After nearly 2 years of virtual-only versions, many top innovation conferences have returned to an in-person format for 2022.
And the good news is that even though we are now officially several months into 2022, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch some of the most inspiring innovation conferences of the year.
Here’s a look at 8 innovation conferences worth checking out before the curtain closes on 2022. (Listed in chronological order.)
1. Retail Innovation Conference (May 10-12) Chicago, Illinois
For nearly a decade, this conference has brought together senior leaders and experienced executives from disruptive brands that are raising the bar in retail. Attendees will collaborate and explore new paths to grow via content focused on the trends, issues and challenges driving leadership priorities in today’s omnichannel environment. They’ll also hear from senior-level executives as they share inspiring success stories, business insights and actionable takeaways—and experience hands-on workshops, deep-dive case studies, dynamic panel discussions, immersive store tours, one-to-one mentorship sessions and open networking sessions designed to forge new connections in the industry.
2. Innovation Roundtable Summit (May 10-12) Copenhagen, Denmark
Open exclusively to innovation professionals in large multinational companies, this largest-of-its-kind event promises to deliver the latest insights and actionable solutions for your toughest corporate innovation challenges. Attendees will experience 3 highly-interactive days of peer-to-peer exchange and learning, and can tailor their experience around six different themes—including game-changing innovation and business models, customer-centric innovation and design thinking, and innovation for sustainability and the circular economy. This year’s attendees will also have access to the Marketing Innovation Roundtable Summit and the HR Innovation Roundtable Summit, happening in parallel at the same venue.
3. Social Innovation Summit (June 7-8) Washington, D.C.
This annual event brings top social impact leaders from around the world together for two days of top-tier programming, discussions, debates and unique VIP networking opportunities. The summit attracts leaders in technology, investment, philanthropy, international development and business to investigate solutions and catalyze inspired partnerships that are committed to disrupting history. Past speakers include Shaquille O’Neal, Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton, John Calipari and Percy “Master P” Miller, as well as senior representatives from Tesla, YouTube, Nike, Lyft, Starbucks, PwC, Sephora and more.
4. TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo (June 13-15) Washington, D.C.
For over 20 years, TechConnect World has brought together top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs and startups with industry end-users and prospectors that can help commercialize, adopt, buy, re-sell and invest in those technologies.
The 2022 TechConnect World Innovation event also includes access to the annual SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference, AI TechConnect, and the TechConnect Technical, and the Nanotech Conference Series—the world’s largest and longest running nanotechnology event.
5. Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference (June 26-30) Buffalo, New York
Creativity breeds innovation and there is no better way to sharpen your creativity than by attending CPSI. The CPSI conference, which will once again be sponsored by Seed Strategy, has been inspiring minds and elevating ideas for over 60 years—making it the longest-running creativity conference in the world. Attendees can expect to stretch their creative limits in hands-on workshops while gleaning inspiration from renowned and respected speakers.
6. Future Festival (Sept 27-29) Toronto, Canada
Billed as a place for the world’s top innovators to prototype their future, this three-day conference hosted by Trend Hunter features engaging presentations, team workshops, trend safaris, personalized assessments and one-on-one consultations. This year, organizers promise to provide insight into how the early post-pandemic time period will see the return of roaring 20’s—and the emergence of truly unique opportunities innovators can capitalize on.
7. Front End of Innovation Conference (October 19-21)Boston, Massachusetts
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. The conference features elite leaders from some of the world’s most ambitious companies speaking on how to generate the momentum needed to create transformative products, services and business models.
8. HLTH (November 13-16) Las Vegas, Nevada
This innovation conference brings together top-level leaders, innovators and pioneers from across the entire health ecosystem (payers, providers, employers, investors, startups, life sciences, policymakers and innovation centers) to push the boundaries of health and care by finding innovative solutions to the industry’s most pressing problems. The four-day event is full of mission-driven initiatives, unparalleled experiences with industry-leading speakers, learning sessions facilitated by top health and political leaders and plenty of opportunities to collaborate and network.
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.