Techonomy and Jack Dorsey Return to Detroit

By  |  June 19, 2013, 9:26 AM

Exploring the promise and peril for the U.S. in an age of technology, the second annual Techonomy Detroit will focus on jobs, education, growth, competitiveness, and America’s urban future.

Techonomy Media proudly announces it is bringing its one-day public conference, Techonomy Detroit, back for a second straight year. A diverse group of business, tech, government, and policy leaders will join in a spirited discussion of how technology is changing everything for the United States and its cities.

National and local leaders will converge at Wayne State University on September 17, 2013 for a series of conversations and workshops to focus on the challenges and opportunities posed by headlong tech-driven change. America’s inadequate and inequitable education system will be a special theme. How can learning be enhanced for citizens at every stage of their lives as the very notion of a job is getting redefined before our eyes?

“As Americans we are committed to progress for every American. Visiting Detroit it sometimes seems that’s a chimerical dream. We reject such pessimism,” says Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick. “We are inspired by Detroit’s astonishing shoots of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. We are bringing Techonomy’s annual U.S.-centric public event back to Detroit because we passionately believe an embrace of tech can revitalize every company, country, citizen, and city. Detroit is an ideal place for leaders to engage that discussion. Complacency is impossible here. But a newly inspired energy is necessary for our entire nation, though it may be less obvious. The U.S. requires a much more spirited debate about how the global business and economic landscape is shifting. Cities and countries elsewhere are not standing still.”

Techonomy Detroit partners include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Quicken Loans, McKinsey & Company, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Michigan Media Solutions, Automation Alley, and Skidmore Studio. In addition to Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, confirmed speakers include Jean Case of The Case Foundation, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang.

To register for Techonomy 2013, click here.

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