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International Innovation and Creativity Conference Makes Its American Debut in Sarasota

September 23, 2014

Get Ready For a Monumental Event

PINC is People, Ideas, Nature, Creativity. These themes are the heartbeat of this unique conference. For the past 15 years, PINC has been held annually in the Netherlands. On November 6, PINC will be making its American debut in Sarasota, Florida.

PINC is an inspiring cascade of new ideas, great stories, and impressive visual presentations delivered by a superb selection of international speakers from every imaginable discipline. PINC is a truly extraordinary event. An opportunity to recharge your personal and business batteries. The conference features 16 international speakers, who have little in common except that they have a passion for what they do and absolute faith in the power of innovation, inspiration and creativity.

PINC Today

This year marked the 15th edition of PINC, an annual conference held each May in Zeist, The Netherlands. On November 6, 2014, the magic of PINC will make its American debut right here in Sarasota. This will be the first of the yearly conference on the first Thursday of November for many years to come.

PINC is a truly inspirational, hand-made event for the audience as well as the speakers. It is a conference not to be missed.

Each year, 16 dynamic storytellers take the PINC stage, here are a few of this year's speakers...

  • David Gallo, Director of Woods Hole Institute (USA)
  • Alexander Kumar, Antarctic explorer & British doctor with Expedition
    Medicine (UK)
  • John Barker, Professor of Experimental Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery at the Frankfurt Initiative for Regenerative Medicine (Germany)
  • Nadja Schnetzler, Founder of BrainStore (Switzerland)
  • Bunker Roy, Social Activist & Founder of Barefoot College (India)
  • Miles Rohan, Senior Director Nickelodeon & Founder of the Corduroy Appreciation Club (USA)
  • Dorji Wangchuk, Engineer, Filmmaker, Journalist (Bhutan)
  • Martin Oeggerli, Micronaut (Switzerland)
  • Joost Elffers, Publisher & Creator “Play With Your Food” (Netherlands)


Why Sarasota

On November 6th, PINC.Sarasota will be born. Building upon its European namesake, the PINC.Sarasota Conference will further the PINC vision into North America, cementing its reputation as a leading gathering of global visionaries. PINC will establish our city, Sarasota, as the creative thought-leadership capital destination in the United States.

This town is founded on entrepreneurial spirit which is fostered by a community of creative thinkers focused on the cultural arts and growth of the city. What better place to invite a consortium of global thinkers for a one-day event featuring 16 inspiring speakers, intermezzos of artistic, visual and theatrical performance, and a Haute Cuisine Dinner?

PINC has brought its audiences of 450+ attendees, stories, ideas and inspiration from unexpected sources. The speakers and the audience are carefully selected and rank among the very best in their respective fields. PINC is truly unique because the presentations are personal statements, straight from the heart. Our aim is to surprise and enthrall the audience throughout the course of a single day.


Our remarkable partners who share in this incredible vision include:

Presenting Partner: Ringling College of Art + Design

Community Sponsors: Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Sarasota Magazine, Visit Sarasota County, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Supporters: Florida Studio Theatre, The Francis, Hotel Indigo, George Mazzarantani, Owen’s Fish Camp

Getting Involved

A conference is only as great as its audience. PINC has historically attracted a global audience made up scientists, artists, economists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and polymaths.

PINC.Sarasota is a one day event held at Florida Studio Theatre with a Haute Cuisine Dinner to close the day. Registration and breakfast begin at 8am at The Gompertz at FST. The day is broken into four quadrants of four speakers each with exciting intermezzos in between and an extraordinarily exciting dinner to follow at The Francis.

This inaugural event promises an all-encompassing itinerary and promises surprises and delights around every corner all geared toward innovation, creativity and inspiration.

For more information on the conference or for inquires regarding attendance or sponsorship please visit