Future Fest 2024: Lahore Hosts Successful World Innovation Expo
The event showcased a dynamic array of tech conferences, featuring keynotes, panel discussions, and fireside chats with esteemed experts across various fields. Distinguished guests, including Punjab Governor Muhammad Balighur Rehman, Pakistani social activist Mushaal Hussein Mullick, Minister for Social Welfare Suriya Zaman, and IT Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as leaders such as Haji Muhammad Rafique Pardesi, Syed Zafar Abbas, and many others, graced the occasion.
International speakers of prominence illuminated the conference, with industry leaders like Jimmy Win, Sandeep Nailwal (a blockchain luminary), Saba Sabry (the first Arab woman in space), Allyson Reneau (CEO of AZ Global Investments), Nicki Bedford (Founder of ‘She Leads the Way’), and Dan Ulin, Founder and CEO of Elite Student Coach.
Future Fest 2024 exceeded expectations, boasting an unprecedented lineup of over 300 international speakers, 50 roundtables, and a diverse ensemble of 700+ contributors and international guests. The expo effectively bridged the global perspective with Pakistan’s top 50 industries, particularly during this crucial economic period.
The event received support from leading companies such as Hashoo Group, Graana, The Vertical, EasyPaisa, Google Cloud, BitGet, Polygon Labs, KuCoin, and Typespace, along with media partners like Samaa TV, SUNDAY Times, and 300 other collaborators.
In its 3rd edition, Future Fest 2024 delved into the realms of Web3, blockchain, and cryptocurrency, bringing together global leaders including BitGet, KuCoin, Linea, and Polygon. Renowned speakers such as Sandeep Nailwal and Sandy Peng addressed critical topics, and the expo hosted the global celebration event of the Ethereum “Dencun” upgrade and a roundtable on “Regulating Virtual Assets in Pakistan.”
The event commenced with an Opening Night dedicated to content creators, fostering connections and creative collaborations among creators from diverse genres. The night celebrated the vibrant creativity of Pakistan’s content creators, setting the stage for an expo filled with music, food, and entertainment. Future Fest continued to champion inclusivity and innovation in the content creator community.
The highly anticipated 3-day music festival in collaboration with Spotify featured the Pakka Hit Hai playlist. Attendees enjoyed electrifying live performances by artists like Young Stunners, Danny Zee, Bayyan, AUR, DJ Bahoo, and more. Alongside music, attendees indulged in activities like the EV Expo, ChaiCon, and Food Arena, with brands like Redbull and Cheezious adding to the excitement. However, connectivity challenges impacted the overall event experience, prompting a call from Future Fest 2024 for the government to address these issues and ensure seamless WiFi solutions for future technology conferences.
Future Fest 2024 sought to attract families by offering an entertainment arena. Founder Arzish Azam announced the upcoming Future Fest Shopping edition, set to provide Lahore residents with a unique shopping and family experience during the last 10 days of Ramadan until Eid, featuring 1000+ brands for shopping and food.