FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech 2021
Brainstorm Tech gathers the top technology and media leaders, operators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and influencers for a dynamic exchange of ideas.
THE FUTURE REDEFINED
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: CEOs Anousheh Ansari of XPRIZE, Chip Bergh of Levi Strauss, Eric Dunn of Quicken, Pat Gelsinger of Intel, Kevin Mandia of Mandiant, Tekedra Mawakana of Waymo, Kelly Schmitt of Benevity, 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.
The global market for financial tech, or fintech, products is expected to exceed $300 billion by 2023. Join this interactive roundtable to keep up with this fast-growing industry's pacesetters.
Directors of both public and private boards have had a challenging year and a half. From concerns over misinformation to regulatory uncertainty and of course Covid, technology companies in particular are facing increasingly complex decisions, and so are their boards. We hear from those in the trenches on how they’ve navigated through recent challenges, and what’s top of mind as they look to the future.
It’s been a fruitful year for entrepreneurs. Global venture capital funding is at an all-time high, and U.S. public listings hit the $1 trillion mark in 2021. But it’s also been a challenging period. So what’s top of mind for entrepreneurs? Hear from peers in the trenches on everything from scaling their company in today’s highly distributed world to managing burnout to navigating an increasingly complex regulatory landscape.
Morgan Stanley alumnus and military vet Jen Easterly is the second person to lead the U.S. Homeland Security Department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). She's got her work cut out for her as she attempts to secure U.S. cyberspace in the face of so many espionage campaigns, ransomware, and cyberattacks. Hear how she plans to tilt the balance in favor of the defenders.
Startups worth more than $1 billion used to be rare and now they're the norm. Hear from all-star investors on how they find and guide companies to the new benchmark—$10 billion or more. Can it last?
The CEO of Intel 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.
From toilet paper shortages to an expected scarcity of Christmas trees, we’re seeing an unprecedented, global supply chain crisis unfolding before our eyes. The impacts are devastating. But this massive problem also presents an opportunity to innovate. How are execs in the supply and logistics functions rising to meet the current challenge?
The wheelchair industry has stagnated for years. But these founders/brothers are upending the $2.7 billion motorized wheelchair market with an accessory that prevents tips, collisions, and falls before they happen.
The pandemic proved to be a catalyst for growth for the online platform for home remodeling and design. How has our relationship with where we live changed? And what does that mean for companies like Houzz? We hear about lessons learned from its CEO and what’s next for the company.
This young entrepreneur is aiming to have a massive impact, starting with seemingly small steps. By creating an “Uber for tractors” used by farmers without access to agricultural equipment in Africa, he’s already on his way.
Millions of VR sets are already in use across the globe, but they aren’t all used for gaming. From teaching empathy to treating PTSD, researchers are exploring all sorts of impactful use cases for virtual and augmented reality. But what are the potential pitfalls of this promising technology? And how will our bodies—and minds—adapt to more and more time spent in the metaverse?
Consumers have more and more options when it comes to new alternatives to meat. We hear from two of the industry’s top entrepreneurs on how producing new forms of food can affect our health and the environment.
One in four home interactions with Alexa are already initiated by Alexa—not humans. Amazon is leaning in to ambient computing, building more and more predictive and proactive features, and embedding Alexa into all sorts of connected devices. What other opportunities is the technology going to unlock, and what are the implications—good and bad?
As companies look to improve their environmental, social, and governance practices, technology is playing a critical role in helping them accelerate their impact. New impact services, delivered at enterprise scale through cutting-edge software, are making it easier for companies around the world to meet the needs of all their stakeholders. Hear from the investors and innovators who are leveraging technology to do well while doing good.
Hosted by The Rise Fund
The future has arrived ahead of schedule and hybrid is here to stay. Our work will be more flexible, connected, remote—and technology is at the center of it all. But what are the specific tools and experiences that will help workplaces function better—and smarter—in the future? How do we build collaborative and innovative workforces in this new reality? Find out who’s doing it well.
Hosted by HP
With a pandemic and intense political divisions—not to mention ever-evolving digital tools—connecting with your customers has never been more complex. But this can also be a time for brands to reach out with meaningful messages, to be authentic and transparent, and to embrace a more inclusive vision. We hear from a diverse range of leaders on how their engagement with customers has shifted.
Increasingly, companies are using technology in new and sometimes simple ways to solve major societal challenges like food insecurity, drug addiction, and other seemingly intractable problems – and they're having far-reaching success. Hear from purpose-driven entrepreneurs and leaders whose actions are building a better future for all.
Hosted by Genpact
From social media influencers to journalists, independent content creators are using various platforms to publish, entertain, and sell products and subscriptions. We hear about how they are reaching their followers, plus new methods of monetization. What does it take to succeed in the creator economy, and what does it take for platforms to hold on to their popularity, creating a community around both creators and fans.
Famous for his smart and savvy approach to investing, Mark Mahaney shares what he's learned in almost 25 years of analyzing tech stocks and his 10 proven rules for success.
AR has evolved way beyond silly filters. But it is still the wild west, with different technologies—both hardware and software—competing for attention, and for applications. What does the future hold? Will enterprise or consumer be the killer app? And how can those in the industry work together to bring about a viable and vibrant set of tools for us all to use?
Classical computing has changed the world with multiple revolutions in cloud, A.I. and Machine learning. But believe it or not, it’s reaching its peak. And so, the promise of Quantum technology is that it has the potential to truly help solve some of our greatest challenges - climate, supply chain shortages and inefficiencies, food insecurity, cyber vulnerabilities, and destabilization of economies. What will it take to really get there and how far are we anyway?
Silicon Valley has been gripped by the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos saga, which is still ongoing. Meanwhile, a growing number of startups in the diagnostics space have been quietly forging ahead, bringing to life some of the advances we’ve been talking about for years. What’s different about the landscape in the sector today, and how have these companies navigated the sometimes tricky path to success, in light of Theranos’ failure?
What have we learned from the pandemic, especially when it comes to our approach to healthcare? Where does investment and innovation in the sector go next? And how do we keep pushing for greater access and affordability for all? We discuss technology’s role and hear what those in the trenches say is on the horizon.
Brainstorm Tech Co-chairs
Partner, GV; Co-chair
Head of Content and Editorial, a16z Crypto; Co-chair
Senior Writer, FORTUNE; Co-chair
Reporter, FORTUNE and Co-chair
Founder and Executive Chairman, Qualtrics; Co-chair
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.
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