FAQ
FoST Summit
  • What is the Future of StoryTelling?

    The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) is a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and communications who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age.

    At the heart of FoST is the Summit, a two-day, invitation-only gathering of 600 leaders from the worlds of business, technology, media, and the arts. Unlike a traditional conference, the Summit features intimate, speaker-led roundtables; hands-on workshops; and immersive exhibitions.

    In addition to the Summit, FoST also produces a wide range of year-round content and programming, including Tech Tastings, designed to showcase a sampling of cutting-edge technologies and emerging projects to a smaller audience; storytelling workshops, where participants can learn how to harness new mediums to more effectively tell their stories; curated exhibitions with local and international organizations; an annual award-winning series of short films; and popular social media channels aimed at FoST’s network of over half a million enthusiastic followers.

  • When is the Future of StoryTelling Summit?

    Our annual Summit will be taking place on October 3rd and 4th, 2018.

  • Where is the Future of StoryTelling Summit?

    Every year, the FoST Summit takes place at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden on Staten Island in NY.

  • How much does it cost to attend?

    For full pricing information, check out our pricing page.

  • Who can attend the FoST Summit?

    The FoST Summit is an invitation-only event, and anyone interested in attending must submit an online application. Visit fost.org/apply to complete one today!

  • I've applied to the FoST Summit. Now what?

    Hang tight. Our review board receives thousands of applications every year. To ensure fairness and thorough consideration, each application is reviewed multiple times. It usually takes anywhere from ten days to three weeks to generate a response to your application. Feel free to inquire with info@futureofstorytelling.org in the meantime.

  • I've been accepted to attend! Now what?

    Congratulations! Now that you're in, you should have received a unique registration code in your acceptance email. Visit fost.org/register and purchase your ticket ASAP! Please remember that our event does sell out every year.

  • I received an email that FoST is unable to offer me an invitation. I really want to attend! Now what?

    We receive an extremely high volume of requests every year, and while we would love to be able to accommodate everyone, unfortunately space is limited. But we encourage you to apply again next year!

  • Do you have any partner hotels for the FoST Summit?

    Yes! The Standard is offering their "Friends with Benefits" rate to our FoST attendees at both The Standard, High Line and The Standard, East Village locations during the week of the Summit. This link can be used to book your using the FoST promo code.

  • Where can I find information on programming for the 2018 FoST Summit?

    A full list of 2018 speakers and workshop leaders will be available on our website in mid-July. Our annual lineup of FoST Speaker Films will roll out in September 2018.

  • Where can I find the 2018 FoST Summit schedule?

    You can find a day-by-day schedule through our FoST app, which will be available for download in the App Store and in the Google Play store in early September.

  • Can I build my own schedule?

    This year, for the first time ever, FoST Summit attendees will be able to build their own schedules, choosing the number of speaker roundtables and workshops they will participate in. In early September, our session portal will open and guests will be allowed to make their selections. Priority session selection will be granted on a rolling basis.

  • How will I get to Staten Island? Do you provide transportation?

    Yes, we provide transportation to and from Snug Harbor both days of the Summit.

    On October 3rd: Check-in will begin at 8:00am at the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park. Our FoST Ferry leaves the dock promptly at 9:00am

    On October 4th: Check-in will begin at 8:00am at The Standard East Biergarten. Buses bound for Snug Harbor will depart promptly at 9:00am.

    At the end of both days, buses bound for The Standard, High Line hotel will begin departing Snug Harbor at 9:00pm.

  • What do I need to bring with me to the FoST Summit?

    Bring an official photo I.D. You will need this to check in to the event. Additionally, please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Bringing a notebook or computer is optional but recommended. We will have device-charging stations available for all your tablet, laptop, cell phone, and other electronic needs.

  • What do VIPs get?

    VIP tickets, now available for purchase, include: access to our Opening Night VIP Party on October 2nd; guaranteed placement in your preferred speaker and workshop sessions; and early access to sign up for exclusive immersive experiences happening throughout the Summit.

  • I registered for the Summit but can no longer attend. Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

    Because space is so limited and our audience is carefully curated, invitations are non-transferrable. That said, we can accept transfers on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us at info@futureofstorytelling.org if you would like to request to transfer your invitation. Please note there is a $250 fee for ticket transfers.

  • I purchased a ticket but can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?

    Because space is so limited and our audience is carefully curated, our policy states that tickets are non-refundable. However, we can approve ticket transfers on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us at info@futureofstorytelling.org if you would like to request to transfer your ticket over to a friend or colleague. Please note there is a $250 fee for ticket transfers.

  • Can I keep in touch with FoST outside of the Summit?

    Absolutely! Sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on all the cool year-round events we offer. Also, be sure to follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIN.

  • Do you offer discounts for nonprofits?

    Each year we set aside a limited number of subsidized tickets for nonprofits, academics, and creatives who could not otherwise afford to attend the event. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us at info@futureofstorytelling.org.

  • Can I volunteer at the FoST Summit?

    Yes! We are always looking for talented volunteers. Please apply at fost.org/volunteer.

  • I'm interested in submitting my work for consideration to the FoST Summit. What next?

    Wonderful! Please submit your project for exhibition consideration through our website. Alternatively, if you feel like you'd be a contender for our 2018 FoST Prize and you're interested in submitting your work for a chance to win $10,000, please visit fost.org/prize for more details.

  • I'm interested in partnering with the Future of StoryTelling as a corporate sponsor. What next?

    We'd love to start a conversation! Please email gabe@futureofstorytelling.org.

  • I have more questions!

    We're happy to help answer them! Email us at info@futureofstorytelling.org for a personal response from our team.