Occupy your future

Nesta's festival of the future

Two days. Five stages. Thousands of people.

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FutureFest, by Nesta, is one of Europe’s largest festivals of the future. 

For many, our relationship with the future is troubled. From hidden influences over the media and politics to growing threats of terrorism and environmental degradation, the forces shaping our world can appear threatening or remote. FutureFest brings together thousands of forward thinkers to discover how to put power back into the hands of citizens; tapping into new ways of thinking and solutions for some of this era's biggest challenges. 

We explore ways to shape a better future through immersive installations, interactive debates and inspiring talks from the likes of Edward Snowden, Vivienne Westwood, Nicola Sturgeon, Annie Mac, Akala, Ruby Wax OBE, Brian Eno, Paul Mason and Imogen Heap. If the best way to predict the future is to invent it, then FutureFest is the place to start. 

The last FutureFest took place on 6-7 July at London's Tobacco Dock.

FutureFest 2018 Highlights

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Ruby Wax interview: Can we heal ourselves through technology?

FutureFest 2018 speaker Ruby Wax shared some insights on the relationship between wellness and technology with Nesta. Take a look at her interview here. 

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Vinay Gupta interview: How can we help society's poorest?

Vinay Gupta, blockchain pioneer, CEO of Mattereum and one of the launchers of Ethereum, shared his thoughts on helping society's poorest and the power of blockchain. Read the interview here.

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