Week One :: June 24–July 1


Invention is a way to pinpoint what we value, and we look to men and women throughout history, around the world, who challenged the status quo by what they thought, saw and created. As we celebrate the evolution of humanity, we explore what’s next and how we’ll achieve it.

  • What are the conditions — within society and within ourselves — that make invention possible?
  • Are we in the last age of American invention?
  • What do we need for humanity’s next “giant leap” in our lifetime?
  • Are there ethical and legal limits to be placed on human curiosity?

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures


  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 10:45am

    Obi Felten

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    Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world, X

    Obi Felten is a startup mentor and angel investor who is head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world at X (formerly known as GoogleX).

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 10:45am

    Jesse Schell

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    Distinguished Professor, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center

    Jesse Schell is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 10:45am

    Lisa DeLuca

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    Technology Strategist, IBM Commerce

    Lisa Seacat DeLuca is the most prolific female inventor in IBM history; she holds 70 U.S. patents with more 300 pending applications, and more than 180 patents worldwide.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 10:45am

    George Kembel

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    Co-founder, Stanford d.school

    George Kembel, an entrepreneur and investor turned educator, co-founded the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, also known as the d.school, which he led for over a decade.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, June 30, 2017 | 10:45am

    Pagan Kennedy

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    Author, Inventology

    Columnist and author Pagan Kennedy’s most recent book is Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World.

    Location: Amphitheater