Techonomy 19

November 2019. Half Moon Bay, Ritz Carlton

Empire once again partnered with Techonomy to help produce their ninth annual flagship conference in Half Moon Bay, CA. Techonomy Media uses this annual event as a platform to host pioneering conversations on the subject of technology’s influence on our socioeconomic status and culture.

Each day of the conference kicked off with morning activities ranging from coastal bike tours and surfing to early morning yoga and golf.

This year’s three-day conference focused on topics including Starting Up to Challenge Amazon, Investing and Entrepreneurship for a Warming Planet, Why AI Has to be Humble, and Turning Tech Toward Humanity.

Innovative professionals and industry leader speakers included Jane Long, Senior Contributing Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, and Casper Klynge, Tech Ambassador at Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who spoke on the topic of Will Geo-Engineering Become Necessary and What Silicon Valley Means to Diplomats.

As in years past, the visual design of the event was carefully curated. Décor and furniture selections were inspired by this year’s theme, "Reset + Restore", which drew inspiration from the Year of Hygge, the Danish lifestyle trend that focuses on qualities of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment and well-being. Coastal Hygge accents underscored the vast, sweeping views of the Northern California coastline, surrounding the venue.

Attendees were invited to choose from among several dinner parties on the first night, each focused on a specific theme. Themes included Superminds for Climate Change, Life at Work: Culture, Balance & Humanity, A Geek Dinner: Cutting Edge Tech (AI, Quantum, etc.), and Super Human: Health & Wellness.

Techonomy Media advocates for a greater understanding through the publication of editorial content and video journalism across a variety of platforms including online, print, and through its conferences & events.

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