GeekWire Summit 2022 Preview: Our Annual Conference Agenda, October 6-7

GeekWire Summit 2022 Preview: Our Annual Conference Agenda, October 6-7

(Clockwise from top right) Ken Washington of Amazon, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Jaime Teevan of Microsoft, Megan Hansen of Smartsheet, Tina Hoang-To of Kin Ventures, Julie Larson- Magic Leap’s Green, Aurora’s Chris Urmson, Microsoft’s Charlie Bell, UW’s Nadya Peek, and Zillow’s Skylar Olsen are some of the business, science and technology leaders set to appear at the GeekWire Summit. This year.

This year’s GeekWire Summit is two weeks away, and today we’re excited to offer insight with the release of our near-final program, featuring tech leaders and journalists addressing the most pressing issues facing tech. industry and the world are facing.

Now in its 11th year, our technology and business conference is known for providing early insight into technology trends that have since reshaped key industry sectors, including drones, the upheaval of the US wireless industry wire, the rise of mobile payments, artificial intelligence, voice recognition, virtual reality and the gig economy, to name a few.

So what’s the next step? We’ve put together one of our best lines this year, tackling issues like cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, home robots, augmented reality, the state of the economy, the connection between humans and machines and the future of work.

Keep reading for highlights and check out the full agenda for session times and more details under the “Calendar” tab on the GeekWire Summit event site. The event will take place October 6 and 7 in Seattle.

Tickets are available here or below to attend virtually or in person.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell: The GeekWire Summit begins with opening remarks from Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, who tackles many challenges as the leader of a city seeking to maintain its status as one of the world’s leading innovation hubs.

Charlie Bell, Microsoft EVP, Security, Compliance, Identity and Management: Can the digital world leave its medieval era and become civilized? That was the question Charlie Bell asked when he decided to join Microsoft to lead the Redmond-based company’s $15 billion cybersecurity business, taking on what he described as “one of the greatest challenges of our time”. More than a year into this quest, the veteran tech leader will give us a status report – sharing insights into his career, the state of digital security, and the potential for progress in the years to come.

Panel: What’s going on with the economy? Inflation, corporate cutbacks, hybrid working and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have turned 2022 into a year like no other and provided an uncertain backdrop for what many once hoped would be an economic recovery. fully fledged. What happens now and where do things go next? We’ll get insights from two experts in the field: Skylar Olsen, chief economist at Zillow Group; and Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Indeed. Moderated by Noah Buhayar, Data Editor at Bloomberg News.

Fireside chat: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell: US Senator Maria Cantwell, a former Seattle tech executive first elected to the US Senate in 2000, will join us to discuss the future of US innovation and recent advancements including bipartisan CHIPS and the science law of 2022. Moderated by GeekWire reporter Lisa Stiffler.

Venture capital panel: Against the backdrop of an uncertain economy and shrinking startup funding, we’ll get a read on the most promising areas for investment, innovation and growth in the months and years to come with a panel of venture capital and technology investor experts: Tina Hoang-To, founding partner of Kin Ventures; Chris DeVore, founding managing partner of Founder’s Co-op; and Annie Kadavy, CEO of Redpoint. Moderated by Amy Bohutinsky, venture capital partner at TCV and former COO of Zillow Group.

Julie Larson-Green, Chief Technology Officer at Magic Leap: What is the promise of augmented reality in our work and our lives? As an engineer who has worked on some of the most widely used products in the world, Julie Larson-Green has a unique perspective on what is achievable and realistic in this field in her current role as Chief Technology Officer at Magic Leap. It’s also a timely conversation, following the September 30 release of the Magic Leap 2 augmented reality headset.

Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist and Technical Researcher at Microsoft: Drawing on years of in-depth research on the rapidly changing nature of work, Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist and Technical Fellow at Microsoft, provides key insights for business and technology leaders grappling with change seismic in the way teams connect, collaborate and communicate in the quest to transform great ideas into world-changing products and services.

Nadya Peek, assistant professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington: An inside look at the dynamic and increasingly impactful connection between humans and technology with Nadya Peek, assistant professor in the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington and director of the Machine Agency.

Panel: The future of work: Is the new era of hybrid working a passing trend or a long-term reality? What are the most effective strategies for business and technology leaders, seeking a balance between productivity and flexibility, and considering the many different backgrounds and backgrounds of employees? Informed by our new understanding of the underlying data science, we’ll check in on the evolving workplace with Megan Hansen, Head of People and Culture at Smartsheet; Julia Anas, Director of Human Resources at Qualtrics; and Holli Martinez, vice president and head of diversity, equity and inclusion at T-Mobile.

Elevator Pitch Finals, presented by WestRiver Group: Live on stage, watch the epic Season 3 finale of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch startup competition and video series, as the winning entrepreneurs from each of this season’s four episodes make a final pitch to the audience at the summit. GeekWire and our panel of judges: Anthony Bontrager, WestRiver Group Managing Director; Maria Colacurcio, CEO of Syndio and winner of Elevator Pitch Season 2; and Kirby Winfield, entrepreneur and founding general partner of Ascend.vc.

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson: Fully autonomous vehicles are closer to commonplace than you might think, as cars and large trucks gain the ability to operate safely on our streets and highways. As one of the pioneers in the field, Chris Urmson has been around since the beginning, participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge before leading Google’s self-driving car initiative. He is now pursuing his vision as CEO of Aurora, which is developing self-driving technology for use by various car and truck manufacturers. We see the way forward for autonomous vehicles from one of the pioneers in the field.

Inventions we love: We’re thrilled to bring back a beloved tradition from the GeekWire Summit, as the entrepreneurs and innovators behind four hand-picked inventions share breakthroughs big and small, live on stage. Hosted by GeekWire reporter Kurt Schlosser.

Hill Harper, founder of The Black Wall Street: Actor and author Harper Hill knows how to turn words into action, taking an idea from one of his books, “The Wealth Cure”, and turning it into The Black Wall Street, a digital wallet designed to help the black community address and overcome financial inequalities. Known for his roles in shows such as the good doctor, Specialist: New Yorkand UnlimitedHill Harper shares insights into an extraordinary life and a remarkable career spanning business, technology and the arts.

Ken Washington, Vice President of Consumer Robotics at Amazon: Ken Washington has prepared for his position as vice president of Amazon and general manager of consumer robotics his entire career. A nuclear engineer by training, with a Ph.D. from Texas A&M, his past roles include CIO for Sandia National Laboratories; Lockheed Martin’s senior privacy officer; and CTO for Ford Motor Co. as the automaker expanded into self-driving technology. Now, he’s combining all that expertise and experience to help usher in the era of home robotics and automation, overseeing initiatives like the Astro home robot. We’ll learn what’s next for the self-contained home with an industry leader pushing the boundaries of the field.


We will return this year to Block 41, a large indoor-outdoor space in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Check out the FAQ for more info and sign up to attend at geekwire.com/summit or below. Questions? Email events@geekwire.com.

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Bank of America, to all the sponsors who make the Summit possible, and to all of you for your support of the work of GeekWire. We’ll see each other there!


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