: things may look a little bit different right now, but you can still get access to plenty of innovation conferences with thought-provoking insights, trends and unique networking opportunities—this time all from the safety and convenience of your own computer.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five of the top online innovation conferences you can still check out this year (listed in chronological order).
Future Festival, Virtual Innovation Conference | Attend Anytime
The Future Festival is now offering a series of online videos and modules to simulate the learning experience of their live event, with a primary focus on key takeaways and professional development. Here you can gain on-demand access to the rich library of trend and innovation curriculum. With the keynotes at your fingertips, you’ll become a master of the future in subjects such as retail, life, play, entertainment, technology, marketing, leisure, shopping, work and more. This online experience will inspire you with next-level trends and consumer insights that will help you accelerate your future innovations.
Fast Company Innovation Festival, A Virtual Event | October 5-9
This five-day conference unites top innovators from across the globe in one online event full of networking, inspiration, and valuable learnings that will ignite both your personal and professional development. While the speaker list has yet to be finalized, Fast Company is sure to land some of the biggest names in industries like sports, entertainment and technology. Attendees will be immersed in a wide range of engaging content including inspiring keynotes from well-known leaders; virtual visits that provide a peek into some of the most innovative organizations; intimate talks and panels; and expert mentoring for personalized inspiration.
HLTH | October 12-16
This innovation conference brings together top-level professionals to help shape the next decade of the health industry. The five-day event is full of inspirational keynotes, learning sessions facilitated by top health and political leaders, plus plenty of opportunities to collaborate and network—all from the comfort of your own computer. You’ll get the chance to hear from executives at organizations like Humana, Walgreens, Rite Aid Pharmacy the Food and Drug Administration and more. So if you’re interested in seeing how this year’s circumstances will impact the health industry moving forward, be sure to check out this event.
Retail Innovation Conference | October 13-14
This 100% virtual conference promises to deliver timely content, strategic insights and tactical best practices that will help brands and retailers accelerate innovation and reimagine the customer experience. The two-day event will feature deep-dive sessions from authors, analysts and futurists; immersive test drives of the latest applications that are transforming shopping experiences; dozens of case studies on cutting-edge tech and trends; and small-group Q&As with speakers, peer roundtables and workgroups on new retail best practices. Plus, following the live virtual event, attendees will receive access to a customized digital hub that will allow them to tap into content from the conference on-demand, any time they want.
FEI | December 8-10
This three-day event offers unprecedented access to top innovators, tech evangelists, project and product managers, designers and R&D executives—connecting attendees with the people, insights and strategies they need to systematically tackle the innovation process from ideation through execution. Tracks include Innovating Business, Innovating People, Innovating Insight, Innovating Ideation, Innovating Product and Innovating Our Future. This year, attendees can choose to attend the conference in person or decide to purchase a Virtual Team Pass. No matter how you attend, this event will help you generate the momentum you need to create transformative products, services and business models.
So, which of these online innovation conferences sounds the most inspirational to you? Will you be logging on for any of them? Are there any others you think we should add to the list? We’d love to hear from you—drop me an email or connect with me on LinkedIn.
Jeff Johns is SVP, Creative at Seed Strategy where he consistently delivers breakthrough creative at lightning speed across a wide range of best-in-class design practices: packaging, branding, shelf aisle optimization and advertising.
Edited by Adam Siegel. In addition to being the Editor of The Accelerator, Adam is 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.