The 2018 GeekWire Summit, taking place in downtown Seattle on Oct. 1-3, is one of the country’s premier technology conferences, bringing together more than 900 innovators, entrepreneurs, business executives, media and tech leaders to explore the future of the innovation economy.
An immersive two-day conference, the Summit features on-stage Q&As, insightful talks, and interactive product demos by leaders in tech, science and business. It also includes a full slate of fun parties.
Past speakers have included Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke; former DARPA director Arati Prabhakar; former Expedia CEO and current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff, venture capitalists Rebecca Lynn, Sarah Tavel, Bill Gurley and many more. The Summit also draws international media attention, with reporters from Bloomberg, The New York Times, Axios, Nikkei Business, The Wall Street Journal and other outlets in attendance. You can check out GeekWire’s coverage from the 2017 Summit here.
Dennis Muilenburg is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company.
Muilenburg, 54, oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $93.4 billion aerospace company. With roughly 140,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft, and space and security systems, and a provider of global services; it supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations.
Muilenburg, who joined Boeing in 1985, spent the first 15 years of his career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses.
A native of Iowa, Muilenburg holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and an honorary doctor of science degree from Iowa State University as well as a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.
CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sue Desmond-Hellmann is a physician, scientist and philanthropist, who has devoted her career to improving the human condition. As a pioneer in healthcare for more than 30 years, she’s driven major developments toward the eradication of disease, poverty and inequity. She credits a move to Uganda in 1989 – to work on HIV/AIDS and cancer alongside her husband, Nick – as a turning point. “It was so profound to recognize…that all the learning I had done to become a doctor didn’t matter at all if I didn’t make a contribution,” she says.
Today, as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann leads the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Drawing on her diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, she creates an environment for talented and committed individuals to help more children and young people survive and thrive, combat infectious diseases that hit the poorest hardest, and empower people – particularly women and girls – to transform their lives.
Trained as an oncologist, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech developing a number of breakthrough medicines, including two of the first gene-targeted therapies for cancer, Avastin and Herceptin. In November 2009, Forbes magazine named her one of the world’s seven most “powerful innovators,” calling her “a hero to legions of cancer patients.” Her time at Genentech put her at the forefront of the precision medicine revolution and in her current role she champions a similar approach to global development: precision public health – getting the right interventions, to the right populations, in the right places, to save lives.
Immediately prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was the first female chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) overseeing all aspects of the university and medical center’s strategy and operations. It was her second stint at UCSF having completed her clinical training there in the 1980s.
Dr. Desmond-Hellmann is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She was listed among Fortune magazine’s “top 50 most powerful women in business” for seven years and, in 2010, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and elected to the Institute of Medicine. She serves on the board of directors at Facebook Inc.
Co-founder and COO, ofo
Yanqi Zhang is the Co-founder and COO of ofo, the world’s first and largest dockless shared mobility platform. Yanqi oversees the company’s strategy and operation globally. Before joining ofo, he was the head of Uber China’s north and west regions and one of Uber’s youngest regional general managers in the world. Two out of 35 Chinese cities that he was responsible for, Beijing and Chengdu, generated Uber’s highest daily order volume worldwide. Previously, Yanqi worked in the banking industry and focused on foreign exchange.
CEO and Chief Inventor, Ring
A lifelong inventor and entrepreneur, Jamie created the world’s first Wi-Fi video doorbell while working in his garage in 2011. The doorbell, at the time called Doorbot, became Ring, a security powerhouse that offers several DIY home security products and services, including the popular Ring Video Doorbell that’s capable preventing and solving neighborhood crime. Although much has changed since the company’s inception, it is the mission of reducing crime in neighborhoods that continues to drive Jamie.
Intensely dedicated not only to the Ring mission, but also to Ring neighbors (what Ring calls customers), Jamie is a loyal and trusted leader. He believes autonomy and allowing leaders to make their own priorities so that they can stay focused on what’s most important: the company’s mission of making neighborhoods everywhere safer.
Under Jamie’s direction, Ring has seen incredible success and growth. In 2018, Amazon completed its second largest acquisition when it purchased Ring. With the support of Amazon, Ring and Jamie continue to innovate and remain at the bleeding edge of home security.
Prior to Ring, Jamie founded several successful ventures including PhoneTag, the world’s first voicemail-to-text company, and Unsubscribe.com, a service that helped email users clean commercial email from their inboxes. He successfully sold both companies 2009 and 2011 respectively. Jamie holds his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. When he’s not working, Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and two dogs.