October 4 – 5, 2016

In its second century of publication, The Atlantic  hosted WHAT’S NEXT?, underwritten by and presented with Boeing on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. This unprecedented event reflected the culmination of over a century of invention and exploration, and provided the opportunity to project what the next century may hold. WHAT'S NEXT? convened visionaries to imagine the future and articulated 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? explored 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?

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Atlantic Live



Note: All times are CT

  • Tuesday, October 04
  • 9:15 a.m.WelcomeDavid Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media
  • 9:30 a.m.Getting to MarsDava Newman, Deputy Administrator, NASA
    with Joie Chen, Journalist and Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:55 a.m.Student Project Spotlight: Missouri S&T Chris Lenahan
  • 10:00 a.m.The Second Century of InnovationDennis 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 a.m.Discovering the World's GeniusJean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
    with James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • 11:00 a.m.Hacking the GenomeRachel Haurwitz, President and CEO, Caribou Biosciences
    with Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:20 a.m.Taking FlightMarion 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
  • 11:50 a.m.Student Project Spotlight: Georgia TechMatthew Warren
  • 11:55 a.m.Designing Cities for the FutureGregory Hayes, Chairman and CEO, United Technologies Corporation
    with Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 12:15 p.m.The Ultimate Creativity ToolNora Herting and Heather Willems, Co-Founders, ImageThink
  • 12:20 p.m.Lunch-
  • 1:30 p.m.Welcome BackMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 1:35 p.m.Mapping the Way to a Self-Driving FutureBrian McClendon, Vice President of Maps and Business Platform, Uber
    with Ross Andersen, The Atlantic
  • 1:55 p.m.Self-Driving Car TalkCarol Reiley, Co-Founder and President, Drive.ai
    with Ross Andersen, The Atlantic
  • 2:15 p.m.A More Inclusive FutureMary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking
  • 2:25 p.m.The Power of PlayJessica O. Matthews, Founder and CEO, Uncharted Play, Inc.
    with Joie Chen, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:45 p.m.Student Project Spotlight: University of WashingtonBrian Magnuson
  • 2:50 p.m.Big Bets: EnergyAaswath Raman, Co-Founder and CEO, SkyCool Systems
    Ellen Williams, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
    with Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 3:15 p.m.Creativity in the Age of RobotsNeil Stevenson, Executive Portfolio Director, Chicago, IDEO
  • 3:40 p.m.Student Project Spotlight: University of Puerto RicoOmar Gonzalez
  • 3:45 p.m.The Untold Story of the Space RaceMargot 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
  • 4:15 p.m.The Innovation PipelineRandall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
    with Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 4:45 p.m.Closing Thoughts-
  • Wednesday, October 05
  • 9:15 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:20 a.m.The Future of the Friendly SkiesOscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines
    with Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:45 a.m.Can Science Save the World?France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation
    with Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m.Crowdsourcing SolutionsJennifer Bravo, Director of Prize Development, XPRIZE
  • 10:25 a.m.Light + Space + New Ways of ThinkingJuan (Tony) Castilleja Jr., Systems Engineer, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
    Andrea Sreshta, Co-Founder, LuminAID
    with Joie Chen, Journalist and Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
  • 10:50 a.m.Student Project Spotlight: NorthwesternMarc Gyongyosi
  • 10:55 a.m.The DNA of InnovationMelissa Kaufman, Executive Director of The Garage, Northwestern University
    Kevin Willer, Partner, Chicago Ventures
    with John Pletz, Tech Writer, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • 11:25 a.m.Navigating New LandscapesDaan Roosegaarde, Artist and Innovator
  • 11:50 a.m.Student Project Spotlight: Notre DameAaron Crawfis
    Zoe Dingeman
  • 11:55 a.m.Designs That Change The WorldMargaret Gould Stewart, Vice President of Product Design, Facebook
    with John Donvan, Moderator, Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, and New York Times Bestselling Author
  • 12:25 p.m.Closing Thoughts-


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