SOURCE: Techonomy


October 11, 2016 09:00 ET

Techonomy Announces 2016 Program Agenda and Distinguished List of Speakers and Participants

Benchmark's Bill Gurley, Ray Kurzweil of Google, Fitbit's James Park and Padmasree Warrior of NextEV Will Join Techonomy to Discuss the Convergence of Man, Machines and the Network

HALF MOON BAY, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 11, 2016) - Techonomy, the media company elevating dialogue around the central role of technology in business and social progress, will host its seventh annual, invite-only Techonomy 2016 conference this November 9-11 at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California. The timing of this year's event, beginning the day after the election, will enable this group of influential leaders to evaluate in real time the political revolution of 2016, as well as what's to come for the country, tech, and business.

Techonomy 2016 will center on the evolving relationship between man and machine in a world that's becoming more networked, connected, and in turn, sentient. With more than 30 sessions taking place in an intimate setting of approximately 250 participants, attendees will examine the implications of an increasingly self-aware, responsive, ecosystem on global business, government and society.

Representatives from organizations including MIT, Verizon, IBM and Intel will discuss the Internet of Things, societal security threats, AI prospects and AI ethics, how connectedness is changing child rearing (Hello networked Barbie!), and how technology is changing the Middle East. Another session, including speakers from Ford, Otto, and Sentient will consider how humans, machines and the network may evolve together. Speakers from the United Nations, the government of Estonia, and BSA/The Software Alliance will address how the government must make decisions around the ownership and interpretation of data, as well as population and geographic monitoring in our brave new world.

Advancing the human race with technology will be an underlying theme in sessions addressing biology, genetics and the planet. The Center for Genetics and Society, UC Davis Health System and Antheia will help address the question, "Will genetically modified mosquitoes wipe out Zika, malaria and dengue?" BioInk will explain what happens when low-cost biosensors embedded in tattoos can detect biomarkers for diseases. Prelude Fertility will discuss technologies that enable people to have healthy babies any time in their lives. Additionally, as the Earth grows warmer, speakers from the Environmental Defense Fund, Harvard School of Engineering and Science, and Pritzker Innovation Fund will explore surprising tech-based tools to combat climate change. 

Issues relating to tech's impact on the economy will loom large. Cisco, GoDaddy, GE, JP Morgan Institute, Nautilus Labs, EdgeMakers and Spire will be among companies with executives discussing things like tech's ongoing impact on jobs, how IoT and AI help companies reimagine business models, the impact of geospatial intelligence on containers at sea, and data convergence changing how companies operate..

Leaders from diverse industries and disciplines will engage in the many thoughtful, interactive sessions. Among them:

  • Esra'a Al Shafei, Founder and Director,
  • Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist, GE
  • Genevieve Bell, Director, User Experience Research, Intel Corporation
  • John Chen, CEO, Blackberry
  • Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology Officer, Accenture
  • Claire Delaunay, Co-founder, Otto
  • Xiao Guo, CEO, ThoughtWorks
  • Mrinalini Ingram, Vice President, Smart Cities and IoT Market Development, Verizon
  • Blake Irving, CEO, GoDaddy
  • Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego
  • Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author, Futurist
  • Mohamed K. Kande, Vice Chairman, US Advisory Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Deepak Krishnamurthy, Chief Strategy Officer, SAP
  • Linda Fayne Levinson, Chairman, The Hertz Corporation
  • Mari Elka Pangestu, former Minister of Trade, Indonesia
  • James Park, CEO, Fitbit
  • Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT and founder, Carlo Ratti Associati
  • Diane Regas, Managing Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Francesca Rossi, Research Scientist, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Bill Ruh, CEO, GE Digital
  • Justin Sanchez, Director, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
  • Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Philips
  • Sarah Telford, Chief, Data Services, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Bernard Tyson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente
  • Martin Varsavsky, CEO, Prelude Fertility
  • Padmasree Warrior, CEO NextEV U.S.A.
  • Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Techonomy 2016 partners include: Accenture, AppDynamics, Cisco, Ford, General Electric, Grayling, McKinsey & Company, Omidyar, Philips and Verizon.

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