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Arati Prabhakar, left, Luke Aikins, center, and Nathan Myhrvold
Arati Prabhakar, left, Luke Aikins, center, and Nathan Myhrvold. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold said Seattle is the “Silicon Valley of saving the world”; skydiver Luke Aikins wowed the crowd with his anything-is-possible tale of jumping from an airplane at 25,000 feet with no parachute; and Teddy Goff, chief digital strategist for the Hillary Clinton campaign, said he hopes Donald Trump just keeps on tweeting.

Day 2 of the GeekWire Summit was packed with more enlightening and inspiring tales, and we’ve once again collected some of the tweets and quotes that sum up the story best.

Education Reboot: How Higher-Ed Can Help Solve the Tech Talent Gap

Panelists include Redfin CTO Bridget Frey; Galvanize Chief Legal and People Officer Stephanie Donner; Microsoft General Manager of Talent, Learning and Insights Joe Whittinghill; and OfferUp Vice President of Engineering Peter Wilson. Moderated by Scott McKinley, the Dean and CEO of Northeastern University-Seattle. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
The Education Reboot panel, from left, Redfin CTO Bridget Frey; Galvanize Chief Legal and People Officer Stephanie Donner; Microsoft General Manager of Talent, Learning and Insights Joe Whittinghill; and OfferUp Vice President of Engineering Peter Wilson. Moderated by Scott McKinley, the Dean and CEO of Northeastern University-Seattle. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“We don’t know where the next talent is going to come from, and it isn’t always going to be the people who look like us or talk like us.” — Joe Whittinghill, Microsoft GM.

“I think the motivations of corporations are all wrong here. We piss away this money in a zero-sum game stealing engineers from each other.” — Peter Wilson, OfferUp VP.

“We have this square peg round hole approach to our PR systems.” — Scott McKinley, Northeastern dean and CEO.

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Fireside Chat: Arati Prabhakar, DARPA

Arati Prabhakar, director of DARPA, Day at the GeekWire Summit (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Arati Prabhakar, director of DARPA, Day at the GeekWire Summit (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“That was a wake-up for the federal government to think about technological surprise and how to prevent it — by creating surprises of your own.” — Arati Prabhakar, on the Sputnik era.

“We’re right in the middle of this amazing advance that’s happening, this revolution that’s happening. We want to be able to put something on orbit tomorrow.” — Prabhakar, on DARPA’s space ambitions.

“What matters more to national security than understanding social behavior?” — Prabhakar.

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Fireside Chat: Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow CEO Joel Spolsky chats with GeekWire's Todd Bishop. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Stack Overflow CEO Joel Spolsky chats with GeekWire’s Todd Bishop. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“Facebook’s campus in Silicon Valley is an 8-acre open room, and Facebook was very pleased with itself for building what it thought was this amazing place for developers. But developers don’t want to overhear conversations … developers need to concentrate, to go to a chatroom and ask questions and get the answers later. Facebook is paying 40-50 percent more than other places, which is usually a sign developers don’t want to work there. — Joel Spolsky, on office design for developers.

“In 1950, a LEGO set consisted on these little bricks and you would snap the bricks together and make a house. Today you get the top of Darth Vader and the bottom of Darth Vader and you snap them together and now you have a little Darth Vader. That’s what’s going on with programming today.” — Spolsky, on modern dev tools.

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Power Talk: Inclusive Innovation: Vikram Jandhyala, UW

Vikram Jandhyala, VP for Innovation Strategy at The University of Washington. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Vikram Jandhyala, VP for Innovation Strategy at The University of Washington. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“I wasn’t going to pay any money for this app. So that’s when i stopped. — Vikram Jandhyalaon his level 6 Pokémon Go status.

“I was an early employee at a startup company that sold for $850 million. I was not the founder. That’s why I’m standing here.” — Jandhyala.

Fireside Chat: Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures CEO

Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“Some tech companies have embraced the idea of invention… there are other tech companies who have said, ‘Hey, let’s weaken the patent system.” — Nathan Myhrvold.

“I don’t see that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s a tiny fraction of the world’s patent market.” — Myhrvold on Intellectual Ventures’ patent trove.

“I’m like a salmon. I came back to the home stream to spawn.” — Seattle native Myhrvold, on returning to the NW from California.

Read the full stories here and here.

Power Talk: Luke Aikins, skydiver

Skydiver Luke Aikins discusses his jump from 25,000 with no parachute. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Skydiver Luke Aikins discusses his jump from 25,000 with no parachute. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“I would much rather jump out of an airplane without a parachute than stand in front of you guys and talk.” — Luke Aikins, on his public-speaking nerves.

“I really didn’t want to experience a car crash. That wasn’t part of the deal.”  Aikins, on determining how much G-force his body could withstand.

“We’re not responsible if this doesn’t work.” — Bainbridge Island, Wash., maker of Aikins’ landing net.

“I wanted to show that anything is possible. Whether my son wants to be a doctor, a dancer, an astronaut, whatever. If he sets his mind to it he can do anything.” — Aikins on why he did the jump.

Inside AI: Oren Etzioni and Shivon Zilis

Oren Etzioni and Shivon Zilis talk artificial intelligence at the GeekWire Summit. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Oren Etzioni and Shivon Zilis talk artificial intelligence at the GeekWire Summit. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“We love when machine learning companies are able to supply expertise while taking complexity out of it.” — Shivon Zilis, Bloomberg Beta.

“I really like to separate science from science fiction.” — Oren Etzioni, Allen Institute for AI.

“He’s a database kid.” — Etzioni, on his 6-year-old son loves talking to Amazon’s Alexa.

“It’s amazing how much we’re willing to give up privacy when there’s an actual benefit.” — Zilis.

“There is no privacy. There are two kinds of people: The kind who have given up, and the kind who are deluding themselves.” — Etzioni.

“So, even in the age of AI, duct tape still fixes everything.” — Zilis.

“I’m really tied of AI being cast as the villain.” — Etzioni, on Hollywood movies.

Tech and Politics: Teddy Goff, Clinton campaign

Teddy Goff, chief digital and technology strategist for the Hillary Clinton campaign, discusses the 2016 election. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Teddy Goff, chief digital and technology strategist for the Hillary Clinton campaign, discusses the 2016 election. (Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

“I hope he tweets more. I think he should tweet every day, multiple times a day, 3 in the morning, 5 in the morning.” — Teddy Goff, on Donald Trump’s Twitter habits.

“He comes with a history that is just bonkers. Donald Trump is really an aberration.” — Goff, on why this election is so “weird.”

“There’s an increasingly meaningless distinction between old media, like The New York Times, and new media, like Buzzfeed.” — Goff, on modern media.

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