Ideas + Innovation + Action

Save the date – FFTF15 is happening in Auckland, September 4–6. We’ll be releasing the new website, programme and tickets in May 2015. Below is a few snippets from last year, you can also check out the 2014 album on the Festival Facebook page, and watch the 2014 speaker vids online.



Watch the 2014 Speaker Vids Online

The 2014 talks are online here – check em’ out & share em.

Featured Guests

Leading thinkers will share their experience and insight on what’s possible – opportunities and ideas to lead Aotearoa New Zealand forwards. Each Keynote is 20-minutes plus Q&A.


Jan Owen – Keynote at 2014 Festival for the Future

Dr Jan Owen

Jan has held major leadership roles across Social Ventures Australia, the RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board, and the Australian National Development Index to name a few. A ‘woman of influence’ – Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, passionate about young people unleashing their potential to change the world. We’re stoked to have her over from Australia!

Andy Hamilton – Keynote at 2014 Festival for the Future

Andy Hamilton

Andy knows a thing or two about growing great ideas. As CEO of The Icehouse, he’s led the development of an entrepreneurial ecostystem that have seen many start-ups grow from idea to proof of concept, to scale. He’s also a councillor on the Japan-New Zealand Business Council, and a previous Chair of Incubators New Zealand and Angel Association New Zealand.

Emeline Afeakii-Mafele'o – Keynote at 2014 Festival for the Future

Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o

An incredibly humble serial social entrepreneur, Emeline is of Maori, Samoan and Tongan descent. In late 2013 she won a prestigious ‘Women of Influence’ Award for her initiative and contribution to the Pasifika community. Emeline has developed a string of enterprises that span South Auckland to the Pacific – including Affirming Works, Tupu’anga Coffee, and the Otahuhu Community Café.

Minnie Baragwanath – Keynote at 2014 Festival for the Future

Minnie Baragwanath

Minnie has played a leading role in driving social change for New Zealanders with disabilities. She is the Founder and CEO of the Be. Institute, a social enterprise working to create a 100% accessible Aotearoa New Zealand. Minnie believes in working creatively across traditional sectors, unleashing the wisdom and the resources that lie within the private, public and not-for-profit arenas.


Young Innovators

Be inspired by the passion, vision & projects led by some of our most innovative young New Zealanders. These are punchy 7-minute talks that will make you proud to be a Kiwi and excited about the future!


Laura O'Connell Rapira – Festival for the Future 2014

Laura O’Connell Rapira
From OurPlace Events to RockEnrol, and raising over half’a million dollars for charity – Laura is great at connecting people to the cause.
Logan Elliot – Festival for the Future 2014
Logan Elliot
With a background in biotechnology and entrepreneurship, Logan is a co-founder of Highly Flammable and is pushing entertainment boundaries.


Te Rawhitiroa Bosch – Festival for the Future 2014

Te Rawhitiroa Bosch
Passionate about young Māori unleashing their potential, Te Rawhitiroa is part of the powerful team behind Te Aho Tū Roa – Kōtuia!
Lindsey Horne – Festival for the Future 2014
Lindsey Horne
After FFTF13 Lindsey and the Rate My Flat crew took part in the Live the Dream programme, they’re on a mission to improve student flat quality nationwide.


Jade Temepara – Festival for the Future 2014
Jade Temepara
Mother of five, Jade empowers families and communities to grow healthy delicious food through the Hand Over A Hundy Project.
Jason Pemberton – Festival for the Future 2014
Jason Pemberton
Involved in Christchurch’s Student Volunteer Army since day one, Jason has gone on to contribute to many disaster response initiatives worldwide.


Guy Ryan – Festival for the Future 2014
Guy Ryan
Guy loves building great teams to bring bold ideas to life. He’s the founder of Festival for the Future and Live the Dream, and the CEO of Inspiring Stories.
Image of Eddy Helm & Jade Tang – Festival for the Future 2014
Eddy Helm & Jade Tang
Eddy and Jade have transformed their passion for creativity, communications and community into the vibrant social business – Curative


Taylor Finderup – Festival for the Future 2014
Taylor Finderup
Surfer, diver and activist, Taylor is passionate about sustainable coastlines and has led a campaign to ban shark finning in New Zealand.
Tsar Marsters – Festival for the Future 2014
Tsar Marsters
19-year old Tsar turned poor high school grades into a burning passion for hip-hop dance and set up Hamilton’s Federation Dance Academy.


Yoseph Ayele – Festival for the Future 2014
Yoseph Ayele
Originally from Ethiopia, Yoseph is passionate about high-tech innovation and is building global partnerships to connect talent with capital.
Yvonne Taufa – Festival for the Future 2014
Yvonne Taufa
Last year Yvonne discovered an unmet need in her community. Her little idea is now changing lives for young women in South Auckland.


Chris Jupp – Festival for the Future 2014
Chris Jupp
Chris believes that ending extreme poverty is as much an opportunity for our generation, as it is a responsibility.
Image of Young Innovator – Kunal Bhargava, Festival for the Future 2014
Kunal Bhargava
After studying wireless power systems through his Bachelor of Engineering, Kunal is part of the team developing PowerbyProxi.


Image of Young Innovator – Alex Devereux, Festival for the Future 2014
Alex Devereux
Alex has worked on micro-credit ventures in the Philippines and Central America, and is passionate about social change.


Artists & Performers

There’s a diverse range of awesome artists and performers who will be woven throughout the Festival. Here’s a few of them below.


Federation Dance Adademy // Go to site
Festival for the Future – 2014 Artists & Performers // Federation Dance Academy

Highly Flammable // Go to site
Festival for the Future – 2014 Artists & Performers // Highly Flammable

Bobby Hung will be working with a crew of emerging artists doing live art over the weekend! // See Bobby’s work
Bobby Hung

Tamashii Taiko // Go to site
Festival for the Future – 2014 Artists & Performers // Tamashii Taiko

Junelle Groves // Go to site
Festival for the Future, 2014 Artists & Performance // Junelle Groves

Paper Cranes // Go to site
Festival for the Future, 2014 Artists & Performance // PaperCranes

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