Detroit September 15, 2015

    • 7:45am

      Registration Opens

      Wayne State University Law School Lobby
    • 7:45 - 8:30am

      Breakfast

      Hosted by Detroit Venture Partners
    • Startup Showcase

      The Techonomy Detroit Showcase is a sampling of three transformative companies developed by the next generation of entrepreneurs in Detroit. The social and economic evolution of our cities is impacted every day by tech-driven change altering how we live and work. Tech is enabling advances in transportation, education, healthcare and government that will drive the business and social structures of our interconnected, urbanized future. Find out how these companies are working to realize their goals and to change our world.

    • 8:30 - 8:45am

      Welcome

      Jocelyn Benson, Wayne State University Law School
      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 8:45 - 9:30am

      Can We Hack Our Way to the Cities We Need?

      The digital economy and tech are transforming America’s cities as much as its companies. There are apps and hacks for every problem. But the resulting civic benefits are incomplete. Can we create enough jobs? Is access getting fairer? Health care improving? Transit? What more can companies, cities and citizens do to inclusively reinvent themselves for this interconnected, technologized era?

      Video & Transcript

      Thomas Ermacora, Clear-Village.Org & MachinesRoom.Org
      Jon Gosier, Cross Valley Capital & Rokk3r Labs
      Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft Corporation
      Beth Niblock, City of Detroit
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 9:30 - 9:55am

      Craftsmanship, Work & the Future of Business

      An interview with Autodesk’s Carl Bass.

      Video & Transcript

      What a personal touch means for products, our economy and the ecosystem of cities. A conversation with: Carl Bass, Autodesk
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 9:55 - 10:05am

      Civic Tech and the New Digital Divide

      Tiana Epps-Johnson from the Center for Technology and Civic Life

      Video & Transcript

      A presentation by: Tiana Epps-Johnson, Center for Technology and Civic Life
    • 10:05 - 10:15am

      A Maker City is A Jazz City

      Peter Hirshberg from the Re:Imagine Group

      Video & Transcript

      Like jazz, a maker city is about the interconnectivity of ideas, innovation and improvisation. A presentation by: Peter Hirshberg, Re:Imagine Group & City Innovate Foundation
    • 10:15 - 10:35am
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 10:35 - 11:00am

      Break

    • 11:00 - 11:35am

      The Right Tech for the Job: Closing the Gap

      As the economy shifts ever-more rapidly, matching people and their skills with jobs becomes a huge social challenge. We need better training, better awareness of opportunities, and more flexibility on the part of employers. Companies are desperate for appropriate talent, but emerging systems suggest that tech could help bring people and jobs together more productively.

      Matt Anchin, Monster
      Wan-Lae Cheng, Markle Foundation
      Charlene Li, Altimeter, a Prophet Company
      Moderator: Martha Laboissiere, McKinsey & Company
    • 11:35 - 11:45am

      The Millennial Way of Working

      Karoli Hindriks, Founder and CEO of Jobbatical

      Video & Transcript

      A presentation by: Karoli Hindriks, Jobbatical
    • 11:45am - 12:10pm
    • 12:10 - 12:20pm

      The Way to Wellville and the Production of Health

      Esther Dyson, Chairman of EDventure Holdings and Founder of HiCCup

      Video & Transcript

      A presentation by: Esther Dyson, EDventure Holdings & HICCup
    • 12:20 - 1:00pm

      Scale Means Nothing in The Internet of Manufacturing

      Molds. Presses. Smelters. Manufacturing was once the sole purview of those that could create, shape and assemble on a massive scale. Today, thanks to software, the cloud, builder collectives and more, scale means next to nothing. The Internet of manufacturing is here to stay, and with it, entire communities of new ideas and opportunities.

      Video & Transcript

      Raj Batra, Siemens Digital Factory Division, U.S.
      Jerry Foster, Plex Systems
      Mark Hatch, TechShop
      Mike Whitens, Ford Motor Company
      Moderator: Michael Chui, McKinsey & Company
    • 1:00 - 2:00pm

      Lunch

      Hosted by Ford
    • 2:00 - 2:15pm

      Break

    • 2:15 - 3:15pm

      Techonomy Labs

    • Mapping Detroit’s Information Ecosystem

      A robust and dynamic, inclusive information ecosystem is critical to the ability of any city to serve its citizens. But mounds of data alone are not enough; humans and their communities are still actors in the system. How can we design systems that are truly of benefit, trusted and usable? How can a human-centered design approach be applied to establish an information ecosystem that becomes an adaptive network of inclusion, identifying needs, solving problems and serving communities in a more trustworthy and innovative manner?

      Video & Transcript

      Presented in partnership with the World Economic Forum and Internews Garlin Gilchrist II, City of Detroit
      Amanda Noonan, Internews Center for Innovation & Learning
      Erica Raleigh, Data Driven Detroit
      John Webb, Google Civic Innovation
      Facilitators:
      Daniel Hewett, Rhode Island School of Design
      William Hoffman, World Economic Forum
    • Tech and the Organization of Work

      How is technology and digitization reshaping the fundamental organization of work? What does it mean to be white or blue collar? Will computers replace us or will we find new ways to work alongside them, in what’s starting to be called “assistive intelligence”? How do we update policies and re-visit organizational models that will lead to a society of shared prosperity?

      Mohammad Hamid, two.42.solutions
      Mark Hatch, TechShop
      Karoli Hindriks, Jobbatical
      Jess Kutch, Coworker.org
      Sarah Ann Lewis, AFL-CIO
      Moderator: Andrew Keen
    • Movements, Cities and Economic Development

      What if makers started making more than things? What if they started making policies and services? What if the maker ethos made its way into government? Could a bottom-up model, with everyday citizens more actively engaged, drive economic development and redefine what cities mean today and going forward? Let’s find out.

      Esther Dyson, EDventure Holdings & HICCup
      Steve Glickman, Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
      John Hagel III, Center for the Edge
      Peter Hirshberg, Re:Imagine Group & City Innovate Foundation
      John Lettieri, Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
      Moderator: John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press
    • Developing and Retaining Diverse Talent

      The tech industry has finally recognized that diversity is a key element to strength and success. How can leaders who recognize the need better educate themselves about the underlying cultural and structural complexities and create genuine pathways that work for a wider variety of contributors? What lessons can be learned from other industries?

      David O. Egner, Hudson-Webber Foundation & New Economy Initiative
      Julie Samuels, Engine
      Andrew Yang, Venture for America
      Moderator: Marlin Page, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles & Sisters Code
    • 3:15 - 3:30pm

      Break

    • 3:30 - 3:35pm

      Welcome Back

      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 3:35 - 4:20pm

      Get Engaged! Our Technologized Civic Life

      Social networks, both digital and physical, and a sense of civic duty, are bringing community back to the neighborhood, driving positive social, business and political change. How is this power of the collective fueling our reawakening American cities? Why are our biggest tech companies so fascinated with civic life? And what motivates people to get engaged? Is encouraging empowerment part of the table stakes of successful tech business?

      Video & Transcript

      Jennifer Crozier, IBM
      Lauren Hood, Deep Dive Detroit
      Annmarie Levins, Microsoft
      John Webb, Google Civic Innovation
      Moderator: James Fallows, The Atlantic
    • 4:20 - 4:35pm

      Techonomy Lab Reports

      Reports from the four Techonomy Detroit Labs.

      Video & Transcript

      Presented by McKinsey & Company
      Encapsulation and report back from the Techonomy Labs.
    • 4:35 - 4:50pm

      What Connected Mobility Really Means

      New agile entrants are pushing the boundaries of how tomorrow’s cars will run (on their own), what they’ll do (everything), and what they’ll be (an iPhone with wheels?) From cars and buses to bikes and trains and everything in between, people and businesses need to be able to move. What does the intelligently interconnected urban transportation infrastructure look like? And what wonders will it enable?

      Video & Transcript

      Erica Klampfl, Ford Motor Company
      Interviewer: Andrew Keen
    • 4:50 - 5:05pm

      Launching “The Detroit Transportation Challenge”

      The Detroit Transportation Challenge is a call to entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and other creative thinkers to create an innovative solution that significantly improves transportation in Detroit with focus on public transportation. The winning team with a creative solution will receive an investment of $250,000 to help establish a new company in Detroit

      Video & Transcript

      Presented by: Nima Adelkhani, IdeaMarket
      Meredith Kerekes, Detroit Creative Corridor Center
      Alisyn Malek, GM Ventures
      Ted Serbinski, Techstars Mobility
      Jamie Shea, Mission Throttle
    • 5:05 - 5:55pm

      Making Detroit a Movement: The Power of Narrative

      Our closing session will kick off with a presentation by John Hagel III, Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge, on What Business Can Learn from Social Movements, leading into a discussion about the future of Detroit, with its legacy of innovation and diversity. How can Detroit become a movement not just of individuals, but of companies and institutions? And where could that momentum take the city?

      Video & Transcript

      David O. Egner, Hudson-Webber Foundation & New Economy Initiative
      John Hagel III, Center for the Edge
      Lauren Hood, Deep Dive Detroit
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 5:55 - 6:00pm

      Closing Remarks

    • 6:00pm

      Reception

      Hosted by Quicken Loans
    • Startup Showcase

      The Techonomy Detroit Showcase is a sampling of three transformative companies developed by the next generation of entrepreneurs in Detroit. The social and economic evolution of our cities is impacted every day by tech-driven change altering how we live and work. Tech is enabling advances in transportation, education, healthcare and government that will drive the business and social structures of our interconnected, urbanized future. Find out how these companies are working to realize their goals and to change our world.

    • Mon Sept. 14, 2015 5:30 - 7:30pm

      Opening Reception

    • Fast Lane to the Future

      Technology is transforming not just how we drive, but how cars are designed and manufactured. Picture a car built from a lightweight biological material that’s grown from a seed, or a customized car that can be 3D printed in a little over a day. It’s coming faster than you think. Hear a talk by Elizabeth Baron of Ford, make your own dashboard accoutrements, and more!
    • Wed Sept. 16, 2015 8:30am - 7:00pm
      In its second year, City as a Startup (CaaS) is a conference that brings together leaders from startups, the public sector, and beyond, for a conversation on the intersection of urban development and emerging technology. During CaaS: Detroit, the Venture for America community will learn firsthand from presentations and working sessions lead by thought leaders and on-the-ground doers, share insights, and strengthen collaborative networks across industry and geographic borders. Fellows and stakeholders will emerge from the conference equipped to be better practitioners of VFA’s mission: to build companies and revitalize cities through entrepreneurship. Website