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Government Techonomy Events

Jim Breyer of Accel Partners on Tech and Direct Democracy

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Jim Breyer, Partner at Accel Partners, argues that technology is fueling a new type of direct democracy. He cites the city of Rio De Janeiro as an example of how a local government has used technology to make life safer for its citizens.   More

Learning

“Bring Your Own Device” Movement Turns Classroom Disruption into Pedagogy

In college classrooms where innovations like smart phones and Facebook are getting in the way of learning, some tech-savvy professors are taking an “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em” approach. They’re asking students to bring their web-enabled mobile devices to class and keep them turned on.   More

Business Techonomy Events

Jack Dorsey on Working for Two Companies Full-Time

In this video from the "21st Century Individuals vs. 20th Century Organizations" session at Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick asks Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and co-founder and CEO of Square, how he juggles two full-time jobs. What it all comes down to, says Dorsey, is a lot of discipline and structure, not to mention a 16-hour workday.   More

Arts & Culture Techonomy Events

Jeffrey Katzenberg on Achieving Real-time Rendering in Digital Animation

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Jeffery Katzenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, details how new software that Dreamworks developed with Intel is revolutionizing the way his studio makes moves by allowing animation rendering in realtime. He says the software has the potential to change a number of industries, from design to oil.   More

Business

Adapting Our Business Model to Leverage the New Techonomy

For those of us who have worked in the technology space for decades, now is our time. We dreamed big dreams thirty years ago: technology would become the global engine transforming every industry and entity; it would impact all life on our planet. Those dreams have become a reality. Now we need to adjust our ambitions and—in the case of my organization—our business models to think bigger.   More

Learning

Flipped Classrooms Turn Learning on Its Head

When Marc Seigel’s honors students tackle their chemistry homework, they don’t crack open a textbook or pull out a worksheet. Instead, they lounge on beds with laptops balanced on knees, stand at bus stops staring at smartphone screens, and watch YouTube videos on family computers. In November, Seigel started to replace traditional homework assignments with eight- to 12-minute video lectures, each intended to mimic a 45-minute lecture in class. By introducing this trendy “flipped classroom” model, the Middletown, N.J. teacher turned his classroom upside down.   More

Government Techonomy Events

Sean Parker on Platforms for Individual Empowerment

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Sean Parker, Managing Partner of Founders Fund, discusses Votizen and Causes, two companies helping to empower the individuals in the political sphere.   More

Business Government

How to Be an Optimist in a Pessimistic Time

It's no secret that technology is changing the world. Unfortunately, there are a surprising number of people who don't get it. Many of them, even more unfortunately, are important leaders in business, other powerful instutitions, and governments. To meet the challenges that face us—whether as leaders of organizations, as leaders of countries, or as the global community addressing our collective challenge—we will only be successful if we unreservedly embrace technology and innovation as essential tools.   More

Startup Culture Techonomy Events

Marc Benioff on the Impact of Entrepreneurs Under 30

In this video from the "Revolutions in Progress" session at Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff discusses what he sees as an emerging model for business. Entrepreneurs under 30 are revolutionizing the way that companies do business, he says, from embracing and developing new technologies to doing away with the old bureaucratic structure. These new 20-something CEOs will change the way we do business, says Benioff.   More

Business Government Techonomy Events

Steve Forbes on Monetary Policy, Healthcare, and Education

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, says reforming monetary policy, healthcare, and education will dramatically improve the US economy.   More

Finance Jobs Techonomy Events

Jim Breyer of Accel Partners on Tech Investment and Job Creation

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Jim Breyer, Partner at Accel Partners, talks about how best to invest in innovative technology, assuming job creation as a primary consideration. By investing in a platform like Etsy, Breyer says, you help create jobs and a marketplace for people all over the world.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Techonomy Events

Microsoft’s Craig Mundie on How Technology Can Reform Healthcare

In this session from Techonomy 2011, in Tuscon, Ariz., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick talks to Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft, about how technology could reform the healthcare industry by giving healthcare providers access to huge amounts of data and statistics they currently don't have.   More

Security & Privacy Techonomy Events

Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch on Transparency and Privacy

In this session from Techonomy 2011, in Tuscon, Ariz., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick talks to Mike Lynch, CEO of Autonomy, about how technology is changing the realms of transparency and privacy. Lynch claims that evolving technology will make it nearly impossible for anyone's actions to go unnoticed.   More

Business Manufacturing

Don’t Call It Crowdsourcing: Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman Brings Invention to the Masses

As he prepared for the 2007 Macworld Expo, 19-year-old inventor Ben Kaufman wondered how he could ever top the buzz his company, Mophie, had generated at the 2006 event. Instead of shooting for another iLounge Best of Show award with a clever new iPod case, he decided to invent a product on the spot—and enlisted total strangers to help him do it. Now 25, Kaufman is CEO of the consumer product company Quirky, which is transforming manufacturing by letting consumers decide what gets produced.   More

Energy & Green Tech Techonomy Events

Picarro’s Michael Woelk on New Emission Mapping Technology

In this talk from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Michael Woelk, CEO of Picarro, introduces state-of-the-art technology that his company has developed to map methane and CO2 emissions in real-time. Picarro has invented scientific equipment that can fit inside a mini-van and monitor emissions from polluters and regulators just by driving by.   More

Government Techonomy Events

Jared Cohen of Google Ideas on How Egyptians Networked Their Revolution

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, discusses how Egyptians used the Internet to advertise and broadcast their revolution, and how it affected the outcome of the uprising. Had Mubarak not shut down the Internet and mobile service networks during the uprising, says Cohen, he might have had a better chance of staying in power.   More

Learning Techonomy Events

Is the Current Higher Education Model Unsustainable?

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Angel Cabrera, President of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, describes why the current model of higher education, with its misleading rankings and inflated tuition, is unsustainable.   More

Business

Why Scavenge for YouTube Videos When You Can Just Chill?

Internet and mobile users can find just about anything through the recommendations of friends. The concept of “social discovery” is seen in services like Pinterest, which provides members with fashion and lifestyle inspiration; Highlight, which creates new social connections based on personal interests and location; and Socialcam, which enables user-generated video sharing among friends. But whatever the content—reviews, images, music—how do you sift through it all to find what suits your preferences? Chill, a new social discovery service that aims to help users mediate the glut of online video content, is catching the attention of top-tier investors and online video gurus.   More

Techonomy Events

Gary Hamel on How Big Companies Inhibit Employee Creativity

In this video from Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., Gary Hamel, director of Management Lab, challenges companies to let employees have the same financial and creative flexibility on the job that that they have at home. Why, he asks, can a woman in Bangladesh get a micro-loan more readily than the average frontline employee at a global 1000 company can get a small amount of money for something experimental?   More

Government Techonomy Events

ITU President Hamadoun Touré on Internet Access as a Human Right

In this video from Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., Forbes editor Randall Lane talks to Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommuniation Union, about why it was important for the Union to establish access to broadband Internet as an international human right. Touré addresses whether the use of social media as a tool for political engagement, and resistance, will make it increasingly difficult to enforce such rights.   More