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Detroit 14

Sep 15, 2014

On September 16th, Techonomy returns to Detroit for our third annual Techonomy Detroit conference. We will continue the series of conversations we began at our first Techonomy Detroit in 2012 on how technology can boost U.S. economic growth, job creation and urban revival. Techonomy Detroit brings together leaders and thinkers from business, technology, government and academia to better understand how to move the U.S., and the world, into an urbanized, technologized, inclusive future.

Detroit’s travails symbolize issues faced by many American cities and to some extent the entire country. But this is also a city energetically seeking to revive itself. The birthplace of assembly-line manufacturing and technologized transportation, Detroit was once the innovation engine of the U.S. economy. There is no better place for a conversation on how our national priorities must change in a technologized economy. And as we learned the past two years, the Detroit community is committed to creative problem solving in ways few outsiders can appreciate. Extraordinary energies and opportunities are being unleashed.

All Sessions

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6:00 - 7:30 pm

Opening Reception

Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Remarks by:

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

7:45 am

Registration Opens

Community Arts Auditorium Lobby

7:45 - 8:45 am


Hosted by Detroit Venture Partners

8:30 - 8:40 am
8:40 - 9:25 am

Was It Just a Dream?

Alex Alsup

Chief Product Officer, LOVELAND Technologies

David Behen

Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan

Joel Gurin

Senior Advisor, The Governance Lab, New York University

Tony Scott

Federal Chief Information Officer and Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget | The White House

Michael Chui

Partner, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

10:40 - 11:00 am


11:00 - 11:40 am
11:40 - 11:45 am

Debut of the “Love My City” Contest-Winning Video

Presented in partnership with Ford. Introduced by:

Reid Genauer

Chief Marketing Officer, Magisto

11:45 - 12:25 pm

The Economics of Sharing

Stacy Brown-Philpot

Chief Operating Officer, TaskRabbit

April Rinne

Sharing Economy | Shareable Cities Expert, World Economic Forum

Jennifer Bradley

Director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute

12:25 - 12:35 pm

The Internet Is Not the Answer

A presentation by:

Andrew Keen

Author, "The Internet Is Not the Answer", Digital Vertigo

1:00 - 2:00 pm


Hosted by Ford

2:00 - 2:15 pm


2:15 - 3:15 pm

Techonomy Labs

Manufacturing in the Innovation Economy

Aaron Dignan

Chief Executive Officer, Undercurrent

Achyut Jajoo

Senior Director, Manufacturing Industries,

Kate Sofis

Executive Director, SFMade

Building the Brand

Mary Ellen Hickey

Marketing Manager, Uber

Doug Kisor

Chair, Graphic Design Department, College for Creative Studies

Bridget Russo

Marketing Director, Shinola

Constance DeCherney

Head of the iCrossing Collaboratory, iCrossing

Is the Maker City the City of the Future?

Phil Cooley

Founder and Visionary, Ponyride

The Digital Divide: How Can the Tech Industry Become More Inclusive?

Brian Forde

Congressional Candidate for U.S. Congress,

Chris Genteel

Head of Diversity Markets, Google, Inc.

Laura Mather

Founder and CEO, Unitive

Marlin Page

Diversity and Inclusion Officer, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Danae Ringelmann

Founder and Chief Development Officer, Indiegogo

Andrew Keen

Author, "The Internet Is Not the Answer", Digital Vertigo

3:15 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 3:35 pm

Welcome Back!

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

3:35 pm

Establishing a Firm Foundation

Jean Case

Chief Executive Officer, Case Foundation

Nolan Finley

Editorial Page Editor and Columnist, The Detroit News

4:00 - 4:15 pm

A Presentation on Tech and the Economy

4:15 - 4:40 pm
4:40 - 5:05 pm

Can We Train America to Train its Workers?

Brian Forde

Congressional Candidate for U.S. Congress,

Zach Sims

Co-founder and CEO, Codecademy

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

5:10 - 5:50 pm

Startups, Cities, and Sustaining Innovation

Jill Ford

Special Advisor to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Josh Linkner

Chairman and Cofounder, Platypus Labs

Andrew Keen

Author, "The Internet Is Not the Answer", Digital Vertigo

5:50 - 5:55 pm

Closing Remarks

5:55 - 6:45 pm


Hosted by Quicken Loans


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