What is the Disruptive Innovation Festival?

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything?

The DIF facilitates a digital conversation among designers, startups, academics, economists and innovators to explore the most disruptive trends. Hosted almost exclusively online, the DIF runs for three weeks and is free for a global audience to watch and contribute to. 

Take a look at the homepage to see our highlights from DIF 2017, and keep an eye out for information on DIF 2018, starting with our call for speakers in June.  

The details

When is it on?
The DIF takes place every year in the Autumn. In 2017, the DIF ran from the 6th-24th of November.

Where can I join? 
The DIF is fully accessibly online at thinkdif.co

Who is behind it?
The DIF is curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Who contributes at the DIF?
The DIF showcases the latest ideas and innovations disrupting the future economy through the lense of business, design and technology. 

Sessions featured at the DIF are often organised by external organisations who showcase their latest thinking and activities. Universities, companies, entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and authors have all been regular contributors to the DIF in recent years, with only the live studio sessions organised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Are sessions in different languages?
The DIF’s working language is English but sessions also run in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

Why is it free?
The DIF is a crowdsourced event which provides empowering open access for contributors who want to showcase their new ideas, thinking and initiatives with a global audience.

My DIF Account

The DIF is an open access event, however we do recommend getting a My DIF account which will provide you with the full DIF experience including:

Running up to the DIF:

  • Regular DIF newsletters - preceding the live DIF we only send out newsletters every other month - so we promise we won't spam your inbox!
  • Receive an alert when the call for speakers opens and apply to host a session

During the DIF: 

  • Recommended sessions based on your own interests
  • The ability to bookmark the sessions you want to attend and create your own schedule
  • Be part of an enriching discussion with the comment feature enabled on every session page

After the DIF:

  • Access DIF on Demand and get an extra month to watch any sessions you missed after the Festival ends

Register here for your My DIF account to access extra benefits and supercharge your DIF experience!

Contribute to DIF 2018

The DIF is back in 2018 and we’d love to hear from you. If you have interesting ideas, insights or stories to share, sign up to the newsletter and receive advance information on how to apply to host your own session next year.

Register you interest in next year's Festival here

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