|Washington Post Transformers Conference May 18, 2016.|
Post Transformers, a daylong Technology Conference at Washington Post Headquarters in Washington DC. Here was an opportunity to hear from leading voices from a number of high tech industries on a variety of topics. The conference was designed to provide a more educated vision of the world around us, and for me it did.
|Held at the Washington Post Headquarters in Washington DC.|
|Katie Couric leads a panel on philanthropy.|
While a day-long series of panel discussions on Brainiac subjects may seem like a sleeper, it was anything but. The energy level from both the audience and the speakers was switched on HIGH, just when you were lulled into a routine of a panel discussion, a single presenter would emerge, generating a very different energy.
|Eric Schulte did a stand up routine on DNA, Is it the Cosmic|
tool or the universal messenger?
As evidenced when Eric Schulte, a Science Communicator did a stand-up routine on DNA: Is it the cosmic tool or the universal messenger? Or when Vinton G. Cerf, labeled “The Father of the Internet,” an internet evangelist from Google “Techsplained” the internet, using a basic postcard as the visual image, explaining how billions of devices connect to one another in what we call the world wide web, and what is needed for it to continue in the future.
|There's No Place Like Space. Recent milestones in commercial|
crew space transport, and new frontiers for business.
|Martine Rothblatt opened the day with a discussion on|
technology with Neely Tucker, of the Washington Post.
|Neil Harbisson, a Cyborg, with John Werner and Shelia Nirenberg|
on a panel about neuroscience moderated by Lois Romano.
|Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman and Twich Founder,|
Emmett Shear speak with Caitlin Dewey.
Katie Couric, a well-known personality now a Global News Anchor for Yahoo, moderated a panel on the new currency of giving. Talking to three wealthy donors about the current wave of tech entrepreneurs become wealthy philanthropists and starting their own foundations for good.
|High School Students building robots for competition.|
Bringing the panel discussions to a close was an award ceremony for students from three different high schools who throughout the day had been participating in a robot build and testing their machines outside of the auditorium.
|Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon, presenting awards to students.|
The student robot build was judged by Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, Cyborg Artist, Neil Harbisson, and others, with the top award going to the Robotics Team from Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington DC. Jeff Bezos, conversed with the students from the teams, bout their desires to be engineers, one student responded with how it would better his world already made better by Amazon. (which got an announcement of unsolicited endorsement, from Mr. Bezos.)
|Martin Baron, Executive Editor in candid conversation with|
Washington Post owner, Jeff Bezos.
|Frederick J. Ryan, Publisher, The Washington Post with|
Martin Baron and Jeff Bezos, conclude the #PostTransformers.
|Shankar Chandran, V-P of Samsung Electonics|
Spoke to the audience on Investing in the Future.
Samsung and Lockheed Martin were Presenting Sponsors, while both had key placement throughout the day, with Samsung’s Shankar Chandran providing a sponsored content on trans-formative technology: Investing in the Future. Samsung offered attendees a hands-on
experience with their virtual
reality goggles as well as a
device charging kiosk
(not compatible with Apple
products) outside the
|#PostTransformers presenting sponsors|
Samsung and Lockheed Martin.
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, The Home Depot, Makeblock, GoPro, &Pizza and adafruit were contributing sponsors supporting the event, and the student’s robot build competition.
|#PostTransformers contributing sponsors|
Georgetown University, McDonough
School of Business, Home Depot,
Makeblock, GoPro, &Pizza, adafruit
The event ended with a light reception with wine and beer and hor d’oeuvres served on silver trays by tuxedo clad wait staff, in the auditorium's lobby, the perfect way to end an intelligent discussion.