Thursday, September 12th
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Seattle, Downtown Seattle
Where can you hear from a top Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the leader of Microsoft’s Halo business, HBO’s top technology executive, the former Nordstrom.com president, a visionary photographer who’s making his mark in online education, and an Amazon veteran aiming to upend traditional retail with the help of robots?
It’s the GeekWire Summit, our biggest event of the year, coming up on Sept. 12 in downtown Seattle. And that’s just part of what we have in store.
The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest. Organized and curated by GeekWire’s John Cook and Todd Bishop, this event brings together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the region and the country for conversations and insights at the intersection of business and technology, reflecting GeekWire’s mission to inform, empower and unite the region’s technology community.
Tickets are available here. Continue reading below for highlights from the agenda for this one-of-a-kind conference.
Newly added to the GeekWire Summit agenda is Bill Gurley, known as one of “technology’s top dealmakers” as a general partner at the Benchmark venture capital firm. Gurley, a Zillow board member, will join technology vet Rich Barton, the Expedia and Zillow co-founder, for an on-stage conversation about key trends to watch in technology, investing, startups and more.
We’re also pleased to welcome Bonnie Ross, who oversees the blockbuster Halo business as the general manager of Microsoft’s 343 Industries. Ross will be one of the participants in a panel on the future of video games, moderated by game industry veteran and adviser Ed Fries.
A panel on the future of retail — featuring veterans of Amazon, Starbucks and Nordstrom — will examine the changing nature of e-commerce and the increasing crossover between the physical and digital worlds. Panelists include Jane Park, the CEO of cosmetics e-commerce startup Julep; Dr. Nadia Shouraboura, the CEO of robot-powered apparel startup Hointer; and Michael Smith, the CEO of organic food delivery service Full Circle Farms, and former president of Nordstrom.com
HBO’s Otto Berkes, the Microsoft Xbox and tablet computing veteran who is now the chief technology officer of HBO, will share his insights into the evolving world of digital media and devices. HBO is one of many companies that have opened engineering offices in the Seattle region, giving Berkes an additional perspective on the technology climate.
Chase Jarvis, the visionary photographer, director, and fine artist who founded fast-growing online education startup creativeLive, will offer his perspective on the evolving world of digital media and online education.
And a capstone panel on the future of innovation — one of the most popular sessions at last year’s event — will feature industry vets including Jeremy Jaech (of Aldus and Visio fame) who has returned to the startup world as the CEO of home sensor startup SNUPI Technologies, a UW spin-out.
Related events: This year, we’re also starting the festivities early with a pre-event happy hour reception for Summit attendees, sponsors and speakers, hosted at the headquarters of Zillow (1301 Second Avenue, Floor 31) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the evening of Sept. 11. And don’t forget to stick around for the after party starting at 6 p.m. following the Summit on Sept. 12, on the Rainer Square roof park (directly across the street from the 5th Avenue Theater — follow the exterior steps up past the Rock Bottom Brewery to enter the patio area) hosted by Avalara.
|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. (SOLD OUT!)
|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.
|10:50 — 11:05 AM|
Morning Break: Coffee and Networking
|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.
|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.
|4:30 — 5 PM|
Closing Session, Final Remarks
|5 — 6:30 PM|
Reception in Sheraton Seattle foyer
|6:00 — 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.
The GeekWire Summit, Sept. 12 in downtown Seattle is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest — bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conversation about the future of business and technology. Now in its second year, this year’s full-day Summit will draw hundreds of attendees and speakers from a variety of industries. Grab your tickets below, and check out initial highlights from the agenda.