6:00 - 8:00pm
Opening Reception hosted by General Motors
7:45 - 8:30am
Breakfast & Coffee
8:30 - 8:45am
8:45 – 9:30am
Institutions of modern education are mostly unchanged since the 19th century. But tomorrow’s workers cannot afford yesterday’s education. The nature and the form of education and learning need to be re-thought. Traditional curricula may remain a foundational building block, but many students will require a more tech-centric, skills-focused program. Coding could become as important as math. But we can’t lose sight of the bigger picture; liberal arts will remain indispensable, as will job-focused skill set acquisition. Luckily, educational innovation is rampant, so there are a plethora of new tools to better prepare workers for the 21st century.
Marlin Page, Sisters Code
Hector Ruiz, Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. (ANS)
Tae Yoo, Cisco
9:30 - 9:40am
9:40 - 10:05am
If we’re entering a new era of metropolis-as-self-contained-ecosystem, in which cities and municipalities are more and more masters of their own domain, is what Detroit has – tech savvy business leadership and intense civic engagement – what
Detroit needs? In five years, will we look at Detroit as an example of how to bring a city back from the brink?
Bruce J. Katz, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Edward Luce, Financial Times
10:05 - 10:30am
10:30 - 11:00am
11:00 - 11:05am
11:05 - 11:50am
Companies have very specific ideas about what they want, and what they need, to survive and thrive in a global economy that grows more interconnected and interdependent every day. Who better to ask about who’s hiring, the jobs of tomorrow, and what skills will be necessary?
Felix Ortiz, Viridis Learning Inc.
Joel D. Tauber, University of Michigan
Carol Williams, Dow Chemical
Moderator: Susan Lund, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)
11:50am - 12:10pm
How does policy impact our global economic standing?
12:10 - 12:45pm
States and cities are building toolkits for regional entrepreneurs to smooth the process of company formation. Detroit has a growing ecosystem for local finance and innovation. Las Vegas is undergoing its own unique rehabilitation into an entrepreneurial hub. What elements make a city or state attractive to startups and help it produce jobs and economic growth? Is the excitement about the “sharing” economy justified? Can communities of pooled talent, combined with both government and private resources, kick-start urban and regional revitalization?
Josh Linkner, Detroit Venture Partners
Andrew Yang, Venture for America
Moderator: Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press
12:45 - 1:00pm
1:00 - 2:00pm
2:00 - 2:15pm
2:15 - 3:15pm
In a world where we can connect almost anything to the Internet—from mousetraps, lights, and thermostats to cars, factories, and even our bodies—we are witnessing a fundamental shift in the way we view, apply, and distribute intelligence. This is altering business, social, and personal landscapes, presenting us with a whole new range of opportunities. What does this mean for the future of business and the economy? How can we harness the Internet of Everything to boost U.S. competitiveness?
Michael Mandel, Progressive Policy Institute
Vishakha Radia, Cisco Consulting Services
Greg Ross, General Motors
Moderator: Emily Chang, Bloomberg Television
From restoring buildings to reenergizing entire industries, today’s civic engagement startups are encouraging urbanites to take action and drive change. They are expanding the public’s perception of what can be dreamed and what can be accomplished, with models that are more inclusive, collaborative, and ambitious than ever before. By way of community-centered missions – fueled by crowdsourced ideas and tech-driven tools – Detroit and other cities across the nation are seeing simple civic spirit translate into real economic progress
Lawrence J. Morrissey, City of Rockford, Illinois
Jerry Paffendorf, LOVELAND Technologies
Stephen Walter, Engagement Game Lab
Moderator: Zachary Karabell, Envestnet
Boston, Manhattan, and San Francisco combined have a population nearly four times Detroit’s. Yet all fit within Detroit’s physical boundaries. The city’s dispersed nature, lack of urban density, and high poverty rates are high hurdles to overcome. If nearly limitless broadband connectivity is making the world smaller, smarter, and more efficient, why can’t it do the same right here? How can technology help Detroit create and expand long-term economic and social solutions for its residents?
Brandon A. Jessup, Michigan Forward Urban Affairs Group
Catherine Kelly, Michigan Citizen
Brian Mulloy, Apigee
Moderator: John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press
If a being from another planet landed on Earth today, what would they think of an education system based on training regimens hundreds of years old? What would they think of an education system controlled by individuals with no personal day-to-day experience participating in that system? Join us in reimagining a truly 21st century education.
Damien Rocchi, Grand Circus
Annis Stubbs, Teach For America - Detroit
Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University
Moderator: Ingrid Jacques, The Detroit News
Why do teams fall short of objectives even though everyone agrees they make sense? Why don’t people live up to their New Year’s resolutions, and why can’t teenagers change bad habits they acknowledge? Greenlight Research has studied the biggest barriers to humans changing behavior and developed an efficient set of interventions which can help all of us in our own lives and in helping others create change.
3:15 - 3:30pm
3:30 - 3:35pm
3:35 - 3:55pm
3:55 - 4:35pm
If everyone can be a maker, can the maker movement move the economy? What is the impact of the DIY economy beyond creating and selling knickknacks? Additive, 3D, digital – manufacturing in the 21st century is increasingly personalized. Can these new approaches to finance and manufacturing create a sustainable ecosystem and significantly contribute to economic growth?
Chad Dickerson, Etsy
K. Venkatesh Prasad, Ford Research & Innovation
Marleen Vogelaar, Shapeways
Moderator: Lou Rassey, McKinsey & Company
4:35 - 4:50pm
From self-driving cars to private-sector space exploration, from budding entrepreneurs across Africa to innovative and inventive users of information technology, prizes and awards programs are being used not only to honor and recognize landmark achievement, but also to incentivize learning and motivate organizations and individuals to invent solutions.
Interviewer: Jeff Green, Bloomberg News
4:50 - 5:30pm
Entrepreneurship is the seed corn of modern economic health. Jack Dorsey will moderate a discussion with Detroit entrepreneurs about technology and growing their business.
Scott Moloney, Treat Dreams
Alex Southern, GrowDetroit
Jack Dorsey, Square & Twitter
David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
5:45pm - 6:30pm