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Innovation & Creativity

 

The last bastion of competitive advantage, innovation isn’t a mysterious process that only a handful of “cool” companies possess. These innovation speakers show you that it can be understood, taught, and produced.

 

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Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trendhunter.com, Award-Winning Innovator, Management Consultant, and New York Times Bestselling Author of Better and Faster

Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), award-winning author and management consultant to brands, billionaires and CEOs. Gutsche is the brains behind Trendhunter.com: t...

Neri Oxman

MIT Professor at the Crossroads of Art, Science, and Technology

Neri Oxman combines breakthroughs in materials science (such as 3D printing) with design principles found in nature. Imagine a skyscraper made with concrete that can breathe and grow and “think,” or a...

Sarah Lewis

Author of The Rise, a book about where new ideas come from

Sarah Lewis is the bestselling author of The Rise, which is the biography of an idea—a big idea—that no current term yet captures. It’s about creative human endeavor and innovation.

 
Yancey Strickler

Co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter

Yancey Strickler co-founded Kickstarter to help bring creative projects to life. In the process, he has started an important conversation about how companies can stick to their ideals, resist conformi...

David Butler

Co-Author of Design to Grow | Former VP, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Coca-Cola | Chief Growth Officer at Kids II

David Butler first joined Coca-Cola to revolutionize the company’s approach to design—not just how things look, but a holistic, systems-based approach to create growth across the business, through des...

David Robertson

Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan | Author of The Power of Little Ideas and of Brick by Brick

We tend to imagine innovation as slow, incremental change or else industry-shifting disruption. Yet for most companies, neither works. In The Power of Little Ideas, MIT Sloan professor David Robertson...

Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation, Chief Disruptor at Autodesk

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To renowned innovator Tom Wujec, this massive revolution to the model of process isn’t...

Candy Chang

Urban Space Artist Behind the "Before I Die" Walls

World-renowned artist and urban designer Candy Chang engages communities to share everything from their greatest hopes to their deepest anxieties in public. The Atlantic calls her artwork Before I Die...

Douglas Merrill

Co-Founder and CEO of ZestFinance.com; Google's Former Chief Information Officer

Douglas Merrill is the former Chief Information Officer at Google. Put another way: he championed innovation at one of the world’s most innovative companies. In his passionate keynotes, Merrill draws ...

Nina Tandon

CEO and Co-Founder of EpiBone, TED Senior Fellow

Nina Tandon is on the cutting edge of science: where sci-fi meets reality. She works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: home...

Douglas Rushkoff

Author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Present Shock and Program or Be Programmed

The digital economy could provide prosperity for all. But it hasn’t delivered—it’s only disrupted. Enter Douglas Rushkoff: world-renowned cultural philosopher who, in Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus,...

Sarah Prevette

Innovation Speaker, Founder of Future Design School

“Fall in love with the problem you’re solving—not the solution,” says entrepreneur Sarah Prevette. The founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of Quit Your Day Job, a new reality show about entrep...

William C. Taylor

Founding Editor of Fast Company | Bestselling Author of Simply Brilliant, Practically Radical, and Mavericks at Work

As the visionary, co-founding editor of Fast Company, William C. Taylor has motivated a generation of executives and entrepreneurs to think differently about leading change in every industry. In his l...

Rahaf Harfoush

New York Times Bestselling Co-author of The Decoded Company

Rahaf Harfoush is a digital anthropologist, strategist, and award-winning author with a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work, and play. Her third book—Hu...

John Underkoffler

Digital Interface Designer Who Worked on "Minority Report" and "Iron Man"

John Underkoffler is a designer whose present-day work is shaping the way our future will look. A digital interface expert whose inventions bridge the gap between Hollywood fantasy and real-world inno...

Nicholas Thompson

Editor-in-Chief of Wired | Former Editor of NewYorker.com

The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The...

David Eagleman

One of the World’s Foremost Neuroscientists | Host of PBS’s The Brain | Scientific Advisor for HBO’s Westworld this is the science description this is the neuroscience description

How can we harness the brain for maximum creativity—at work, and school? In The Runaway Species, David Eagleman—“the hottest thing in neuroscience” (The Times)—reveals how any organization can adopt a...

Ari Wallach

Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach; Futurist & Social Innovation Strategist

Futurist and innovation strategist Ari Wallach is Fast Company’s new expert on emergent trends in business and culture. Combining a grasp of new technology and products with a broader understanding of...

Ellen Stofan

NASA’s Chief Scientist, 2013–2016

As the Chief Scientist for NASA, Ellen Stofan helped demolish barriers for women in science while working at the very frontiers of tech. In talks, she argues for greater diversity in the STEM fields, ...

Bonnie Brooks

Former Vice Chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company

Bonnie Brooks restored one of the world’s greatest retailers, Hudson’s Bay Co.—the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor—to its rightful place as a world-class organization. As its first fe...

Scott Barry Kaufman

Professor of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

Scott Barry Kaufman is a groundbreaking psychologist expanding our definitions of creativity, human flourishing, and intelligence: “a force of nature,” says Angela Duckworth (Grit). “He’s the epitome ...

Ajay Agrawal

Expert in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning | Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab

To world-leading researcher Ajay AgrawaL—named the engineer of a “Billion Dollar Breakout” by The Globe and Mail—advances in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning mean profound opportunities fo...

Amber Mac

Relentless Adaptation Speaker and Writer for Fast Company

Amber Mac talks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of corporate culture in the digital economy. At the forefront of the digital revolution, she helps companies adapt to, anticipate,...

Skylar Tibbits

TED Fellow | Speaker on 4D Printing | Author of Self-Assembly Lab

Skylar Tibbits is on the cutting edge of 4D technology. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, the future of how we make things is being mapped out—and the implications are enormous. Imagine, as just one ex...

Chia-Jung Tsay

Expert in Decision-Making and the Psychology of Negotiations | Associate Professor in the UCL School of Management

Are we ever really aware of why we choose the things we do? For example, do certain visual cues sway us disproportionately? Do we prefer natural talents to hard work? Chia-Jung Tsay studies judgment b...

Doug Stephens

Retail and Consumer Futurist | Internationally Acclaimed Author and Founder of Retail Prophet

Doug Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists on the planet. His talks are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world. In fully customized and thoroughly researche...

Welby Altidor

Executive Creative Director, formerly with Cirque du Soleil

As Executive Creative Director for one of the world’s most creative companies, Cirque du Soleil, Welby Altidor was responsible for groundbreaking live events. His leadership there taught him that crea...

Jay Shuster

Production Designer at Pixar Animation Studios

Jay Shuster has worked on some of the world’s most beloved films, including Cars, WALLE, and two of the Star Wars movies. On stage, Shuster shares his journey from childhood obsession with planes, tr...

David Rose

Internet of Things Speaker, Author of Enchanted Objects

David Rose is a major speaker on The Internet of Things—the concept where everyday items become “enchanted objects,” able to anticipate our needs, talk with each other, and make life simpler. “In the ...

David Rowan

WIRED Editor-at-Large | Founding Editor of the UK Edition

“You can’t really ignore the new rules of business,” says David Rowan, WIRED UK’s founding editor. A prolific writer and speaker, Rowan is deconstructing tech trends in real time—how the Internet of T...

Margot Lee Shetterly

Author of Hidden Figures: the #1 New York Times bestseller, and inspiration for the #1 movie.

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures—a #1 NYT bestseller and inspiration for the #1 movie in America—is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s grea...

Dr. Helen Papagiannis

Augmented Reality Speaker and Author of Augmented Human

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is a world-leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). The author of the brand-new Augmented Human—the first non-technical, accessible book on AR—she reveals how this ...

Martin Ford

Author of New York Times bestseller Rise of the Robots

We’ve known for a long time that robots have replaced a majority of manual labor jobs. But they are now taking over complex jobs we previously thought only humans could do. In Rise of the Robots, Mart...

Joe Mimran

Founder, Joe Fresh and Co-Star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den

Joe Mimran is a retail, fashion, and business pioneer who has helped build some of our best-known brands: Joe Fresh, Club Monaco, Alfred Sung, Caban. He’s now a Dragon on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. ...

Michael Katchen

Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple

As the young, charismatic founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, Michael Katchen is shaking up Bay Street finance with a digital investing service that’s become a massive success among millennial profession...

Randall Lane

Editor of Forbes Magazine

Randall Lane is the editor of Forbes Magazine, where he has helped it reach its highest-ever U.S. readership (6.7 million) with new emphases on young innovators and disruptors. These are people reimag...

David Kwong

Illusionist, Puzzle Expert, and Author of Spellbound

David Kwong is no ordinary magician. He’s also a New York Times puzzle builder, TED speaker, Harvard grad, consultant on blockbusters like The Imitation Game, and now a greenlit TV producer. In his fu...

Maria Konnikova

Science Blogger for The New Yorker and Author of The Confidence Game

Maria Konnikova writes about human behavior, science, and psychology, most notably for her weekly New Yorker blog. In her bestseller, Mastermind, she offers advice for improving methods of deduction a...

Anthony Lacavera

Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist | Founder & Chairman of Globalive | Founder of Wind Mobile

To thrive in today’s tech-driven economy, Canada needs to embrace—and celebrate—its startups. Anthony Lacavera is here to start that much-needed culture-shift. Author of Canadian innovation manifesto

Mitchell Joachim

TED Fellow and Urban Designer

Architect and designer Mitchell Joachim tackles the urban issues redefining our built environments and cities: his work boldly reassesses the way humans live together in the 21st Century. In mind-bend...

Cathy Salit

Author of Performance Breakthrough | CEO of Performance of a Lifetime

Life is theater—a stage on which we enact scenes and embody different roles. And to Cathy Salit, bringing the performing arts—improv, creativity, and play—into our work lives is just the transformativ...

Joel Cohen

Writer and Co-Executive Producer on The Simpsons

How did Joel Cohen—a former “suit” in the corporate world—end up writing for The Simpsons? And what can he teach us about innovation, creativity, teamwork, and the value of a diverse workforce? A hila...

Anab Jain

Innovation Speaker, Founder & Director of Superflux

Designer, entrepreneur, TED Fellow, futurescaper: Anab Jain wears many hats, and brings them all together at her multidisciplinary design studio, Superflux. Based in London and India, Superflux is bot...

Leah Hunter

Fast Company Tech Writer, Author of Augmented Reality for the Industrial Enterprise

What does the future hold? Journalist and innovation speaker Leah Hunter is investigating just that. In her Fast Company articles and her new book Augmented Reality for the Industrial Enterprise, Hunt...

Lyn Heward

Cirque du Soleil's Former Vice-President, Creation

Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil is one of the world’s most innovative companies, and Lyn Heward is a major reason why: for years she helped shape its performers, designers, and technicians into an artisti...

Kavita Shukla

Founder & CEO of Fenugreen

Kavita Shukla is the groundbreaking social entrepreneur behind FreshPaper, a biodegradable paper that creates a brilliant solution to the global issue of food waste. FreshPaper landed Shukla on three ...

Erik Wahl

Innovation Speaker and Author of Unthink and Unchain the Elephant

“I’m in the business of creating disruptive strategies—of creating breakthrough pockets of innovation,” says speaker Erik Wahl. An internationally recognized graffiti artist and bestselling author of

Alissa Quart

Author of Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers & Rebels

It can be hard to live truly outside the mainstream. But Alissa Quart, author of Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels, argues that renegades are the key to a more creative...

Peter H. Diamandis

Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, Innovation Speaker

It’s very likely that the future of space exploration lies in the hands of Dr. Peter Diamandis. As co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, he oversaw the creation of the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for com...

Choir! Choir! Choir!

International Singing Phenomenon

Choir! Choir! Choir! is the international singing phenomenon that exemplifies the best of creativity, collaboration, and community-building. In their speeches, founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman...

Adam Bryant

Decade-Long Author of The Corner Office Column in The New York Times | Managing Director, Merryck & Co.

What happens if you interview over 500 of the world’s top CEOs, and instead of asking them about their companies (about share prices or bottom lines), you ask them expansive questions about how they l...

Miki Agrawal

One of INC's Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016

Miki Agrawal is a true “force of nature.” She was dubbed a 2017 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2016’s Crain’s 40 Under 40 list, featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine, named ...

Charles Fishman

Author of A Curious Mind and The Big Thirst

Charles Fishman is the author of A Curious Mind, a bestselling collaboration with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer. Now he’s showing leaders how curiosity is the key to harnessing disruption—in busines...