Dates: September 28-29, 2016 | Register here
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Prices: starting from USD 450,-
Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Cusp 2016: the conference about the design of everything

It’s about broad thinking. It’s about getting people out of the world they know and immersing them in a flood of ideas that ultimately help break down barriers and connect unknown dots. And it’s about finding ideas and relevance in unexpected places.

Every autumn, Cusp 2016 Conference brings together 25 (seemingly) unrelated presenters. They are asked what keeps them up at night and gets them out of bed in the morning. Then the attendees buckle up and go for a ride.

Cusp 2016 is not a ‘how to design things’ conference. It’s eclectic by design, intended to provoke cross-pollination of ideas and generate new thinking.

Attendees enjoy 25+ inspiring and thought-provoking presentations by people who are passionate about designing a better future.

Every attendee has the opportunity to see every presentation—there are no breakouts or q+a sessions.

Cusp 2016 is a magnet for the design-centric, but a significant percentage of attendees do not describe themselves as ‘designers.’

Cusp audiences have included people from the worlds of:

  • advertising
  • architecture planning
  • broadcasting
  • construction technical services
  • consumer electronics
  • consumer finance
  • corporate communications
  • education
  • equity management
  • filmmaking
  • furniture
  • graphic design
  • industrial design
  • international tax law
  • journalism writing
  • learning technology
  • manufacturing
  • medicine
  • music
  • not-for-profit
  • technology
  • theater
  • philanthropy
  • public relations
  • public transportation
  • publishing
  • printing
  • research
  • social science
  • web analytics

Cusp 2016 attendees have numerous opportunities to network and interact with presenters and fellow attendees during conversation breaks and other social events.


The Cusp Conference is a project of Multiple, Inc. This conference is the attempt to condense the energy, intelligence, and spirit of great people doing extraordinary things into a format that can be enjoyed by a wider audience.


Cusp 2016 Conference will be held in the theatre at Chicago’s beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art.

Located just a block east of Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, the MCA offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945, documenting contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance.

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