Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:45-8:15am Continental Breakfast
Executive Editor, The Economist
in conversation with
Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
MEGATECH: Technology in 2050
Downtown Los Angeles
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
$20 General Admission
$40 General Admission + one copy of Megatech: Technology in 2050
* includes continental breakfast
Daniel Franklin is Executive Editor of the Economist and editor of the Economist’s annual publication, ‘The World in…’, which focuses on the year ahead. Since joining the Economist in 1983, he has written about Soviet and East European affairs, covered great European upheavals – from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty – and been Britain Editor and later Washington Bureau Chief in the US. He is co-editor of Megachange (Economist Books, 2012).
Technology moves fast – so where will it have taken us by 2050? How will it affect the way we live? And how far are we willing to let it go? In Megatech, distinguished scientists, industry leaders, star academics and acclaimed science-fiction writers join journalists from The Economist to explore answers to these questions and more. Twenty experts in the field, including Nobel prize-winner Frank Wilczek, Silicon Valley venture-capitalist Ann Winblad, philanthropist Melinda Gates and science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds identify the big ideas, fantastic inventions and potentially sinister trends that will shape our future. Join them to explore a brave new world of brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, knitted cars and guided bullets. The writers predict the vast changes that technology will bring to everything from food production to health care, energy output, manufacturing and the military balance. They also consider the impact on jobs, and how we can prepare for the opportunities, as well as the dangers, that await.Thought-provoking, engaging and full of insight from the forefront of tech innovation, Megatech is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand tomorrow’s world.
Ann Winblad is a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a venture capital firm she co-founded in 1989. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national and international business publications.
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners was the first venture firm focused exclusively on software. In her 27 year career as a venture capitalist, Ann’s firm has launched over 160 enterprise software companies and led investments that pioneered successful companies across the enterprise software sector: Business Intelligence, Analytics, Software Development, Integration, Data Center Optimization, Cloud Computing and Security.
Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies and currently serves as a director of Ace Metrix, MuleSoft, Sonatype, and OptiMine. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas and a Board member of the Richard Schulze Family Foundation. Ann is also a member of CNBC’s Platinum Group.