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Detroit 12

Techonomy Detroit, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, is a one-day multidisciplinary gathering of national and local leaders about reigniting U.S. competitiveness and economic growth, creating jobs, and revitalizing cities in a technologized age. It brings together executives and thought leaders from technology, business, manufacturing, government and design. TE Detroit aims to help sharpen the dialogue about progress, technology, and the economy during a national political campaign in which jobs are on the top of the agenda.

Techonomy sees tech firmly at the core of all economic and social progress. Our goal is to help leaders and citizens better understand the potential of technology-enabled change so we can consciously harness it and accelerate economic growth.

Why Detroit?

Detroit—the birthplace of assembly-line manufacturing and technologized transportation—was an earlier era’s Silicon Valley. Though its influence and scale have diminished, formidable industrial and cultural assets remain. It has a great airport. Its potential represents in many ways a green field for innovation and transformation.

Detroit’s travails symbolize issues faced by many American cities. In an age of inexorably quickening tech-driven change, how can Detroit’s citizens manifest that change in infrastructure, education, jobs, and services?

The Format

Techonomy Detroit begins with a reception Tuesday evening, September 11, followed by an all- day program at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium September 12. Keynote interviews, short talks and plenary panels will be accompanied by breakout sessions in the beautiful nearby McGregor Center.

To register for Techonomy Detroit: Hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, click here.

All Sessions

Play all 15 sessions


7:30 - 8:30 am

Coffee & Registration

8:30 - 10:35 am

Plenary Sessions (Community Arts Auditorium)

8:30 am


David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Ned Staebler

Vice President of Economic Development, Wayne State University

8:40 - 9:05 am
9:05 - 9:15 am

The City as Technology

Carlo Ratti

Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

9:15 - 9:55 am

How Far Can Innovation Take Our Cities?

Janet Anderson

Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies, Wayne State University

Gordon Feller

Director, Urban Innovations, Public Sector Practice, Cisco

Carlo Ratti

Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

Bruce J. Katz

Vice President and Founding Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

9:55 - 10:35 am

Our Challenge in an Era of Global Competition

Edward Alden

Director, Renewing America Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Vivek Kundra

First CIO of the U.S. and EVP, Emerging Markets,

Paul Mascarenas

Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company

Michael S. Teitelbaum

Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University, and Senior Advisor, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

10:35 - 11:00 am


11:00 - 1:00 pm

Plenary Sessions

11:00 am

Welcome Back

11:05 - 11:50 am
12:00 - 12:35 pm

Manufacturing's Future, and the Impact on Jobs

Amar Hanspal

Senior Vice President, Products, Autodesk

Daniel Howes

Business Columnist and Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News

1:00 - 2:00 pm


2:15 - 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions (McGregor Center)

So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?

Brian Balasia

Founder and President, Digerati

Grady Burnett

Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Mike Norman

Co-founder and President, Wefunder

Eric Savitz

San Francisco Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine

Is Detroit the Next Berlin?

Josh Linkner

Chairman and Cofounder, Platypus Labs

Leslie Smith

President and CEO, TechTown

Tim Smith

President and CEO, Skidmore Studio

Jobs, Growth, and Michigan's Future

Sarah McClelland

President, Michigan Market, JP Morgan Chase

Beyond the Theories: Local Strategies to Revitalize Detroit

Drextel Amy

President, Michigan Region, Liberty Bank and Trust

Walter K. Evans

Chief Operating Officer, The Barthwell Group

John Webb

CEO and Managing Partner, Quantum Reach

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Switch Break

3:30 - 5:30 pm

Plenary Sessions (Community Arts Auditorium)

3:30 pm

Welcome Back

3:55 - 4:35 pm

Why I Believe in Detroit

Tonya Allen

Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Program, The Skillman Foundation

Brian Balasia

Founder and President, Digerati

Catherine Kelly

Local Partner, Our/Detroit

Bruce Schwartz

Detroit Relocation Ambassador, Quicken Loans, Bedrock Real Estate Services

Sponsors and Partners

Host Sponsors

Knowledge Partner

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Wayne State University, Community Arts Center


450 W Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

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