Techonomy 19


Techonomy 19

The theme for Techonomy 2019 in Half Moon Bay, California was “Reset and Restore: Governing Tech, Retrieving Ethics, and Acting on Climate.” We are in a unique period when corporate responsibility and big-picture thinking is absolutely essential. Business needs to be stepping up to the challenges of society, and we spent much time discussing aspects of that.

To catalyze the debate and stimulate our thinking, we combined some of the world’s most veteran tech experts with business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and several experts on ethical and responsible technology.

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8:00 am

Morning Activities

Golf, Coastal Walk or Bide Ride, Surfing. (Advance signup required.)

2:00 pm

Welcome to Techonomy 2019

Josh Kampel

CEO, Worth Media Group

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

The Internet, Global Tech Platforms, and Our Precarious Moment

We’re in a dangerous interrelated global cycle of tech dysfunction, social discord, political polarization, policy failure, and climate catastrophe. Can the world get a grip on tech? How do we reset and restore?

Andrew Keen

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

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Starting Up to Challenge Amazon

John Chambers now puts his energy into startups, including Pensando, formed by four or his former Cisco colleagues. Pensando aims to enable enterprise to re-think Cloud Computing. How will Pensando differentiate itself against Amazon, what will it mean for enterprise workflow and ultimately, innovation?

John Chambers

Founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures

Soni Jiandani

Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder, Pendsando

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

How Leaders Create the Future

Wilkinson interviewed 200 of the world’s top digital and business change-makers to figure out what works. She’ll talk with practitioner Michelle Zatlyn about what that means in practice.

Amy Wilkinson

Director of Clinical Marketing, Butterfly Network

The Way to Wellville: A Path Towards Healthy Americans

Esther Dyson has made a huge personal and financial commitment to a 10-year nonprofit project to help five small American communities become healthy places by moving from short-term, self-interested thinking to long-term, collective-benefit investment in human capital.

Superminds: The Power of Collaboration

The Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT is the world’s premiere institute promoting collaboration as a set of tools for progress. What could we all be doing differently, together?

Thomas Malone

Director, Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT Sloan School

What One American City Has Learned about Tech

Cleveland is in the midst of an unexpected renaissance under Mayor Frank Jackson. Business and tech are finding new pathways to civic renovation. He’ll talk about how business and tech are finding new pathways to civic renovation.

Josh Kampel

CEO, Worth Media Group

Can We Create a Civilized, Ethical Internet?

Longtime entrepreneur Fadi Chehade took over ICANN at a key moment and became a diplomat, extracting it from the U.S. Commerce Department. But what he learned has his hair on fire as the net continues to morph.

Jodi Halpern

Professor, University of California, Berkeley

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Quantum Computing for Everyone

What does quantum computing mean to you? Whurley is its great popularizer - he thinks of it as “this generation’s space race” and will tell us why he’s on a mission to humanize quantum computing.

Dan Costa

Editorial Director, Worth Media Group

Stop Trashing Plastic: One Company’s Journey to Help Create a Circular Economy

Over the past several decades, plastic packaging has become ubiquitous, but we’ve reached an inflection point with how we manage it’s end of life. It’s estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. We’ll talk with David Tulauskas, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America about how the company is taking on the issue of plastic waste head-on.

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Steven Gray

Head of Content, Tech Communications Director, Meta

The Power of Workplace Connection

What makes doing business different now? If collaboration is key, how do companies encourage it internally? What has worked in a fast-growing business like 1-800-FLOWERS? A veteran entrepreneur in dialog with someone who has created a new specialty--workplace connection.

Jim McCann

Founder + Executive Chairman, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

Lakshmi Rengarajan

Former Director of Workplace Connection, WeWork

Food and Community: How to Eat Now

Mark Brand went from the street to the kitchen, and brought street-smarts with him, along with many people who’d otherwise have nowhere to go. He’ll tell us about his efforts and preview what he’ll cook for us Monday evening at Mountain Terrace..

Mark Brand

Chef and Social Entrepreneur

How Tech Enables Climate Action and Sustainable Development

Nothing is more important than applying tech to the world's biggest problems. 5G wireless technology in particular should enable dramatic improvements in how we can address climate change.

Bhushan Joshi

Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for North America, Ericsson

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Investing and Entrepreneurship for a Warming Planet

How does our global crisis change how we all must think about our work? What kinds of investments make sense if our goal is to arrest a rapidly warming globe? Investor Preston, a partner with Al Gore, talks with the CEO of an autonomous bus company from her portfolio.

Ryan Popple

President and CEO, Proterra Inc.

Lila Preston

Partner & Co-Head, Growth Equity & Sustainable Solutions Fund, Generation Investment Management

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Climate Crisis, Political Crisis, Tech Crisis: What Ties it All Together

The sudden global rise of alarm about climate catastrophe among youth has been bracing and challenging. What can we do to take action?

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

6:30 pm


7:30 pm

Hosted Dinner Party: Superminds for Climate Change

Hosted Dinner Party: Life at Work - Culture, Balance, and Humanity

Hosted Dinner Party: Geek Dinner - Cutting Edge Tech (AI, Quantum, etc.)

Hosted Dinner Party: Super Human - Health & Wellness

6:15 am

Sunrise Yoga

7:00 am

Breakfast Open

7:15 am

ConnectHER Breakfast: A Women's Roundtable

Breakfast Session: Communicating in Times of Crisis

9:00 - 12:30 pm

Morning Sessions

What Marketers Need to Understand About the World

Global big pictures R us. It has given Sorrell an edge for decades. Now he’s starting a new ad and marketing network with fundamentally new premises.

Sir Martin Sorrell

Executive Chairman, S4 Capital

Drew Ianni

Founder and Chairman, CDX, CDX (Event Co-Chair)

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Security in a Connected World and Operating Everywhere: An Industry Veteran's Perspective

Chen has long led businesses in China and worldwide even as he’s remade Blackberry and, earlier, Sybase. Blackberry, no longer a phone company, is now deploying security and other software many places as the internet of things explodes (like our automobiles).

John Chen

Special Advisor, Silver Lake

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

The Business of Compassionate Leadership

With 645 million users globally, LinkedIn is the interstitial tissue of global business. It has also avoided accusations of bias, social distortion, and other depredations. Could Weiner’s deep belief in compassionate leadership as a value be a reason?

Jeff Weiner

Chief Executive Officer, LinkedIn Corporation

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Building a New Consumer Internet

Few have had a larger role creating today’s consumer internet. With her incubator Lumi Labs, Mayer is rethinking email, calendars, and more products designed for the consumer.

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Why AI Has to be Humble

As autonomous systems, AI, and the internet of things surround us, GE Research works to insure its design is grounded in fundamental human values like trust.

Colin Parris

Chief Technology Officer, GE

What’s the Future: New Ways to Govern Tech

Tim O’Reilly is the ultimate insider, but is not content with Silicon Valley as it is. He sees the potential for tech to remake the world, if we remake tech.

Building Peace and Keeping People in Charge

How can people retain meaningful control over the use of force in an autonomous age? Marta Kosmyna’s job is convincing tech companies in Silicon Valley to care.

Dan Costa

Editorial Director, Worth Media Group

Driving Into the Future

Waymo’s chief product officer on how autonomous vehicles will change cities and our lives, and what that could mean for the environment.

Dan Chu

Chief Product Officer, Waymo

Dan Costa

Editorial Director, Worth Media Group

"Alexa- How Will Voice Tech Change Society in its Next Phase?"

A short talk about why and how we should be thinking about voice technology.

What Business Needs to Learn from Psychology

After a career in the hospitality industry, most recently at Airbnb, Chip Conley now runs an academy for mid-life wisdom. What do we all need to learn?

Chip Conley

Hospitality Entrepreneur, Modern Elder

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Afternoon Sessions

How Advanced Tech Can Help the World Prepare and Respond to Extreme Weather

Extreme weather is becoming more intense and dangerous. Now more than ever we must ensure that timely, reliable weather data is available around the world. Technology offers new opportunities to help people and businesses access this data to better prepare for and respond. Meanwhile, improvements in how we manage agriculture can lead to more sustainable food production.

Cameron Clayton

General Manager, Watson Media and Weather, IBM

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

How Women Entrepreneurs are Changing Agriculture

Wu spent years studying women agricultural entrepreneurs. Reforming agriculture may be our biggest opportunity and challenge at a time of global warming.

Amy Wu

Founder & Chief Content Director, Farms to Incubators

Stopping Food Waste and Transforming Communities

Entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe built a rapidly-growing national network to save leftover food and get it to those in need.

Steven Gray

Head of Content, Tech Communications Director, Meta

Turning Tech Towards Humanity

Konstantinos Karachalios oversees the standards group at IEEE, which is deeply engaged in what went wrong with tech and making it right. The engineers of the world can make that happen.

Konstantinos Karachalios

Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association, IEEE

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Fighting Back Against Persuasive Tech

The ad-driven systems of the internet giants are contributing to social decay, Tristan Harris believes. His work at the Center for Humane Technology aims to enlist the people who develop our products into an army for human values.

Tristan Harris

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Humane Technology

Diversity & Inclusion: A Strategic Advantage

Sharawn Connors, VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Micron, discusses pushing for progress in the workplace, her approach to building an inclusive culture, and why D&I is a core strategic advantage. In conversation with attorney and diversity strategist Bari Williams.

Sharawn Connors

VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Micron

Bärí Williams

Diversity Strategist, Bärí A Williams

New Chips to Power the Cloud

Renee James was president of Intel, but now is up against it, in an ambitious new semiconductor startup. What matters is the cloud, and Ampere builds chips to run it.

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Privacy, Data, and the Future of Targeted Marketing

How can personal data power the internet without it undermining our privacy and causing people to lose control? Anneka and her team work to set up laws and best practices to protect consumers, and now, are also focused on political campaigns.

Anneka Gupta

President & Head of Products and Platforms, LiveRamp

Dan Costa

Editorial Director, Worth Media Group

How Do We Know Our Technology is Safe?

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has funded a large new effort at CR to assess and monitor the tools of digital life, just as in the past for cars and washing machines. The goal: shift power back to the hands of consumers.

Craig Newmark

Founder, craigslist

Sarah Frier

Reporter, Bloomberg

How a Collabortive Nonprofit Became One of the Web’s Largest Site

Longtime human rights activist Katherine Maher runs the largest website that’s not a company. It got that way through uniquely leveraging community collaboration, at global scale. What can companies learn from Wikipedia?

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Why China Builds the Cars of the Future

Few know the Chinese auto industry like Dunne. At this time of great uncertainty, how will competition on technologized vehicles evolve? Will China dominate autonomy and electrics? How soon will cars drive themselves?

Michael Dunne

Host, Driving with Dunne podcast and CEO, ZoZo Go

What Silicon Valley Means to Diplomats

The digital sphere may be dominated by large companies, but we must safeguard democratic values and social institutions, says Denmark’s formal ambassador to Silicon Valley. He works to help industry and governments work together.

Casper Klynge

Denmark’s Tech Ambassador

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

5:45 - 8:15 pm

Dinner among the redwoods at Mountain Terrace

8:30 pm

Skylar Grey - Live Performance

6:15 am

Sunrise Yoga

7:00 am

Breakfast Open

7:15 am

Breakfast Session: What Have We Learned about the Internet, Big Tech, and New Paradigms for Governance?

Jean-Claude Goldenstein

Founder & CEO, CREOpoint

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Breakfast Session: Accelerating Corporate Digital Transformation

Bastiaan De Goei

Head of AXA Next, AXA

Drew Ianni

Founder and Chairman, CDX, CDX (Event Co-Chair)

John Suh

Vice President and Founding Director of CRADLE Innovation Unit, Hyundai Motor Company

9:00 - 12:30 pm

Morning Sessions

Why India Is Becoming a Tech Powerhouse

Desai started India’s largest tech-oriented law firm. What’s the view from South Asia? Will the balance swing from China? How big is India’s promise?

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Betting on Super Evolution

Innovation Endeavors is a VC firm that funds companies that seek solutions to social problems, even global ones. One theme: super evolution--the idea that startups can now harness rapid prototyping and vast pools of data to develop radical new business models quickly and at scale.

Drew Ianni

Founder and Chairman, CDX, CDX (Event Co-Chair)

Will Regulation Kill the Internet?

Human progress doesn't improve because someone passes a law, Kessler believes. Siilcon Valley drives progress better without government agency interference. In contrast to some other speakers, he says we shouldn't apply antitrust law to tech companies.

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Cracking the Code on Tech Adoption

A small minority of companies have cracked the code on tech adoption, according to new Accenture research. Learn what’s enabling these leaders to grow revenue at double the rate of tech laggards and why they are poised to extend their advantage over the next five years.

Adam Burden

Senior Managing Partner, Accenture

Will Geo-Engineering Become Necessary?

With the earth warming and California burning, it's hard to know what measures will really work in order to stay within the Paris Accords guidelines for only a 1.5 degree increase in global temperatures. Some believe that we'll have no choice but to consciously manipulate the climate. Long is an expert.

Jane Long

Associate Director for Energy & Environment, Lawrence Livermore National Lab (retired)

Proteomics: Health Data Beyond Genomics

An entirely new science of human health is emerging, after decades of painstaking development. SomaLogic, where Smythe is CEO, can figure out amazing things about you and your health.

Roy Smythe

CEO, SomaLogic Inc.

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

Colon Cancer: Stop the Killing

Last year long time Techonomist Brooks Bell was diagnosed and successfully treated for colon cancer. But the entrepreneur was shocked a disease that often strikes younger people is treated as a disease of the old. Now she campaigns for a new approach to examination and treatment.

How Innovation Will Change Healthcare

New technologies are emerging that can help address everything from opiate addiction to in home elder care (robots are promising there). How will this suite of new tools change hospitals and the health care system? Where should we expect the fastest change?

Julia Hoffman

Head of Behavioral Health, Livongo Health

Michelle Stansbury

Vice President, Innovation, Houston Methodist

Aaron Strout

Chief Marketing Officer, W2O Group

Innovating at Health's Largest Company

J&J’s scale is astonishing, as are its ambitions to alter the landscape of global healthcare. How does it change a company to focus on truly global social goals?

Joaquin Duato

Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson

Josh Kampel

CEO, Worth Media Group

Neurotechnology and Human 2.0

We can augment the human brain and gain competitive advantage, based on what we know now. What will that mean, and when can we all get the upgrade? How does it play out in an unequal world?

Amy Kruse

Chief Scientific Officer, PlatypusNeuro

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy

A Political Veteran Investing for Social Progress

David Plouffe ran President Barack Obama’s first election campaign, and later served as his senior advisor. He’ll help us understand the new presidential campaign and the impact of the impeachment hearings underway. He headed up policy and programs for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Where is this hugely ambitious effort headed?

David Plouffe

President, Policy & Advocacy at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Senior Advisor & Campaign Manager to President Obama

12:30 pm

Conference Closing



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