Techonomy Detroit brings together leaders and thinkers from business, technology, government and academia to better understand how to move America and the world into an urbanized, technologized inclusive future.

In addition to Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, confirmed speakers include Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics, Jean Case of The Case Foundation, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang. Our Detroit partners include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Quicken Loans, McKinsey & Company, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Michigan Media Solutions, Automation Alley, and Skidmore Studio.

Why Detroit?

Detroit’s travails symbolize issues faced by many American cities. As the birthplace of assembly-line manufacturing and technologized transportation, Detroit was once the innovation engine of the US economy. It is also a city energetically, desperately working to revive. There is no better place for a conversation on these national priorities. And as we learned last year, the local Detroit community is committed to creative problem-solving in ways few outsiders can appreciate. Extraordinary energies are being unleashed.