Fifteen Seconds
Built to last.

Hello. Fifteen Seconds is an international platform at the intersection of business, innovation, and creativity, calling all curious minds eager to share their knowledge, drive positive change, and shape the future. Since 2014, tens of thousands of people have exchanged ideas and pushed each other forward at our events. Learn more about our company and the forces that drive us.

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What we do
Fifteen Seconds is a movement. We are pushing the edges of creativity and are challenging the commercial future. Made both for individuals and businesses, we put the curious ones at the heart of innovation and change.
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Why we do it
We believe, challenging the status quo is the only way to shape the future. As a global community for thinkers and makers, we consider it as our duty to help people regardless of age, ethnicity or titles to foster individual growth and personal success.
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How we do it
We nurture innovation in any aspect of life through interdisciplinarity and by closing the gap between the old economy and the digital age. We activate minds, build networks and embrace change by creating beautifully designed, state-of-the-art curated, and forward-thinking experiences.
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What we stand for
We know who we are and what we believe in. We are guided by a set of ideals and principles that we can always draw on and that serve as our compass.

Innovate or die

Great work requires a willingness to take risks, to experiment, and to venture into unproven territory in the pursuit of great ideas. We follow a vision, not a beaten path.

Ideas over egos

Knowing the difference between confidence and arrogance is a vital part of our collaboration. We value ideas, no matter where they come from.

People over profits

Relationships are our gold standard. We want to work with awesome people because for us, success is measured by positive experiences, not bottom lines.

Never stop learning

Education is at the core of our company’s DNA. Our aim is to empower individuals, both within our team and as a service to our community.

Lead the change

To stay competitive in an increasingly complex world, it’s crucial to embrace change and adapt to things that might seem strange in the first place.

Passion wins

We believe creativity comes from diverse points of views with a shared passion for curiosity and impact. We do what we love and we love what we do.

Work together

We are convinced that to seize your true potential as an individual or business, collaboration rather than competition is the key to success.

Stay curious

Curiosity is something we are all born with and we believe, the future belongs to the curious ones. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, question it.

Fail fast

To truly make great ideas a reality, we must start early to experiment, fail, adapt and fail again – this time more wisely. What defines us is how well we rise after falling.

Make it better

Strive for excellence. There is always room for improvement. And we know from experience that doing just that little extra makes good things great.
How we work

Since our foundation in 2012, we have established principles that define how we work together as a team. As an imperative for ourselves, they remind us every day that together we are the strongest and they help us to create an environment that enables each of us to give their best.


Work Smart

We expect you to work towards goals, not checkmarks on your task list. We want you to assess, prioritize and challenge your work on efficiency. Get stuff done, but be resourceful and always look for leverage.


Write it down

Turn implicit knowledge into explicit knowledge. We want everyone working with and for you to be able to relate and challenge procedures and solutions at any time.



A smarter you results in a better company. Strengthen strengths, weaken weaknesses. Learn something new every week. Tell everyone about what you learned and how you can use the newly acquired know-how.


Make homeruns

It’s not how you start that’s important, it’s how you finish. Think and execute projects for the sake of the result, not the initial idea nor the journey.



Do what you announce and always try to exceed expectations. Reliability is at the core of our values and the basis for the firm’s and everyone’s individual growth.


Bring up solutions

Come up with your best solution and be able to debate it. Don’t ask how to do it, rather use good judgement, consider proven success and invest some time to research, then present it.



Strive to do better, it will pay off. Go one step further and try as hard as you can to achieve things that feel, read or work great rather than good.

“Year over year, I return to Fifteen Seconds Festival for a best-in-class experience that propels me forward both personally and professionally. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Pamela Kaupinen
SVP HelloSociety
The New York Times

“Fifteen Seconds is an inspiring engine for the new world that is happening now. Beyond an impeccable venue, organization, and speakers, I found a collective consciousness about positive thinking for the future.“

Diego Antista
US Multicultural Agency Head

“No matter which field of work you represent, at Fifteen Seconds it’s hard not to be blown away by what you hear and see. The creativity, the diversity, the spirit of innovation, and simply the quality of presenters and participants makes it a one-of-a-kind experience.“

Anna Neistat
Senior Director for Research
Amnesty International

“I was blown away by how much is happening. Lots of ideas, lots of startups, big companies and the people are so open and so curious.“

Dan Makoski
Chief Design Officer
Lloyds Banking Group

“It’s more than a conference. It’s a two-day experience that is a must-attend in everyone’s personal development.“

Philip Inghelbrecht

“Unlike anything I’ve ever attended. I was blown away by the range of speakers. I learned so much and left feeling inspired.“

Taylor Newby
Global Creative Marketing Manager

“The diversity of topics and speakers was absolutely fantastic. It’s almost forcing you to think in an innovative way. I can’t wait to do it again.“

Joey Marburger
Director of Product
The Washington Post

“The speakers are unbelievable, the energy is unbelievable, there’s so many people I have met here that I stay friends with whenever I leave. So many people I get so inspired by and that doesn’t happen at other events.“

Stephen Gates
Head of Design Transformation

“This festival connects some of the best people in the world together in one place. It was one of the best experiences in my life.“

Melissa Rosenthal
Executive Vice President

“What’s the strongest endorsement I could possibly give for a conference? I’ll offer anyone out there a personal $1,000 money back guarantee for attending.“

Steli Efti

“Creativity, inspiration, learning, and fantastic people – I come to Fifteen Seconds for the content and the community. There’s nothing else quite like it.“

Ellen Petry Leanse
Neuroscience Educator & Author
Stanford University

“Year over year, I return to Fifteen Seconds Festival for a best-in-class experience that propels me forward both personally and professionally. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Pamela Kaupinen
SVP HelloSociety
The New York Times
Diego Antista
US Multicultural Agency Head
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Internationally successful businesses and organizations, and an ever-growing community of curious minds from all over the world: We have our fingers on the pulse of the time. Feel it.
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