The Economist Events will host the 2019 Economist Innovation Summit on March 7, 2019 at the Convene venue in Chicago. The 2019 Innovation Summit will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, academics and entrepreneurs to discuss and debate the potential of exponential technologies that promise to play a key role in the digital future.
Exponential technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and quantum computing, are disrupting the business landscape and changing the way companies plan for future growth and transformation. At this year’s summit, speakers and panelists will discuss how every company can leverage exponential technologies to shape progress, even during a time when some question whether investments in such new technologies make financial sense.
“In today’s uncertain economic and political environment, business leaders understandably want to focus on sure bets and short-term results. However, to ensure the long-term success of their enterprises, they must explore the transformative potential of exponential technologies now on offer,” said Vijay Vaitheeswaran, U.S. Business Editor, The Economist. “At this year’s Innovation Summit, we will examine the promise and peril involved in this brave new world of technology innovation.”
Confirmed speakers to date include:
Chad Anderson, Chief executive, Space Angels and managing partner, Space Capital
Dan Altman, Founder, North Yard Analytics, and co-founder, NYK Capital Management
David Awschalom, Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
Hansang Bae, Chief technology officer, Riverbed Technology
Alexandra Suich Bass, US technology editor, The Economist
Pearly Chen, VR/AR investor and chief of staff to the chief executive, HTC
Jim Clarke, Director of quantum hardware, Intel
Renee DiResta, Director of research, New Knowledge, and head of policy, Data for Democracy
Nicole Eagan, Chief executive, Darktrace
Becky Frankiewicz, President, ManpowerGroup North America
Tracy Frey, Director of strategy, Google Cloud AI
Alex Gladstein, Chief strategy officer, Human Rights Foundation
Sean Gourley, Founder and chief executive, Primer AI
Manik Gupta, Chief product officer, Uber
Daniel Kraft, Founder and chair, Exponential Medicine, and chair for medicine & neuroscience, Singularity University
Lonne Jaffe, Managing director, Insight Venture Partners
Danny Lange, Vice-president of AI and machine learning, Unity Technologies
Gwen Lighter, Chief executive and founder, GoFly
Bob Lord, Senior vice-president, cognitive applications, IBM
Jeffrey Manber, Chief executive, NanoRacks
Mark Potter, Chief technology officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and director, Hewlett Packard Labs
Gary Shapiro, President and chief executive, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
Hans Tung, Managing partner, GGV Capital
Vijay Vaitheeswaran, US business editor, The Economist
Grazia Vittadini, Chief technology officer, Airbus
Dan Wagner, Founder and chief executive, Civis Analytics
For more information on the conference and to register, please visit https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/innovation. Join us on Twitter at #EconInnov and @EconomistEvents.
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