Imagine a world where where athletes compete against robots; where scented virtual reality experiences become the new dining out; where employees are microchipped so that work performance is monitored. All these mind-blowing possibilities and more will be brought to life at this weekend’s FutureFest 2016 – a two-day event which will explore how today’s ideas and rapidly changing technologies could shape and inspire the future.

Taking place at London’s Tobacco Dock on 17-18 September, the festival will feature thought-provoking talks, presentations and panel discussions from industry experts, along with exciting immersive experiences. Centring around the themes of Love, Work, Play and Thrive, each event will explore the trends and innovations we can expect to emerge 10-30 years from now.

Among the fascinating highlights will be talks and debates from top industry experts on subjects including: what a Europe of the future could look like once we leave the EU, the rise of robots in the workplace and how we can act today to create a more equal and positive future of work for women.

Visitors will also have the chance to immerse themselves in mind-blowing technologies and “experiences”, including Collective Reality; an interactive room in which users work together to create a virtual environment using body movements, and an exciting Simutouch machine which allows you to touch and pick up objects that aren’t actually there!

With other top industry speakers and presenters to include video game writer Rhianna Pratchett, author Will Self and set designer to the stars Es Devlin, this is one forward-thinking event not to be missed!

For more details, and to purchase tickets (which can also be bought at the venue on both days), see the FutureFest 2016 website.