15 Conference Report #techonomy15


    • 7:00am

      Registration Opens

    • 7:00 - 8:15am
      Coastal Bike Ride
      Sunrise Yoga
    • 7:00 - 8:15am

      Breakfast Sessions

    • Self-Assembling Societies: Organizing for Action

      Tech is pollinating self-assembling societies in the physical world–communities of like-minded individuals gathering live and in-person to share ideas and drive action. How is tech reawakening that most basic of desires, to come together, to team, to dream and create a better world?

      Eileen Guo, Impassion Afghanistan
      Peter Hirshberg, Re:Imagine Group & City Innovate Foundation
      Nuala O’Connor, Center for Democracy & Technology
      Yatish Rajawat, Local Circles
      Sarah Vieweg, Facebook
      Moderator: Gary A. Bolles, eParachute & Closing The Gap
    • A More Equitable Distribution of Wealth: Smart Data, Better Credit

      The vast majority of the world’s population remains financially underserved. Ironically, for those to whom a loan, credit or startup investment would mean the most, their lack of traditional financial data poses the highest barrier; without a credit score they can’t secure credit, without credit they can’t build a credit score. New platforms are emerging, however, that turn that model on its head, using technology to build entirely new scores based on previously untapped rivers of data, scores that not only break down traditional barriers for deserving borrowers but allow lenders to lend with confidence previously unimaginable.

      In association with Omidyar Network Brian Forde, CEO & Co-Founder
      Jonathan Hakim, Cignifi
      Mike Mondelli, TransUnion & L2C
      Jeff Stewart, Lenddo
      Moderator: Tilman Ehrbeck, Omidyar Network
    • 8:15 - 8:30am

      Switch Break

    • 8:30 - 8:40am

      Welcome to Day Two

      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 8:40 - 9:05am

      Brainworks I: Man and Machine

      What are the implications for humanity as neuro-tech improves, artificial intelligence becomes less “artificial” and the symbiosis between humans and our machines increases? What is DARPA doing?

      Video & Transcript

      A conversation with: Arati Prabhakar, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 9:05 - 9:15am

      180º Shifts

      Three minutes. One idea. Reimagine. Reconsider. Rethink.
    • How Much Is Your Vote Really Worth?

      Infrastructure investment is lagging across the United States, including the country’s voting systems, central to our democracy. The majority are either close to or past their projected lifespans. What will it take to drag these antiquated systems into the present, and beyond?

      Video & Transcript

      Lawrence Norden, NYU School of Law
    • Bugs, Brains and Business

      Nature avoids central command. It delegates and duplicates control mechanisms in systems as diverse as ant colonies and the brain. What can we learn from this for our own human systems?

      Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford University
    • 9:15 - 10:30am

      The Digital Economy

      The economy IS digital. It’s not coming soon; it’s now. What does that mean, for businesses, individuals and governments? And how can we work together to make sure the benefits, which are legion, have the widest, most substantive impact possible?

      Video & Transcript

    • 9:15am: Laying the Groundwork

      A presentation by James Manyika.

      Video & Transcript

      James M. Manyika, McKinsey & Company
    • 9:25am: The Government’s Perspective

      An interview with: Penny Pritzker, PSP Partners
    • 9:45am: The Corporate View

      John Chambers, JC2 Ventures
      James M. Manyika, McKinsey & Company
      Penny Pritzker, PSP Partners
      Jeroen Tas, Philips
    • 10:15am: Q&A

    • 10:30 - 11:00am


      Hosted by Steelcase
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm

      Techonomy Labs

    • Brainworks II: Senses and Sensibility

      Brains and machines are converging, and it poses labyrinthian challenges. As understanding of the brain grows, it will change not only ourselves but the machines with which we work and upon which we increasingly rely.

      Sir Colin Blakemore, University of London
      Oren Boiman, Magisto
      Pradeep K. Khosla, University of California at San Diego
      Arati Prabhakar, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
      Terrence J. Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
      Moderator: Daniela Hernandez, Fusion
    • Catch Me If You Can

      “What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today. Technology breeds crime.”
      – Frank W. Abagnale
      (swindler, author of “Catch Me If You Can”)

      From the streets to the boardroom, tech informs and empowers both criminals and those who seek to stop them. Is the future of crime destined to be an escalating techno-arms-race, the same old cops-and-robbers just with cooler tools? Or can we look forward to a calmer, more civilized world in which criminality is rare and openness is the order of the day?

      Video & Transcript

      Nicole Eagan, Darktrace
      Victoria A. Espinel, BSA | The Software Alliance
      David J. Johnson, Federal Bureau of Investigation
      Brian Kelly, Rackspace
      Elena Kvochko, Barclays
      Rowan Trollope, Cisco
      Moderator: Michael Patsalos-Fox, Stroz Friedberg
    • Quantum Computing: Fast Forward to the Next Frontier

      Quantum theory continues to get experimentally reinforced–a strange unknown world where measuring things stabilizes them and where particles can become “entangled.” It was such an offensive idea to Einstein he called it “spooky action at a distance.” First generation quantum computers are here, and the race is on to unlock a transformative frontier of unimaginable computational power. It may remake communications and security. How altered might a quantum society be?

      Vern Brownell, D-Wave Systems
      Bryan Jacobs, Berberian & Company
      Mark Ritter, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
      Moderator: Michael J. Miller, Ziff Brothers Investments & PCMag
    • Scouting for Talent, Digging for Diversity

      In a world where the search for talent is fraught with bias, new approaches to tech-enabled “scouting” are emerging that aim to make hiring fairer. Algorithms and decision-support-systems comb through data, screening and refining in ways that help those doing the hiring refine their “gut” to avoid traditional bias traps. Will the calls to improve diversity lead to a new “HR” technology sector? Can tech truly tamp out bias?

      Angela Benton, NewMe Accelerator
      Gary A. Bolles, eParachute & Closing The Gap
      James Gardner, Mindjet & Spigit
      Laura Mather, Unitive
      Additional speaker to be announced Moderator: Lareina Yee, McKinsey & Company
    • 12:00 - 1:15pm


      Hosted by Ford
    • 1:30 - 2:15pm

      In Parallel

    • Beyond Silicon Valley

      Silicon Valley is often held up as the gold standard of revolution and transformation, but what if replicating the Valley isn’t the point? Other hives of innovation buzz around the country and in almost every city around the world. Where will innovation happen, and how will what we build change as its venue changes?

      Video & Transcript

      Marco Annunziata, GE
      Sean Belka, Fidelity Investments
      Jim McCarthy, Visa
      Ken Washington, Ford Motor Company
      Moderator: Zachary Karabell, The Progress Network
    • Brainworks III: Intelligent Business Machines

      As our machines and their networks approach true “thought,” they promise to become either independent actors in the social order or the ultimate enhancement of every human being. How are businesses harnessing this new intelligence?

      Jag Duggal, Quantcast
      Babak Hodjat, Sentient
      George John, Rocket Fuel
      Jon Stein, Betterment
      Moderator: Jessi Hempel, Wired
    • 2:15 - 2:30pm

      Switch Break

    • 2:30 - 3:10pm

      Change Is a Corporate Asset

      An epidemic of “creative destruction” sparked by innovators and entrepreneurs is forcing corporate leaders and even the most eminent companies to be both visionary and courageous. Can corporate management change fast enough to meet new-age customer and stakeholder demands?

      Video & Transcript

      James Barrese, PayPal
      Kim Metcalf-Kupres, Johnson Controls
      Mike Sutcliff, Accenture Digital
      Rajat Taneja, Visa
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 3:10 - 3:15pm

      180º Shifts

      Three minutes. One idea. Reimagine. Reconsider. Rethink.
    • Start Your (Search) Engines

      Never have we had greater, faster, more ubiquitous access to knowledge. Fat lot of good it does us, though, if we can’t successfully find it when we want it. What is the greatest tool for search?

      Video & Transcript

      Dr. Anthony W. Marx, The New York Public Library
    • Fashion vs. Tech: Who Will Come Out on Top?

      A traditional industry needing “saving” has become a leader for bytes, bricks and silicon.

      Video & Transcript

      Liz Bacelar, Decoded Fashion
    • 3:15 - 3:55pm

      Hunger, Health and the Future of Food

      Feeding the world is, according to some, well within our grasp. Vast new indoor farms are being built around the world. Some say it will allow us to “program plants.” And genetic alteration of food sources opens other new horizons. For now, distribution remains the biggest challenge–how will we get the food where it needs to go while keeping it fresh and nutritious? Food technology is undergoing a renaissance.

      Video & Transcript

      Christina Agapakis, Ginkgo Bioworks
      Caleb Harper, MIT Media Lab
      Drew Purves, Google DeepMind
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 3:55 - 4:00pm

      180º Shift

      Three minutes. One idea. Reimagine. Reconsider. Rethink.

      Three minutes. One idea. Reimagine. Reconsider. Rethink.
    • At the Crossroads of Tech and Identity

      Man and machine are increasingly drawn together. What does that mean for culture? Can art and automation coexist? Who better to ask than an artist with a coder’s DNA?

      Video & Transcript

      Benjamin De Kosnik, California College of the Arts
    • 4:00 - 4:30pm

      The Right Now Movement: Mobility Transforms Industry

      Empowered by the convergence of information and communication technologies, tribes of every kind are connecting, swarming, pushing and pulling industry and society. We increasingly now live in a mobile realm that is changing media, commerce, politics and society. How will the changing structure of our communications change business? And what will it mean for the world economy?

      Video & Transcript

      Peter Burman, Boliden
      Geraldine Calpin, Hilton Worldwide
      Erik Ekudden, Ericsson
      Moderator: Michael Chui, McKinsey & Company
    • 4:30 - 5:30pm

      Are We Optimizing the Future?

      Technology and technological progress have, throughout history, pushed and pulled us forward, sometimes violently, sometimes to great acclaim, sometimes to little thunderous fanfare at all. But technological growth has been the near defining constant, the fuel that has propelled humanity’s advance for millennia.

      Video & Transcript

    • 4:30pm: Futurist, scientist, author and musician Jaron Lanier will offer his opinions on tech’s continuing role in driving humanity forward.

    • 4:50pm: Steve Jurvetson of DFJ and Colin Blakemore of the University of London join to discuss what, from art to AI and from farming to pharma, they’re most excited about and what keeps them up at night.

    • 5:20pm: Q&A

    • 6:15 - 7:00pm


      Hosted by Accenture Digital
    • 7:15 - 8:45pm


      Hosted by Visa
    • 8:45pm

      Evening Performance with Chuck Prophet

      An interview with and performance by: Chuck Prophet
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 7:00am

      Registration Opens

    • 7:00 - 8:00am
    • 7:30 - 8:45am

      Breakfast Session

    • What We’ve Learned

      A free-flowing conversation. What has bubbled up over the last 36-hours? What more do we need to be thinking about?

      Hosted by: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 8:45 - 9:00am

      Switch Break

    • 9:00 - 9:10am

      Welcome Back

      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 9:10 - 9:40am

      Optimus Prime: The CEO As Transformer

      CEOs today must lead creatively, have as much EQ as IQ and thrive in a frenzied, revolutionary atmosphere. Everything about rapid change is anathema to traditional best practices. Today, the CEO as transformer, feeding on flux and relishing disruption, is what companies need to survive and thrive. (for the uninitiated, Optimus Prime is the just and moral leader of The Transformers)

      Video & Transcript

      John S. Chen, BlackBerry
      Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 9:50 - 10:00am

      180º Shifts

      Three minutes. One idea. Reimagine. Reconsider. Rethink.
    • Open, Sesame

      The robots are coming, the robots are coming! It may surprise you to learn about the operating system many of them are running, though.

      Video & Transcript

      Brian Gerkey, Open Source Robotics Foundation
    • Material Miracles

      Silicon, the stuff upon which the Valley was built, is maxing out. The future, according to some, belongs to gallium nitride. What is it, and what does it mean?

      Video & Transcript

      Alex Lidow, Efficient Power Conversion
    • Quantum Leaps

      For those of us with a natural aversion to physics the idea of quantum computing can be a real brain buster. How does this stuff work, and what are the real, immediate opportunities in store?

      Video & Transcript

      Mark Ritter, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
    • 10:00 - 10:25am

      The Imitating Nature Game

      Will insect swarm logic be the key to better energy management? Can slime mold and mushrooms end our reliance on blacktop and cement? From packaging to turbulence, urban planning to leadership, what can we learn from the problem-solvers of the natural world?

      Video & Transcript

      Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford University
      Beth Rattner, Biomimicry Institute
      Moderator: Jon Bruner, O’Reilly Media, Inc.
    • 10:25 - 10:30am

      Do a Moonshot

      Facing today’s grand challenges with moonshots and 10x strategies, rather than incremental approaches, will lead to real solutions and new business models.

      Video & Transcript

      Jack Hidary, The Hidary Foundation & Google X
    • 10:30 - 10:35am

      Next3B: A Catalyst for Economic and Social Change

      It took 40 years for the first 3 billion people to connect to the Internet. The next 3 billion will join in less than 10. But that can enable giant leaps in the globals financial inclusion, education and health.

      Video & Transcript

      Rangu Salgame, Princeton Growth Ventures
    • 10:35 - 11:15am

      The Future of Reality: Will Seeing be Believing?

      Augmented and virtual reality interfaces will almost certainly be how we interact with devices in the future. They will remake not just entertainment, but work, learning, health, and day-to-day living. What will be the cyber-worlds, cyber markets and cyber governments of the future?

      Video & Transcript

      Michael Buckwald, Leap Motion
      Glen Fields, DAQRI
      James Robb, United States Navy & National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)
      Moderator: Mary Lou Jepsen, Openwater
    • 11:15am - 12:00pm

      Customer Connection is the Heart of the Internet of Things

      The CEO of Salesforce joins one of the company’s top engineers (himself an industry legend) to discuss why serving customers well will increasingly involve a deep integration with the Internet of Things. As the world gets more connected, and all its parts communicate with one another, we need to rethink what software means in business, in society and for human values.

      Video & Transcript

      A conversation with: Marc Benioff, Salesforce
      Adam Bosworth, Salesforce
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 12:00pm

      Closing Remarks