Our biggest event of the year — the GeekWire Summit — is just one week away. So, folks, it’s no longer time to snooze if you want to join more than 600 innovators, entrepreneurs and executives at the premier tech conference in the Pacific Northwest.
Today, we’re excited to share the full agenda for the event, which actually will get rolling a day early with a pre-event reception at Zillow’s awesome headquarters in downtown Seattle on the evening of Sept. 11. All event attendees are invited to the reception, which will kick off an all-star lineup of speakers the next day.
Highlights of the main attraction at the Sheraton Seattle on Sept. 12th include the kickoff conversation with HBO CTO Otto Berkes; a rare joint appearance by venture capitalist Bill Gurley and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton; a Q&A and mobile photo critique session with legendary photographer and CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis; and a fireside chat with GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. (See the full agenda below, or check it out on the event site).
We’re putting in effect late-bird pricing starting Friday, so make sure to get your tickets here today before prices go up!
Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m.
Pre-event networking reception
Hosted by Zillow, this reception will take place at 1301 Second Avenue, Floor 31, Seattle, WA 98101. (Open to all attendees.)
Sept. 12, 8:30 AM
8:45 — 9:20 AM
Light breakfast, sponsored by First Tech Credit Union. Networking and seating.
9:20 — 9:30 AM
Welcome & Introduction
9:30 — 10 AM
Q&A with HBO CTO Otto Berkes
HBO’s Chief Technology Officer on the future of media, movies, television, tablets and maybe even a “Game of Thrones” spoiler.
10:00 — 10:50 AM
Future of Shopping and E-commerce
How will we shop in the next 3-5 years? Robot-powered stores, rapid delivery, augmented reality and more. What’s next as e-commerce and traditional retail collide.
- Michael Smith, CEO of Full Circle Farms
- Nadia Shouraboura, CEO of Hointer
- Jane Park, CEO of Julep
- Moderated by Brad Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek senior writer
10:50 — 11:05 AM
Morning Break: Coffee and Networking, sponsored by the Bullitt Center.
11:05 AM — 12:00 PM
Rich Barton and Bill Gurley Unplugged
Zillow co-founder and former Expedia CEO Rich Barton and venture capitalist Bill Gurley, a partner at Benchmark, talk about investing, startups, consumer Internet, innovation and trends in technology.
12:00 — 1:00 PM
Lunch, Presented by Filter
1:00 — 1:50 PM
Future of Video Games
Free-to-play, mobile gaming, tablets, smartphones, multi-screen experiences and app-purchasing have arrived. So what’s next? What to expect in this key technology sector.
- Bonnie Ross, general manager of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, maker of Halo.
- Glenn Walcott, president of social casino game maker DoubleDown Interactive
- David Edery, CEO of game development studio Spry Fox.
- Moderated by Ed Fries, industry veteran and longtime game industry adviser.
1:50 — 2:30 PM
Future of Creativity
Acclaimed photographer and fine artist Chase Jarvis, co-founder of online education startup creativeLIVE, interviewed by GeekWire columnist Monica Guzman.
2:30 — 2:45 PM
Afternoon Break, sponsored by Cobalt: Coffee and Networking
2:45 — 3:15 PM
GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving
Fireside chat with technology veteran Blake Irving, the new CEO of GoDaddy.com, on the transformation of Internet services and online business, and the direction of the tech industry.
3:15 — 3:30 PM
Entrepreneur and investor Hadi Partovi of Code.org on the biggest challenge facing the computer science field, and how we can solve it.
3:30 — 3:45 PM
The Next Gen: Presentations from StudentRND
A glimpse of the future: Special presentation by two top teams from the StudentRND technology incubator: Helpful Machines and SeaPerch Bellevue.
3:45 — 4:30 PM
What’s Next: The Future of Innovation
Commercial space, augmented reality, human-computer interfaces, big data, wearables and more. In this capstone panel, we bring together four longtime executives and technologists to share their insights into the trends to watch over the next 10 years.
- Aldus and Visio veteran Jeremy Jaech, CEO of the SNUPI wireless technology startup
- Eric Anderson, CEO of Intentional Software and chairman of Planetary Resources and Space Adventures
- Peter Lee, worldwide leader of Microsoft Research and noted computer scientist
- Wireless veteran Vern Fotheringham, CEO of the Bill Gates-backed Kymeta satellite broadband startup
4:30 — 5 PM
Closing Session, Final Remarks
5 — 6:30 PM
Reception in Sheraton Seattle foyer
6:30 — 9 PM
Official GeekWire Summit after-party
Sponsored by Avalara. Rooftop Deck at Rainier Square Roof Park (1333 5th Ave) across from Fifth Avenue Theater. Follow the exterior steps up past the Rock Bottom Brewery to enter the patio area. Open to all GeekWire Summit attendees.
Also, thanks to our other contributing sponsors:
Appature, Mailchimp, Moz, FusionStorm, MightyCall, Knoll, Vertafore, University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education, Summit Group Solutions, Avalara, Zillow, Ticketmaster, Madrona Venture Group, Davis Wright Tremaine, First Tech Credit Union, Bullitt Center and R2integrated.