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17 Conference Report #techonomy17

Techonomy November 5-7, 2017

Program Overview

“The idea that fake news on Facebook…influenced the election in any way, I think is a pretty crazy idea,” said Mark Zuckerberg onstage at Techonomy 2016. He has subsequently recanted, but there is a reason his notorious words were uttered here. We are probing. This conference, unlike others, puts the change-making leaders and thinkers on stage and pushes them to go further, so business and social leaders can gain deeper understanding. It’s where leaders come to explore how tech changes everything, and get answers. If you’ve never been to Techonomy, click here to view the four-minute video about our conference, or request an invitation to Techonomy 2017, November 5-7 at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Techonomy events are a unique blend of highly curated programming and room-wide dialogue, in combination with lots of networking. We bring together the top thinkers, executives, and entrepreneurs. It’s a fertile environment for collaboration and discussion, all focused on tech’s shocking and unassailable impact on business and society. How can any leader not be worrying about that these days? Our events are highly interactive. We don’t believe in a broadcast format. We want discussion. To ensure great dialogue, we curate who we invite and end up with a uniquely diverse, extremely stimulating group.

This year’s theme, The Convergence of Man and Machine, offers a framework to explore artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotics, and global connectivity, among other topics.  The program includes probing onstage interviews, short talks, thoughtfully curated panels, and interactive breakout sessions.

You’ve heard about speakers like Verizon’s Lowell McAdam and Cisco’s John Chambers, but here are more unique elements in our deeply-considered, highly-curated program:

  • the chief scientist at Amazon’s Alexa group joined by an interface expert who left Facebook to work on brain interfaces, plus a top sociologist, on people vs. machines
  • the biological technologies chief at DARPA
  • multiple discussions about the “new hegemonists”—Amazon, Facebook, and Google—the world they create, authority, privacy, and fake news
  • A session on The Blockchain Economy
  • Beth Comstock of GE with former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
  • CEO Mark Bertolini of Aetna, on Obamacare and American health (plus author Dean OrnishOscar CEO Mario Schlosser, and others driving that topic further)
  • Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison on the future of food
  • Journalists Steven Levy of Backchannel and The New York Times’ Nathaniel Popper & Katie Benner
  • A session on autonomous vehicles, both cars and drones
  • Rolling Stone‘s Jeff Goodell on climate change and the coming world of water
  • Can AI Save Democracy? plus more on elections, government, & tech

You can find the current program and agenda here

Our participants represent all aspects of our society.  From CEOs to university chancellors, business and engineering school deans to corporate Chief Innovation and Information Officers, Techonomy’s audience is as diverse as it is deep.  You can find a list of this year’s participants here.

Speaker submissions for Techonomy 2017 are closed.  If you would like to suggest a speaker for Techonomy’s 2018 events, please email speakers@techonomy.com.

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For more details about last year’s event, view the 2016 Participant List & Program.

Past Conference Reports: 2016 2015 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011