#FFTF17 – Are you ready?

The 2016 Festival doubled in size with more than 900 attendees – young innovators and influencers from across the nation, as well as delegates from Australia, India and the US. This year will be a whole new step up.

The Festival is your chance to connect, explore the big issues of our time, be inspired, and build ideas and skills to create the future.

Imagine – hundreds of young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, scientists, students and activists, all gathered for one epic weekend. #FFTF17 is your party. Be there!


2017 contributors – a sneak preview

Below is a glimpse. Check out the full 2017 programme here >>


Guy Ryan

CEO & Founder of Inspiring Stories and the Festival, former Young NZer of the Year
Fatumata Bah – speaking at Festival for the Future

Fatumata Bah

Empowering women, Young leader for the Office of Ethnic Community

Sina Wendt-Moore

Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand, diversity and inclusion
Festival for the Future – image of Toby Carr

Toby Carr

Young entrepreneur & investor, CEO and founder of DeXTech on building a tech start-up

Yoseph Ayele

The Global Impact Visa – a world-first for NZ, CEO of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship
Irene Wakefield – speaking at Festival for the Future 2017

Irene Wakefield

Tackling abusive relationships & domestic violence, Co-founder of PrePair NZ

Sian Simpson

Breaking down personal barriers – Director of Community, Kiwi Landing Pad
Festival for the Future speaker – Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Entrepreneur and futurist, passionate about agriculture, education and technology
Lisa King speaking at Festival for the Future 2017

Lisa King

CEO & Co-founder of New Zealand's fastest growing social enterprise, Eat My Lunch

Traci Houpapa

Maori business leader and woman of influence, panelist on the future of environment

Frances Valintine

Founder of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab, future of work and technology

Shamubeel Eaqub

Author. Economist. Political Commentator. Making economics easy

Bop, Jody & Sarah

Changing the way we think about mental health and wellbeing

Josiah Tualamali’i

PM Pacific Youth Leadership Award winner and Chair of the PYLAT Council Trust

Daniel Flynn

CEO of Thankyou – social enterprise and consumer purchases to end poverty
Image of Angela Lim – Speaking at Festival for the Future

Angela Lim

Doctor, entrepreneur and board member fighting for equality

Max Harris

Author, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. The future of politics and democracy
Image of Steve Graham speaking at Festival for the Future

Steve Graham

Head of digital futures at KPMG, business leader and futurist

Precious Clark

Director at Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa & Centre of Social Impact

Thomas Maharaj

From brain surgery to business development, and pathways for young people






I’ve never experienced an event like this before – the atmosphere was absolutely incredible!

Dan Flynn, Co-founder of Thankyou

Festival for the Future truly was
a life-changing experience
for me.

Kiriana Isgrove, Scholarship Recipient

It was surreal to be surrounded by such passionate and like-minded people from across the country.

Rez Gardi, 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year