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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.

 
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

Wharton School Professor | Author of The Power of Little Ideas and Co-author of Brick by Brick

Wharton School professor David Robertson is the host of the radio show Innovation Navigation, where he interviews leaders from around the world about creativity in business. He is also the author of B...

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 Innovation & Foresight Strategist who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work, and play. The co-author of New York Tim...

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...

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...

David Eagleman

One of the world's foremost neuroscientists, and host of The Brain on PBS this is the science description this is the neuroscience description

David Eagleman is a daring young scientist who provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. As a speaker, this Guggenheim Fellow and NYT bestselling author is energizing, edifying, and ab...

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, ...

Chia-Jung Tsay

Expert in Decision-Making and the Psychology of Negotiations | Assistant 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...

Bonnie Brooks

Former Vice Chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company

Bonnie Brooks has restored one of North America’s greatest department stores, Hudson’s Bay Co., to its rightful place as a world-class retailer. As its first female CEO, Brooks led The Bay through swe...

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute

Can intelligence be viewed in terms that reflect difference rather than difficulty? Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and author of Ungifted and Wired to Create, Scott Barry Kaufman cha...

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...

Amber MacArthur

Relentless Adaptation Speaker and Writer for Fast Company

Amber MacArthur 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, antic...

Douglas Stephens

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

Douglas 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 resear...

Welby Altidor

Executive Creative Director, formerly with Cirque du Soleil

Welby Altidor is an Executive Creative Director who practiced, for nearly 16 years, with Cirque du Soleil. He argues that creativity isn’t reserved to a happy few, but the result of intentional practi...

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 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...

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 ...

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 Augmented Human (forthcoming in 2017)—the first non-technical, accessible book on AR—she reveals h...

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 Now You See Me, and now freshly greenlit TV producer. In his ...

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...

Ajay Agrawal

Expert in Artificial Intelligence and 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...

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. And Anthony Lacavera is here to start that much-needed culture-shift. As the Chairman of Globalive Capital...

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...

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...

Scott Sonenshein

Author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less—and Achieve More than You Ever Imagined

Why do some groups do so poorly despite an abundance of resources, while others do so much with so little? To Scott Sonenshein, author of Stretch, it’s all about acting more resourcefully with what we...

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...

Natalie Jeremijenko

One of America's Brightest Young Innovators

One of America’s brightest digital pioneers, Natalie Jeremijenko has been named one of the Top 100 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review, and one of the Top 40 most influential designers by I....

Cesar Harada

TED Fellow and Inventor of Protei, a Technology that Cleans Oil Spills

Cesar Harada is using technology to save our planet, starting with our oceans. A French-Japanese entrepreneur and TED Fellow, Harada is the brains behind Protei—a groundbreaking, low-cost invention us...

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 ...

John Thackara

Environmentalist, Designer and Innovation Expert

The regenerative economy is not a future dream—it already exists. Social innovation is all around us in a million grassroots projects. John Thackara, founder of Doors of Perception, talks from persona...

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...

Joel Jackson

Founder and CEO of Mobius Motors

Joel Jackson is the founder and CEO of Mobius Motors, a venture building highly durable, highly affordable vehicles for Africa’s mass-market. A Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Jackson speaks on socia...

Richard Florida

Author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Who's Your City?

Richard Florida doesn’t just tap into hot topics: he generates them. His key concept—the creative class—has entered the popular imagination with sea-changing force. A brilliant speaker, Florida combin...

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...

Bruce Croxon

Co-Founder of Lavalife, Former Co-Star of CBC’s Dragons' Den

Speaker Bruce Croxon is one of Canada’s earliest and most successful start-up entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder of popular dating site Lavalife, which sold in a stunning $180 million deal. A former ...

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

Author and Corner Office columnist at The New York Times

In his weekly Corner Office column for The New York Times, Adam Bryant asks the world’s most fascinating CEOs a deceptively simple question: How do you lead? It’s his unique approach to getting at the...

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...