Chicago Ideas Week is approaching!

At Bottle Rocket Media we are long time fans of Chicago Ideas Week.  As such, we are excited to announce that we will be official Media Partner with Chicago Ideas Week in 2019. This event is so rich with knowledge and entertainment that it really does what it has set out to do: connect and inspire others, so that we create a more joyous, thriving city. You really have to see it to believe it. We don’t like to name drop, but we will… David Lynch, Hilary Clinton, DeRay Mckeson, David Brancaccio, Hebru Brantley, just to name a few!

Five days of artists, educators, intellectuals, leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers telling it like it is with talks, conversations, and special events. There are even a good number of hands-on labs to get you closer to the action.

Be sure to check out all that these events have to offer at Chicago Ideas and hurry because tickets sell out fast!

With Chicago Ideas Week approaching quickly, it got us thinking about all of the other incredible story and ideas conferences that take place around the country. Here’s a few favorites of ours and our clients:

The Future of Storytelling

Next event is June 3rd-4th 2020 in NYC

We attended this invite-only conference held every year in New York City. They take over the Snug Harbor Cultural Center each year for this summit. It’s a huge campus of buildings, gardens, and wide open spaces.

The The event consists big sessions, interactive displays, group social events (food and drink), and a ton of small group discussions (could be 15-30 people) with experts in a wide range of disciplines leading the discussion.

We had one-on-one chats with Damian Kulash (lead singer of OK Go), Anjali Sud (the CEO of vimeo), and even an astronaut (Leland Melvin). Oh, and, maybe the best thing of all… we hung out with Count Dracula from Sesame Street! Plus about 20 other speakers who are all really accessible during the event.

Story 2020

Next event September 24-25, 2020 in Nashville, TN

The storytelling team from one of our favorite clients attended this event just this past September. Their quick report back was that the speakers were the highlight of the event. Story says they’re an event where you’ll find innovative talk and unique performances in an immersive, transformational atmosphere.

They have a great recap video of the 2019 fest (you can find it at the link above). The speakers from this year included: Chris Bobotis (Former Director of Immersive, Adobe), Michael Margolis (CEO, Storied, Advisor to Silicon Valley), Linda Woolverton (Renowned Screenwriter, Playwright, and Novelist), Thaniya Keereepart (Head of Product, Patreon & TED), and 20 more. An impressive group. You’ll definitely see us there next year.

World Forum Disrupt – Video World Forum

Next event is October 18th, 2019 – Brooklyn, NY

While we haven’t been to this one yet, we are attending in a few weeks. This one day festival, organized by the World Forum Disrupt team who hold events all over the world. This particular event is focused on video.

A day long event of speakers and sessions in Brooklyn. Some of the sessions we’re excited for include: Video Views – The least important metric in video strategy, Panel Session: The future of video – Strategizing for digital success, The merging of short-form and long-form – and what it means, In conversation: Monetizing your content, and Antisocial Social videos.

Plus, there’s a super solid line-up of speakers from The New York Times, Conde Naste, CNN, MTV, Google, Daily Motion, Vice, AMC Networks, USA Today, CBS, and more. We’ll report back for sure, but unseen, this should be a great day.