The big GeekWire Summit is coming up Thursday, Oct. 2 in Seattle — that’s next week! — and boy do we have a lineup for you.
Our annual technology conference is bigger and better than ever, featuring some of the leading thinkers, leaders and innovators across a wide variety of industries, from mobile (T-Mobile CEO John Legere) to online retail (Zulily co-founder Mark Vadon) to government (U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel) to media (Re/code founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher).
We just released the full agenda, which you can see below. And grab your tickets here.
Yes, we’ll even feature an informative session on drones, including talks by National Geographic photographer and former U.S. Air Force pilot Chad Copeland, and former Wired editor-turned drone entrepreneur Chris Anderson.
Another new twist this year: The GeekWire staff has hand-selected several of our favorite geeky hardware gadgets and devices — including a high-tech beer making machine and an Internet-connected dog treat dispenser — that we’ll be showcasing in a fun session titled “Inventions We Love.”
The festivities will kick off Oct. 1 with a pre-Summit reception at the amazing Zillow headquarters in downtown Seattle, open to all Summit attendees. Then, the full slate of fireside chats and panel discussions will take place Oct. 2 at the Seattle Westin, followed by a closing reception hosted by the Technology Association of Oregon.
Even better, the first 500 guests who show up on Oct. 2 will receive an awesome laptop bag courtesy of Brenthaven.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 5:30 pm: Pre-event networking reception Hosted by Zillow, this reception will take place at 1301 Second Avenue, Floor 31, Seattle, WA 98101. Your Summit ticket includes this event.
GeekWire Summit: Thursday, Oct. 2, Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
8 am — 9 am: Light breakfast, presented by Nytec.
8:50 am: Welcome & Introduction GeekWire’s John Cook, Todd Bishop, Jonathan Sposato and special guests.
9 am: Chris Anderson, Fireside Chat: The entrepreneur, author and former WIRED editor shares his insights into the emerging business of drones, and the broader tech world. Presented by Alaska Airlines.
9:30 am: Drones! Demo & Panel: Chris Anderson is joined on stage by National Geographic contributor Chad Copeland, a pioneer in the use of drones for extreme photography and videography.
10 am: Steven VanRoekel, Fireside Chat: The U.S. CIO — President Obama’s top geek — joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about cloud computing, open data, and the future of tech in government and business. Presented by Microsoft Azure.
10:25 am: Break, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union
10:45 am: “Inventions We Love” Demonstrations: Unique and cutting-edge hardware, devices and technologies to watch, hand-picked by the GeekWire news team.
11:30 am: Neil Ashe, Walmart Global E-Commerce CEO, Fireside Chat: The global head of Walmart’s e-commerce business shares his insights on the booming world of online retail, competition with Amazon, and bringing a traditional brand into the digital age. Presented by Point Inside.
Noon: Lunch, presented by Acumatica and Macabe Associates Complimentary lunch, networking, and sponsored presentations in the 5th Avenue Room by Elissa Fink, chief marketing officer at Tableau Software; and Nick Kirsch, chief technology officer in EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division.
1:15 pm: Kara Swisher & Walt Mossberg, Fireside Chat: The renowned journalists and founders of Re/code share their thoughts on the biggest trends in the technology world, the future of the media business, and lessons learned from their own startup experience. Presented by Nutanix.
1:55 pm: Innovation, Impact & the Future, Panel: Top technology CEOs share their insights on innovation, business and the future of the tech economy. Moderated by Madrona Venture Group’s Julie Sandler. Featuring Moz CEO Sarah Bird, Chef CEO Barry Crist and Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. Presented by UPS.
2:45 pm: Afternoon Break, presented by Fresh Consulting
3 pm: Zulily Chairman Mark Vadon, Fireside Chat: The Zulily chairman and former Blue Nile CEO will join us to talk about building big technology companies, the future of e-commerce and more.Presented by Frontier.
3:30 pm: The Sharing Economy, Panel: Inside the booming sharing economy, moderated by Scott Stanford, managing partner of SherpaVentures, previously the co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Internet Investment Banking business. Featuring panelists including Uber general manager Brooke Steger, Rover CEO Aaron Easterly; FlightCar co-founder and president Kevin Petrovic and Couchsurfing CEO Jennifer Billock. Presented by Hired.
4:15 pm: T-Mobile CEO John Legere, Fireside Chat: T-Mobile’s outspoken and maverick leader shares insights on the future of the mobile industry, and lessons from his efforts to disrupt the wireless business. Presented by CenturyLink.
5 pm: Closing Remarks & Giveaways: Seahawks tickets, a trip to Maui and other great prizes will be given out to lucky attendees at the end of the day, courtesy of our sponsors.
5:15 pm Closing Reception & After-Party: Drinks, appetizers and a chance to connect with speakers and attendees, presented by the Technology Association of Oregon.
Grab your tickets here or below, and see you Oct. 2 at the GeekWire Summit!