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As we continue to grapple with the pandemic and its effects, we’re all taking stock and reexamining the opportunities in front of us. How do we rethink the way we work, play, and communicate? How can we design new systems that optimize not just productivity, but also inclusivity? How do we harness the speed, agility, and innovation unlocked during these tough times and leverage them to propel us further? How do we redefine the future?

At Half Moon Bay we’ll have the chance to meet and hear from the top minds in technology as we focus on issues both macro and micro. We’ll hear about the most important advances in A.I., VR and AR, connected devices, mobile tech, biometrics, the seemingly unending popularity of the cloud, cybersecurity, robotics, genomics, blockchain, and the most impactful innovations on the DEI front.

CEOs already confirmed to join us for this live event include: Anousheh Ansari of XPRIZE Foundation, Lisa Dyson of Air Protein, Pat Gelsinger of Intel, Kevin Mandia of FireEye, Tekedra Mawakana of Waymo, Jehiel Oliver of Hello Tractor, Adi Tatarko of Houzz, and Hans Vestberg of Verizon as well as Grab President Ming Maa, NBA Legend and Businessperson Dwyane Wade, and Greenwood Co-founder Michael Render.

Come join the conversation as we learn from our recent past and work toward a redefined future–with the beautiful backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

Fortune is following guidance issued by local authorities and the CDC (including local mask mandates), and is taking several additional steps to prioritize participants’ health and safety. Entry requirements include digital proof of full vaccination (submitted through Health Pass by CLEAR) as well as a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test result, from a test taken within 72 hours of the start of Annual Meeting. We will announce specific information in advance of the event.


Hans Vestberg

Chairman and CEO


Tekedra Mawakana

Co-chief Executive Officer


Adi Tatarko

Co-founder and CEO


Dwyane Wade

NBA Legend and Businessperson


Agenda topics will include:
Dude, Where’s My AV?
The AV pioneer is moving forward with plans to launch driverless taxis in more and more locales. But widespread adoption of AVs hasn’t moved forward as quickly as once predicted. We hear from Waymo CEO Tekedra Mawakana on what’s next for the sector.

Space for the Rest of Us
The new space race is all about the private sector. XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari, the first female “space tourist,” gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what’s driving innovation and investment in new space startups, and where the most promising advances in space tech can take us next.

 The Food Revolution is Upon Us
Consumers have more and more options when it comes to meat alternatives. We hear from two of the industry’s top entrepreneurs--Air Protein CEO Dr. Lisa Dyson, and UPSIDE Foods CEO Dr. Uma Valeti-- on how producing new forms of food can affect our health and the environment.

The Global Chip Shortage
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger sits down to discuss the latest in global supply chain woes, the most impactful innovations in the semiconductor business, and the future of manufacturing in the U.S.

Closing the Wealth Gap
We hear from two Atlanta-based leaders--Greenwood Co-founder Michael “Killer Mike” Render and President and CTO Aparicio "Reese" Giddins on how their startup, a digital bank financed by Visa and Mastercard, plans to even the financial playing field for Black and Latino businesses.

Rise of the Super Apps
Grab helps 670 million people across Southeast Asia get deliveries, cars, bikes and scooters, financial services, and more from this one app. Hear from Grab President Ming Maa about when will we see super apps in the U.S. on a large scale?   

Why Accessibility Shouldn’t be an Afterthought
The wheelchair industry has stagnated for years. But LUCI founders/brothers--CEO Barry Dean and CTO Jered Dean are upending the $2.7 billion motorized wheelchair market with an accessory that prevents tips, collisions, and falls.

There’s No Place Like Home
The pandemic proved to be a catalyst for growth for the online platform for home design. We hear about lessons learned from Houzz’s CEO Adi Tatarko, plus the next stage for the company, rumored to be on track for an IPO. 

The Tractor in the Cloud
It turns out that providing access to farming equipment is an effective way to ensure that even the most vulnerable farmers in the world can do their jobs—and it’s a booming business, too. Hello Tractor has facilitated equipment rental to more than 500,000 farmers and accrued more than 3,000 tractors on its marketplace. Founder and CEO Jehiel Oliver shares his plans for even greater reach and impact.

Ten Things You Need to Know About Internet Stocks
Famous for his smart and savvy approach to tech stock investing, Evercore ISI Senior Managing Director and Head of Internet Research Mark Mahaney shares his 10 proven rules for succeeding as a long-term tech stock investor, based on what he’s learned in almost 25 years of analyzing internet stocks.

Sports, Tech, and All That Jazz
The world of sports—and its stakeholders—are changing, from the way leagues distribute content digitally to the role sports teams play within their communities. NBA legend Dwyane Wade and a leading tech founder--Qualtrics Founder and Executive Chairman Ryan Smith--break it down for us.

Connecting the Dots
Since taking on the top job at the telecom giant in 2018, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg has pivoted away from content and refocused the company on its core: the strength of its networks. From the applications unleashed by 5G to blanketing more households around the world with broadband, the CEO shares his multi-year strategy.


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Tuesday 30 Nov, 2021
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Partner, GV; Co-chair

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Senior Writer, FORTUNE, and Co-chair

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Senior Writer, FORTUNE; Co-chair

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Lucinda Shen

Reporter, FORTUNE and Co-chair

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Ryan Smith

Founder and Executive Chairman, Qualtrics; Co-chair

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Membership Benefits

Virtual or in person, we’ll have the great “gets,” surprising and engaging demos, fast paced interviews, the inside scoop on where the smart money is going, the latest in tech trends and a critical look at the role it played in the recent national election. We’ll talk about how the issue of race has changed us all, how the pandemic has affected us and our roles and responsibilities and how we see the future. We’ll still be the place you come to hear from top executives and bold thinkers talking about everything from the Cloud to retail, investment to biotech, transportation to social media, hardware to software.

Your Fortune Brainstorm Tech membership affords opportunities for learning, engaging, networking, and sharing initiatives. 

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Participation in the 2021 live Annual Conference at Half Moon Bay.
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Complimentary invitations, for you and executives from your company, to exclusive Fortune events, including Fortune Brainstorm A.I., our annual CES dinner, and other live and virtual events as applicable.
Premium-level access across all FORTUNE media platforms 

Brainstorm Tech annual membership is $8,500 and the membership fee must be received before the conference pass is issued or access is provided to member benefits. Please note that benefits for your registration fee received in 2021 will extend into 2022, but will not apply to the 2022 Fortune Brainstorm Tech Annual meeting.


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