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NYC Conference Report #TechonomyNYC

Techonomy NYC May 8-9, 2018

Program Overview

Martin Sorrell during his conversation with David Kirkpatrick at Techonomy NYC in May 2018. (Photo: Rebecca Greenfield)

Techonomy NYC was an exercise in the cross-fertilization of ideas.

The two-day gathering brought together a diverse group—practitioners of innovation, business leaders open about their challenges, policy experts not afraid to go out on a limb, and rising entrepreneurs—household names and emerging leaders.

Speakers and attendees all grappled with the impact of technology on business and society, both for good and for bad.

We started with a far-ranging discussion with advertising legend Martin Sorrell and ended with a frank conversation with Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. In between we heard from Microsoft President Brad Smith on responsible tech; Maggie Chan Jones, CEO, Tenshey, Sarah Gerber, co-founder, Zero Gap, and Gina Hadley, co-founder, The Second Shift, on how women are creating a more equitable workplace; Austin McChord, CEO, Datto, David Lee, CEO, MPowerUSA, Amy Nelson, CEO, Venture for America, and author Rich Benjamin on how tech can revive American cities; Christina Sass, founder of Andela, which is training programmers in Africa, and a host of others.

Techonomy NYC took on the biggest issues at the intersection of technology, business, and society: healthcare, the future of food, trade with China, the role of libraries in the digital world, AI, blockchain, climate change, the internet giants.