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Every year as we’re working on the lineup of speakers and content for the GeekWire Summit, one way we assess our efforts is by asking, is that a conference we would send a reporter to cover? And perhaps more importantly, would we spend our own time and money to attend, or recommend the event to others, if we weren’t part of the team putting it together?

This year, especially, the answer is a resounding yes, and we know that hundreds of you already agree. And if you haven’t signed up yet, this is a great opportunity to join us. This morning, we released the full agenda for the event, taking place from the evening of Monday, Oct. 7, through the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 9, in downtown Seattle.

Here are a few of the highlights.

We’ll discuss privacy, law enforcement and the future of technology with U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, and Axon President Luke Larson.

A full track on Oct. 8 will explore the future of health technology, including personalized medicine, gene editing, telemedicine and digital health.

Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra will discuss his call for steeper penalties and broader antitrust enforcement against tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

We’ll be joined by top Amazon executives Dave Limp, head of Alexa and Echo; and Jay Carney, senior vice president of global corporate affairs, in separate sessions exploring the future of technology and the changing landscape for tech companies.

Industry analyst Charlene Li will share lessons from her research and work in the field of organizational and industry disruption.

Microsoft President Brad Smith will join us to discuss the new era of privacy, regulation and artificial intelligence.

On our “VC View” panel, venture capitalists Amy Bohutinsky of Technology Crossover Ventures; Megan Quinn of Spark Capital; Hope Cochran of Madrona Venture Group; and Dana Settle of Greycroft, will provide insights into the future of technology.

We’ll crown the winner of the Elevator Pitch startup competition after hearing their final pitches.

We’ll talk about podcasting, audio and the future of media with a panel of media veterans, journalists and entrepreneurs with backgrounds at Google, American Public Media, CNN and startups.

We’ll explore new ways to build diverse, impactful organizations with Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president & CEO, DreamBox Learning; and Marilyn Strickland, president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Genomics pioneer Leroy Hood will deliver a talk explaining how 21st century medicine will change your healthcare and potentially extend your productive lifespan.

We’ll catch up with Steve Ballmer, LA Clippers chairman and former Microsoft CEO, on topics including his USAFacts initiative, seeking to ground the national conversation in a common understanding of the numbers and trends behind some of the most important and divisive issues facing the country and the world.

Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom will join us to talk about the future of travel and the company’s new Seattle campus.

See the full agenda on the GeekWire Summit site, or register below, and we’ll see you next week.

 

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