Be part of New Zealand's most inspiring event.

Festival for the Future is a world class event that attracts 1,200+ delegates from across New Zealand, and increasingly the Asia–Pacific. The action-packed weekend features a diverse range of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels, hands-on workshops and a marketplace for great ideas. Join us!

Highlights from 2018.


What do people get out of the Festival?


Connections and networking – the chance to connect with emerging leaders and influencers from a diverse range of sectors – government, business, community and education sectors. Attendees come from every region nationwide, and increasingly the Asia–Pacific region.


Build your knowledge, ideas and skills – the unique mix of inspiring speakers, future-focused panel discussions and hands-on workshops give you the chance to customise your own Festival experience. See the programme for more detail.


Be inspired – we all know the big issues of our time can be overwhelming. The Festival is a chance to hear from a diverse range of inspiring people. Many of them have overcome major challenges, are dreaming big and pushing boundaries to make a difference for our future.


A marketplace for ideas & opportunities – connect with purpose-driven organisations, meet potential collaborators, and discover possible pathways for further development.


The chance to engage with leaders, influencers and innovators – most of our speakers attend the whole Festival weekend. Our speakers and contributors include CEO’s, Government Ministers, Mayor’s, entrepreneurs, as well as awesome humans under the radar.


Learn how you can make a real difference for our future – explore mega trends and the big issues of our time with thought-leaders from a range of different sectors.


Where did the Festival come from?

The Festival is a New Zealand innovation that started way back in 2011, and has grown every year since. More than 5,000 people have now attended. The Festival is run by Inspiring Stories, and was founded by Guy Ryan, who went on to be awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015.

Who's behind it?

Festival for the Future is run by Inspiring Stories, the Kiwi charity backing young New Zealanders to change the world.

Inspiring Stories has built an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships, that have now supported thousands young New Zealanders to build their entrepreneurship and leadership capability, and their ideas to make a difference. Learn about Inspiring Stories >>