|October 1, 6:00 p.m. |
GeekWire Summit Welcome Party
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.
|October 2, 7:45 a.m.|
Registration Opens & Breakfast
Enjoy some coffee and breakfast sponsored by Vaco after we open the doors for the 7th annual GeekWire Summit, taking place at the Seattle Sheraton. A special thanks to name badge sponsor Avalara!
Be sure to download the official GeekWire Summit app, sponsored by Alaska Airlines, at geekwire.com/summitapp. Once you’ve setup your profile, start connecting with other attendees, plan your agenda for the next two days and prepare for live polling in select sessions. Questions? Find our App guru at registration.
|8:50 a.m. |
Grab a seat at the Bank of America Stage in the Grand Ballroom as we kick off the 2018 GeekWire Summit.
IoT Stage Opens
IoT Track, presented by the Washington IoT Council, begins in the Willow Room with deep dives into how connected devices are changing everything from factories to farms.
|9:00 a.m. |
The State of the Tech Industry
|9:20 a.m. |
Fireside Chat: Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sue Desmond-Hellmann runs the world’s largest charitable foundation, but she really wants it to be the best at solving the world’s toughest problems. The doctor and scientist, who oversees a $43 billion philanthropy as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares insights and new developments in the quest to end disease, transform U.S. education and lift people out of poverty around the world. Plus, a glimpse of the cutting-edge innovations that are fueling those efforts, and new research that is changing our understanding of the world. Moderated by GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop.
|10:00 a.m. |
Geeks Give Back
If solutions were easy to come by, then the Seattle region’s troubles would be fleeting. We’ve seen homelessness affecting so many members of our community and want to lend our support to the organizations and policy advocates who are working hard to create meaningful change. This year for Geeks Give Back, GeekWire, Bank of America and Seattle Foundation are collaborating with five local nonprofits to deliver resources and solutions that will make the Seattle region more inclusive and accessible for everyone in our community. Join us in making an impact.
|10:10 a.m. |
Stretch your legs! Head over to the expanded Exhibitor Hall to see IoT innovations, say hello to movers and shakers in the tech community.
|10:35 a.m. |
Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design - Kat Holmes, Director for UX Design at Google
There is a growing interest in making inclusion a positive goal for companies, teams, and products. To begin developing and growing inclusive practices in company culture and in the design process for mass-scaled technology is challenging. In this power talk, Kat Holmes of Google explains why inclusive design choices are much more than a good idea, they are becoming an economic imperative.
|10:55 a.m. |
Fireside Chat: Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin
|11:30 a.m. |
Fireside Chat: Jamie Siminoff, CEO, Ring
Ring founder and CEO Jamie Siminoff left “Shark Tank” empty-handed but caught the attention of Amazon, selling the smart doorbell and home security startup to the tech giant earlier this year for a reported $1 billion. As part of Amazon, Ring is continuing to pursue its mission of reducing crime in neighborhoods, as Siminoff and team release a growing array of home security technologies. The serial entrepreneur joins us to discuss his startup journey, and share insights on the future of the smarthome, video, privacy, interoperability and more in the IoT age. Moderated by GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop.
Lunch, presented by Hired
Sponsored Lunch Talk in the Willow Room, presented by PWC
Technology + Customer Experience: How and where new opportunities are forming. Innovation drives enormous potential to enhance the customer experience. Explore how technology solutions are evolving and what organizations are focusing on first to create new business opportunities. Panelists include Kevin Miller, group program manager of Microsoft’s Azure IoT Platform where he leads development of IoT products and solutions, and Rik Reppe, leader of PwC’s customer and digital experience center. Moderated by CJ Bangah, Partner at PwC.
IoT Track resumes in the Willow Room
|1:00 p.m. |
Panel: Cutting Through The Craziness of Crypto: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Future Of Blockchain, But Were Afraid To Ask
How will the ever-changing and nebulous world of cryptocurrency impact society and business? We’ll hear from leading experts on the topic, including Lawrence Lerner of Pithia and Arry Yu of Washington Technology Industry Association’s Blockchain Council. Moderated by J. Dax Hansen, who leads Perkins Coie’s electronic financial services, blockchain technology, and digital currency industry groups.
Robot Farmers: Brent Frei, President of TerraClear Inc. and Mark Frei, Co-Manager, Isidore Farms
One farmer feeds 155 of the world’s people. That farmer fed 4 in the 1930s and 73 in the 1970s. In another 40 years span, by 2050, that farmer will need to feed 199 people. Big data, machine learning, and robots are helping make the next step function in productivity possible, while reducing the amount of erosion, chemicals, and easing the short supply of labor for difficult, mundane jobs – in particular the rocky ones
|2:10 p.m. |
|2:40 p.m. |
Panel: Cybersecurity, Social Media Manipulation, Fake News and the Future of Democracy
Featuring Emilian Papadopoulos, president Good Harbor; Laura Rosenberger, Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Moderated by Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent at Axios.
|3:15 p.m. |
Power Talk: Pokemon Go, Harry Potter and the Future of AR
Pokémon GO has generated well over a billion dollars in revenue, and the active community continues to grow. We will cover how to combine Augmented Reality (AR) technology with user psychology to achieve mainstream success. Come learn about the future of AR and how AR applies to your industry!
|3:35 p.m. |
GeekWire's Elevator Pitch, presented by Smartsheet: 8 Startups, One Winner
Over the past six months, 27 entrepreneurs competed in this unique challenge, pitching their concepts in the elevator at the world famous Space Needle or iconic Smith Tower. But only one will truly make it to the top. Now, eight finalists will present live onstage in front of the GeekWire Summit audience where they will have just 48 seconds for their pitch before our judges announce this season’s winner. Catch all of the past episodes here.
|4:15 p.m. |
Fireside Chat: Tony West, Chief Legal Officer of Uber
Uber’s new chief legal officer, Tony West, joined the company at a pivotal moment, bringing experience from the very agency investigating his new employer. The former Justice Department lawyer will discuss Uber’s efforts to right the ship after a year of controversy and scandal. West will also share insights on Uber’s IPO ambitions and the next chapter for one of the world’s most valuable transportation companies. Moderated by GeekWire’s Civic Innovation Editor Monica Nickelsburg.
That’s a wrap on Day 1 of the GeekWire Summit! What stood out to you the most during sessions covering philanthropy, UX design, real estate, IoT, cybersecurity, AR and transportation? Let us know in the GeekWire Summit app!
|5:00 p.m. |
|October 3, 7:45 a.m. |
Registration & Breakfast
We’re back for another day of sessions designed to entertain, inform and inspire. Thanks to sponsor Vaco for helping fuel everyone up with breakfast and coffee.
Day 2 of the 2018 GeekWire Summit will feature fireside chats with the heads of eBay, Dreambox and Nintendo, insights from leading VCs during the popular “VC View” panel and cutting-edge product demonstrations during “Inventions We Love.”
But that’s not all! The Health Tech stage, presented by Regence, will debut in the Willow Room exploring how artificial intelligence, cloud computing, gene editing and other technologies are impacting health. Click on the “Health Track” tab above to see more details.
|9:00 a.m. |
Fireside Chat: Devin Wenig, CEO, eBay
What’s the future of online commerce? Devin Wenig has a unique perspective on this question as just the third CEO in the history of eBay, overseeing a business with 170 million active customers and $88.4 billion in gross merchandise volume. Axios chief technology correspondent Ina Fried interviews the eBay CEO about the state of the company, the competitive landscape, new business approaches, future innovations and the underlying trends driving this important sector of the tech economy. Moderated by Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent at Axios.
|9:30 a.m. |
Fireside Chat: Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of Dreambox
DreamBox Learning’s CEO, president and board chair leads a company at the forefront of adaptive learning, pioneering new approaches to personalized technology with implications well beyond education. How does education technology power teaching and learning today? Can, or should, technology replace human teachers? Can we learn from how we use technology in education as we invest in machine learning? Are there broader lessons for workforce development? Insights from the improbable journey of a Harvard Business School grad who started in banking and ended up as a leader in education technology. Moderated by David Samuelson of GreaterGood.
|9:55 a.m. |
Ignite at the Summit: Three offbeat, fast-paced talks
Ignite Seattle, the successful, 12-year-old speaker series gives participants five minutes to give a compelling talk on just about any topic. Hear a selection of the best Ignite talks, with interesting people telling compelling stories on the GeekWire Summit stage.
- How to Mouse With Your Toes – Elizabeth Nelson, founder of Resonant Growth
- Mapping the U.S. of Starbucks – James Davenport, research scientist with the DIRAC Institute at the University of Washington’s Department of Astronomy
- Building Solid Teams With Silly Games – Shannon Mead, strategy and organizational development consultant with Stack of Stones
|10:15 a.m. |
|10:40 a.m. |
Fireside Chat: Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo of America
Nintendo of America’s President and COO joins us to take a closer look at the video game company’s ongoing evolution. He’ll share information about some of the company’s latest initiatives, including Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Labo and current and upcoming games for the holiday season. How did Nintendo stay true to its guiding principles when the world was watching its every move? How can a global brand continue to innovate in a rapidly changing world while honoring its founding vision of bringing smiles to faces of all ages? Moderated by GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop.
Geeks Give Back
The annual Geeks Give Back campaign, brought to you by GeekWire, Bank of America and Seattle Foundation, kicks off at The GeekWire Summit but it doesn’t stop here. Donate anytime between now and December at geeksgiveback.org to help us support five local nonprofits who are working hard to create meaningful change for homeless individuals and families in our community. Join us in making an impact.
|11:25 a.m. |
Fireside Chat: Dennis Muilenburg, CEO, The Boeing Co.
Boeing’s CEO, president and chairman of the board surveys frontiers that range from underwater drones, to commercial air travel and military aerospace, to the realm of spaceflight and satellite technology. How does Boeing boost innovation and American competitiveness? How will automation and autonomous flight change the aviation industry? Will the first person on Mars really get there on a Boeing-built rocket? We’ll also delve into Muilenburg’s personal story: How did an Iowa farmboy rise to lead one of America’s top exporters and manufacturers? Moderated by GeekWire Aerospace and Science Editor Alan Boyle.
|12:00 p.m. |
Lunch, presented by Hired
Health Tech Track resumes
Head to the Willow Room for the first Health Tech panel of the afternoon: The Robot Will See you Now: The Future of Primary Care.
Click on the “Health Track” tab above to see all sessions for the Health Tech Stage, presented by Regence, on Oct. 3.
|1:00 p.m. |
The VC View
Cryptocurrency. Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. Find out what’s hot in the startup world from leading venture capitalists. Panelists include Joanne Chen of Foundation Capital and Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures. Moderated by Sheila Gulati of Tola Capital.
|1:45 p.m. |
Inventions We Love: Crazy and Fun Inventions
Inventions We Love, presented by Boeing, is a fun geek show-and-tell featuring some of the coolest gadgets and hardware devices we’ve seen. Presentations by HaptX, Evrnu and SEEVA Technologies.
Fireside Chat: Raj Singh, CEO of Accolade
Health care is the biggest industry in the U.S., and it’s poised to get even bigger as the graying of America continues. One quarter of the workforce will be older than 55 by 2025, creating tectonic shifts in business, politics and society. For years, healthcare — mired in regulatory complexity — has been immune to the technological changes that have swept other industries. Accolade CEO Raj Singh, the veteran Seattle entrepreneur who previously sold software giant Concur to SAP for $8.3 billion, will discuss why now is the time for health tech to take hold, from understanding benefits to maximizing outcomes to boosting the lives of patients. Moderated by GeekWire co-founder John Cook.
|2:55 p.m. |