Detroit September 16, 2014

    • 7:45am

      Registration Opens

      Community Arts Auditorium Lobby
    • 7:45 - 8:45am


      Hosted by Detroit Venture Partners
    • 8:30 - 8:40am


      Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick and Jocelyn Benson of Wayne State University Law School kick off Techonomy Detroit 2014.

      Jocelyn Benson, Michigan
      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 8:40 - 9:25am

      Was It Just a Dream?

      The American Dream—that hard work could lead anyone to prosperity, success and upward mobility—feels increasingly irrelevant for a growing and frighteningly large group of Americans. What will people do to attain economic and social security? Will the middle class survive? What new policies and strategies could we devise to help keep the American Dream alive?

      Video & Transcript

      Carol Goss, Harvard University & The Skillman Foundation
      Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo
      Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO
      Philip Zelikow, Markle Foundation & University of Virginia
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 9:25 - 9:45am

      Complex-Cities: The View from Mexico City

      “City labs,” set up explicitly to advance progress, sharing and a digitally-enhanced economy, are emerging around the world. Defined by cross-sector collaboration, they are harnessing creativity, innovation, civic entrepreneurship and tech to re-build, re-vitalize and re-think solutions to crucial urban issues.

      Video & Transcript

      A conversation with: Gabriella Gómez-Mont, City Laboratory of Mexico City
      Interviewer: Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review
    • 9:45 - 9:55am

      Building the Brand Presentation

      Building a brand in today’s hyper-connected, consumer-driven era means two things. First,more than ever before, brands need to own their POV and stay focused. Second, your company has the ability to rise, commute, work, dine, drink and go to bed with your customer; never before has this intimacy been possible. What you do with that relationship determines success or failure. We’ll look at two examples and see what it takes.

      Video & Transcript

      Constance DeCherney, iCrossing
    • 9:55 - 10:40am

      Open Data Opens Opportunity

      The digitization of everything and access to vast databases of information means we can measure more of the world. It also means we can change what we measure—about city functions, services and the economy. New opportunities are emerging to cultivate innovation, build new services and unlock economic value. Agencies across the country are opening doors to a data treasure trove hidden for years. What business opportunities are unlocked and how will this speed progress for cities and citizens?

      Video & Transcript

      Alex Alsup, LOVELAND Technologies
      David Behen, State of Michigan & Department of Technology, Management and Budget
      Joel Gurin, New York University
      Tony Scott, VMware Inc.
      Moderator: Michael Chui, McKinsey & Company
    • 10:40 - 11:00am


    • 11:00 - 11:40am

      Hiking, Biking & Responsive Transit

      From bike lanes to the hyper-loop, how do you build an intelligent urban transit infrastructure that offers efficient mobility? How do we knit together the various modes of transit to form robust, sustainable transportation systems that serve the city and its citizens?

      Video & Transcript

      Don Butler, Ford Motor Company
      Jeff Olson, Alta Planning + Design
      Shiva Shivakumar, Urban Engines
      Zia Yusuf, Streetline, Inc.
      Moderator: Greg Lindsay, World Policy Institute & Fast Company
    • 11:40 - 11:45am

      Debut of the “Love My City” Contest-Winning Video

      Learn how Magisto applies artificial intelligence to create polished user generated content from photos and short videos. And be among the first to see the debut of the “Love My City” contest-winning-video.

      Video & Transcript

      Presented in partnership with Ford. Introduced by: Reid Genauer, Magisto
    • 11:45am - 12:25pm

      The Economics of Sharing

      Airbnb, DogVacay, Uber, Lyft and TaskRabbit. A host of new platforms are transforming the economics of sharing. But what does their rapid spread mean for a city and its citizens? Is the sharing economy the future of employment, compensation and exchange of value? As the trend reorients business, social and cultural norms, how can we ensure that cities and citizens become beneficiaries?

      Video & Transcript

      Stacy Brown-Philpot, TaskRabbit
      April Rinne, World Economic Forum
      Arun Sundararajan, NYU Stern School of Business & NYU CUSP
      Moderator: Jennifer Bradley, Brookings Institution
    • 12:25 - 12:35pm

      The Internet Is Not the Answer

      Andrew Keen, Internet entrepreneur and author of several books about technology including “Digital Vergito” and, most recently, “The Internet Is Not the Answer,” speaks about his belief that tech companies seek profits under the misleading guise of doing social good.

      Video & Transcript

      A presentation by: Andrew Keen, Andrew Keen Productions Inc
    • 12:35 - 1:00pm

      Detroit CIO Beth Niblock Interviews Jack Dorsey

      Beth Niblock, Detroit’s first CIO, interviews Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square about how tech tools can help small merchants thrive in communities like Detroit.

      Video & Transcript

      Jack Dorsey, Square & Twitter
      Interviewer: Beth Niblock, City of Detroit
    • 1:00 - 2:00pm


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


    • 2:15 - 3:15pm

      Techonomy Labs

    • What is Farming?

      The old model was massive farms using vast amounts of land, water and of fuel. Recent advances in hydroponics, rooftop and vertical gardens are sowing efficiency, creating farmable urban real estate almost anywhere. Combine that with citizen education and awareness, and this new agrarian model is creating opportunities for engaged, healthful living where before there were few.

      Erika Block, Local Orbit
      Marilynn Davis, K2S Advisors LLC
      Dickson Despommier, Vertical Farm Project & Columbia University
      Jordan Motzkin, Big Box Farms
      Moderator: Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review
    • Manufacturing in the Innovation Economy

      Far from common perception that it’s dead, manufacturing in the U.S. is actually on the rise and our contribution to global manufacturing GDP has been constant for decades. But, the nature of manufacturing has changed dramatically and is far more consolidated. The question now becomes, how is this new way of manufacturing influencing innovation and what role will cities have to play?

      In association with the Council on Foreign Relations Aaron Dignan, Undercurrent
      Achyut Jajoo, salesforce.com
      Kate Sofis, SFMade & Urban Manufacturing Alliance
      Moderator: Lou Rassey, McKinsey & Company
    • Building the Brand

      Going from garage to household name is the ultimate prize for any start-up. How are clean slate brands like Uber, Tesla and Square forcing established players to re-think everything they thought they knew? In a swelling global marketplace, with an increasingly tech-enabled eco-system, how do enterprises new and old build, grow and protect the very thing that defines who they are and what they do?

      Mary Ellen Hickey, Uber
      Doug Kisor, College for Creative Studies
      Bridget Russo, Shinola
      Moderator: Constance DeCherney, iCrossing
    • Is the Maker City the City of the Future?

      Remember when computers and inter-connectivity was going to lead to the death of the physical workspace? Turns out community and physical interaction are a crucial component of creativity and innovation, thus the proliferation of maker spaces where locally made products are changing the job market, the economy and cities themselves. What does this eco-system mean for entrepreneurship, employment and the urban environment? Is a Maker City the city of the future? One that supports the social and economic needs of its communities and citizens?

      Presented in Partnership with the Detroit Technology Exchange Phil Cooley, Ponyride
      Gabriella Gómez-Mont, City Laboratory of Mexico City
      Greg Lindsay, World Policy Institute & Fast Company
      Moderator: John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press
    • The Digital Divide: How Can the Tech Industry Become More Inclusive?

      As companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google and Apple release their hiring data figures, the Twitter-verse explodes with commentary on the lack of diversity in the industry. This is not a new problem, but there should be new solutions. How can tech and American entrepreneurship be more inclusive?

      Video & Transcript

      Brian Forde, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
      Chris Genteel, Google, Inc.
      Laura Mather, Unitive
      Marlin Page, Sisters Code
      Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo
      Moderator: Andrew Keen, Andrew Keen Productions Inc
    • 3:15 - 3:30pm


    • 3:30 - 3:35pm

      Welcome Back!

      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 3:35 - 4:00pm

      Establishing a Firm Foundation

      What has philanthropy achieved in Detroit and America’s cities, and where will it go next? Join the heads of the Case and Kresge Foundations for a conversation on the role of foundations in the revival of urban life. How do they see their role in bolstering partnerships and collaboration in the communities they serve? How do they enable a new notion of civics, and civic leaders driven by the use of tech for social good?

      Video & Transcript

      Jean Case, Case Foundation
      Rip Rapson, The Kresge Foundation
      Interviewer: Nolan Finley, The Detroit News
    • 4:00 - 4:15pm

      A Presentation on Tech and the Economy

      Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures discusses how tech is transforming the economy.

      Video & Transcript

      Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures
    • 4:15 - 4:40pm

      The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance

      What is citizenship in the digital age? Policy experts Susan Crawford of Harvard University and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution discuss themes from Crawford’s new book about civic engagement, innovation and the role of tech and the Internet for Detroit and other major cities.

      Video & Transcript

      Susan Crawford, Harvard Law School
      Interviewer: Jennifer Bradley, Brookings Institution
    • 4:40 - 5:05pm

      Can We Train America to Train its Workers?

      By 2022 the U.S. is projected to need 1.4 million new programmers, but at the current rate only 400,000 IT grads will emerge to fill them. How America tackles this disparity will help determine its ongoing global competitiveness and the economic success of all Americans. Codecademy has developed innovative training tools, and the White House is turning to this issue with great urgency

      Video & Transcript

      Brian Forde, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
      Zach Sims, Codecademy
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 5:05 - 5:10pm

      Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Semi-Finalist Announcement

      The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition convenes top, early-stage technology companies with investors from across Michigan and North America and awards $500,000 to the top tech or service company.

      Video & Transcript

    • 5:10 - 5:50pm

      Startups, Cities, and Sustaining Innovation

      The ideas are flowing fast, as is the money. Young (and old) the world over are increasingly drawn to entrepreneurship, and inventive tech solutions are emerging everywhere. Is “Silicon Valley” a spirit rather than a place? What makes a city attractive for company incubation? Is this energy likely to continue, or will cities like Detroit have trouble sustaining it? Will the successful companies of the future stay put or move elsewhere?

      Video & Transcript

      Jill Ford, Special Advisor to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan & Angel Investor
      Josh Linkner, Detroit Venture Partners
      Andy White, VegasTechFund
      Andrew Yang, U. S. Presidential Candidate & Venture for America
      Moderator: Andrew Keen, Andrew Keen Productions Inc
    • 5:50 - 5:55pm

      Closing Remarks

    • 5:55 - 6:45pm


      Hosted by Quicken Loans
    • 6:00 - 7:30pm

      Opening Reception

      Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
      Remarks by:
      Dan Gilbert, Rock Ventures & Quicken Loans
      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy