the First Techonomy Conference August 4-6

I will be at the first Techonomy conference on August 4-6, 2010 in Tahoe.

Techonomy is technology and economy. It isorganized activities related to the invention, development, production, distribution and consumption of technology-enhanced goods and services that a society uses to address the problem of scarcity and to enhance the quality of life.

Techonomy draws its inspiration from the ‘creative capitalism’ of Bill Gates, the ‘eco-pragmatism’ of Stewart Brand, the ‘big history’ of David Christian, and Bill Joy’s recent work on the economics of large-scale innovation.

The Techonomy founders are David Kirkpatrick, Peter Petre, and Brent Schlender each spent the last twenty years as senior writers and editors at Fortune Magazine, where they led the magazine’s technology coverage during most of that period

They have partnered with 100 people foundation

I will be liveblogging the first two days.

Note: there is another event called Techonomy that is about online communities and startups which is not related to this.

Day 1: Wednesday, August 4, 2010
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pre-conference workshop presented by the World Economic Forum in co-operation with Techonomy:
How to measure the impact and transformational power of technology?

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PLENARY SESSIONS 
3:00 pm Welcome to Techonomy, A New Philosophy of Progress

David Kirkpatrick, Peter Petre, Brent Schlender
3:05 pm Popular Techonomy: Can the world be turned in a techonomic direction?

Deborah Hopkins, Citi
Eric Schmidt, Google

Additional speaker to be announced.

Moderator: David Kirkpatrick
3:40 pm Reinventing Intelligence: Why collective learning makes humans so different

Speaker: David Christian, Macquarie University

Introduced by: Brent Schlender
4:05 pm 10 Students. 10 Issues. 10 Journeys.
Tomorrow’s problem-solvers tackle some of today’s biggest global challenges. A film project featuring student finalists from the Intel ISEF science competition
Introduced by: Wendy Ramage Hawkins, Intel Foundation
4:10 pm Reinventing Infrastructure: Why we should all think like engineers

An interview with Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Discipline
Interviewer: Peter Petre
4:35 pm Reinventing the Economy: Combination, complexity and value

Speaker: Brian Arthur, Santa Fe Institute
5:30 pm A Global Business Message to America: Why the US can’t ignore global innovation

Speaker: Bjorn Stigson, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Discussion joined by: John Chen, Sybase Inc.
Gordon Orr, McKinsey & Company
Moderator: David Kirkpatrick.
6:30 pm BREAK to refresh before dinner 
Hosted by HP 
8:00 pm DINNER

The Inventor and the Impresario:
A fireside chat with Dean Kamen, DEKA Research and John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers

Featured Techonomist to be announced.

Day 2: Thursday, August 5, 2010
7:00 am – 8:15 am BREAKFAST 
8.30 am – 11:00 am PLENARY SESSIONS 
8:30 am Managing the Unmanageable: The New Empowered Workforce
Speakers: Marc Benioff, Salesforce
Vineet Nayar, HCL Technologies
Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn Corporation

Moderator: David Kirkpatrick
9:00 am Commentary: John Hagel, Deloitte Center for the Edge 
9:05 am Reinventing Markets
J. Doyne Farmer, Santa Fe Institute
Duncan Niederauer, NYSE Euronext
Additional speaker to be announced.

Moderator: Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review

9:45 am Reinventing Fire: How business can lead us beyond fossil fuels

Presentation by: Amory Lovins, Co-founder, Chairman & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Joined by: Bill Joy, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers & John McDonald, VP & CTO, Chevron Corporation

Moderator: Peter Petre
10:25 am Vision 2050: Pathways to Global Sustainability
Speaker: Mohammad A. Zaidi, Alcoa

Introduced by: Peter Petre
10:40 am Changing the Equation: Harnessing information to create a more efficient, equitable world
Shane Robison, HP

Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Climate Intervention: Can we really engineer the environment?

Discussion leaders:

Margaret Leinen, Climate Response Fund
David Keith, ISEEE Energy and Environmental Systems Group

Moderator: David Kirkpatrick

The Thirst for Water: Is it increasing beyond our control?

Discussion leaders:

Jeffrey Fulgham, GE
Fred Pearce, New Scientist
Jin Zidell, Blue Planet Network

Health not Healthcare: Bureaucracy vs. Survival

Discussion leaders:

Zoë Baird, The Markle Foundation
David Jones Jr., Chrysalis Ventures
Bright Simons, mPedigree Network

Moderator to be announced.

Reinventing Productivity

Panelists: Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan School of Management
Andrew McAfee, MIT Sloan School of Management

Additional speaker to be announced.
Moderator: James Manyika, McKinsey & Company

The Future of Currency
Discussion leaders:
Hill Ferguson, ZONG
Scott Guilfoyle, PayPal
Christopher Kay, Citi
Bill Sheedy, Visa
Moderator: Peter Petre
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm LUNCH 
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm PLENARY SESSIONS 
2:00 pm Reinventing Life Sciences

Speaker: Stephen Quake, Fluidigm, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Introduced by: Rodney Pearlman, RPM Pharma

Joined by: Brook Byers, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, UCSF
2:50 pm Commentary: Speaker to be announced.
2:55 pm Reinventing Sustenance: Feeding a world of 9.4 billion people 
Speaker: Prabhu Pingali, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Raoul Adamchak, Tomorrow’s Table

Moderator: To be announced
3:20 pm Bio-based Society

Steen Riisgaard, Novozymes A/S
Joined by: Steve Jurvetson, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
3:35 pm Reinventing Industry
Speakers: K. Venkatesh Prasad, Ford Motor Company
Padmasree Warrior, Cisco

Moderator: David Kirkpatrick
4:00 pm BREAK 
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The Longevity Dividend: The Science and economics of life extension

Discussion leaders:
Joseph Coughlin, MIT Age Lab
Jay Olshansky, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dana Goldman, University of Southern California

Moderator: David Stipp

Cities as Solutions

Discussion leaders: Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Discipline
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Padmasree Warrior, Cisco
Additional discussion leader to be announced.
Moderator: Rik Kirkland, McKinsey & Company

The Ecology of Innovation: Which regions are getting it right?

Discussion leaders:
Nobuyuki Idei, Quantum Leaps Corporation
Don Ferguson, CA Techonologies
Kevin Johnson, Juniper Networks
Jari Pasanen, The Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA

Moderator: David Kirkpatrick

By-passing the Grid: How alternative power generation and better batteries can make a difference in the energy equation
Discussion leaders: James Davis, Chevron Energy Solutions
Jay Giraud, Rapid Electric Vehicles
Stefan Heck, McKinsey & Company
Additional speaker to be announced.
Moderator to be announced.

The Universities of Tomorrow: Which will be the world’s top 10 universities in 20 years?
Discussion leader:Pradeep Khosla, Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew S. Rosen, Kaplan Inc.
Additional discussion leaders to be announced.
Moderator to be announced.
5:30 pm BREAK 
6:30 pm Time to start taking the Internet seriously
Speaker: David Gelernter, Yale University
Introduced by: John Brockman, Edge Foundation 
7:00 pm RECEPTION 
7:45 pm DINNER
Featured Techonomists to be announced. 

Day 3: Friday, August 6, 2010
7:45 am – 9:00 am BREAKFAST SESSIONS

To be announced.
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
9:30 am The Secrets of Scale

Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute
Introduced by: Peter Petre
9:55 am An interview with Neelie Kroes, European Commission
Interviewer to be announced.
10:15 am Our Always on Life: What follows social media?
Speakers: Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Corporation
Sean Parker, Founders Fund

Moderator: David Kirkpatrick
10:40 am Commentary: John Hagel, Deloitte Center for the Edge 
10:45 am What Technology Wants vs. What People Want

Speakers: Bill Joy, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Kevin Kelly, Wired Magazine
Nicholas Negroponte, One Laptop per Child Foundation
Willie Smits, Masarang Foundation
Moderator: Maria Bartiromo, CNBC
11:20 am Reinventing Capitalism: How to jumpstart what the marketplace can’t

Speaker: Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Interviewed by Brent Schlender