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July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Even as
Detroit hits financial bottom, Techonomy Media retains its belief that applying tech and innovation can be a major aid toward a historic comeback. As Techonomy Detroit 2013 nears, the conference continues to grow its list of speakers and sponsors, and refine its program. Techonomy earlier announced the inclusion of Square CEO
Jack Dorsey, Etsy CEO
Jean Case of the Case Foundation,
Andrew Yang of Venture for America, and
Rick Snyder. New speakers include
Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics,
Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution,
Edward Luce of the
Susan Lund of the McKinsey Global Institute,
Hector Ruiz, Chairman and Founder of ANS,
Nilmini Rubin, the competitiveness expert for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ford's
K. Venkatesh Prasad, and Cisco's Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs,
More than 500 national and local leaders from technology, business, government and academia will converge on the campus of
Wayne State University on
September 17, 2013 for a one-day public event that focuses on how headlong technology-driven change is changing and challenging the U.S. economy and its cities. Techonomy sees technology and exponential change as both threat and promise, and aims to help leaders identify the promising piece for their organizations and the country. A key theme of this year's event is how tech can be harnessed to expedite revival. While some of Techonomy's conferences are invite-only retreats, Techonomy Detroit is open to the public and aims for extensive participation and impact.
The recent news of
Detroit's bankruptcy filing is not a deterrent to Techonomy. In fact, it is often necessary to hit bottom before again rising up. Despite the financial crisis, enthusiasm for revival has never been stronger among
Detroit's business and tech community.
Detroit is a symbol of the failures of the U.S. economy and if we cannot revive it, then I fear for the country," said Techonomy founder and noted author
David Kirkpatrick. "
Detroit is more committed than ever
—it has to be
—to creative problem-solving. Tech innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking can combine with faith and elbow grease to move towards a brighter day. Meanwhile, the city becomes an even better place for a big conversation on national priorities."
The conference's host partner is the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of MEDC commented: "Our comeback success story
—the one we've started and are still working on
—is a huge reason why
Detroit is the perfect location for this event; and we are thrilled Techonomy is coming back. Our mission is to help create more and better jobs by accelerative business investments and development
—technology is a major part of that equation. Encouraging change, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, these are all areas
Detroit is centering on right now."
Confirmed speakers include:
Jocelyn Benson, Interim Dean, Law School, Wayne State University
Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics
Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation
Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square; co-founder and Chairman of Twitter
Keith Ferrazzi, Founder and CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight
Michael A. Finney, President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
Edward Luce, Washington Columnist and Commentator, Financial Times
Susan Lund, Partner and Director of Research, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)
Felix W. Ortiz III, Founder, Chairman and Chief Product Officer, Viridis Learning Inc.
K. Venkatesh Prasad, Senior Leader, Open Innovation, Ford Research & Innovation
Nilmini Rubin, Senior Advisor for Global Economic Competitiveness, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs
Hector Ruiz, Chairman and Founder of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. (ANS ).
Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan
Joel D. Tauber, President, Tauber Enterprises LLC; Founder, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, University of Michigan
Marleen Vogelaar, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Shapeways
Carol Williams, Executive Vice President, The Dow Chemical Corporation
Among the topics scheduled to be discussed during the one day session:
City Re-Vision: Towards A Techonomic Detroit
Can the Maker Movement Re-Make America?
Education 2.0 For Americans 2.0
Who's Hiring: What are the jobs of the future, and what are companies looking for now?
What next for U.S. competitiveness?
Everybody's Starting Something: the new landscape of entrepreneurship
Sponsors to date include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Quicken Loans, Detroit Venture Partners, Bizdom, McKinsey & Company, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Michigan Media Solutions, Automation Alley and Skidmore Studio.