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Technology has put a treasure trove of data at our fingertips—but what do we do with it? Our speakers will show you how to avoid the pitfalls and take advantage of data in this digital age, using it ethically to scale your business up, determine what customers want, and even get happier. 

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Jer Thorp

Author of Living in Data | Former Library of Congress Innovator in Residence | Former NYT Data Artist-in-Residence

Data in the 21st century is constantly surveilled, categorized, and sold in the interest of profit and power. But the future of data has yet to be written, says Jer Thorp—and we all have a say in making it more just and democratic. Sought after by the likes of Twitter, Microsoft, and The New York Times, Thorp is an in-demand data artist revolutionizing the way we consume information. His new book Living in Data features stunning, original illustrations that help us redefine what data is, who gets to speak its language, and how we can use it to better serve us.
John List

Chief Economist at Walmart | Economics Professor at the University of Chicago | Author of The Voltage Effect

If you’ve ever ridden an Uber or Lyft, used Tinder or Facebook, shopped at Walmart, or voted in an election, award-winning economist John List has changed your life for the better. He studies how human behavior impacts business, education, and public health, and uses this data to help organizations grow. In his groundbreaking book, The Voltage Effect, John teaches us how to solve urgent problems by scaling our great ideas so we can reach new customers, attract donors, and “make the world a better place.” 
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

New York Times bestselling author of Everybody Lies & Don't Trust Your Gut | New York Times Op-Ed Writer | Former Google Data Scientist

What do customers really want? What will make us happy? Thanks to the Internet, we have a wealth of new data at our fingertips—Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, New York Times bestselling author and former Google data scientist, is investigating this data to help us answer big questions and make better decisions at work and in life. Called a data revolution “prophet” by Daniel H. Pink (bestselling author of To Sell Is Human), Seth teaches us how our instincts lead us astray, but data can help us see the world more accurately, ask better questions, and get happier.  
Neil Hoyne

Author of Converted | Chief Strategist at Google | Senior Fellow at Wharton

Too many companies have a short-term strategy when it comes to data: focusing on the point-of-purchase moment with a customer, rather than building their business around long-term relationships. A Senior Fellow at Wharton and Google’s Chief Measurement Strategist, Neil Hoyne has led over 2,500 engagements with the world’s biggest advertisers—helping them acquire millions of customers, improve conversion rates by over 400 percent, and generate billions in incremental revenue. Neil shows us how to sharpen our long-term marketing strategy and unleash true value. 
Shalini Kantayya

Award-Winning Filmmaker | Director of TikTok, Boom. and Coded Bias | TED Fellow

What happens to human rights when we let technology encroach on our social systems? Award-winning documentary director Shalini Kantayya explores the intersection of technology and humanity, tackling questions of innovation, ethics and bias. Kantayya’s newest film TikTok, Boom. investigates TikTok’s algorithm and users to paint a picture of the world’s most downloaded app, and how we can wield it more safely and ethically. Her previous film Coded Bias reveals the deep-seated biases behind our computers, illuminating unasked questions about prejudice in tech.
Shoshana Zuboff

Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism | Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus | Activist and Scholar

We are living in the social and political chaos created by the digital age—what author and Harvard business professor Shoshana Zuboff predicted in her groundbreaking, epoch-defining bestseller The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Now, as we brace ourselves through pandemic-related waves of economic, social, and political instability, Zuboff presents the solution we must embrace—and soon: “We may have democracy or we may have surveillance society, but we cannot have both.” 
Kate Crawford

Professor, author of ATLAS OF AI, and leading scholar of AI and society

Artificial intelligence may seem abstract, but it's urgent that we understand how it's working - and failing - in everyday life. Kate Crawford, a world-leading scholar in the field, says that although AI can be used to exploit people and resources, we can still regain control and lay the foundation for a better, more equitable world. Kate has advised policymakers from the White House to the United Nations, and in her award-winning book Atlas of AI, she maps out the landscape and future of AI to help us see the full impacts of this fast-developing field.  
Jordan Ellenberg

New York Times bestselling author of Shape and How Not to Be Wrong

How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? And why is learning to play chess so much easier for computers than learning to read a sentence? New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg returns with an exciting new book asking the big questions. Shape shows us how math touches everything we do—this time, zeroing in on the geometry behind the world’s most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems. Ellenberg’s work uses math to unveil the hidden beauty and logic of the world around us—putting its power directly into our hands, in business and in life. 
Jake Porway

Founder of DataKind | AI Engineer + Social Cause “Matchmaker”

What if we brought the exponential power of AI together with the benevolent intention of social causes? As the founder of DataKind, Jake Porway connects nonprofits, NGOs, and other social change organizations with AI engineers and data scientists willing to donate their knowledge to solve social, environmental, and community problems. In his charismatic talks, Porway shows how we can push AI to be a transformative technology that reflects the best, most diverse aspects of our humanity. 
Katy Milkman

Wharton Professor | Choiceology Podcast Host | Author of How to Change

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how vital it is to adapt. But why is change so hard? And how can we diagnose complacency and conquer our goals? Award-winning behavioral scientist and Wharton professor Katy Milkman has devoted her career to understanding change. Milkman uses science, humor, and real-world stories from her groundbreaking book How to Change to show us how we can overcome our most difficult obstacles. The result is a science-based blueprint for adapting our behavior (and the behavior of those we lead, manage and coach) to the demands of the post-pandemic world.