Fast Company is thrilled to present a variety of events each year in effort to offer our readers new and exciting ways to engage with our magazine and online content. From our annual flagship events—including the Innovation by Design Awards and Conference and Innovation Uncensored—to the many unique experiences and event partnerships we present each year, we are constantly seeking fresh, innovative ways to bring Fast Company to life. The format, focus, and locations of our events may vary, but the objective always remains the same: to entertain, provide inspiration, and uncover valuable insights that the audience can take home and utilize in their own businesses and lives.

Below you’ll find information on two of our upcoming events this fall: the Innovation by Design Awards and Conference, taking place October 14-15 in New York City, and Innovation Uncensored, November 10-11 in the heart of San Francisco. Read on, and follow the links to get your tickets and join us live!


Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards and Conference bring problem solvers from the worlds of business and design together in New York City to explore the newest ideas in everything from apps to architecture. The conference includes a day of highly visual sessions, two days of off-site design experiences, and concludes with a cocktail party and awards ceremony recognizing the smartest, most ambitious, most inventive design working in concert with business and culture. You can check out the winners and finalists of this year’s awards on Co.Design, and in our special design issue of Fast Company magazine.

The conference is a forum for the newest thinking in the field of design. Healthy debates among domain experts are mingled with fresh ideas from the forefront of business and culture. This year’s speakers include iconic CBS/PBS newsman Charlie Rose, Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman, Coca-Cola’s VP of Innovation David Butler, award-winning designers like Paula Scher and David Rockwell, and many more. The one-of-a-kind off-site experiences, open exclusively to conference attendees, will take place at interesting locations and companies around New York City including Etsy’s unique Brooklyn office, the newly redesigned and not-yet-open-to-the-public Cooper Hewistt, Smithsonian Design museum, One Kings Lane’s creative photo shoot factory, and more.

For the full list of conference sessions and off-site visits, and to purchase your tickets to attend, check out the Innovation by Design event homepage.


Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored is for anyone with a mind for modern business. Executives, inventors, strategists. Designers, marketers, visionaries, and creatives of all stripes. They’ll all be there-–both on stage and in the crowd--offering inspiration, insights, and valuable connections.

With talented speakers and groundbreaking business solutions, Innovation Uncensored brings the best of Fast Company’s magazine and websites to life on-stage. Be prepared to connect with a crowd you want to know, and for the rush of extraordinary ideas that will turn your company into an innovation machine.

This year’s speakers include Michele Ganeless and Kent Alterman, President and President of Content Development at Comedy Central, along with Nathan Fielder, creator and star of Comedy Central series Nathan For You; YouTube stars Boyce Avenue and Grace Helbig; Lyft co-founder John Zimmer; CEO of Patagonia, Rose Marcario; Bill Maris of Google Ventures; and more. (Check this space often as speaker updates happen frequently.)

New this year, we’re offering conference attendees the opportunity to take part in exclusive off-site experiences, designed to take you even further into the heart, soul, and brains of a few of today’s leading innovative companies. You can take a walk inside Counsyl’s 24-hour, machine-powered, clinical lab – the only one of its kind, learn to draw with Adobe’s VP of Experience Design, go behind the scenes of Samsung’s design studio, play unreleased games at Ubisoft, and more.

For the full list of conference sessions and off-site visits, and to purchase your tickets to attend, check out the 2014 Innovation Uncensored San Francisco event homepage.