The Future of StoryTelling is an invitation-only, two-day gathering of technology, media, and communications visionaries from around the world. The summit is designed to put participants in direct contact with the most vital ideas, people, and technologies that are shaping the way we tell stories.
Announcing the 2014 FoST Program
Founder & CEO
Cofounder & CEO
Chief Marketing Officer
Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Chief Strategy Officer & EVP
Red Light Management
EVP of Video
Architect & Founder
Founder & CEO
Founder & Director
Affective Computing Group, MIT Media Lab
Global Nomads Group
Founder & Editor
Producer and Advisor, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Filmmaker & Founder
EVP, Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group
Cofounder & COO
VP of Product Innovation
Executive Producer, Microsoft
Cocreator, Know Your Meme, and Cofounder, Everybody at Once
Assistant Professor, UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
Founder, Area/Code, and Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
Director, Center for Neuroeconomic Studies
The Jacob Burns Film Center
Playwright, Screenwriter, Dramaturg, and Script Doctor
Chief Executive Officer
President & CEO
Multimedia Performance Artist & Director
Violinist & Orchestral Soloist
Design Driven Experiential Agency
Sleight of Hand Artist & Magician
Musician, Entertainer, Educator & Bandleader
Correspondent, NPR &
Interactive Performance Artists
Theatrical Experience Producer
Brooklyn Street Dance King
Improv Comedy Troupe
On day one, the Future of StoryTelling summit begins with a private ferry ride from lower Manhattan to scenic Snug Harbor Cultural Center. We convert the 83-acre campus into a storytelling playground featuring intimate, speaker-led roundtable sessions, master classes from expert practitioners, the interactive Story Arcade exhibit, and hands-on workshops. FoST 2014 also marks the inaugural FoST Prize and the second annual Fellowship program.
On day two, attendees participate in the Story Crawl, a tour of some of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s most creative storytelling studios. Attendees travel to three companies for an intimate look into their concept development, creative process, and experimental approaches to storytelling. The day culminates in an official closing session and party for all 500 attendees. Participating studios include:
Announcing the FoST Prize
FoST is seeking the world’s most experimental storytellers and narrative visionaries for the inaugural FoST Prize. Creators who work across platforms to produce the most innovative interactive stories are encouraged to submit their work. Entries will be judged by a panel of renowned practitioners and industry stalwarts, including:
Worldwide Chief Creative Officer
Ogilvy & Mather
Lead Singer & Guitarist
Cofounder & CEO
Curator, New Frontier @ Sundance, Sundance Institute
Chief Creative Officer
Google Creative Lab
Founder, Future of StoryTelling
Director, Content & Artist Development, Time Warner Inc.
Participants are transported aboard a private ferry departing from lower Manhattan, destined for Snug Harbor, an 83-acre waterfront campus located on Staten Island.
Built in the mid-1800s as a home for retired sailors, Snug Harbor is a sprawling estate of grand old buildings, beautiful grounds, and exotic gardens. Architecturally and historically stunning, Snug Harbor provides a truly magical setting for the FoST summit.
The Conrad Hotel and the Standard High Line both offer luxurious accommodations and are the preferred hotel partners of the Future of StoryTelling. Please reserve your stay as quickly as possible as there are a limited number of rooms available.
The Conrad is conveniently located across the street from the World Financial Center Terminal in Battery Park City, the pier from which the ferry will depart for Snug Harbor. Boasting dramatic views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline, the contemporary architectural landmark features a stunning 15-story atrium lobby, spacious suites, and a seasonal rooftop lounge.
Perched over the High Line in the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the 18-story hotel offers world-class culture and comfort. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, providing panoramic views of the city and the Hudson River, as well as free in-room WiFi, a gym, restaurants, and two rooftop clubs.