We’re back For 2021!

Coming up — Sept. 13-18

Coming out of the tumultuous changes of last year, we’re looking ahead to what the future will look like here in Madison and Wisconsin. In the fifth year of Cap Times Idea Fest, our theme is focused on how we reckon with the change brought by pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and other forces.

Reach A Better State

77 speakers. 26 sessions. 6 days. This year’s session lineup is now released! Our event this year will be a hybrid: Free virtual sessions will post starting on Monday, Sept. 13 and ticketed, in-person sessions will take place on Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18 at UW-Madison’s Memorial Union. Safety is our top priority, so masks are required and guests will be socially distanced. Not ready to join us in-person? Tickets will also get you livestream access to the Shannon Hall sessions in Memorial Union.


2021 Speakers


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