Upcoming Innovation Conferences You Should Attend

Fall into Innovation!

If you haven’t attended a conference yet this year, I recommend one of these innovation-related events taking place this fall (listed chronologically):

DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival

When: September 4-7

Where: Tel Aviv, Israel

Boosting top technological talent, the highest venture capital investments per capital and multi national centers for industry leaders such as Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, EMC, Microsoft, GM, Amdocs, SAP, Applied Materials, Facebook, Orange, Cisco Israel etc. DLD Tel Aviv is the best location to get up close and personal with the entire Hi-tech hub!

Business Innovation Factory (BIF)

When: September 13-14

Where: Providence, RI

At the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit, 500 people come together in a historic theater to hear 15-minute stories of transformation, as 32 people from many different industries and sectors tell the stories of their creative processes, their struggles, and where they’re going in the future.

Washington Ideas

When: September 26-28

Where: Washington D.C.

Presented by The Atlantic, Washington Ideas will convene the nation’s leaders in politics, business, health, science, technology, arts, culture and journalism for three days of can’t miss conversation and connections. In the heart of the nation’s capital, we will tackle the most consequential issues facing the country and the world.

Future Festival

When: September 27-29

Where: Toronto, Canada

Trend Hunter’s Future Festival conference is the group’s marquee event, designed to be the “World’s Best Innovation Conference.” Over 700 attendees from all over the globe will come together for city wide trend safaris, workshops and thought leaders. It is a complete 3-day experience.

Day of Innovation

When: October 12

Where: Indianapolis, IN

Day of Innovation is Indiana’s only full day innovation event that brings together leaders and practitioners from all sectors and backgrounds. Connect with like-minded innovators for inspiring keynotes, hands-on Learning Labs, presentations and networking. Use promo code CENTRIC20 to save 20% when you register.

Alptitude USA

When: October 15-22

Where: Mount Hood, OR

The now legendary Alptitude is an invite-only event that’s out of the norm. A week where you’ll have the time and space to figure out where you’re at with your life and work, whilst having more fun than you’ve had in years. This is the future of business events – emergent, playful and transformational.

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW)

When: October 16-22

Where: Chicago, IL

Chicago Ideas Week provides a platform for the world’s thought leaders, creators, and doers to share their genius and co-create a positive future. Chicago’s institutions – museums, universities, civic organizations, and others – in partnership with CIW, host notable speakers and achievers as part of a concerted city-wide event that highlights innovation and provocation.

Harvest Summit

When: October 20

Where: Sonoma, CA

Harvest Summit is an invitation-only Innovation Field Trip for leaders outstanding in their fields. Innovators, influencers, and tastemakers are joined by award-winning chefs, winemakers and artisans to think, talk and celebrate the art, science and social impact of innovation. This unique community will converge at a private estate in Sonoma to think, talk and celebrate the art, science and social impact of innovation. Mention “Centric” when requesting your invite to receive an exclusive discount.

Fast Company Innovation Festival

When: October 23-27

Where: New York, NY

Fast Company’s most ambitious event ever! Taking place across New York City, the Fast Company Innovation Festival will feature more than 150 dynamic events in content tracks ranging from tech to design, leadership to creativity, fashion to healthcare, and more. You’ll be inspired to break out of your comfort zone and make meaningful (often unexpected) connections with like-minded attendees.


See HERE for a full list of innovation-related events throughout the year and across the globe. Are there any events missing that should be on this list? Please let me know in the comments below. Thanks!


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Jason WilliamsMarketer. Innovator. Connector. Jason Williams is the Owner of SPYCOMPS consulting firm and Communication Director for Centric: Indy’s Innovation Network. Connect with him on Twitter @jawbrain

Jason Williams

Innovator. Marketer. Connector. Jason Williams is a curious explorer whose purpose is to drive innovation through capacity-building connections. With nearly 20 years in corporate marketing and innovation community leadership positions, he has had a front row seat to the common challenges and popular solutions shared by leaders and organizations across many different industries and sectors.




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