7:45 - 8:45am
8:30 - 8:40am
8:40 - 9:25am
The American Dream—that hard work could lead anyone to prosperity, success and upward mobility—feels increasingly irrelevant for a growing and frighteningly large group of Americans. What will people do to attain economic and social security? Will the middle class survive? What new policies and strategies could we devise to help keep the American Dream alive?
Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo
Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO
Philip Zelikow, Markle Foundation & University of Virginia
Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
9:25 - 9:45am
“City labs,” set up explicitly to advance progress, sharing and a digitally-enhanced economy, are emerging around the world. Defined by cross-sector collaboration, they are harnessing creativity, innovation, civic entrepreneurship and tech to re-build, re-vitalize and re-think solutions to crucial urban issues.
Interviewer: Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review
9:45 - 9:55am
Building a brand in today’s hyper-connected, consumer-driven era means two things. First,more than ever before, brands need to own their POV and stay focused. Second, your company has the ability to rise, commute, work, dine, drink and go to bed with your customer; never before has this intimacy been possible. What you do with that relationship determines success or failure. We’ll look at two examples and see what it takes.
9:55 - 10:40am
The digitization of everything and access to vast databases of information means we can measure more of the world. It also means we can change what we measure—about city functions, services and the economy. New opportunities are emerging to cultivate innovation, build new services and unlock economic value. Agencies across the country are opening doors to a data treasure trove hidden for years. What business opportunities are unlocked and how will this speed progress for cities and citizens?
David Behen, State of Michigan & Department of Technology, Management and Budget
Joel Gurin, New York University
Tony Scott, VMware Inc.
Moderator: Michael Chui, McKinsey & Company
10:40 - 11:00am
11:00 - 11:40am
From bike lanes to the hyper-loop, how do you build an intelligent urban transit infrastructure that offers efficient mobility? How do we knit together the various modes of transit to form robust, sustainable transportation systems that serve the city and its citizens?
Jeff Olson, Alta Planning + Design
Shiva Shivakumar, Urban Engines
Zia Yusuf, Streetline, Inc.
Moderator: Greg Lindsay, World Policy Institute & Fast Company
11:40 - 11:45am
Learn how Magisto applies artificial intelligence to create polished user generated content from photos and short videos. And be among the first to see the debut of the “Love My City” contest-winning-video.
11:45am - 12:25pm
Airbnb, DogVacay, Uber, Lyft and TaskRabbit. A host of new platforms are transforming the economics of sharing. But what does their rapid spread mean for a city and its citizens? Is the sharing economy the future of employment, compensation and exchange of value? As the trend reorients business, social and cultural norms, how can we ensure that cities and citizens become beneficiaries?
April Rinne, World Economic Forum
Arun Sundararajan, NYU Stern School of Business & NYU CUSP
Moderator: Jennifer Bradley, Brookings Institution
12:25 - 12:35pm
Andrew Keen, Internet entrepreneur and author of several books about technology including “Digital Vergito” and, most recently, “The Internet Is Not the Answer,” speaks about his belief that tech companies seek profits under the misleading guise of doing social good.
12:35 - 1:00pm
Beth Niblock, Detroit’s first CIO, interviews Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square about how tech tools can help small merchants thrive in communities like Detroit.
Interviewer: Beth Niblock, City of Detroit
1:00 - 2:00pm
2:00 - 2:15pm
2:15 - 3:15pm
The old model was massive farms using vast amounts of land, water and of fuel. Recent advances in hydroponics, rooftop and vertical gardens are sowing efficiency, creating farmable urban real estate almost anywhere. Combine that with citizen education and awareness, and this new agrarian model is creating opportunities for engaged, healthful living where before there were few.
Marilynn Davis, K2S Advisors LLC
Dickson Despommier, Vertical Farm Project & Columbia University
Jordan Motzkin, Big Box Farms
Moderator: Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review
Far from common perception that it’s dead, manufacturing in the U.S. is actually on the rise and our contribution to global manufacturing GDP has been constant for decades. But, the nature of manufacturing has changed dramatically and is far more consolidated. The question now becomes, how is this new way of manufacturing influencing innovation and what role will cities have to play?
Achyut Jajoo, salesforce.com
Kate Sofis, SFMade & Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Moderator: Lou Rassey, McKinsey & Company
Going from garage to household name is the ultimate prize for any start-up. How are clean slate brands like Uber, Tesla and Square forcing established players to re-think everything they thought they knew? In a swelling global marketplace, with an increasingly tech-enabled eco-system, how do enterprises new and old build, grow and protect the very thing that defines who they are and what they do?
Doug Kisor, College for Creative Studies
Bridget Russo, Shinola
Moderator: Constance DeCherney, iCrossing
Remember when computers and inter-connectivity was going to lead to the death of the physical workspace? Turns out community and physical interaction are a crucial component of creativity and innovation, thus the proliferation of maker spaces where locally made products are changing the job market, the economy and cities themselves. What does this eco-system mean for entrepreneurship, employment and the urban environment? Is a Maker City the city of the future? One that supports the social and economic needs of its communities and citizens?
Gabriella Gómez-Mont, City Laboratory of Mexico City
Greg Lindsay, World Policy Institute & Fast Company
Moderator: John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press
As companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google and Apple release their hiring data figures, the Twitter-verse explodes with commentary on the lack of diversity in the industry. This is not a new problem, but there should be new solutions. How can tech and American entrepreneurship be more inclusive?
Chris Genteel, Google, Inc.
Laura Mather, Unitive
Marlin Page, Sisters Code
Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo
Moderator: Andrew Keen
3:15 - 3:30pm
3:30 - 3:35pm
3:35 - 4:00pm
What has philanthropy achieved in Detroit and America’s cities, and where will it go next? Join the heads of the Case and Kresge Foundations for a conversation on the role of foundations in the revival of urban life. How do they see their role in bolstering partnerships and collaboration in the communities they serve? How do they enable a new notion of civics, and civic leaders driven by the use of tech for social good?
Rip Rapson, The Kresge Foundation
Interviewer: Nolan Finley, The Detroit News
4:00 - 4:15pm
4:15 - 4:40pm
What is citizenship in the digital age? Policy experts Susan Crawford of Harvard University and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution discuss themes from Crawford’s new book about civic engagement, innovation and the role of tech and the Internet for Detroit and other major cities.
Interviewer: Jennifer Bradley, Brookings Institution
4:40 - 5:05pm
By 2022 the U.S. is projected to need 1.4 million new programmers, but at the current rate only 400,000 IT grads will emerge to fill them. How America tackles this disparity will help determine its ongoing global competitiveness and the economic success of all Americans. Codecademy has developed innovative training tools, and the White House is turning to this issue with great urgency
Zach Sims, Codecademy
Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
5:05 - 5:10pm
The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition convenes top, early-stage technology companies with investors from across Michigan and North America and awards $500,000 to the top tech or service company.
5:10 - 5:50pm
The ideas are flowing fast, as is the money. Young (and old) the world over are increasingly drawn to entrepreneurship, and inventive tech solutions are emerging everywhere. Is “Silicon Valley” a spirit rather than a place? What makes a city attractive for company incubation? Is this energy likely to continue, or will cities like Detroit have trouble sustaining it? Will the successful companies of the future stay put or move elsewhere?
Josh Linkner, Detroit Venture Partners
Andy White, VegasTechFund
Andrew Yang, Venture for America
Moderator: Andrew Keen
5:50 - 5:55pm
5:55 - 6:45pm
6:00 - 7:30pm