October 4-5, 2017 • NYC
Reinventing the Way Stories are Told

The Future of StoryTelling Summit is an invitation-only event that gathers top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experiences that further our understanding of the art, science, and business of communication in the twenty-first century and beyond. In the spirit of participation and inspiration, the FoST Summit aims to break the fourth wall and make attendees a vital part of the conference through participatory roundtable conversations with speakers, hands-on creative workshops, immersive performances, and exhibitions of the latest cutting-edge storytelling projects and technologies.

See highlights from the 2016 FoST Summit below, and stay tuned for the announcement of 2017 programming!

2016 FoST Summit Highlights
2016 Lineup
FoST is amazing, the format, the energy, and the vibes were off the charts...there is only one conference better than TED, and that’s FoST.
Kevin Schaff
CEO, T3 Media
It’s Khan Academy meets Cirque du Soleil!
Marvin Chow
Global Marketing Director, Google+
FoST is the most intoxicating and incendiary mix of people and ideas that I’ve ever come across.
Felix Barrett
Founder & Director, Punchdrunk
FoST is simply the best conference I've ever attended
Ted Schilowitz
Futurist, 20th Century Fox
Story Arcade

The Story Arcade™ is an exhibition at the FoST Summit that brings together more than thirty examples of innovative storytelling and new technologies. These projects, chosen by FoST, draw from film, gaming, documentary, literature, music, and other disciplines.
  • Where does the FoST Summit take place?

    The FoST Summit will take place at Snug Harbor Botanical Garden on Staten Island. We provide transportation from and back to Manhattan on both days of the Summit. On Wednesday, October 4th, check-in will be located at the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park, where we will then board a private ferry together to begin our journey. On Thursday, October 5th, check-in will be located at the Biergarten at The Standard, High Line, and we will take buses over to Snug Harbor together. At the end of both nights, we will provide a bus service to take attendees back to Manhattan. There is a continuous shuttle running from Snug Harbor to the Staten Island Ferry which will bring attendees back to Whitehall (Downtown NYC) at any point during the day.

  • I want to purchase a ticket but am landing on a password-protected page when I go to register. How do I buy tickets?

    Because space is limited to only 500 attendees, the FoST Summit is by invitation only. If you received an invitation, you should have received a password to register in your inbox. If you think you received an invite but cannot find the code to register, please contact us at If you haven’t received an invitation but would like to attend, please submit an application on our website here.

  • Do you offer discounts for nonprofits?

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

  • I received an invitation but am unable to attend. Can I transfer my invitation over to a colleague?

    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 if you would like to request to transfer your invitation.

  • I purchased a ticket but am no longer able to 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 accept ticket transfers on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us at 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.

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

    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! We’re also excited to announce the debut of FoST FEST this year, which will take place October 7–9 in New York City and is open to the public. You can learn more about FoST FEST, see our lineup, and buy tickets here.

  • I just applied to attend. When can I expect to hear back?

    We review applications on a rolling basis as space is available, and you can expect to hear back from us no more than two weeks after submitting an application.

  • Can I volunteer?

    Yes! We are always looking for talented volunteers. Please apply at

  • Who 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. In addition to an annual invitation-only summit (now entering its fifth year), FoST also produces a wide range of content and programming, including: curated exhibitions, including Sensory Stories, which showcased an array of new narrative experiences and attracted more than 45,000 visitors to New York’s Museum of the Moving Image and Montreal’s Phi Centre last year and this year; an annual series of short films, with upwards of three million views to date, highlighting the people and big ideas shaping the storytelling landscape; regular influencer salons, tech tastings, and storytelling workshops designed to strengthen and inspire content producers and distributors in marketing and communications; and a popular blog and other social media content aimed at FoST’s network of over half a million enthusiastic followers.