Festival for the Future is New Zealand’s event to celebrate youth-led Kiwi innovation and support the next generation to spark and grow ideas for a better world. This year, 400 movers and shakers will converge on Auckland for the action-packed programme – you can be part of it.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!
From OurPlace Events to RockEnrol, and raising over half’a million dollars for charity – Laura is great at connecting people to the cause.
With a background in biotechnology and entrepreneurship, Logan is a co-founder of Highly Flammable and is pushing entertainment boundaries.
Passionate about young Māori unleashing their potential, Te Rawhitiroa is part of the powerful team behind Te Aho Tū Roa – Kōtuia!
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.
Mother of five, Jade empowers families and communities to grow healthy delicious food through the Hand Over A Hundy Project.
Involved in Christchurch’s Student Volunteer Army since day one, Jason has gone on to contribute to many disaster response initiatives worldwide.
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.
Eddy and Jade have transformed their passion for creativity, communications and community into the vibrant social business – Curative
Surfer, diver and activist, Taylor is passionate about sustainable coastlines and has led a campaign to ban shark finning in New Zealand.
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.
Originally from Ethiopia, Yoseph is passionate about high-tech innovation and is building global partnerships to connect talent with capital.
Last year Yvonne discovered an unmet need in her community. Her little idea is now changing lives for young women in South Auckland.
Chris believes that ending extreme poverty is as much an opportunity for our generation, as it is a responsibility.
After studying wireless power systems through his Bachelor of Engineering, Fady co-founded PowerbyProxi.
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
Highly Flammable // Go to site
Tamashii Taiko // Go to site
Junelle Groves // Go to site
Paper Cranes // Go to site