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We’re just four days away from the GeekWire Summit, which will bring together more than 800 leaders to explore what’s next in tech, business, science, media and society.

A few tickets remain for the Summit — taking place Oct. 9-11 in downtown Seattle — so make sure to purchase yours on the registration page here.  If you’ve already secured your ticket, make sure to check out the FAQ on the event site to learn about everything from fun rooftop deck parties to fabulous prizes and giveaways.

We’ve got an awesome lineup in store, which includes fireside chats with top thinkers in areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, biotechnology, cryptocurrency, retail and much more. We’re also excited to kick off an exciting new speaker series at the Summit dubbed “Immigrant’s Journey,” featuring entrepreneurs, CEOs and students telling their inspiring stories.

Today, we’re excited to unveil the full agenda for the 2017 Summit (See below).

Some highlights include: Fireside chat with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, Amazon’s Alexa and Echo Devices VP Toni Reid and theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy. We’re also excited for the return of our fun “Inventions We Love” startup showcase, as well as an eye-opening closing panel titled “Tech, Media and the Future of Truth.” It doesn’t get more interesting than that!

Don’t forget to download the GeekWire Summit mobile app sponsored by Cray to follow along with all of the action, and participate in the event in new ways. Available on iOS here and on Android here. We’re also excited to welcome Bloomberg TV, which will be broadcasting live from this year’s GeekWire Summit.


Time Topic
October 9, 6:00 p.m.
GeekWire Summit Welcome Party at the Living Computers Museum + Labs

Meet Summit attendees, speakers, and other VIPs at this warm-up party hosted by Vulcan, Inc. at the unique Living Computers Museum + Labs in SODO (2245 First Ave S, Seattle WA, 98134). The Welcome Party is open to all GeekWire Summit attendees. Select VIP guests will be invited to a pre-party hosted by Baidu, featuring a fireside chat with Baidu President Ya-Qin Zhang.

October 10, 7:45 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
8:50 a.m.
Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m.
Fireside Chat: Kevin Johnson, CEO, Starbucks

Newly-appointed Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson will talk about the future of retail, and how Starbucks is transforming into a tech-powered company that thinks just as much about digital transformation as it does about double-tall lattes.

9:40 a.m.
Immigrant’s Journey, Leslie Feinzaig, CEO, Venture Kits

Hear the inspiring stories of immigrant entrepreneurs, innovators and trailblazers in this first-of-its-kind GeekWire Summit series.

9:55 a.m.
Power Talk: Mary “Missy” Cummings, Director, Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University
Drones, Driverless Cars, and Artificial Intelligence: New Frontiers in Human-Technology Interaction.
How artificial intelligence is changing transportation systems, from driverless cars to cargo drones to flying cars. Will humans be needed as operators of these systems? And will your job one day be threatened by AI and robots?
10:20 a.m.
Geeks Give Back

The annual Geeks Give Back campaign, presented by Bank of America, kicks off benefiting the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship opening doors to a brighter future.

10:25 a.m.
Morning Break, presented by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

From a career that spans volcanology, non-profit entrepreneurship and executive roles for some of the world’s most dynamic businesses, OfferUp Vice President of Product Chloe Harford brings unique perspective to the challenge of building a life of meaning and a career of impact in a fast-paced age. Join Chloe, along with OfferUp Vice President of Employee Experience Deb Nielsen, for this special fireside chat hosted in the Willow Room.

11:00 a.m.
Fireside Chat: Dr. Gary Gilliland, President, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fred Hutch president Dr. Gary Gilliland will discuss the latest innovations in the fight against cancer, and provide an update on his bold prediction that “we will have cures and therapies for most, if not all, human cancers” in the next eight years.

11:30 a.m.
Fireside Chat: Apoorva Mehta, CEO, Instacart

The grocery market is rapidly changing, and Instacart founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta — a former supply chain engineer at Amazon — will share insights on the changing face of grocery shopping and a few entrepreneurial lessons that he’s learned along the way.

12:00 p.m.

Grab a boxed lunch and visit with our sponsors and exhibitors.

12:20 p.m.
Sponsored Lunch Talk: Arif Kareem, CEO, ExtraHop
What it Takes to Build the Next Great IT Systems Company
In this fireside chat moderated by GeekWire co-founder John Cook, ExtraHop CEO Arif Kareem will explore how new market opportunities, customer influence, people, and community contribute to a company’s ultimate success. Hosted in the Willow Room.
1:00 p.m.
Fireside Chat: Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson provides an update on the battle against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, and discusses the intersection of public policy and tech. GeekWire profile: The unassuming ambition of Bob Ferguson, one of President Trump’s most successful adversaries

1:35 p.m.
Power Talk: Christof Koch, President, Allen Institute for Brain Science

AI and the Future of Humanity

After a deep winter, artificial intelligence — in the form of deep machine learning whose origins can be traced back to brain science — has burst into prominence. While companies, governments and consumers have much to gain by its commercial and medical applications, it is not clear how beneficial AI will be for human society in the long-term. Threatening trends include massive job loss due to automation, complete loss of privacy, growing inequality, weaponized AI and, possibly, even extinction.

2:00 p.m.
Fireside Chat: Toni Reid, VP Alexa Experience + Echo Devices, Amazon

“Alexa, what’s next in artificial intelligence and the connected home?” Find out in this chat with longtime Amazon exec Toni Reid who leads the company’s Alexa and Echo Devices group. The session will be moderated by Nick Wingfield of The New York Times.

2:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break
2:55 p.m.
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
3:00 p.m.
Immigrant’s Journey: Citlaly Ramirez, WSOS Scholar

Hear the inspiring stories of immigrant entrepreneurs, innovators and trailblazers in this first-of-its-kind GeekWire Summit series.

3:15 p.m.
The VC View

Cryptocurrency. Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. Find out what’s hot in the startup world from three leading venture capitalists. Panelists include Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures, Julie Sandler of Pioneer Square Labs and Sarah Tavel of Benchmark. Moderated by Emily Chang of Bloomberg TV.

3:55 p.m.
Fireside Chat: Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon

If you’ve purchased anything on Amazon lately, you’ve likely got Jeff Wilke to thank, at least indirectly. As head of Amazon’s consumer business, Wilke oversees a diverse range of businesses in the consumer arena, everything from third party marketplaces to new entertainment offerings to Amazon’s historical roots in book sales. We’ll talk to Wilke about Amazon’s expansion into brick-and-mortar retail; how the company uses artificial intelligence and robotics in its operations; and what it’s like to work for Jeff Bezos.

4:25 p.m.
Inventions We Love, Day 1

Inventions We Love, presented by Sirqul, is a fun geek show-and-tell featuring some of the coolest gadgets and hardware devices we’ve seen. Presentations by Pillsy, JikoPower and SafKan.

4:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Capital One Rooftop Party at Frolik

Wrap up day one of the GeekWire Summit at the Capital One Rooftop Party hosted at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails (Motif Seattle, 1415 5th Avenue), just a quick 2-minute walk from the Sheraton. Hang out with GeekWire Summit speakers, attendees and other VIPs and geek out on one of the best rooftop decks in Seattle. Play a little shuffleboard and ping pong. Oh, yeah, drinks and appetizers to be served, too!

October 11, 7:45 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Panel: Diversity and Inclusion

Tech companies often focus on the numbers when discussing diversity & inclusion efforts – but it’s about a lot more than that. Zillow Group COO Amy Bohutinsky will lead a panel about how companies can authentically build a culture that values D&I – whether that company is a start-up or has thousands of employees. Panelists include Moz CEO Sarah Bird, HERE Seattle co-founder Eric Osborne and Effenus Henderson, co-director of the Institute of Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion. Join us in the Willow Room for this sponsored breakfast panel discussion.

9:20 a.m.
Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m.
Fireside Chat: Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Catch a wide-ranging conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, exploring the themes and subjects of his upcoming book, “Hit Refresh.” An engineer by training, Nadella led Microsoft businesses including its Bing search engine and Azure cloud computing platform prior to becoming CEO, putting him in a unique position to understand and shape the future of technology.

10:15 a.m.
Power Talk: Margaret O’Mara, professor of history, University of Washington

How Tech Makes History. The technology industry is making waves in the political world these days. But the relationship between tech and government has a long history—with some surprising twists. University of Washington history professor Margaret O’Mara — author Cities of Knowledge and the upcoming book Silicon Age — explains the complex interplay between tech giants and government, and discusses what’s next, from the future of work to the future of cities.

10:35 a.m.
Morning Break, presented by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
11:00 a.m.
Immigrant’s Journey: Reetu Gupta, CEO of Cirkled in

Hear the inspiring stories of immigrant entrepreneurs, innovators and trailblazers in this first-of-its-kind GeekWire Summit series.

11:15 a.m.
Power Talk: Todd Stabelfeldt, CEO, C4 Database Management

Living with quadriplegia since the age of eight, Todd Stabelfeldt shares his decades-long struggle for increased independence in both his personal and professional life. An expert in applying universal design — the idea of making products and communities accessible — Stabelfeldt has found it offers autonomy, empowerment and dignity. Stabelfeldt is the founder of a successful database administration business, the husband to a retired USN Commander, a father and owner of the “Quadthedral,“ his family’s smart home. Read more about Stabelfeldt in this GeekWire profile: Dream the accessible dream: Developer pushes the boundaries of innovation in pursuit of independence

11:35 a.m.
Fireside chat: John Collison, co-founder, Stripe

Get an inside look into Stripe, the $9 billion dollar mobile and online payments powerhouse that’s quietly re-engineering commerce. John Collison — the 27-year-old president and co-founder of Stripe — will discuss everything from future of financial transactions to security to what it’s like to build a business with your older brother. Moderated by Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent at Axios.

12:00 p.m.

Grab a boxed lunch and visit with GeekWire Summit sponsors and exhibitors.

12:20 p.m.
Sponsored lunch talk: Joe Roets, founder, Dragonchain

Check out the sponsored lunch talk in the Willow Room, featuring Dragonchain Inc. founder Joe Roets, an expert in the emerging world of blockchain technology.

1:00 p.m.
Fireside chat: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, founder of theBoardlist, and Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow Group

Hear insights from theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, the former Google executive and startup founder who is now leading an effort to bolster the number of women serving on company boards. Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff will moderate the in-depth discussion as part of a special episode of his Office Hours podcast.

1:30 p.m.
Inventions We Love, Day 2

Inventions We Love, presented by Sirqul, is a fun geek show-and-tell featuring some of the coolest gadgets and hardware devices we’ve seen. Presentations by Deako, Open APS and Play Impossible.

1:50 p.m.
A surprise GeekWire announcement
1:55 p.m.
Panel: Tech, media and the future of the truth

Fake news, Facebook and the fate of the world. How emerging trends in technology, journalism and social media are changing the way we consume, process and react to information — and what we should do about it. Panelists to include Jevin West, an associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and co-creator of the highly-regarded class “Calling Bullshit.

2:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
2:40 p.m.
Happy Hour, sponsored by Boeing

Catch up with attendees and grab a post-event cocktail, courtesy of Boeing. Enter to win an awesome drone.

A big thanks to our title GeekWire Summit title sponsor: Bank of America.

Also, thanks to gold sponsors: BaiduBoeingCapital OneSirqulHomeAdvisorWave BusinessWSGRExtraHopZillow Group and Dragonchain.

And a shout out to our silver sponsors and supporting sponsors: Living Computers Museum + LabsVulcanK2MozWGU WashingtonBest BuyAvalaraEYIntellectual VenturesNortheastern UniversityUPS ConnectAlexandriaCrayGlobal Innovation Exchange and EPAM.

And thanks to our exhibitors: OfferUpPerkins CoieWashington State Opportunity ScholarshipNintexWeWorkReachNowCloudEnablersAcumaticaValidarGWATAINAP and TAG.

And thanks to our partners: BloombergKUOWBootstrapper StudiosStridelineAlaska AirlinesALLtechKiller InfographicsName Brand Promotions and Sharp.

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