A WORLD CLASS EVENT DRIVING INNOVATION
What is IdeaFestival?
Founded in 2000, IdeaFestival is a celebration for the intellectually curious. It’s an eclectic network of global thinkers and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about what is impacting and shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education.
The content of IdeaFestival is as diverse as the network itself – presentations range from discussions about life before life to the existence of parallel universes; from global politics to the philosophy of randomness; from disruptive innovation to living to be 250 and beyond. In the words of one participant, “At IdeaFestival, seemingly unrelated topics offer surprising relationships and insights.”
The conference is held every Fall in Louisville, Kentucky at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful and historic venue that houses artworks by such 20th century masters as Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, Louise Nevelson, John Chamberlain and Alexander Calder. The setting, thought-provoking sessions and informal tone make IdeaFestival a truly unique experience. Those who attend leave the event with interesting new ideas, a better sense of connectedness, an expanded network of relationships and lasting inspiration to help create change in the world.
Who Attends IdeaFestival?
The world’s leading thinkers, doers and innovators join curious minds from around the globe for 4 days once a year to explore, discuss and celebrate innovation, imagination and world-changing ideas. IdeaFestival brings together over 600 passionate minds and voices from a variety of disciplines – all working towards the convergence and exploration of how ideas shape our future. This dynamic environment provides a jumping-off point for initiating a new way of 21st century thinking for this intellectually curious and creative community. IdeaFestival attracts those extraordinary people who drive diversity, accelerate art, induce awe and define significance, while hosting a wide range of attendees ranging from Fortune 500 CEO’s to high school freshmen…because the answers are everywhere.
Who Speaks at IdeaFestival?
We’re pleased that some of the world’s most exciting voices have graced the IdeaFestival stage – among them being - Peter Sims – Author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries; Tony Wagner – Innovation Education Fellow, Harvard Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, author; Baratunde Thurston – Former Director of Digital for The Onion, writer and author of NY Times bestseller How to be Black; Nikky Finney – Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry; Jason Pontin – Editor in chief and publisher MIT Technology Review; – Michau Kaku – Leading Theoretical Physicist and Author; Steve Wozniak – Co-Founder of Apple, Inventor and Entrepreneur, Naomi Tutu – Human Rights Activist, Daniel Tammet – Autistic Savant and Author of Born on a Blue Day, Dom Sagolla – Co-Creater of Twitter, Sir George Martin, CBE - English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician; Amy Chua – Global Politics and Economics Analyst, Author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Jane McGonigal – Game Designer and Future Forecaster, Philipe Petit - high-wire artist and author, and Aubrey De Grey – Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation, co-author of Ending Aging . These are just a few of the preeminent thinkers who have shared their fresh-thinking approaches on how to create change and the importance of seemingly-unrelated connections to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges.
Creating Disruptive Change
IdeaFestival prides itself on creating a collaborative environment of disruptive change. We purposefully seek out and bring together a network of seemingly disparate innovators who possess extraordinary skills for positive change and ask them to share their knowledge with our community. We invite you to join us!
What is IF University?
Ideas are everywhere, and anywhere can be a classroom. IF University is a platform and ecosystem for creative thinkers, curious minds, and innovators to teach classes, take classes, and bring ideas to the forefront to build a culture of innovation in their community. Built on the great reputation of the annual IdeaFestival, IF University is designed to inspire new and novel thinking all year round through classes and events on a wide variety of topics held in public venues across the city.