innovation | January 04, 2019

Top 10 Innovation Keynote Speakers

The world is changing—fast. Innovation and creativity are becoming the most valuable assets a company can hire for, encourage and cultivate. But how does innovation actually happen? What does it really look like in action? These innovation keynote speakers are professors, entrepreneurs, scientists; they’re working on the front lines of innovation, helping you to better understand—and manage—your future.   

Safi Bahcall is a physicist, entrepreneur, and innovation keynote speaker who’s spent his career studying “loonshots”: wild, innovative ideas, that are largely considered crazy—until they change the world. In talks, Bahcall uses illustrative historical examples and bold analysis to reveal the surprising ways that group behavior stifles innovation, and how corporations can restructure to nurture it.  


Innovation is a Group Effort | Safi Bahcall



“The winner with consumers will always be whoever has the best strategy for managing the cultural, ethical and political factors of their innovation,” says Markus Giesler—one of the 40 Best Business Professors Under 40, an incredibly influential consumer sociologist and a top innovation keynote speaker. 


The Secret to Bird Feeding | Markus Giesler | TEDxYorkU



Science and tech are changing our lives, and no one’s more equipped to tell the story than Nicholas Thompson. As editor-in-chief of WIRED, Thompson is the first person to know, and investigate, and deliver keynote talks on the technological innovations and ethical questions unfolding in Silicon Valley. 


The Wired Future | Nicholas Thompson



We tend to imagine innovation as slow, incremental change or else industry-shifting disruption. Yet for most companies, neither works. In innovation keynotes, MIT Sloan professor David Robertson outlines a third way of innovation—actual working strategies for world-class companies. 


Innovation Speaker David Robertson: LEGO’s Innovative Path to Success



Ari Wallach is a futurist, strategist, and social innovation expert. He is an innovation keynote speaker and the founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs—an initiative focused on cultivating long-term ways of thinking, acting, and being to create futures of collective human flourishing. 


3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach



Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), a New York Times bestselling author and one of our most booked innovation keynote speakers. With contagious enthusiasm, he shows audiences how to use methodical innovation to generate ideas and kickstart creativity in times of rapid change.   


#1 Innovation Keynote Speaker Jeremy Gutsche -- Speech on Innovation & Creativity



Michael Katchen is the founder of Wealthsimple, the easy-to-use service that’s redefined investing for the next generation. In keynotes, he talks about how embracing innovation as an organic, practical process allows companies to solve big problems, to reinvent themselves and, of course, to grow. 


Mike Katchen of Wealthsimple presents Think Bigger, Eh?



Disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To veteran innovator Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s former ‘Chief Disruptor’—this revolution isn’t intimidating, but an exciting opportunity. And Wujec’s keynote talks are the perfect guide.   


Tom Wujec: The Future of Design (2016 WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium)



Nina Tandon works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: homes, textiles, and videogames made of cells. Her keynote talks are on the future of healthcare and technology, and biology's new industrial revolution. 


TEDxBerlin - Nina Tandon -


Doug Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists and speakers on the planet. His innovation keynotes are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world, explaining how to stay ahead of rapidly changing mega-trends, and what it really takes to be truly innovative.

Retail Speaker and Futurist Doug Stephens: Making Retail Less Predictable


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