The Economist Events Connects Global Experts in Exponential Technologies at “Innovation Summit 2019: Defining the Digital Future”

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Economist Events will host the 2019 Economist Innovation Summit on
March 7, 2019 at the Convene venue in Chicago. The 2019 Innovation
Summit will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, academics and
entrepreneurs to discuss and debate the potential of exponential
technologies that promise to play a key role in the digital future.

Exponential technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain
and quantum computing, are disrupting the business landscape and
changing the way companies plan for future growth and transformation. At
this year’s summit, speakers and panelists will discuss how every
company can leverage exponential technologies to shape progress, even
during a time when some question whether investments in such new
technologies make financial sense.

“In today’s uncertain economic and political environment, business
leaders understandably want to focus on sure bets and short-term
results. However, to ensure the long-term success of their enterprises,
they must explore the transformative potential of exponential
technologies now on offer,” said Vijay Vaitheeswaran, U.S. Business
Editor, The Economist. “At this year’s Innovation Summit, we
will examine the promise and peril involved in this brave new world of
technology innovation.”

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Chad Anderson, Chief executive, Space Angels and managing partner,
    Space Capital
  • Dan Altman, Founder, North Yard Analytics, and co-founder, NYK Capital
  • David Awschalom, Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, University
    of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
  • Hansang Bae, Chief technology officer, Riverbed Technology
  • Alexandra Suich Bass, US technology editor, The Economist
  • Pearly Chen, VR/AR investor and chief of staff to the chief executive,
  • Jim Clarke, Director of quantum hardware, Intel
  • Renee DiResta, Director of research, New Knowledge, and head of
    policy, Data for Democracy
  • Nicole Eagan, Chief executive, Darktrace
  • Becky Frankiewicz, President, ManpowerGroup North America
  • Tracy Frey, Director of strategy, Google Cloud AI
  • Alex Gladstein, Chief strategy officer, Human Rights Foundation
  • Sean Gourley, Founder and chief executive, Primer AI
  • Manik Gupta, Chief product officer, Uber
  • Daniel Kraft, Founder and chair, Exponential Medicine, and chair for
    medicine & neuroscience, Singularity University
  • Lonne Jaffe, Managing director, Insight Venture Partners
  • Danny Lange, Vice-president of AI and machine learning, Unity
  • Gwen Lighter, Chief executive and founder, GoFly
  • Bob Lord, Senior vice-president, cognitive applications, IBM
  • Jeffrey Manber, Chief executive, NanoRacks
  • Mark Potter, Chief technology officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and
    director, Hewlett Packard Labs
  • Gary Shapiro, President and chief executive, Consumer Technology
    Association (CTA)
  • Hans Tung, Managing partner, GGV Capital
  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran, US business editor, The Economist
  • Grazia Vittadini, Chief technology officer, Airbus
  • Dan Wagner, Founder and chief executive, Civis Analytics

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit
Join us on Twitter at #EconInnov and @EconomistEvents.

Sponsorship and Media Information

Riverbed is the event’s gold sponsor. Supporting associations include
Centric, Illinois Technology Association and Argonne National Library.
The event’s PR agency is Zeno Group.

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advisories, please contact: Sarah Erman,,
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