Be part of New Zealand's most inspiring event.

Festival for the Future is an action-packed weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels, workshops and a marketplace for great ideas. People come from every region nationwide, and increasingly the Asia–Pacific region.

A snapshot of the Festival in numbers from 2018.



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'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, we've 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.