NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fast Company announces its second annual Fast Company Innovation Festival, taking place November 1-4, 2016 in New York City. Over the course of the week, the festival's theme of "Find Your Mission. Deepen Your Purpose" will bring together extraordinary personalities from the worlds of business, technology, design, and entertainment for bold conversations, hands-on workshops, and exclusive inside company tours. The festival will also feature an array of gatherings such as the social enterprise breakfast, where exceptional people from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations will network to discuss their shared goal of improving the world.
Innovation Festival attendees will design their own agenda, selecting from a series of high-level keynote conversations taking place at NYU's Skirball Center; intimate panel discussions and lively happenings at Civic Hall, a community center for civic innovators in the Flatiron district; and more than 100 Fast Tracks—behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most creative companies and institutions across New York City.
CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:
- Melinda Gates, Philanthropist and Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCo
- Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani
- Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL Inc.
- Neil Blumenthal, Cofounder and co-CEO, Warby Parker
- Samantha Bee, Host "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"
- Joe Jonas, DNCE
- Kevin Jonas
- Phil McIntyre, Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder, Philymack
- Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director, Black Girls Code
- Hugh Evans, Cofounder, Global Citizen
- Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO, FEED
- Emily Weiss, Founder and CEO, Glossier
- Eileen Fisher, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Eileen Fisher, Inc.
- Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud, Founder of Alf Khair and Cofounder of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association
- Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group
- DeRay Mckesson, Activist
- Mike Krieger, Cofounder and CTO, Instagram
- Janet Mock, Author and TV Host
- Sam Kass, Food Entrepreneur
Fast Company is proud to welcome our Festival sponsors from across the most innovative and forward-thinking industries, from automotive to biotechnology. Our partners will be represented on panels, Fast Tracks, and on-site activations.
Audi of America
Audi of America is the official vehicle of the 2016 Fast Company Innovation Festival. Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will be joined by visionary industry experts across sectors to host a productivity-meets-creativity-themed Fast Track, moderated by a Fast Company editorial representative. The interactive experience will explore the challenge faced by truly disruptive products and services to gain widespread adoption.
Marriott International is the official hospitality partner for the Fast Company Innovation Festival. Marriott International will create engaging experiences for attendees that highlight the lifestyle portfolio of brands including Autograph Collection Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, and Renaissance Hotels. In addition, this year's annual Innovation By Design Awards will be presented by Marriott International including a celebration and reception hosted at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel.
GE and Intel will host an interactive panel discussion on new Ecomagination research that explores how companies across sectors are using digital innovation to address big global issues such as water, energy and efficiency.
As one of the world's leading and largest global communications agencies, Weber Shandwick has a pulse on the challenges brands face engaging with people in an interdependent world – and the opportunities for companies large and small to place purpose at the heart of their marketing approach. At Civic Hall, Weber Shandwick President Gail Heimann will join leading global brands and influencers in a conversation about what it takes to evolve a legacy brand for a new purpose-driven world.
Bristol-Myers Squibb presents a conversation on the Civic Hall stage with Chief Commercial Officer Murdo Gordon and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and leading cancer researcher, Siddhartha Mukherjee on the evolving nature of cancer treatment and its business impact.
CES® will offer a Recharging coffee bar and charging station, allowing attendees to connect over refreshments while learning about C Space at CES 2017, the program designed for advertising, content, entertainment and marketing professionals.
Fjord will host a partner Fast Track at their New York studio, demonstrating that there is no such thing as failure with a behind the scenes look at the tools, processes, and spaces powering the Fjord continuous design approach to rapid innovation.
To purchase tickets and to see complete festival information, go to fastcompany.swoogo.com/innovationfestival
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