Future Festival 2018
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As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is the epicenter of culture, diversity and innovation, making it the perfect location to host this year’s Future Festival World Summit — an immersive three-day innovation conference that brings together 1,000 like-minded leaders to prototype their future. The annual conference is hosted by the World’s largest trend-spotting platform, Trend Hunter, a Toronto-based company that’s committed to discovering all-things cool, fresh or innovative.

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What to Expect at this Year’s Future Festival

Future Festival takes a different approach to conferences, offering attendees valuable insights that will help them tackle next year’s hottest trends. The immersive, tech-fueled experience leverages the same innovation workshop that Trend Hunter’s CEO Jeremy Gutsche used to help prototype NASA’s trip to Mars, ensuring guests leave with actionable takeaways to share with their team. With Toronto’s innovative business landscape as a backdrop, Future Festival World Summit promises a unique three days that has something for everyone.

For the Technology Connoisseur…

Toronto is a hub of innovation, spearheading the technology industry, creating more tech jobs than Silicone Valley and being selected as the future location of Google’s Smart City. It should come as no surprise that Trend Hunter leveraged Toronto’s exploding tech scene to offer unique experiences that are exclusive to Future Festival’s attendees. Those looking for the most ground-breaking technology trends, installations and experiences are invited to fully immerse themselves at the Future Party powered by NASA Goddard, which offers mind-blowing exhibitions that spotlights AI, VR, AR, drones and more. Step inside of an immersive 360-degree igloo, get turned into a hologram, witness an augmented reality art gallery or watch as Trend Hunter conducts the world’s first real-time hologram interview.

Future Festival 2018
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For the Disruptive Innovators…

Learn how to be a disruptive force in your respective industry through expert-led workshops and innovative keynotes from Trend Hunter’s highly trained presenters. Showcasing the business’ in-house talent, Future Festival’s attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to learn about next year’s hottest trends, while being introduced to techniques that will help turn those insights into actionable takeaways. Data-driven generational trends, the future of AI in the workplace, best business practices, retail and entertainment innovation and emerging business models are just some of the exciting topics covered in these engaging TED Talk-style keynotes. Trend Hunter’s CEO, New York Times best selling author and innovative keynote speaker, Jeremy Gutsche will speak to Megatrends and Innovation with his Better & Faster and How to Win the Future keynotes, which are credited with helping some of the world’s biggest brands prototype their future.

In addition to the in-house presenters, Trend Hunter will be welcoming the award-winning Canadian journalist, Malcolm Gladwell to the stage. Regarded as one of the most profound thinkers of our time, Malcolm Gladwell will be offering exclusive insights on innovation, change, and the future of our world. Aside from keynotes, guests will have the unique opportunity to learn from brilliant industry leaders as Jeremy Gutsche will interview the Chicago Tribune’s former CEO, Tony Hunter and the Deputy Chief Technologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Deborah Amato.

For the Networker…

Future Festival World Summit is a vendor-free experience that encourages guests to make meaningful connections with one another. You’ll have plenty of time to mingle with high-level industry leaders, local business owners and innovative thinkers from some of the world’s top brands as the thoughtfully curated event facilitates connections through both structured and casual networking opportunities. Networking breakfasts, scheduled wine breaks, exciting group excursions and the immersive environment created at the Future Party and After Party will provide any guest with ample time to meet new people, share ideas and get inspired.

Future Festival 2018 Toronto
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For the Foodie…

Toronto’s diverse culinary landscape perfectly ties the Future Festival World Summit experience together. Enjoy the city’s world-famous restaurants or experience some of the food and drink-related activations that will be spotlighted throughout the conference. Trend Safari locations, like Death in Venice is welcoming guests into its unique space for an immersive gelato tasting, while Foodies on Foot invites guests to explore Toronto’s eclectic street food scene. Meanwhile, our catered Future Party and After Party are sure to satisfy any craving, while also offering one-of-a-kind experiences that range from edible neon confections to molecular cocktail tastings.

For the Experience Seeker…

There’s no shortage of excitement at Future Festival World Summit. During the three-day event, guests will have the opportunity to experience Trend Safaris, which take attendees to some of the most innovative businesses in the city. Guests can personalize their itinerary to select the most applicable safari excursion with choices ranging from modular farming, to Instagrammable foodie culture. Receive a 3D-printed replica of yourself at Selftraits, learn about Toronto’s barter and trading community at the Bunz office or recieve a holistic energy profiling at Vita Brain and Body. Come experience the future through a series of immersive installations, exciting excursions and one-of-a-kind parties, that blend technology and entertainment with casual networking opportunities.

Future Festival 2018

Energetic, innovative, thought-provoking and technology-fueled, Future Festival World Summit is an immersive three-day conference unlike any other. Promising something for everyone, this experience is one you and your team won’t want to miss. To learn more, visit: https://www.futurefestival.com/