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October 4, 2016 9:15 AM -
October 5, 2016 12:25 PM


  • Wednesday, October 5
  • Tuesday, October 4
9:15 am CDT Welcome to What's Next     Watch On-Demand
  • David Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media
9:30 am CDT Getting to Mars     Watch On-Demand
  • Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator, NASA
  • with Joie Chen, Journalist and Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
10:00 am CDT The Second Century of Innovation     Watch On-Demand
  • Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and CEO, The Boeing Company
  • with John Donvan, Moderator, Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, and New York Times Bestselling Author
10:30 am CDT Discovering the World's Genius     Watch On-Demand
  • Jean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
  • with James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
11:00 am CDT Hacking the Genome     Watch On-Demand
  • Rachel Haurwitz, President and CEO, Caribou Biosciences
  • with Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
11:20 am CDT Taking Flight     Watch On-Demand
  • Marion Blakey, Chairman, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America
  • Max Rheiner, Head of the Interaction Design Master Program at the Zurich University of the Arts, and Founder and CTO, SOMNIACS
  • with James Fallows, The Atlantic
11:55 am CDT Designing Cities for the Future     Watch On-Demand
  • Gregory Hayes, Chairman and CEO, United Technologies Corporation
  • with Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
12:15 pm CDT The Ultimate Creativity Tool     Watch On-Demand
  • Nora Herting and Heather Willems, Co-Founders, ImageThink

Lunch Break
1:30 pm CDT Welcome Back     Watch On-Demand
  • Margaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
1:35 pm CDT Mapping the Way to a Self-Driving Future     Watch On-Demand
  • Brian McClendon, Vice President of Maps and Business Platform, Uber
  • with Ross Andersen, The Atlantic
1:55 pm CDT Self-Driving Car Talk     Watch On-Demand
  • Carol Reiley, Co-Founder and President,
  • with Ross Andersen, The Atlantic
2:20 pm CDT A More Inclusive Future     Watch On-Demand
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women's World Banking
2:30 pm CDT The Power of Play     Watch On-Demand
  • Jessica O. Matthews, Founder and CEO, Uncharted Play, Inc.
  • with Joie Chen, AtlanticLIVE
2:50 pm CDT Big Bets: Energy     Watch On-Demand
  • Aaswath Raman, Co-Founder and CEO, SkyCool Systems
  • Ellen Williams, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
  • with Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
3:15 pm CDT Creativity in the Age of Robots     Watch On-Demand
  • Neil Stevenson, Executive Portfolio Director, Chicago, IDEO
3:50 pm CDT The Untold Story of the Space Race     Watch On-Demand
  • Margot Lee Shetterly, Author, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • with John Donvan, Moderator, Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, and New York Times Bestselling Author
4:05 pm CDT The Innovation Pipeline     Watch On-Demand
  • Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
  • with Steve Clemons, The Atlantic

About this conference

In its second century of publication, The Atlantic will host WHAT'S NEXT?, underwritten by and presented with Boeing on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. This unprecedented event will reflect the culmination of over a century of invention and exploration, and provide the opportunity to project what the next century may hold. WHAT'S NEXT? will convene visionaries to imagine the future and articulate the transformative ideas that will give it shape.

These advancements are transforming health, science, technology, and business - but that's not all they're doing. In the process they're achieving something greater, radically changing how people think about size, velocity, intelligence and connectivity.

WHAT'S NEXT? will explore the inventions that make day-to-day life better and - in the face of unprecedented challenges - make life possible, asking:

  • How will new scientific understanding alter the nature of the universe?

  • How will faster mobility impact the speed of life?

  • How will machine intelligence change what it means to be human?

  • How will increased connectivity shape global culture?

  • In short: WHAT'S NEXT?

About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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