October 5-6, 2016 • NYC
Reinventing the Way Stories are Told
The fifth-annual Future of StoryTelling (FoST) Summit promises to be bigger and better than ever, with two full days of programming planned to take place at New York’s beautiful and historic Snug Harbor. As always, it will bring together leaders from the worlds of media, technology, communications, and design to explore how we will create, share, and experience storytelling in our rapidly-evolving technological landscape. 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. In advance of the Summit, the featured FoST speakers present their topics in short films distributed to participants online.
FoST Summit 2015 Highlights Reel
2016 Lineup
FoST is amazing, the format, the energy, and the vibes were o 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 takes 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 5th, check-in is 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 6th, check-in is 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.

  • Where do I check-in?

    On Wednesday, October 5th, check-in is located at the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park. On Thursday, October 6th, check-in is located at the Biergarten at The Standard, High Line. Check-in begins at 8:00 AM.

  • Where can I find a schedule for the days of the Summit?

    Please download the FoST App, available on iOS and Android, for the latest schedule

  • 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.

  • How can I choose my session preferences?

    Approximately two weeks before the Summit, we will email you a survey that will allow you to personalize your FoST experience by choosing the speaker-led roundtables, workshops, and FoST for Good sessions that you would like to participate in at the Summit.

  • When will I find out what sessions I’ve been assigned to?

    Once the survey closes, we will send you an email that includes your session assignments. You will also receive tickets to your sessions with your badge at check-in.

  • Can I switch a session that I’ve been assigned?

    We allow session transfers as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to request a ticket to a different session, please visit us at the information booth located in the Social Space tent. We also encourage you to swap tickets with your fellow attendees! Please note we cannot accept session transfer requests via email or phone.

  • 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.