2020 Tech Trends Report

 
 

Download a PDF [free]

You'll be redirected to WeTransfer, where you can download three things: the report, our key takeaways, and a one-page summary of interesting highlights. 

 

Order a Printed Edition [paid]

Order our 2020 Emerging Tech Trends Report in soft cover format. Printed on heavy weight paper with full color, the book edition is 365 pages long and sturdy enough to be used as a reference guide throughout the year.

 

 
 

 

Highlights from this year's report

  • 406 strategic tech trends, which is up 28.8% from last year. We're not trying to overwhelm you! A broad view of tech trends is the best way to see around corners and spot emerging disruption. This is our most expansive and robust report yet, and if you look for connections between your industry and trends in other fields, it will guide your strategic thinking throughout the year.

  • 31 trend sections. We're covering several new areas like synthetic media, vices, algorithmic scoring, supply chain and logistics, synthetic biology, quantum and edge computing, big tech's move into healthcare and medicine, in addition to all the usual trend areas like AI, blockchain, home automation, AgTech and the global supply of food, geopolitics, climate change, robotics, space, cryptocurrencies, autonomous vehicles, AR/ VR/ MR and more. 

  • 27 future scenarios on a wide array of topics.

  • 11 strategic guidance mini-reports for senior decision-makers.

  • 6 strategic foresight toolkits and frameworks to use with our trend analysis.

  • 9 tech and science primers to help you get smart fast.

  • A calendar for 2020 to help you plan your strategy.

  • Expert interviews on the future of connected glasses and the future of sextech.

  • A list of weak signals for the next decade.


Text Us Your Questions

As you've heard, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the South by Southwest festival this year. For those of you who usually attend SXSW, you know that  Amy Webb launches FTI's annual report on the main stage. She and our FTI colleagues spend the rest of the day answering every question attendees have, no matter how small, technical or arcane. We have been active members in the SXSW community for more than a decade, and we want to do everything we can to help our friends and colleagues get through this crisis. In order to give back to the SXSW community, we are partnering with Subtext this year to provide you with a SXSW-like experience. You can text message Amy Webb your questions, chat about our research, get more detail on our trends and explore our scenarios, and Amy will message you back directly. This is a completely free service, and we will keep it active for a few weeks. 


Virtual Industry Briefings and Ask Me Anythings

Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, we will be hosting virtual industry briefings via Zoom video conferencing rather than in-person meetings. During these briefings, we will walk you through research and key topics relevant to your industry, make strategic recommendations and take your questions. We will end with an AMA conversation where you can ask us anything about the report, trends and strategic foresight. There is no charge to attend our industry briefings.

Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For Advertising, Marketing and PR
March 24, 2020
12pm - 12:30pm ET (briefing)
12:30pm - 12:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For News Media and Journalism
March 25, 2020
1pm - 1:30pm ET (briefing)
1:30pm - 1:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For Corporate Boards and Governance

March 25, 2020
2pm - 2:30pm ET (briefing)
2:30pm - 2:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For Government and Lawmakers
March 26, 2020
12pm - 12:30pm ET (briefing)
12:30pm - 12:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For Banking and Finance
March 26, 2020
1pm - 1:30pm ET (briefing)
1:30pm - 1:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For Pharmaceuticals and Health Care
March 26, 2020
2pm - 2:30pm ET (briefing)
2:30pm - 2:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For Construction and Commercial Real Estate
March 31, 2020
3pm - 3:30pm ET (briefing)
3:30pm - 3:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends Manufacturing and Supply Chain
March 31, 2020
4pm - 4:30pm ET (briefing)
4:30pm - 4:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For CPG and Retail
April 1, 2020
12pm - 12:30pm ET (briefing)
12:30pm - 12:45pm ET (Q&A)
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Industry Briefing: Tech Trends For Hotels and Airlines
April 1, 2020
1pm - 1:30pm ET (briefing)
1:30pm - 1:45pm ET (Q&A)
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*Special Briefing For Writers, Producers, Designers and Storytellers
April 2, 2020
1 hour session beginning at 3pm Eastern/ 12pm Pacific
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