Techonomy Events

Will Every Industry Have its Tesla?

An increasing number of companies refuse to follow the rules. Tesla is no longer just a car company; it’s a transportation, fuel and energy-storage company. Companies must embrace the foundational change being driven by tech every day. What must business leaders do to be the disruptors rather than the disrupted? Ali Diab of Collective Health, eBay's Dane Howard, LendingClub's Scott Sanborn, Jake Seid of Auction.com, and moderator Dan Elron of Accenture discuss how entire industries will transform in a technologized economy in this session at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Business

A Conversation with Patrick Collison

At the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick speaks with Stripe CEO Patrick Collison about the future of online payments.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Techonomy Events

Innovating Tools for Quantifying the Self, and Future Self

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The quantified-self movement is rapidly moving beyond the Fitbit. Forget about wristbands to measure your vitals. DIYers known as Grinders are embedding electronics in their own bodies; transcranial direct-current stimulation experimentalists are putting wet sponges on their heads to improve cognitive function; and others, hoping to enhance their relationships with pets, are investing millions into developing EEG headsets that let them read dog thoughts. Eri Gentry, Carlos Olguin, and Drew Purves, all innovators at the fore of the field, joined WIRED writer Marcus Wohlsen at Techonomy 2014 on Monday for a conversation exploring what we mean when we talk about "innovating ourselves."   More

Global Tech Techonomy Events

Rethinking International Development: Big Ideas from the Invention Generation

How is Africa’s youthful population preparing to write a chapter in the history of development through game changing inventions? Where do they find inspiration? Join a remarkable conversation with three innovators from across Africa. In this session at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Kate Krontiris of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society speaks with Spiruteens co-founder Bonolo Matjila, Human Waste Bioreactor founder Leroy Mwasaru, and David Moinina Sengeh of Global Minimum and the MIT Media Lab about how a new generation is changing Africa's approach to innovation.   More

Manufacturing Techonomy Events

Just Make It: The Evolution of Manufacturing

Trends in openness, access to technology and an expansion of new resource channels combined with a burgeoning hacker mentality mean doors are starting to open to an industry long closed off to startups. What does the future of making things look like as the hardware changes and software evolves? What is the new infrastructure of manufacturing? Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick speaks with Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, PCH CEO Liam Casey, and Shapeways co-founder Marleen Vogelaar at the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Energy & Green Tech Techonomy Events

What Really Drove the Green Revolution

At the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Drew Purves of Microsoft Research speaks about why we will need a second green revolution in order to keep the globe well fed.   More

Business Techonomy Events

A Future Without Industries

Tech and the Internet blur borders between industries. Meanwhile, connectedness is accelerating globalization. We’re redefining what a company does and where it is. What does the new borderless world of business mean for incumbents, and for the next generation corporation? In this session from the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Castlight Health CEO Giovanni Colella, Intuit founder Scott Cook, McKinsey's Eric Kutcher, and Talko CEO Ray Ozzie discuss how tech is transforming the way that we define industries.   More

Business Techonomy Events

Preemptive Innovation

Innovation is happening faster because it’s getting better organized. Incubators of all stripes are sprouting all over the world. Large corporations are spinning in talent and building internal startup labs. Leaders know they can’t just wait around for inspiration to strike, they have to seek it out or grow it themselves. At the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Idealab CEO Bill Gross, Citi Ventures CEO Debby Hopkins, and Coca-Cola SVP Guy Wollaert talk about how companies can stay ahead of the innovation curve in this discussion moderated by McKinsey's Michael Chui.   More

Techonomy Events

From Genius to Table: Organic Innovation

At the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick interviews the irreverent Michael Fertik of Reputation.com about his latest "innovation," Femto-Management.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Techonomy Events Video

The Next Revolution Will Be Biologized

Innovation in biology is accelerating at a rate that makes Moore’s Law look leisurely, throwing open doors to opportunities unimaginable. From food to fuel, manufacturing to medicine, business to buildings, what do the visionaries see just beyond the horizon? Stanford's Drew Endy, Brian Frezza of Emerald Therapeutics, Nancy J. Kelley of the New York Genome Center, and Floyd Romesberg of The Scripps Research Institute discuss the social and economic impact of biotech in this discussion, moderated by Marcus Wohlsen of WIRED, from the opening day of the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Techonomy Events

Unitive’s Laura Mather on the Science of Diversity

On the opening day of the Techonomy 2014 conference, Laura Mather, founder and CEO of Unitive, spoke about how her company's software helps to eliminate unconscious bias and encourage diversity in hiring and promotion.   More

Techonomy Events

Program Director Simone Ross Looks Back at Our First Five Years

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I think of our conferences as a live version of my favorite magazine. I want information and intelligence, style and substance, blending short and long form to pace the experience and narrative. Our programs are not simply about the intersection of tech and the economy. They are about the application of tech, and its global economic and social impact. Ultimately we explore whether or not tech moves us towards a better world and consensus on the values of society.   More

Government

Can Government Get a Better Grip on Tech?

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"I'm very worried," says Neelie Kroes, who has served as a vice president of the European Commission since 2010. "The changes in technology nowadays are so fast that we have to change our mindset. This is my biggest frustration in the commission. It takes so much time for governments to know what is at stake. We can't consult ten times about issues like we did in former times." Kroes's concerns are widely shared, especially in the United States. Says Steve Case, who spends as much time as any major tech leader working with leaders of both parties in Washington: "The pace of innovation continues to accelerate and outstrip the ability of governments to react."   More

Bio & Life Sciences

Synthetic Biology’s Future Assembled in Boston Last Weekend

iGEM 2014 participants. (Photo; 2014.igem.org)

iGEM challenges multidisciplinary student teams to solve real-world problems with entirely new biological systems that they design and build from interchangeable sequences of DNA. The assembly last Monday marked the final segment of the 2014 International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition, and the culmination of a weekend of intense bonding, as well as dancing and drinking, among the world’s most brilliant young bioengineers.   More

E-Commerce Global Tech

Birthing an Enabling Economy in Tourism

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Access to a marketplace is the first way digital technology empowers more people to conduct commerce. Transformative companies like eBay, Airbnb, and Etsy have gained incredible competitive edges in product-based commerce by giving individuals and small businesses access to a global audience of buyers, and the tools to transact safely online. At AnyRoad, we call the intersection of the marketplace and these tools the "enabling economy."   More

Global Tech Techonomy Events

Cyborgs from Sierra Leone: Polymath David Sengeh Brings Prosthetics to the People

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David Sengeh tells me he'll have to delay our phone interview. “I am sorry to do this but there’s a last minute need for me to attend an Ebola meeting.” Sengeh is a multi-faceted kind of guy. After all, before he started designing prosthetics, he did vaccine research. He grew up in Sierra Leone, where the Ebola epidemic has been harshest. So the 27-year-old MIT PhD student, biomedical engineer and inventor doesn't hesitate to take a few hours away from talking to Techonomy, not to mention writing his dissertation, looking for a job, leading a youth foundation, designing clothes, making music or playing soccer.   More

Analytics & Data Global Tech

How the People Are Taking Over the World

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The tool that we most use is data itself. We start to think of ourselves as data vessels. We are data. A new philosophy (dataism) is emerging that says people become the data they use and the companies that make filters also become part of one big, non-linear, complex adaptive dataset. One day it will be self-organizing thanks to new mathematical approaches we will pluck out of machine learning.   More

Startup Culture

Running Scared? Big Companies Increase Innovation Spending

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VC money is funding aggressive newcomers like Uber and Airbnb, and aims to create the next Teslas, Facebooks and Googles. Insurgent startups seem to be targeting every industry and even inventing new ones. The startups are wielding the weapons of the Internet—cloud, mobile, social, and data analytics—and deftly taking advantage of connectivity and the flattened business environment it enables. As we enter the most disruptive period in business history, established companies with deep pockets—the ones you might call the "disruptees"—are waking up and determined to fight back. Many are refocusing their own efforts to innovate and stay relevant. The result is a stunning range of initiatives.   More

Business Partner Insights

How Discovery Fuels Corporate Growth

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Cultivating a discovery mindset—one that is open to new approaches, encourages curiosity, and promotes a willingness to test and iterate—is the essential basis for all innovation. But embracing discovery is not always natural for an established organization. It can be a big culture shift to really commit to identifying new and bold ideas—and yes, falling has to be accepted as an important part of the journey.   More

Techonomy Events

Ford’s Don Butler on Connectivity in Cars

How can connectivity make for a better driving experience? At our Techonomy Detroit conference at Wayne State University, Ford’s Don Butler talked about the ways the 111-year-old auto company is leveraging connectivity to make its vehicles more attractive to consumers. Increased connectivity—whether it’s beamed in via AM radio, brought in by syncing the vehicle with smart devices, or built into the vehicle itself through smart-computing platforms—is allowing drivers to be truly mobile, Butler said.   More