Techonomy NYC was an exercise in the cross-fertilization of ideas.
The two-day gathering brought together a diverse group—practitioners of innovation, business leaders open about their challenges, policy experts not afraid to go out on a limb, and rising entrepreneurs—household names and emerging leaders.
Speakers and attendees all grappled with the impact of technology on business and society, both for good and for bad.
We started with a far-ranging discussion with advertising legend Martin Sorrell and ended with a frank conversation with Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. In between we heard from Microsoft President Brad Smith on responsible tech; Maggie Chan Jones, CEO, Tenshey, Sarah Gerber, co-founder, Zero Gap, and Gina Hadley, co-founder, The Second Shift, on how women are creating a more equitable workplace; Austin McChord, CEO, Datto, David Lee, CEO, MPowerUSA, Amy Nelson, CEO, Venture for America, and author Rich Benjamin on how tech can revive American cities; Christina Sass, founder of Andela, which is training programmers in Africa, and a host of others.
Techonomy NYC took on the biggest issues at the intersection of technology, business, and society: healthcare, the future of food, trade with China, the role of libraries in the digital world, AI, blockchain, climate change, the internet giants.