Showcasing what's possible

The Festival is an action-packed weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels, workshops, entertainment and more. It's been called NZ's most inspiring event, and attracted more than 1,300 delegates in 2017. 

The context for action

We live in a world with urgent and complex challenges that need solving. When people from diverse backgrounds and industries come together to explore the issues and share ideas, remarkable things can happen. 


Inspiring speakers – hear from a diverse range of people who will challenge you, broaden your horizons and spark new possibilities.


Connection and networking opportunities – meet VIP's, new friends, co-founders and collaborators throughout the Festival.  


Workshops and seminars – pick and choose from a range of workshops to help you develop and grow your ideas and skills for the future.  


A market place for ideas & opportunities – connect with purpose-driven businesses, interactive stalls, lounges, and future pathways.


Arts, entertainment and performance – a vibrant atmosphere showcasing a range of artists and musicians to inspire your creativity.


Future-focused panels – explore megatrends and the big issues of our time with thought-leaders from a range of different sectors.


Who attends the Festival?

People come from every region of New Zealand, and increasingly the wider Asia-Pacific Region. The youngest we've had is 13, and the oldest is 75. The demographic is mostly millennials aged 18–35, but don't let that stop you!

Growth of the Festival


Who's behind it?


The Festival is run by Inspiring Stories, the Kiwi charity backing young New Zealanders to change the world. Since launching in 2011 the organisation has built an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships that have supported thousands of Kiwis to build their social entrepreneurship and leadership capability, and their ideas to make a difference. 

Inspiring Stories operates with a team of staff and contractors nationwide. In 2015, the Founder & CEO of Inspiring Stories (and the Festival), Guy Ryan, was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year.