The FoST® Summit
October 1 & 2, 2014

Pre-conference viewing of 2014 Speaker Films
Main stage presentations and performances
Intimate roundtable discussions with your favorite speakers
Take part in our interactive workshops
Experience the latest next-generation storytelling

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.

"It’s Khan Academy meets Cirque du Soleil."
- Marvin Chow, Global Marketing Director, Google+
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Announcing the 2014 FoST Program

2014 FoST Films Now Available!
Speakers (click headshots to learn more)
Matt Adams

Blast Theory

Yoni Bloch

Founder & CEO

Susan Bonds

Cofounder & CEO
42 Entertainment

Chris Charla


Beth Comstock

Chief Marketing Officer
General Electric

Nonny de la Peña

Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Bruce Flohr

Chief Strategy Officer & EVP
Red Light Management

Ze Frank

BuzzFeed Motion Pictures

Bjarke Ingels

Architect & Founder

John Maeda

Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Jonah Peretti

Founder & CEO

Dr. Rosalind Picard

Founder & Director
Affective Computing Group, MIT Media Lab

Chris Plutte

Executive Director

Global Nomads Group

Maria Popova

Founder & Editor

Brain Pickings

Michael Shamberg

Producer and Advisor, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures

Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker & Founder
Webby Awards

Benedetto Vigna

EVP, Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group


Sarah Wood

Cofounder & COO


Todd Yellin

VP of Product Innovation


FoST Favorites (speakers back by popular demand)
Felix Barrett

Artistic Director


Kenyatta Cheese

Cocreator, Know Your Meme, and Cofounder, Everybody at Once

Sriram Kosuri

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA

Richelle Parham

VP & CMO, eBay North America

Kevin Slavin

Founder, Area/Code, and Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab

Robert Wong

Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab

Dr. Paul Zak

Director, Center for Neuroeconomic Studies

Workshops & Master Classes (more to be announced)
N.D. Austin & Ida Benedetto


Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass

Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions

A Dandypunk

Multimedia Performance Artist & Director


Jason Das

Urban Sketchers

Bryan Delaney

Playwright, Screenwriter, Dramaturg, and Script Doctor

Nancy Duarte

Chief Executive Officer
Duarte, Inc.

Shea Elmore & Jeff Wirth

Executive Director & Artistic Director, Playing With Reality

Helder Guimarães

Sleight of Hand Artist & Musician

Denise Jacobs

Speaker, Author & Creativity Evangelist

Oliver Jeffers

Visual Artist & Storyteller

Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël

Cofounders & Creative Directors, Félix & Paul Studios

Christophe Laudamiel

Master Perfumer

Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton

President & CEO
Second City

Aaron Mace & Sean Weiner

Faculty Members
The Jacob Burns Film Center

Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Documentary Filmmaker & Visual Journalist

Amadeus Stevenson


Nicholas Sung

UX Storyteller

Jared Matthew Weiss

Founder & CEO, Overture

Performances & Experiences (more to be announced)
a dandypunk

Multimedia Performance Artist & Director

Jon Batiste

Musician, Entertainer, Educator & Bandleader 

Tim Fain

Violinist & Orchestral Soloist

Fake Love

Design Driven Experiential Agency

Helder Guimarães

Sleight of Hand Artist & Magician

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye

Performance Poets

Robert Krulwich

Correspondent, NPR &
Co-Host, Radiolab

Playing with Reality

Interactive Performance Artists


Theatrical Experience Producer

The Second City

Improv Comedy Troupe

StoryBoard P

Brooklyn Street Dance King



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:

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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:

Tham Khai Meng

Worldwide Chief Creative Officer
Ogilvy & Mather

Damian Kulash

Lead Singer & Guitarist

Susan Bonds

Cofounder & CEO
42 Entertainment

Shari Frilot

Curator, New Frontier @ Sundance, Sundance Institute

Robert Wong

Chief Creative Officer
Google Creative Lab

Charles Melcher

Founder, Future of StoryTelling

Tamir Muhammad

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

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.

The Standard

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.


We are grateful for the generous support of our 2014 Sponsors, Partners, and Contributors.




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