Techonomy NYC explores the entire span of Techonomy’s obsessions, from the search for more effective corporate innovation to the challenges of climate change. We aim to signal as aggressively as we can what might happen next, or at least what smart leaders need to be thinking about. To do that, we seek juxtapositions of speakers and topics that generate sparks and lead to unexpected insights and revelations. We hope our audience at the end walks out with excitement, rethinking how they do their jobs and how their companies ought to operate. To download a document with the current list of topics and speakers at Techonomy NYC, click on the "COMPLETE AGENDA AS PDF" link at the top of this page.
Is our technologized, hyper-democratized life actually getting worse? Can tech get us out of this mess? What is the tech industry’s responsibility? Mark Zuckerberg, expanding on his comments at Techonomy 2016, has penned one point of view in his 5800-word essay about Facebook’s future. How can tech help society tackle its challenges?
Bradley Tusk, Tusk Ventures
Additional speaker to be announced... Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
What happens to our jobs, job security, and the economy as efficiency becomes the watchword? Will workers bear the brunt of a more efficient society?
Andrea Glorioso, Delegation of the European Union to the USA
Arun Sundararajan, New York University & Author, "The Sharing Economy"
Moderator: Peter Petre, Author
The awakened clout of massive global corporations plus capital-rich startups of every shape and size has turned New York’s tech ecosystem into a top center for entrepreneurship and innovation. The city’s diversity combines with a cornucopia of tech hubs including Cornell Technion, NYU, Columbia, and a raft of incubators and accelerators. This may now be the world’s best place for creating the future.
Julie Samuels, Tech:NYC
Jake Schwartz, General Assembly
How Will We Manage and Regulate Drones?
If you’re a large established company, keeping new ideas flowing is paramount when upstarts are barging into every market. What creative strategies are bearing fruit? How does the big work with the small? Some big companies are turning to crowdsourcing. How are big companies innovating?
Hari Hariharan, Celestica
Michael Monahan, Pitney Bowes
Slava Rubin, Indiegogo
Moderator: Josh Kampel, Techonomy
General Electric is a rare global giant that has fully embraced the potential of a digitized society. Vice Chairman Comstock is a big part of the reason. She oversees sales and marketing, growth and innovation, and even runs lighting. This visionary on how companies can drive progress forward is among our most impactful New Yorkers.
Blockchain technology presents a kaleidoscopic range of opportunities. One is to digitize identity, decentralizing recordkeeping so users gain more control over their personal data. Such systems could change our concept of citizenship and how people receive government services, among other things. How would it affect security and privacy? What roles should public and private partners play?
Melanie Shapiro, Case
David Treat, Accenture
Additional speaker to be announced... Moderator: Meltem Demirors, Digital Currency Group
How are companies, innovators, and the creative community rethinking the role of design in modern business? It’s not just how something looks, but design can alter how entire organizations feel and operates. How will it change your company and your life?
Bre Pettis, Bre & Co.
Ernesto Quinteros, Johnson & Johnson
Moderator: Doreen Lorenzo, Vidlet Inc. & The University of Texas
Society once conferred authority based on someone’s expertise or institutional affiliation. But now everyone’s an expert. With AI going into everything in the future, who will have authority and the power to make decisions?
Gary Marcus, NYU & Geometric Intelligence (acquired by Uber)
Eli Pariser, Upworthy
Moderator: Jessi Hempel, Backchannel
A Conversation With...
Terrorists like ISIS use social media and the internet as adeptly and freely as the most good-hearted soul. The consequences have been dire. But now advanced thinkers in digital and social media strategy are going military and the military is going online. How can digital social tools help undermine the appeal and impact of global terrorism?
John Melkon, United States Military Academy
Oz Sultan, Sultan Interactive Group
Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
To be Announced