Paris Talks 101: The Most-Asked Questions About The Conference

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Update: The Paris Talks 2018 edition is over. We're currently working on the 2019's edition that'll take place in spring under the theme "The Future of Conflict: Complex Sources & Innovative Solutions".

Paris Talks is now just a month away!

While many people have already bought their tickets and marked their calendars, we know that there’s still a lot of excitement and curiosity about this first-time event. If you’re not quite sure yet what to expect, here’s a rundown of what you can expect at the conference. This quick list of FAQs will help paint a picture of the awesome topics, speakers, and networking opportunities coming up at Paris Talks.

Let’s get started:



1. What is Paris Talks?

Paris Talks is the event for BIG ideas about the Future of Humanity. It’s a full-day conference featuring a diverse and exciting range of short, powerful, and inspiring talks (15 minutes or less). Read the full story here.


2. When is Paris Talks?

The Paris Talks conference 2018 edition will take place on March 26, 2018, from 8:45 am to 7 pm


3. Where?


Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, 18 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris. See the Paris Talks venue details


4. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Paris Metro Station will take you to the theater. Taxi, Chauffeur Privé, bike (Vélib') or Uber are other options to be explored! CityMapper is a great app to figure out your best route.


5. What language will be used?

Paris Talks will be entirely in English. There are sure to be speakers of many languages at this multicultural event, though. After all, the future of humanity knows no language or cultural boundaries!


6. Who will be attending?

Paris Talks is designed for decision-makers, inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, environmentalists, economists, artists, futurists… and anyone curious and interested in connecting with other curious and inspiring minds.


7. Who will be speaking at Paris Talks?

Most of them are entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, scholars, forward-thinkers and hold decision-making positions in their respective organizations and Businesses. Paris Talks speakers are highly qualified and respected in their fields of expertise. Check out our full list of speakers.


8. What are some of the most highly-anticipated “hot talks” that I shouldn’t miss?

  1. “The Future of Sex: The End Of Intimacy as we know it” by Maëva Botrel from Sextechlab France

  2. “Building The Self-Optimizing Cities of The Future” by Timo Elliott from SAP

  3. “Religion, Technology, and Humanity: Will Faith Be Obsolete in 2075?” by Kelly Delp from Bridge Church International

  4. “The Future of Clean Energy: Challenges & Prospects,” research revelations and announcements in the energy and environmental sector by Ute Collier from the International Energy Agency

  5. “2075: The End of Healthcare as we know it and other Scenarios” by e-health expert Denise Silber

  6. “When Privacy Becomes Currency: Welcome To The Uncertain Future” by Yul Bahat, a cybersecurity expert.

Check out the other hot topics here.


9. What’s expected of the audience at Paris Talks?

Our main priority is on having a safe, knowledge-packed, and enjoyable event. To support that goal, all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at Paris Talks are required to agree to the Paris Talks code of conduct. The event organizers will enforce this code throughout the conference. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for everybody.


10. Why should I attend? An in-person conference is costly and time-consuming...

We’re total advocates of the many ways to learn and sharpen your brain today: reading blogs, listening to podcasts, watching youtube videos, and attending webinars, just to name a few. But there’s something totally unique about an in-person event. There’s the personal networking, the excitement of seeing live speakers, and the contagious atmosphere of excitement and learning that you just can’t find anywhere else. All this makes Paris Talks one of the best opportunities to learn, grow, and take your game to the next level. Click here for 10 main reasons why you should attend Paris Talks, and also consider sending your employees and inviting your friends, too.


11. The future of Humanity sounds like a pretty massive subject. How is Paris Talks going to cover it all?

Don’t worry, we have a strategy! Paris Talks will take you into the future of Humanity through seven main sectors that include Technology, Humanities, Science, Environment, Education, Art and Design, and Economy. You can find more details on all these themes here. By exploring these sectors, we’ll be analyzing the impact that current innovations will have on the Human species by the year 2075. Hold on, it’s going to be a wild ride.


12. What should I bring on the conference day?

Here are 11 things we think you’ll need on the conference day.


13. I can’t attend the entire day. What should I do?

If you’re unable to attend the entire day for one reason or another, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a separate, limited-space breakfast-masterclass for thought-leaders, futurists, decision-makers, corporate-futurists, and forecasters. Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century, this masterclass will be conducted by former UNESCO foresight boss Riel Miller, and will focus on how and what it is like to design and transform daily personal and professional life in the 21st century. This breakfast can be reserved separately here. Priority attendance will be given to Paris Talks sponsors, partners, curation team and volunteers, so if there are still tickets, get yours now!


14. How much is a ticket to Paris Talks?

There are 3 main ticket prices:

  1. Early Riser Ticket (€50): Entry to the Transforming the Future Masterclass Breakfast. This ticket is designed for attendees that can't make it throughout the entire conference day.

  2. Futurist Ticket (€45): Paris Talks Conference Welcome Coffee, Tote Bag + Goodies, Networking Lounges Access, Future Lunchbox, Future Cocktail Party

  3. Golden Visionary Ticket (€65): Masterclass attendance, Paris Talks Conference Welcoming Coffee, Tote Bag + Goodies, Networking Lounges' Access, Future Lunchbox, Future Cocktail Party & Optimal seating in the theater.

15. Wow, it’s going to be a busy day! Where can I find the entire schedule?

Click here for the updated Paris Talks schedule with all the talks, entertainments, and meditation/mindfulness sessions.


16. What's the refund policy?

All Paris Talks tickets are non-refundable. Transfers and name changes are available for free up to one month before the conference. After February 26th, 2018, no further transfers or name changes will be possible.

All information related to Paris Talks ticket purchase, refunds and transfers are covered on this page.


17. Ok, I’m in. Where do I get my Paris Talks ticket?

Tickets for Paris Talks are only offered a couple of times per year, exclusively through, and they sell quickly. There is no fast-track or secret process to get a Paris Talks ticket; they are all offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Important Note: Once tickets are gone, they're really gone. The Paris Talks curation team doesn’t hold any tickets back for higher-priced sales later, nor do they sell tickets at the door.


18. Can I sponsor Paris Talks or donate something to your attendees?

Our aim is to minimize or avoid sponsorship at the Paris Talks conference in order to focus more fully on creating a great experience for our attendees.

Now don’t get us wrong, at this point we’re still accepting sponsorship proposals, but keep in mind that we’re very selective. If you’re still interested in getting involved, though, please click here to learn more about sponsoring the Paris Talks Conference


19. Can I volunteer at Paris Talks?

The Paris Talks conference runs on the energy of our highly-appreciated volunteers who care about promoting attendees’ experience. Your contribution of time and expertise can help make Paris Talks the leading platform for the exchange of ideas among futurists.

As a volunteer, you’ll be a vital part of our conference and help to write a welcoming and outstanding conference experience for more than 800 attendees from all over the world.

Volunteer applications are open here. You’ll be contacted if we think your skills are needed for this conference right after all the tickets are sold.


20. I’m with a startup and would like to sponsor some tickets for my employees and business partners. Can I get a group discount?

Group discounts may be available. Get in touch with us by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or direct messaging us on Twitter @ParisTalks.


So there you have it, a rundown on the entire Paris Talks conference. Of course, if you really want to know what the event is all about, the best solution is to get your ticket and join us there on March 26!

If you have any other questions about the Paris Talks event, please feel free to contact us. We can’t wait to see you there!

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