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
I will be liveblogging the first two days.
Day 1: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 10:00 am REGISTRATION OPENS 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? Speakers: 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 7:15 pm OPENING RECEPTION 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 Speakers: 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 CONCURRENT SESSIONS 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 PLENARY SESSIONS & CLOSE 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
Brian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology.
Known for identifying cutting edge technologies, he is currently a Co-Founder of a startup and fundraiser for high potential early-stage companies. He is the Head of Research for Allocations for deep technology investments and an Angel Investor at Space Angels.
A frequent speaker at corporations, he has been a TEDx speaker, a Singularity University speaker and guest at numerous interviews for radio and podcasts. He is open to public speaking and advising engagements.