What is a Good Conference Today?

By  |  November 1, 2019, 3:25 PM  |  Techonomy Exclusive


It’s a challenging time for those of us who believe tech can drive progress and happiness. There are, sadly, myriad counter-examples. They include democratic decline, addiction and dependence, and deep failures of sustainability. If tech is to be positively harnessed by companies or societies, we need to recalibrate how we create and think about software, the internet, business, the planet, and tech itself. 

But we do not despair. We instead seek answers through collaboration–by bringing together leading thinkers and doers who understand the challenges and how to better harness tech and business. Techonomy 2019 will be in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Nov. 17-19, and our theme is “Reset + Restore: Governing Tech, Retrieving Ethics, and Acting on Climate.”

We combine tech experts with business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and several leaders on ethical and responsible technology. We seek an explosion of ideas, and pointers to solutions for very vexing challenges, in the head-clearing context of a beautiful coastal clifftop south of San Francisco.

No company or organization can be effective without grappling with these issues. Techonomy is conversation as a tool towards insight, through multidisciplinary dialogue. It’s not too late to join us.

Finding ways to harness tech towards harmony is, we believe, an urgent mandate–maybe the most urgent mandate. Below are some of those who will join us:

And we will hear from scores more great speakers. But it’s not a broadcast from the stage. Our conversations are participatory and multidisciplinary, just as the global dialogue needs to be.

We believe our work is important. From the beginning, Techonomy has defined itself as working towards progress by convening diverse communities to better understand how to positively harness tech-driven changes. That challenge is more urgent than ever, and so is our work. 

We hope you will join us in these collective efforts. If you are not already signed up to join us at Half Moon Bay in November, please consider doing so. (Full agenda is here.) If you can’t come, stay close, so we can find more and better ways of working together in future. We need to work to find ways for everyone everywhere to work better together. If you think that statement is naïve, we don’t care. Abandoning this approach could mean surrendering to a very dark future.

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