What makes an innovator?

The TR35 Festival is designed by and for innovators, giving voice to this year's Innovators Under 35 and their stories: the problems they set out to solve, the challenges they faced, and the lessons learned along the way. Join us for this gathering of change-makers and explore the path from ideas to impact.

Sessions are listed in Eastern Time.
Agenda is subject to change as details are confirmed.

11:00 AM

Opening remarks from MIT Technology Review's Mat Honan and an overview of our 2023 list of Innovators Under 35

11:05 AM

Constantly navigating uncharted territories, innovators face the pressures of uncertainty, resistance to change, and resource constraints. Yet, they persist, driven by the promise of ground-breaking solutions that can transform industries and improve lives. We discuss the innovator’s journey with those unfettered by the unknown.

11:25 AM

Dive into the realm of corporate innovation, exploring the firsthand journey from entrepreneurship to global enterprise. Delve into effective collaboration between start-ups and industry giants, unraveling key strategies that accelerate innovation both with and within large-scale enterprises. This session is a rare opportunity to elevate your strategic approach to innovation.

11:40 AM

Innovation, by definition, means being first. Every innovator must race against time to move their ideas from possible to production. We explore successful steps to accelerate ideas and keep innovation moving at a breakneck pace.

12:00 PM

One of the essential prerequisites for success is failure. However, it is wrong to say every failure leads to success. What is essential is to develop the ability to learn from mistakes and maintain enthusiasm for the challenge at hand. We ask the Innovators their secrets for transforming failure into motivation and progress.

12:20 PM

Most innovations don’t fail in the lab. The challenge is not the technology; it's being able to implement the technology at a scale. Contracting resources, coordinating a supply chain, automating production, and marketing for mass adoption - innovation requires not only an idea, but an entire ecosystem to bring that idea to the masses.

12:40 PM

Having a great idea is only one small part of bringing an innovation to light. There are many things that have to happen for innovation adoption: benefits need to be communicated, attitudes and habits have to change, a business model needs to be defined - just to name a few. We ask the Innovators about all the other things they needed, beyond a great idea, to bring their ideas to life.

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