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Moderator Tyra Mariani, left, president of Schultz Family Foundation, leads a “Future of Education” panel discussion at the 2020 GeekWire Summit in Seattle with Dr. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College; Diane Tavenner, co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools; and Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning. (GeekWire Photo)

We’ve reached the third and final week of the 2020 GeekWire Summit, and like many of you who’ve been joining us for this virtual event, we’re still buzzing with insights on the future of education, travel, biotech and other topics that we explored with our speakers in our second week.

Up next: the evolution of the workplace, the future of healthcare, and the state of tech in 2020 and beyond. Our speakers and moderators this week include journalists from the New York Times. CNBC, STAT and Axios, plus leaders from Google, Microsoft, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, among many others.

You can still register here or below to attend the virtual GeekWire Summit. All registered attendees get exclusive access to GeekWire Summit sessions, live and on-demand, including sessions that took place previously.

Thanks to all the attendees, GeekWire Members, VIPs and speakers for joining us for the first week of the GeekWire Summit, presented by Bank of America. We hope you will continue to join us this Tuesday and Thursday for the final week of our annual technology and innovation conference.

Check out all our Summit coverage here, watch highlights videos here, and follow the conversation on Twitter.

Continue reading below for highlights and clips from the second week’s sessions, and a preview of what’s in store for this week. Looking for highlights from the first week? Find those here.

Day 3: Tuesday, Oct. 19

Venture Capital: Investing at the intersection of IT and healthcare

Speakers: Emily Melton, co-founder of Threshold; Julie Sunderland, co-founder and managing director of Biomatics Capital; Nina Kjellson, general partner at Canaan Partners; Moderator: Dr. Robert Overell, president Foundation BioVentures

Read more: Healthtech investors on the ‘holy grail’ of remote care and a new way of thinking about health IT

Fireside chat with Peter Kern, CEO of Expedia Group

Newly-appointed Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern spoke with GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop about the big news of the day, the U.S. government’s antitrust complaint against Google. The case spotlights the difficult position Expedia and many other companies find themselves, competing with Google while simultaneously relying on and paying the search giant to direct customers to their services.

The two also discussed the future of travel, big cities and Kern’s thoughts on virtual travel. Expedia Group includes major travel brands such as vrbo, Orbitz, Hotwire, Trivago,, and Egencia in addition to the flagship

Read more: Expedia Group CEO on Google antitrust case: ‘Very pleased to see the government finally taking action’

Listen to the GeekWire Podcast: Expedia Group’s CEO on the future of travel, and why big cities will someday ‘come roaring back’

Inventions We Love: Gemmist

We wanted to bring back one of our favorite aspects of the GeekWire Summit called Inventions We Love — a fun look at some of the innovative and creative inventions that entrepreneurs from the Seattle region are creating. Featuring Gemmist presented by CEO Allison Harr.

Day 4: Thursday, Oct. 22

The Future of Education

Educators, policymakers, students and parents need to recognize the pandemic and remote learning as an impetus for meaningful change in schools, rather than a pause before returning to the way things have always been done.

That’s one takeaway from education professionals who offered a crash course on the “Future of Education” from this GeekWire Summit panel discussion.

Speakers: Dr. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning; Diane Tavenner, co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools; Tyra Mariani, president of Schultz Family Foundation (Moderator)

Read more: Treat teachers as ‘learning engineers,’ and other insights on future of education

Fireside chat with Steve Harr, CEO of Sana Biotechnology

Founded by veterans of Juno Therapeutics, Sana Biotechnology is developing new ways to modify genes and replace damaged cells in the body, possibly pioneering new treatments for a number of diseases. Sana CEO Steve Harr shed more light on one of most secretive, heavily funded startups in Seattle and the global biotech industry during this fireside chat at the GeekWire Summit with Luke Timmerman of the Timmerman Report.

Read more: Sana CEO reveals details about stealthy gene therapy startup that has raised more than $700M

Inventions We Love: Co-pilot by Bluebox Labs

Wrapping up Inventions We Love for week two is Co-pilot by Bluebox Labs, presented by CEO and founder Minsoo Lee.

This week on the Bank of America Stage:

Tuesday, Oct. 27: View from the press box: Tech in 2020 and beyond

It has been one wild year. To help put things in perspective, we’re joined by leading technology journalists to talk about a range of key issues, from Amazon’s ascendancy to antitrust battles to the role social media is playing in the coming election. Panelists: Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent at Axios, Karen Weise, Seattle tech correspondent at The New York Times and John Cook, co-founder of GeekWire. Moderator: Todd Bishop of GeekWire.

Thursday, Oct. 29: Shaping the Future Workplace, sponsored session presented by PayScale

COVID-19 and the social justice movement of 2020 changed the workplace forever. Now, organizations across the globe are adapting to a redefined working environment. How are companies navigating this transition with respect to compensation, pay equity, remote work and team culture? In this session, seasoned technology leaders will share what they’ve learned during the past 10 months, and provide insightful leadership lessons that can be applied to organizations both big and small.

Speakers: Raj Singh, CEO of Accolade; Henry Albrecht, CEO of Limeade; Yoko Miyashita, CEO of Leafly; Moderated by Scott Torrey, CEO of PayScale.

This week on the Regence Health Tech Stage:

Tuesday, Oct. 27: How two health companies found common ground through data, sponsored session presented by Regence

A conversation with Dr. Marion Couch, Chief Medical Officer for Cambia Health Solutions, and Bill Robertson, CEO of Multicare.

Tuesday, Oct. 27: COVID-19: What The Data Tells Us

As COVID-19 spread, many focused on metrics: positive cases, hospitalizations, deaths and transmission rates. For our panelists, epidemiologist Dr. Trevor Bedford of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Dr. Vin Gupta of University of Washington, data is an essential tool to combat the disease, from genetic analyses to estimating the potential impacts of social distancing and universal masking. Moderated by CNBC technology and health reporter Christina Farr.

Thursday, Oct. 29: The Transformation of Healthcare

New technologies, including the cloud and artificial intelligence, promise to drastically transform healthcare. What will it take for the benefits to reach end users? Hear from Dr. David Rhew, chief medical officer and VP of healthcare at Microsoft; Aashima Gupta, Director of Global Healthcare Solutions at Google Cloud and Rob Coppedge, CEO of Echo Health Ventures.

Thank you to our sponsors: Presenting: Bank of America, PlatinumRegence BlueShield, Gold sponsors: ALLtech Benefits Trust, BCRA Design, EY, PayScale, Wave Business and Wilson Sonsini; Silver sponsors: Calgary Economic Development, CloudHealth by VMware, Slalom, Swapcard, Washington Research Foundation, and WeWork.

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