Innovation Conferences

Are you an organizational leader, innovator, design thinker, or entrepreneur looking to connect with others and see the latest trends at an innovative conference this year? Check out these innovation events for 2018. In addition, here are 20 innovation conferences we’ve found that seem to happen every year that may be helpful for those focused on innovation, design thinking, lean startup, new technology applications, etc. OR…why not put on your own innovation conference? We have half to three day designs ready to roll. We can facilitate and come to you. Just contact us at

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Innovation Conferences

Chief Innovation Officer Summit

Conference Description: The Chief Innovation Officer Summit San Francisco brings the insights of Global 500 innovation professionals to the west coast, for two days of sharing challenges, identifying opportunities & networking with fellow industry innovators.

Open Innovation Summit London

Conference Description: Two days of cutting-edge innovation learning and intimate, expert-led panels. With over 100 like-minded innovation leaders descending on London for the event, and both structured and informal networking sessions provided, it’s a brilliant opportunity to forge new professional contacts.

Front End of Innovation US

Conference Description: FEI gives you unprecedented access to a new universe of innovators, tech evangelists, project and product managers, startups, designers and R&D executives. It’s the innovation conference connecting you to the people and insights needed to effectively stay on top of trends, spark change and navigate new paths for growth.

Inventours Barcelona: Week of Benchmarking Leading Innovators Across Disciplines

Conference Description: For one week the globally renowned Barcelona innovators in mobile technology, food, product design, fashion, architecture, retail, and hospitality in their workshops, studios, labs, offices will meet to see and hear how they innovate. Global professionals charged with innovation in their firms attend: Heads of Innovation and Disruption, R&D, New Product Development, Design, and Creativity.

Future Festival

Conference Description: Trend Hunter’s Future Festival is a top-tier innovation conference where like-minded innovators from some of the world’s largest companies come together to prototype their future.

This Orlando Innovation Conference takes the most valuable content from our 3-day marquee Toronto event and packs it into one accelerated program. At the event, attendees will uncover future trends from the world’s #1 trend firm, explore valuable consumer insights via the skilled Trend Hunter team and work with innovation keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche to strategize disruptive ideas.

ISPIM Innovation Conference

Conference Description: ISPIM invites researchers, managers, executives and consultants, with a passion for innovation management, to the ISPIM Innovation Conference to:

Engage > Share innovation insights with fellow professionals

Explore > Find out about the local innovation scene & their hot topics

Belong > Become part of a global innovation management community

Enjoy > Experience well-orchestrated social events in inspiring, fun venues

World Business Forum

Conference Description: Organised and powered by WOBI each year in cities across the globe, the World Business Forum is a two-day event that brings together thousands of senior-level decision makers from across all industries to learn from and be inspired by some the world’s most renowned business figures.

Learn and be inspired by some of the most influential figures in the business world and beyond; A blend of content delivered by CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and creative minds.

Dubai International Innovation Show

Conference Description: The Dubai International Innovation Show is an awe-inspiring opportunity to connect with other visionaries, discover cutting-edge innovations that might make a huge difference to your company and mix with all the right people in the beautiful surrounds of Dubai. The opportunity to network, engage and set up collaborations is huge and one not to be missed.

Texas Open Innovation Conference

Conference Description: The Texas Open Innovation Conference is a forum where business, government and academia will intersect to spark more development, collaboration, and dialogue for the advancement of technology and ideas.

Innovation Summit

Conference Description: The Economist’s Innovation Summit will gather leading thinkers and practitioners to explore the opportunities and challenges of making this transition. Economist editors will ask the searching questions as Fortune 500 CEOs, policymakers and disruptive entrepreneurs share their insights and strategies for successful digital transformation.

Innovation Excellence

Conference Description: Industry experts present their real-world case projects that provide new insights and learnings.

  • Open Innovation Strategy & Initiatives With Startups
  • Product design through research and development
  • Apply design principles to the workplace itself
  • Exchanging technology to enhance research
  • Startup procurement & investment strategies for business development


Conference Description: WSJDLive is The Wall Street Journal’s premier, by invitation-only, technology event that brings together an unmatched group of CEOs, founders, investors and luminaries from around the world to set the global tech agenda.

TechCrunch Disrupt

Conference Description: TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.


Conference Description: The 99U Conference is a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of the industry. Speakers incredible group of visionary creatives, entrepreneurs, and researchers have joined us to pull back the curtain on their creative process and share road-tested insights.

The Human Gathering

Conference Description: THE HUMAN GATHERING is a catalyst for authentic human connection and conversation. Our community believes in leaving a mark on the world. We are driven by something greater than a mere desire to flourish. Business Owners, C-level Executives and Accredited Investors gather together to engage with each other and learn from today’s visionary leaders in business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy and the arts.

South by Southwest

Conference Description: The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. SXSW Conference speakers come from all over the globe. When you attend the many workshops, conversations, and panels at the event, expect to hear from technology industry experts, filmmakers, artists, music supervisors, actors, publicists, legends, journalists, and much, much more.

SaaStr Conference

Conference Description: SaaStr Annual brings the global SaaS community together with a conference, exhibition and networking events. This year, the organisers are expecting to present 150 speakers and attract 10,000 SaaS founders, executives and investors – twice the number that attended last year.

Startup Grind Global Conference

Conference Description: Meet Silicon Valley’s top investors, developers, journalists, and entrepreneurs for over two days of workshops, talks, intimate meetings, and parties.

Mobile World Congress

Conference Description: Mobile World Congress an event that continues to expand and build on its success year after year. With several existing sponsors and partners, along with new partnerships, they are excited about everything this year has to offer.

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