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. for the year 2017 and will probably happen in 2018 as well. 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

For the conferences below our researcher has taken the details right from the conference itself. Make sure to click on the respective conference links to learn more, see the latest, confirm the dates, and see any changes.

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: Inspiration Needs Execution. The Full Spectrum Innovation Event – From Ideation through To Execution.
Rapid Product Development. With tightening budgets and shrinking timelines, it’s time to stop talking and start building. These sessions are designed to help R&D and Product Development executives think beyond current product development models by employing design thinking early on in the process, using experimentation to reduce the cost of failure, and understanding the latest technologies available for prototyping.
Customer Centric Innovation. Users are key driving factors in the market success or failure of new products and services. These sessions focus on going beyond traditional insights and integrating customers intensively into the innovation process for market-oriented innovation wins.

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.
Through these highly curated and media rich presentations, attendees will develop the skills needed to accelerate innovation and turn insights into action.

ISPIM Vienna

Conference Description: Composing the Innovation Symphony. Organised by ISPIM, in partnership with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich – WKO) and Ratio Strategy & Innovation Consulting, this event is for innovation researchers, industry executives, thought leaders and policy makers.
– hear from leading innovation thought leaders
– choose from 250+ presentations and workshops on the latest thinking in innovation management
– present your innovation research or tell your innovation story
– vote for your favourite industry project in the ISPIM Grand Prize Final
– visit Austrian innovation clusters and discuss their challenges
– network with 500 innovation professionals from 50 countries

World Business Forum

Conference Description: In 2017 the World Business Forum will highlight that in a world where new technologies emerge at pace, those who anticipate change and are quickly able to adapt will flourish. Organisations and individuals alike must reinvent themselves constantly; experiment and learn; identify new opportunities, exploit them fast, and move on. In this world, it is the entrepreneur, the experimenter, the risk taker who will thrive.
Long-term competitive advantage is dead! Are you ready to live in a state of permanent BETA?

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.
The future of business depends on the innovation levels that are delivered today. Every step you and your company take forward now helps to secure new markets, retain your existing customers and generate new clients to add to your portfolio. As the Dubai International Innovation Show is the ideal platform for thought leaders from across the globe we have searched far and wide to deliver an incredibly impressive line-up. Be immersed in a meeting of minds that will drive the future thinking in business globally.
Key Speakers
• Ahmed Elafifi, Founder & Chief Relaxation Officer TRANQUINI GmbH
• Hiroshi “Hiro” Saijo, CEO & Managing Director YAMAHA Motor Ventures
• Aysha Al Mudahka, CEO: Qatar Business Incubation Center
• Omar Hatamleh, Chief Innovation Officer NASA

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.
This two-day conference will feature innovation experts from across the country and give academics, business leaders and industry professionals alike a creative platform for considering new and innovative practices and launch an open exchange of ideas related to the transformation of ideas into reality through Open Innovation Concepts.

ISPIM Toronto

Conference Description: ISPIM and York University invite researchers, managers, executives and consultants, with a passion for innovation management, to the 2017 ISPIM Innovation Forum in Toronto.

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: Join the esteemed panel of industry experts in #Barcelona, number one smart city in Spain and ranked fourth in Europe. There will be a 3-day kick off of discussions and conversations with workshops on Gamification as a Competitive Differentiator and Digital Disruption. Later the focus turns to innovation management, managing customer centricity, organizational processes and implementing innovation.


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.
At THE HUMAN GATHERING, 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. One of the guests is Peter Diamandis. He is a world thought leader and is pushing the boundaries of humanity in almost every way possible.

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. The theme in 2017 will be “Learning to scale together.”

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 2017 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.

Note: Some of the dates and locations of an innovation conference may not be final, and some can change. Be sure to check their social channel to stay on top of the time and location.

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