The Atlantic's 'What's Next?' Tech Summit, October 4-5 in Chicago

Speakers include AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson; Facebook VP Margaret Gould Stewart; Boeing Chairman, President, and CEO Dennis Muilenburg; and ARPA-E Director Ellen Williams

Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL (June 14, 2016)—This fall, The Atlantic will convene “WHAT’S NEXT?,” a summit in Chicago that will look towards the future at the most transformative ideas and innovations on the horizon. The event, which will take place October 4 & 5 at Venue SIX10 in Chicago, will feature the people and organizations leading the science and technology industries that are changing the way we live.

Speakers representing a broad cross-section of industries are connected by their stake in shaping the future. Participants include Margaret Gould Stewart, VP of Product Design at Facebook; Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T; Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president, and CEO; Jean-Lou Chameau, president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia; Gregory Hayes, CEO of United Technologies; and Ellen Williams, director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a U.S. government agency tasked with advancing high-potential, high-impact energy technologies. The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons and James Fallows will serve as moderators.

Further details, including updates on additional speakers, moderators, and topics will be shared in the coming weeks.

With the concepts of velocity, size, intelligence, and connectivity serving as guiding themes for one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, and interactive demonstrations, The Atlantic will explore how advancements in technology are shaping our understanding of the world around us, and how today’s developments will guide the next century of discovery.

“WHAT’S NEXT?” will also feature interactive exhibits. Student attendees from universities around the world will participate on stage and as audience members. This is the second iteration of this event, presented with Boeing. The first, “WHAT’S NEXT? Navigating Global Challenges with the Innovation Generation,” was held in Abu Dhabi in November 2014.

WHAT’S NEXT?” is a key component of Boeing’s year-long centennial programming and celebration. For more information on Boeing’s centennial activities including events, educational exhibits, and inspirational and historic activities, visit:

Early media registration is now open. To RSVP, or for more information, contact The Atlantic’s Sydney Simon ( and Anna Bross (


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