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Session Selection FAQs


  1. What’s the difference between a Civic Hall, Skirball, and Fast Track sessions? Why do I have to register for sessions when I’m a Priority Pass/Influencer holder?

    Civic Hall is our festival hub for the week featuring Talks, Panels, and Workshops.

    NYU’s Skirball Center is home to our larger keynote conversations.

    A Fast-Track is Fast Company’s unique take on the field trip, our 100+ Fast Tracks are a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at New York City’s most innovative companies. Each visit will be hosted by the city’s most intriguing leaders at the very offices, work-spaces and institutions where their ideas come to life.

    Civic Hall, Skirball, and Fast Track sessions will all be happening simultaneously and each session has a different capacity limitation. By registering for sessions in advance, you are reserving your spot in those sessions. Without advance session registration, we cannot guarantee you will get in.

  2. I’m unable to select the sessions I want, why?

    When sessions are full or have a time conflict with another session you’ve already selected, you will not be able to select the new session.

  3. How do I know if a session is already full?

    If a session is full it will say "This session is full" next to the session name.

  4. How do I know if I’m confirmed for the sessions I choose?

    Your confirmation page will have a link to your view your confirmed sessions.

  5. Is transportation provided between sessions?

    Transportation is provided for our 4 Brooklyn Fast Tracks, attendees are responsible for all other transportation unless otherwise noted.

    Cup Your Way Through Birch Coffee's Roast House 11/3
    Bus departs Civic Hall: 9:15 AM
    Buss arrives back at Civic Hall approximately: 12:00 PM

    Inside the Cultural Arrival of Podcasts with Gimlet Media 11/3
    Bus departs Civic Hall: 1:15 PM
    Buss arrives back at Civic Hall approximately: 4:00 PM

    Behind the Scenes at Cornell Tech's New State-of-the-Art Campus 11/4
    Bus departs Civic Hall: 8:45 AM
    Buss arrives back at Civic Hall approximately: 11:30 AM

    Learn to Leverage Your Networks to Scale Your Next Big Idea With 1776 11/4
    Bus departs Civic Hall: 1:15 PM
    Buss arrives back at Civic Hall approximately: 4:00 PM

  6. Fast Tracks are all over the City? How will I know where to go?

    We will provide you with the address for each Fast Track you’re scheduled to attend.

  7. I don’t see any lunch breaks, will there be food served?

    There will be a variety of snacks and beverages offered at Civic Hall throughout the day and concessions available at NYU’s Skirball Center. Many of the site visits will also be offering snacks and beverages.

  8. Important things to keep in mind:

    Distance between NYU’s Skirball Center and Civic Hall is about a fifteen minute walk. We recommend planning for at least 30 minutes of travel between all other session locations.

  9. How do I view or update my schedule?

          Please use this link to log into your account: https://fastcompany/innovationfestival/sign-in 

   13.  Where do I pick up my badge?

Festival passes can be picked up in either of these locations during the following days/hours:

Skirball: Monday to Wednesday 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Civic Hall: Tuesday 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Wednesday 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Thursday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

If you are attending any Fast Tracks before 10:00 AM on Tuesday, you can check in when you arrive at the Fast Track. You can pick up your badge at Civic Hall or Skirball later in the day. 

If you are attending any Friday Fast Tracks, you must pick up your badge by Thursday evening.

14. Important Locations

The Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012 

Civic Hall
156 5th Ave at 20th street (entrance on 20th street)
Second Floor
New York, NY 10010 

Individual Fast Track addresses are available on your personal agenda. Please factor in transportation times when planning your schedule.

 15. Is there a Festival App?

Our festival app is now live for iOS and Android devices. You can download the app here:



To log-in to the app, please use this email address and the password “FCNY16” (all capital letters).

The festival app will be your go to for festival updates and latest information, including your personal schedule. *Please allow for up to four hours for the app to sync for new registrations and registration changes.

16. What is the dress-code?

The festival is business casual attire. Please wear walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

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