Techonomy November 5-7, 2017

Subject to Change

    • 10:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

      Social + Networking Activities

      Coastal Bike Tour, Golf Clinic, Purisima Creek Redwood Preserve Hike
    • 2:45 pm - 5:30 pm


    • 2:45 pm


    • 3:00 pm


      Techonomists ignite our conversations with downloads of their biggest concerns and best ideas about tech’s potential and perils.

    • 3:20 pm

      Can We Handle the Coming Convergence of Man and Machine?

      It seems like computers are starting to merge with our minds, bodies, and maybe even our souls. What new society emerges? Will we bow down to our digital brethren? Probably not. But as new systems, rules, and opportunities emerge, what strange semi-automated netherworld are we hurtling towards?

      Additional speakers to be announced Oren Etzioni, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
      Mary Lou Jepsen, Openwater
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 4:00 pm

      Future Tech

      Speaker to be announced
    • 4:20 pm

      Reckoning With the New Hegemonists

      Amazon, Facebook, and Google are a new breed of global giant, wielding extraordinary social, political, and economic weight, with little prospect of being dislodged. Fast-rising Chinese colossi Alibaba and Tencent aspire to something similar. Silicon Valley and the tech industry set a high bar for themselves as an industry that will improve the world, counting on trust from consumers and regulators. In our current climate of social and economic unrest, how long can that last? Will the tech giants face an existential crisis?

    • 5:00 pm

      Feed Me I

      Data-driven diets, lab-grown meat, plant-based proteins, personalized nutrition, genetic modification—the intersection of tech, food, and nutrition plays a crucial role in feeding the world. How is tech impacting not just the production of food, but the nutritional value of what we consume? Will high-tech food lead to healthier humans?

      Three presentations on the nexus of tech & food:
    • Metagenomics: Ensuring Food Safety & Supply

      How environmental microbial genetic material, data and analytics is allowing us to detect and address the integrity and safety of our food supply chain. Additional presentations to be announced.

      Jeff Welser, IBM
    • Additional presentations to be announced
    • 5:10 pm

      Feed Me II: A Conversation with

      Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company
    • 5:30 pm

      What is Augmented Reality For?

      Robert Scoble has traveled the world for years meeting the entrepreneurs who are building the next big thing in augmented reality. Where is AR really taking us? What are some of the real-world applications? What role does AR play in the future of both our digital and analog world?

      Robert Scoble, Transformation Group
    • 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm

      Switch Break

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    • 6:45 pm


    • 8:30 pm

      Evening Session

    • 7:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • Johnson & Johnson Well-Being Workout

      Introducing a new holistic training experience for your mind, body and spirit. This 30-minute class will build physical fitness, mental resilience, and a sense of calm and optimism.
    • 7:15 am

      Breakfast Session

    • Eat Well, Move More, Stress Less, Love More: The Healing Power of Lifestyle Medicine

      Simple lifestyle changes can lead to significant health benefits. Join Dr. Dean Ornish, physician and best-selling author, in a transformational workshop that will help you personalize an optimal lifestyle program.

      Dean Ornish, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
    • 8:30 am - 10:30 am


    • 8:30 am


    • 8:45 am

      To Be Announced

    • 9:00 am

      Retail’s Rubicon

      The physical and digital converge in commerce and no industry is under more tech-driven stress than retail. Amazon’s astonishing inroads have everyone daunted, clearly demonstrating that old ways must change. Yet retail will not be an exclusively digital experience. From browsing, to purchase, to delivery, how do you balance the in-store and online retail experience? What are the best ideas for combining the best of both worlds?

      Additional speaker to be announced Steve Carlin, SoftBank Robotics
      Christian Madsbjerg, ReD Associates
      Michael Monahan, Pitney Bowes
    • 9:45 am

      180° Shift Talks

      Additional talks to be announced
    • The Cybersecurity of Sports: How Technology Can Interfere With the Integrity of the Game, and Safety of Fans

      Betsy Cooper will present the results of a research project, conducted in conjunction with the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid, to study the future of cybersecurity in sports. Cooper and her research team analyzed four major sports (swimming, gymnastics, track, and rowing) and highlighted ways that new technologies—from scoring systems, to food dispensers, to drones, to virtual reality—could interfere with the security of major sporting events.

      Betsy Cooper, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
    • 10:00 am

      How 3-D Technology is Advancing Personalized Treatment

      From converting patient-specific CT scan data into digital 3-D anatomical models for surgical simulation and planning; to 3-D printing patient-specific implants; to manufacturing mass custom devices for hearing aids and teeth alignment, 3-D technology is advancing personalized treatment.

      Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems
    • 10:05 am

      Global Health Futures

      Over seven billion people are getting healthier. It’s the biggest, but least discussed, success that technology is achieving in the world today. How and why has global health improved? Disease eradication, better medical care, reproductive health care, and strong policies all lead to a healthier world. At a time when things may seem grim, how do we ensure improved health outcomes remain a bright spot on the global landscape?

      Additional speaker to be announced Agnes Binagwaho, University of Global Health Equity
      Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems
      Roy Smythe, Philips
    • 10:45 am


    • 11:15 am


    • The Path to Autonomous Mobility

      Unmanned aircraft of all sizes, self-driving cars and ships, delivery robots—all are moving towards autonomous mobility. But it’s not just about the smart systems, sensors, and tech. Can policy and regulation come together without hindering innovation? What is the threshold for societal acceptance and risk? What is needed to get to a future where autonomous machines are able to seamlessly navigate the same landscape as us? How do we reach full autonomous mobility?

      Additional speaker to be announced Mark Bartolomeo, Verizon
      Melissa Cefkin, Nissan
      Tessa Lau, Savioke
    • Should Data Ownership be a Civil Right?

      Every time we engage with a connected device, we’re generating data and value for some entity, more often than not the entity is not ourselves. As our data becomes the most valuable asset we have, why do we have no ownership or control over it? How do we make that happen? Is it even possible?

      Additional speakers to be announced Eric Topol, Scripps Translational Science Institute
      Christiane zu Salm, Nicolai Publishing & Intelligence
    • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


    • 1:30 pm


    • The Uncertain, Unstable, Changing Nature of Work

      Relentless automation and the shift to platforms is changing how we organize and categorize work. As the economy evolves from “jobs” to “tasks,” policies, safety nets, and systems are struggling to keep up. How do we ensure the benefits of the new landscape of work are evenly distributed?

      Byron Auguste, Opportunity@Work
      Diana Farrell, JPMorgan Chase Institute
      Sasan Goodarzi, Intuit
      Paul Roehrig, Cognizant
      Moderator: Peter Petre, Author
    • The Blockchain Economy

      If you believe the hype, the blockchain will change, well, everything, ushering in a decentralized economy, where transparency is ensured, transactions are secure and our identities and assets flow seamlessly through an open infrastructure. From trade and finance, to healthcare, government and smart cities, how can blockchain innovation systems live up to the hype? Hear from the creators, regulators, and companies writing the rules in real time.

      Additional speakers to be announced Kathleen Breitman, Tezos & Dynamic Ledger Solutions
      Andrea Tinianow, Global Delaware
      Moderator: Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times
    • 2:30 pm

      Switch Break

    • 2:45 pm - 5:45 pm


    • 2:45 pm

      Good Afternoon

    • 3:00 pm

      Water. Always. Wins.

      Despite the sophistication of our technology and our increasing ability to engineer our physical and natural environment, when it comes to rising sea levels and tides, our ability to hold back water is limited. As cities become more vulnerable, island nations disappear, and coastal regions remain constantly at peril, how will we adapt? What will it mean for our communities, infrastructure, and society at large? Can we build in the resilience to survive our waterlogged future?

      Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone
      Moderator: Simone Ross, Techonomy
    • 3:20 pm

      180° Shift Talks

    • 3:25 pm

      To Be Announced

    • 3:45 pm

      What is Authority in a Networked, Artificially Intelligent World?

      As algorithms and AI are seamlessly integrated into everything, who (or what) is making the decisions? As we turn to companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google for everything, are they becoming the de facto authority? What does authority mean anymore? What will replace the old systems for signifying authority?

    • 4:30 pm

      180° Shift Talks

      Additional talks to be announced
    • Disrupting Cities: What We Can Learn From Past Attempts at Urban Innovation

      Throughout history, we’ve thought that recent advances in technology could solve the perennial problems of cities. Many technologists have tried to transfer new technologies into the urban realm— with varying degrees of success.

      Molly Turner, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business & Airbnb
    • 4:40 pm

      How Tech is Remaking the Construction Industry

      Every tech development you can think of is being applied to the $10 trillion global construction industry, bringing increased efficiency and productivity to an industry thus far slow to digitize. From off-site and modular/prefab construction, to robotic bricklayers, to IoT-enabled job sites, construction is getting smart. What will the construction tech landscape look like in a few years’ time? How will the way we build transform?

      Michael Marks, Katerra
      Tracy Young, PlanGrid
    • 5:10 pm

      To Be Announced

    • 5:45 pm

      Afternoon Sessions Conclude

    • 6:00 pm


    • 6:45 pm

      Dinner and Evening Performance

    • 7:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • Johnson & Johnson Well-Being Workout

      Introducing a new holistic training experience for your mind, body and spirit. This 30-minute class will build physical fitness, mental resilience, and a sense of calm and optimism.
    • 7:45 am - 8:45 am

      Breakfast Roundtables

    • Leadership Breakfast Session

      Two-thirds of executives say the next 36 months will be more critical to their industries than the previous 50 years. In this volatile, uncertain, tech-infused world, the old ways of developing leaders are irrelevant. Now it’s not just training great people, but helping them learn to configure and reconfigure into fast-evolving systems. What are enlightened companies and leaders are doing to stay effective now?

      in partnership with Duke Corporate Education and Johnson & Johnson Lowinn Kibbey, Johnson & Johnson
      Tony O'Driscoll, DukeCE Labs & The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
    • How can Tech and Government Save Democracy?

      With the spread of disinformation, dark posts, micro-targeting, sophisticated techno-manipulation, we’ve learned a lot in the past year about the negative impact of technology on democracy. So now what? Certainly the solution does not lie with just tech or government alone. So can tech, government and civil society come together to prevent the demise of democracy?

    • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

      Closing Sessions

    • 9:00 am


    • 9:10 am

      To Be Announced

    • 9:30 am

      Extending Reality

      As augmented, virtual and mixed realities start to push the boundaries of the physical world, we are finally starting to see practical applications of AR and VR technology across a spectrum of industries. What is the future of technologies that are explicitly designed to facilitate this transition? As we navigate these new ‘realities,’ what will it mean for business, society, and for our sense of where and who we are?

      Additional speakers to be announced Marc Carrel-Billiard, Accenture
      Tony Parisi, Unity Technologies
    • 10:10 am

      180° Shift Talks

    • 10:20 am

      To Be Announced

    • 10:40 am

      In conversation with

      John Kelly, IBM
    • 11:00 am

      The Internet Under Attack

      As countries seek extreme advantage in the newly-networked world, many are limiting speech, imposing restrictive rules, and taking firm control of the digital infrastructure. Can the global internet remain an engine of economic growth and free information exchange? Can countries like China learn to play on a truly global field?

    • 11:40 am

      To Be Announced

    • 12:25 pm

      Closing Remarks

    • 12:30 pm

      Conference Ends