Disruptive Innovation Festival 2016 is LIVE!

About DIF 2016

What is the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF)?

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event that invites thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, makers and learners to explore the question “The economy is changing - what do I need to know, experience and do?”.

The DIF is a devolved event which takes place over a three-week period around the world; coordinated and accessible at thinkdif.co. Over 200 sessions are held across six virtual stages, ranging from the must see thinkers and thought-leading Headliners to the Open Mic stage, composed of self organised contributions from innovative individuals or organisations. In 2016 the DIF takes place from 7-25 November. 

Using a mix of online and face to face events, participants have the opportunity to explore the economy through a different lens. Sessions demonstrate how people worldwide are challenging the current ‘take, make and dispose’ economic model. 

Alongside the 2016 main themes – System ResetRegenerative Cities and The Future of Work – broader themes encompassed are; Design Innovation, Systems Thinking, Sharing Economy, Internet of Things, Regenerative Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, New Business Models, Materials and Energy and 21st Century Science.

DIF 2016 kicks off with a Grand Opening on Monday 7 November 2016 in London – there are only 100 spaces available, register your interest now!

DIF 2016

7-25 November 2016

Online at thinkdif.co and multiple regional events – see individual sessions for details.

Organisations, Universities, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and anyone else with an idea to share all have an opportunity to take part on one of our various stages:

Headline Stage - the must-see thinkers and thought leaders streamed live

Big Top Tents - university led online learning programmes

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Stage - Ellen MacArthur Foundation curated content around the latest big picture themes, trends and opportunities

Open Mic - self-organised contributions from innovative individuals and organisations in the form of online and physical events. 

How to participate

The DIF is open and completely free to attend. However, we recommend getting a My DIF account, which will give you access to the full DIF experience, including:

  • The chance to be part of the lineup through the Open Mic stage or Big Top Tents
  • Receive DIF emails with news, tips and session alerts
  • Recommended sessions based on your own interests. Is that design & engineering, business & innovation, education & training, or all of the DIF themes? You tell us.
  • Star sessions you want to attend to create your own schedule
  • Be part of an enriching discussion with the comment feature during live sessions
  • Plus, 30 days of bonus catch up time after the DIF has ended. There’s so much to see at the DIF, you’ll need this - trust us.

Register here to access all the online sessions for free as well as these extra benefits to supercharge your DIF experience.

How to contribute

We’d love to hear from you if you have insights, stories or ideas to share, see the Contributors page for more details on how to apply to host an Open Mic session or Big Top Tent.

Which languages?

The Festival’s working language is English. This year, sessions will also be running in French, Portuguese, Spanish and Hindi. View the Languages page for more details.

You can also watch our new video to get more of a taste for the DIF.