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Google. Facebook. The new iProduct. The latest start-up. A few years ago, they didn’t exist. Today, life is unimaginable without them. These speakers discuss how seismic shifts in digital technology are changing politics, business, and culture.

 

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Nicholas Thompson

Editor-in-Chief of Wired | Former Editor of NewYorker.com

The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The...

Virginia Heffernan

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art

In her new book Magic and Loss, Virginia Heffernan treats the Internet not merely as a new technology or business tool, but as a great masterpiece of civilization—a massive and collective work of art ...

Douglas Rushkoff

Author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Present Shock and Program or Be Programmed

The digital economy could provide prosperity for all. But it hasn’t delivered—it’s only disrupted. Enter Douglas Rushkoff: world-renowned cultural philosopher who, in Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus,...

Kirstine Stewart

Chief Strategy Officer, Diply GoViral | Twitter’s Former VP, North American Media Partnerships

One of Canada’s most high-profile women in business, Kirstine Stewart has worked as Twitter’s Managing Director, Head of Twitter Canada, and Twitter’s VP, North American Media Partnerships. A powerful...

Sue Gardner

Former Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation

The former Executive Director of Wikimedia (which runs Wikipedia), Sue Gardner is one of a few women who has headed up a top ten website. A formidable speaker on new media, she looks to the future of ...

Shlomo Benartzi

Author of The Smarter Screen, a book about online behavior

We live in a world of screens. Many of us now spend the majority of our waking lives interacting with technological devices. Behavioral economist Shlomo Benartzi is studying how we think differently o...

Amber MacArthur

Relentless Adaptation Speaker and Writer for Fast Company

Amber MacArthur talks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of corporate culture in the digital economy. At the forefront of the digital revolution, she helps companies adapt to, antic...

Rahaf Harfoush

New York Times Bestselling Co-author of The Decoded Company

Rahaf Harfoush is a Digital Innovation & Foresight Strategist who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work, and play. The co-author of New York Tim...

David Eagleman

One of the world's foremost neuroscientists, and host of The Brain on PBS this is the science description this is the neuroscience description

David Eagleman is a daring young scientist who provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. As a speaker, this Guggenheim Fellow and NYT bestselling author is energizing, edifying, and ab...

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Author of Everybody Lies | Former Google Data Scientist | New York Times Opinion Writer | Wharton Visiting Lecturer

In Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explores how Google searches open an unprecedented window into human behavior, choice, and decision-making—after all, we offer up 8 trillion GBs of data eve...

Michael Furdyk

Co-founder of TakingIT Global

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder and Director of Technology for TakingITGlobal.org, a global online community engaging hundreds of thousands of youth in over 200 countries and territories. With the ab...

Salman Khan

Founder & CEO of The Khan Academy | Author of The One World School House

Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, world-class education to “anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy has over 52 million registered users across 190 c...

David Eaves

Expert on Open Innovation; Kennedy School of Government at Harvard

A leader in both open and disruptive innovation, David Eaves invigorates audiences with talks on how technology is changing work, collaboration, brands, and policy. What are the challenges and opportu...

John Maeda

Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator, and investor whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked...

David Rose

Internet of Things Speaker, Author of Enchanted Objects

David Rose is a major speaker on The Internet of Things—the concept where everyday items become “enchanted objects,” able to anticipate our needs, talk with each other, and make life simpler. “In the ...

Sara Critchfield

Founding Editorial Director of Upworthy

Sara Critchfield is the former Editorial Director of Upworthy—“the fastest-growing media company of all time” (Fast Company). She believes that stories focusing on social issues can be just as viral a...

Dan Lyons

Author of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble and Writer and Co-Producer of HBO’s Silicon Valley

At the age of 50, Dan Lyons went to work for a start-up flush with venture capital. What he found there—think frat-house meets primary school meets cult—forms the basis of his hilarious book Disrupted...

Douglas Merrill

Co-Founder and CEO of ZestFinance.com; Google's Former Chief Information Officer

Douglas Merrill is the former Chief Information Officer at Google. Put another way: he championed innovation at one of the world's most innovative companies. In his passionate keynotes, Merrill draws ...

Jer Thorp

Co-Founder, Office for Creative Research; Fmr NYT Data Artist in Residence

Jer Thorp is a data artist whose work focuses on adding narrative meaning to huge amounts of data. In other words, he makes data more human. Through cutting edge data visualization techniques, Thorp h...

Dr. Helen Papagiannis

Augmented Reality Speaker and Author of Augmented Human

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is a world-leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). The author of Augmented Human (forthcoming in 2017)—the first non-technical, accessible book on AR—she reveals h...

Kentaro Toyama

Professor, MIT Fellow, and Author of Geek Heresy

It’s a common enough refrain: technology will save the world. But can laptops and cellphones really enact social change? In his new book Geek Heresy, Kentaro Toyama debunks the claims of tech zealots ...

Heather Payne

Founder of Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou

Why should we care about how technology really works? Why aren’t more women and youth learning how to code? Heather Payne is asking—and answering—these essential questions. Payne is the founder of Lad...

Sarah Prevette

Innovation Speaker, Founder of Future Design School

“Fall in love with the problem you’re solving—not the solution,” says entrepreneur Sarah Prevette. The founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of Quit Your Day Job, a new reality show about entrep...

Leah Hunter

Fast Company Tech Writer, Author of Augmented Reality for the Industrial Enterprise

What does the future hold? Journalist and innovation speaker Leah Hunter is investigating just that. In her Fast Company articles and her new book Augmented Reality for the Industrial Enterprise, Hunt...

Fab Dolan

Head of Marketing at Google Canada

Google Canada’s Head of Marketing Fab Dolan knows how emerging technologies can redefine the way we do business. It’s time to take active control of our relationship to automation and AI, says Dolan. ...

David Rowan

WIRED Editor-at-Large | Founding Editor of the UK Edition

“You can’t really ignore the new rules of business,” says David Rowan, WIRED UK’s founding editor. A prolific writer and speaker, Rowan is deconstructing tech trends in real time—how the Internet of T...

Christian Rudder

Co-Founder of OKCupid and Author of Dataclysm

In the age of Big Data, Christian Rudder stands out. Rudder is in personal possession of one of the richest data sets in the world, accumulated from the dating site he co-founded, OkCupid, as well as ...

Anthony Lacavera

Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist | Founder & Chairman of Globalive | Founder of Wind Mobile

To thrive in today’s tech-driven economy, Canada needs to embrace—and celebrate—its startups. And Anthony Lacavera is here to start that much-needed culture-shift. As the Chairman of Globalive Capital...

Adam Segal

Director of Cyberspace and Digital Policy at Council on Foreign Relations

Adam Segal is a cybersecurity expert who is at the forefront of this burgeoning field. In his talks and in his new book, The Hacked World Order, he provides meaningful answers to urgent questions abou...

Jessica Carbino

Tinder's Sociologist and Expert on Online Behavior

What can online dating tell us about behavior? Ask Dr. Jessica Carbino. As Tinder’s Sociologist—and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2017—she offers an unparalleled look at relationships,...

Scott Stratten

Sales and Marketing Speaker, President of UnMarketing

Speaker Scott Stratten has been named by Forbes as one of the top five social media influencers in the world. Stratten is the President of UnMarketing and the author of several bestselling books on sa...

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder of Apple Computers

Considered by most to be the real “brains” behind Apple, Steve Wozniak is not just a first class engineer with three decades of world-famous credentials, he’s also a really nice guy. Personally invest...

Jonah Lehrer

Neuroscientist and Bestselling Author of How We Decide

Jonah Lehrer is a popular chronicler of neuroscience. Captivating, accessible, and never dull, he cracks open the black box of the mind to reveal how we think and how we can make better decisions.

Molly Wood

Host and Senior Tech Correspondent, American Public Media’s Marketplace

What’s the latest must-have gadget or app, and why? How can we protect our privacy online? What can businesses learn from consumer buying patterns around tech? Just ask Molly Wood, one of our sharpest...

Ben Rattray

Founder and CEO of Change.org

Ben Rattray is the founder and CEO of Change.org, the world's fastest-growing website for social action—a place where ordinary folks can mobilize extraordinary support for their causes. “We have the p...