NYC 18

May 8, 2018 ET

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 techMaggie 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 workplaceAustin McChord, CEO, Datto, David Lee, CEO, MPowerUSA, Amy Nelson, CEO, Venture for America, and author Rich Benjamin on how tech can revive American citiesChristina 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 foodtrade with China, the role of libraries in the digital world, AI, blockchainclimate changethe internet giants.