FiRe 2018 Conference Agenda

Speaking assignments and agenda items are subject to change.

Tuesday, October 9
5:00p - 7:00p Registration and Reception - Flagstaff Mountain Deck
5:00p - 6:15p Registration and Cocktail Reception with appetizers and open bar (adult partners welcome) -

6:15p - 6:45p "Welcome and Introduction to FiReFellows and Staff" Sharon Anderson Sr. Program Director, FiRe and CEO, FiReFilms

7:00p - 10:00p Dinner and Presentation - Olympic Ballroom
7:00p - 7:30p Welcoming Remarks:
  • Introductions and Appreciations: Berit Anderson, Co-Program Director FiRe 2018
  • "Creating Great Things": Mark Anderson, Chair, Future in Review; CEO, SNS; CEO, Pattern Computer
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
7:30p - 8:15p Dinner
8:15p - 9:00p "Great Innovations, Great Problems, Great Solutions"

Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA

In addition to being a brilliant scientist, Dennis Bushnell has the advantage of enjoying an eagle's-eye view of most of the exciting new technologies vying for a place, from under the oceans to low-Earth orbit to the moon, Mars, and deep space. In this discussion, he'll take a close look at our near-term challenges and the technical solutions he suggests for moving beyond them.

9:00p ---

Q & A and Discussion

Wednesday, October 10
7:00a - 7:50a Buffet Breakfast - Olympic Ballroom
8:00a - 12:00p Morning Sessions - Stein Eriksen Ballroom
7:50a - 8:00a Welcome and Opening Remarks

"Transformational Technologies": Mark Anderson, Chair, Future in Review; CEO, SNS; CEO, Pattern Computer Inc.

8:00a - 8:30a "New Horizons in Space"

Private companies and national space programs are revolutionizing space travel and exploration, opening new doors to colonization, space outposts, and mineral extraction.

  • Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Ariel Ekblaw, Founder & Lead, Space Exploration Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Chris Lewicki, CEO, Planetary Resources

Moderated by Glen Hiemstra, Founder, Futurist.com

8:30a - 9:00a "Nature at Any Scale: From Cells to Stars"

Exploring the stunning consistency of shapes and structures at all scales, from biology to astronomy.

  • Charles Hansen, Professor of Computer Science, University of Utah; Professor of Computer Science, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute; University of Utah Lead, NASA Open Space Project
  • Chris Johnson, Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute

Moderated by Mark Anderson, CEO, Pattern Computer Inc. and SNS; and Chair, Future in Review

9:00a - 9:30a "Gene Editing and Medicine"

Targeted therapeutics are changing the face of medicine and cancer treatment. How cheap DNA sequencing and a growing cache of genetic data are driving advances in targeted therapeutics that are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • Ben Brown, Dept. Head, Molecular Ecosystems Biology, and Chair, Environmental Bioinformatics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Clayton Lewis, CEO, Arivale

Moderated by David Ewing Duncan, Co-Founder and CEO, Arc Programs

9:30a - 10:00a "From SSL to Quantum: Advancing Encryption"

Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and China are all racing to create the first quantum computing architecture. But whoever gets there first will also develop the capacity to break virtually all encryption. The security industry already doesn't trust SSL. What will replace it? What are best practices for protecting your customer data outside of the SSL encryption regime?

  • Alex Gounares, CEO, Polyverse Corp.
  • Gino Pereira, CEO, NXT-ID

Moderated by Greg Ness, Founder, Actium Bay Group LLC

10:00a - 10:15a Break - Stein Eriksen Ballroom Gallery

10:15a - 10:45a Centerpiece Conversation: "Information Warfare in Ukraine"

The threat to Ukraine is not only geographic, but also to its information systems and, perhaps of greatest concern, to its infrastructure. Russia has already attacked the country via cyber to shut down its grid, and there is every indication that more is coming. This discussion will feature the Ukraine Ambassador to the US, as we learn more about how real cyber can get when you are on the front lines.

With The Honorable Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America

Moderated by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

10:45a - 11:15a "New Pattern Discoveries in Health & Medicine"

Since its founding at the conclusion of FiRe 2015, Pattern Computer Inc. has been operating in stealth mode. At this year's FiRe, the team will share more of its work on this new way of computing in complex, high-dimensional data environments

With the Pattern Computer Team

Moderated by Mark Anderson, CEO, Pattern Computer Inc. and SNS; and Chair, Future in Review

11:15a - 12:00p FiReStarters: Companies Improving the World

Hosted by Ed Butler, Presenter and Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

  • Anonyome Labs - Steve Shillingford, Founder & CEO
  • Carii - Denise Hayman-Loa, CEO
  • CleanFiber - Jonathan Strimling, Chairman and CEO
  • Forced Physics - David Binger, CTO
  • Nanovision - Scott Thorogood, Chairman, CEO & Co-founder
  • Polyverse - Alexander Gounares, CEO
  • Titan Seal - Bill Soward, CEO

12:00p - 1:00p Lunch - Flagstaff Mountain Deck [Weather alternate: Odin Valhalla]
1:00p - 4:00p Afternoon Sessions - Stein Eriksen Ballroom
1:00p - 1:30p "A Pattern Language | The Mystery of the Designed Gesture"

Your pattern language, the patterning of you, your thinking, your enterprise, the electrical firing of your presence, is completely distinct. And yet design itself manages to tap into a universal language. Hear a world-class designer's process for finding that inner heartbeat - that patterned pulse, the meaning of the proposition of "de-signing." A conversation and live demo.

with Tim Girvin Founding Principal and Strategic Creative Officer, GIRVIN

Moderated by Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO, Strategic News Service and Pattern Computer Inc.

1:30p - 2:00p "China's Expanding Borders & the Fight for Taiwan"

The government of China has entered a new era of hybrid warfare - combining psychological, information, economic, and other means to achieve its international aims. What does it mean to be on the front lines of an information and cyber war with the PRC? What kinds of tactics and incursions have panelists experienced? How did they deal with them?

  • Scott Foster, SNS Asia Editor; Author; and Partner, TAP Japan
  • Phillip Lohaus, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Richard Marshall, Chairman of the Board, Cinturion

Moderated by Kim Dozier, Analyst, CNN

2:00p - 2:30p "The Fire CTO Design Challenge: Building Zoolingua" Creating the world's first AI-driven interspecies translator to enable animal communication.

The Challenge Team:

  • Holly Counter Beaver, Principal, Lighthouse Experience Design
  • Mark Godsy, Chairman and CEO, Exro Technologies
  • Gali Hagel, CEO, Hagel Consulting
  • Chris Johnson, Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute; and Distinguished Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah
  • Greg Ness, Founder, Actium Bay Group
  • Katherine O'Donnell, Marketing & Communications Advisor, Zoolingua; and Director of Development & Communications, LifeLong Medical Care
  • Roger Payne, Founder / President, Ocean Alliance
  • John Petote, Founder, Santa Barbara Angel Alliance
  • Lorien Pratt, Chief Scientist, Zoolingua
  • Dave Roberts, Associate Professor of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
  • Con Slobodchikoff, CEO, Zoolingua; and Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, Northern Arizona University

2:30p - 3:00p "Drones and Air Taxis"

For centuries, transportation has existed on just a few horizontal planes. But rapid air transport of people and goods is now becoming a reality. How close are we to full deployment of air taxis and drones in your neighborhood? What major obstacles still stand in the way? What are the biggest potential pitfalls? How do we deal with concerns around noise, privacy, and security?

  • Eric Bartsch, COO, VerdeGo Aero
  • Jesse Moore, past CTO, Skylift Global
  • Stephen Tibbitts, CEO, Zeva Aero

Moderated by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

3:00p - 3:30p "FiReFilms: Films Changing the World"

Go behind the scenes with some of the world's most powerful documentary filmmakers as they discuss their newest work, the challenges and opportunities of using film as an agent for change, and the evolving nature of the industry.

  • James Balog, Writer, The Human Element
  • Bill Neal, Producer & Director, Long Gone Wild
  • Eliza McNitt, VR Producer; Writer & Director, Spheres
  • James Redford, Director, Resilience

Moderated by Sharon Anderson Morris, CEO, FiReFilms

3:30p - 4:00p "How Leonardo Saw Flow and Interaction"

One of the greatest minds in history, Leonardo da Vinci, saw the power of flows in all of nature. As the Research Project Manager for the Codex Leicester, Curtis Wong is in a unique position to provide examples of Leonardo's view of the Microcosm and the Macrocosm that was analogous to pattern matching in his quest to understand the nature of all things. SNS's rediscovery of flow and interaction emulates Leonardo's quest to understand the fundamental workings of the modern world.

with Curtis Wong Honorary Professor of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin

Moderated by Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO, Strategic News Service and Pattern Computer Inc.

4:00p - 5:00p Breakouts
  1. FiRe CTO Design Challenge: Working Session - Alpine Room


  2. Planning the First Space Colony - Silver Room

    Moderated by Glen Hiemstra, Founder, Futurist.com; and Ariel Ekblaw, Founder and Lead, Space Exploration Initiative, MIT Media Lab

  3. China, Taiwan & the South China Sea: The Militaristic Dreams of Xi Jinping - Bronze Room

    Moderated by Phillip Lohaus, Visiting Fellow, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

  4. SNS FiReFilms: "Meet the Filmmakers" - Stein Freestyle Theater

    Moderated by FiReFilms' CEO Sharon Anderson Morris with James Balog, Jenny MacKenzie, Bill Neal, and Eliza McNitt

5:00p - 7:00p Meet the FiReStarters, Exhibitors and Partners - Stein Eriksen Ballroom Gallery
Meet the FiReStarters, Partners and Exhibitors: Exhibition and Reception: with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
7:00p - 9:00p FiRe Film Night: The Human Element - Stein Eriksen Ballroom
7:00p - 7:05p The Human Element Opening Comments: Sharon Anderson Morris, SNS Sr. Programs Director and CEO, FiReFilms

Followed by a screening of:

7:05p - 8:35p
The Human Element, FiReFilms "Featured Film of the Year"
8:35p - 9:00p A Discussion with Sharon and James Balog, Writer and Photographer, The Human Element


- There will be a cash bar in the Ballroom during this event -

Sponsored by ORACLE

Thursday, October 11
6:45a - 7:50a Buffet Breakfast - Olympic Ballroom
7:55a - 11:45a Morning Sessions - Stein Eriksen Ballroom
7:55a - 8:00a Welcome and Announcements: Berit Anderson

8:00a - 8:30a "Centerpiece Conversation: The Scandinavian Model"
As conflict and climate change push immigrants and refugees north to Europe, Sweden's Consul General in NY discusses the impact of immigration and changing geopolitics on Scandinavian national business models.

Leif Pagrotsky, Consul General of Sweden in New York

Moderated by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

8:30a - 9:00a "The Future of Identity & Online Privacy"

As the drumbeat of the Mueller investigation continues and mid-terms roar nearer, one significant fact has mostly escaped national attention: information warfare didn't stop with the 2016 US election. Online, behind the scenes, a network of actors is using bots, big data, and algorithmic targeting to manipulate the perceptions and purchasing habits of everyday people, weaponizing cultural narratives around race, immigration, and expression and catching Fortune 500 companies - and their stock prices - in their crosshairs.

  • The Honorable Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America
  • Berit Anderson, Co-Founder, Athens.ai and Guardians.ai; CEO, Scout.ai; & Co-Program Director, FiRe 2018
  • Steve Shillingford, Founder & CEO, Anonyome Labs

Moderated by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

9:00a - 9:30a "Monitoring the Earth's Energy Systems"

Everywhere around us change is occuring, driven by flows of energy. Energy flows from the sun, and through water cycles become nutrients which produce food and other organic materials. These nutrients are consumed by humans and animals, which become the energy they use in everyday life. Hear from the Earth Energy Monitoring System (E2MS) team, which is creating proof-of-concepts to extract and visualize these energy flows on the path to modeling the Earth's systems and their interactions.

  • Murray Cantor, Advisory Mathematician, IBM Distinguished Engineer, and CTO, Aptage
  • Lee Hall, Project Leader, E2MS
  • Ross Palomaki, Meteorologist, E2MS
  • Brian McInerny, Hydrologist, National Weather Service and E2MS

Moderated by David Ewing Duncan, Author, Columnist and Correspondent; and CEO, Arc Fusion

9:30a - 10:00a "Ukraine, A Model for Change"

As Russian interference in elections across the US and Europe come under increasing scrutiny, NATO and the EU have grown more supportive of Ukraine than ever. This panel addresses how Ukraine became a model for the rest of the world in its fight against information- and cyber-warfare, and what we can learn from its example moving forward.

  • The Honorable Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America
  • Andy Bochman, Senior Cyber & Energy Security Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Phillip Lohaus, Visiting Fellow, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Moderated by Kim Dozier, Analyst, CNN

10:00a - 10:30a Break - Stein Eriksen Ballroom Gallery

10:30a - 11:00a "Can Genomics Save the Ocean?"

Phytoplankton are in trouble. Fisheries stock is crashing. Globally, coral is wasting away. But around the world, a group of marine biologists, geneticists, and innovators are working to solve these problems, reinvigorate the oceans, and protect marine species.

  • James Balog, Writer and Photographer, The Human Element; Subject, Chasing Ice; and Founder & Director, Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey
  • Bill Neal, Writer, Producer & Director, Long Gone Wild, Long Gone Wild Inc.
  • Roger Payne, Founder and President, Ocean Alliance

Moderated by John Wells, Producer and Host, NPR Affiliate KPCW

11:00a - 11:30a "Blockchain Now: The Real Applications Buried by ICO Hype"

While most of the news cycle has been dominated by discussion of financial regulation, investment and ICOs, a growing group of companies are using the underlying blockchain technology to disrupt international money transfer, personal identification, patent systems, artistic licenses, cloud storage and carbon credits.

  • Steve Hopkins, COO & General Counsel, Medici Ventures
  • Christophe Jospe, Chief Development Officer, Nori
  • Bill Soward, CEO, Titan Seal

Moderated by Jason Preston, Co-founder, Dent

11:30a - 12:00p "AI in the Cloud"

Amazon, Microsoft, and others are rushing to distinguish their cloud offerings by integrating the latest advances in AI, unlocking new possibilities and efficiencies for small- and medium-sized businesses the world over. Hear how the democratization of AI over the cloud will affect data use, analysis, business operations, and the economy.

  • David Binger, CTO, Forced Physics
  • Murray Cantor, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Aptage
  • Elena Eneva, Research Scientist in Artificial Intelligence, Accenture

Moderated by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

12:00a - 1:00p Lunch - Flagstaff Mountain Deck [Weather alternate: Odin Valhalla]
1:00p - 3:30p Afternoon Sessions - Stein Eriksen Ballroom
1:00p - 1:30p "World Interrupted: The Cyber Infrastructure Threat"

In March, Atlanta underwent the largest cyberattack on a US city. One-third of its software programs were thrown offline or partially disabled. Thirty percent of those were considered "mission critical," affecting core city services. The City Attorney's office lost 71 out of 77 computers and a decade of legal documents, and the police lost all dashcam footage. This year, the city has requested $9.5 million in additional IT funding in recovery costs alone. How does a city protect itself against cyber infrastructure attacks? What does this new warfare avenue mean for US security and the economy?

  • Malek Ben Salem, Senior Manager, Accenture
  • Marcus Sachs, CSO, Pattern Computer Inc. (SVP of Security at NERC, VP of NationalSecurity at Verizon)

Moderated by Kim Dozier, Analyst, CNN

1:30p - 2:00p "The Future Patient, The Future Doctor: A Healthy Relationship"

Over the past year, a select group of patients has coalesced to form something groundbreaking - Project Apollo, a movement to build a robust, longitudinal picture of health and wellness for each patient. Future patients will take an active role in their own health, co-creating a team of healthcare providers and using data from family, caregivers, community, and the environment to guide them through a quantified journey of health.

  • Sharon Anderson Morris, Sr. Director, SNS Programs, and CEO, FiReFilms
  • Mary Beckerle, CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Larry Smarr, Founding Director, Calit2, (a UC San Diego / UC Irvine partnership)

Moderated by Michael Kurisu, Director, Project Apollo and UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

2:00p - 2:30p "The Great Race: Business Models and GDP As Opportunity or Threat for Country Leaders"

Rapid innovation is creating space for new business models to emerge in almost every industry, creating a Digital Divide. Balanced policies that allow businesses to leverage data assets or orchestrate networks, in addition to support of manufacturing and service elements, will drive GDP and higher economic growth. Understand our recommendations for country leaders, and how they can recognize and take advantage of trends to create opportunities for their countries - or risk the threat of falling behind on the global economic stage.

  • Bill Ribaudo, Managing Partner, Digital Risk Venture Portfolio, Deloitte & Touche

Hosted by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

2:30p - 3:00p "The Bleeding Edge of AI"

Understanding the greatest advances in AI research from the last year from Microsoft, DeepMind, NVIDIA, AMD, Amazon, and Google - getting real about the current and future capabilities of AI.

  • Tom Conte, Director, Georgia Tech's Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies (CRNCH)
  • Lorien Pratt, Chief Scientist, Zoolingua; and Co-Founder, Quantellia
  • Joseph Smarr, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Google

Hosted by Russ Daggatt, Founding General Partner, Denny Hill Capital

3:00p - 3:30p "The Benefits of Replacing Fear with Excitement in Business"

Recent research indicates negative effects on corporate productivity when fear is the prime motivation. This may not be a surprise, but the results of this new work are.

With John Hagel, Co-Chair, Deloitte Center for the Edge

Moderated by Chuck House, CEO, InnovaScapes Institute

3:30p - 4:00p Break - Stein Eriksen Ballroom Gallery
4:00p - 5:00p Breakouts
  1. FiRe CTO Design Challenge: Working Session - Alpine Room


  2. Hybrid Warfare: Weaponizing Information, Economies & Influence - Silver Room

    Moderated by Berit Anderson, Co-Founder, Athens.ai and Guardians.ai, CEO of Scout.ai, & Co-Program Director, FiRe 2018

  3. The Future of Healthcare and Project Apollo - Gold Room

    Moderated by Larry Smarr, Founding Director, Calit2, with Dr. Michael Kurisu, Director, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine and Project Apollo

  4. Security and AI - Bronze Room

    Moderated by Elena Eneva, Research Scientist in Artificial Intelligence, Accenture

5:00p - 8:00p Dinner Off-Agenda
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8:00p The FiRe Social - Suites 316-1 and 116-1
Join your fellow FiRe attendees in one of our two in-suite parties for a night of VR displays, conversation, and cocktails provided by Salt Lake City's boutique Hammer Spring Distillers. Attendees will have the chance to demo SPHERES, the first VR experience ever acquired at Sundance Film Festival, and meet director Eliza McNitt. - Suites 316-1 and 116-1 (Adult partners welcome)



Liquor provided by Hammer Spring Distillery
Friday, October 12
7:15a - 8:25a Buffet Breakfast - Olympic Ballroom
8:30a - 12:00p Morning Sessions - Stein Eriksen Ballroom
8:25a - 8:30a Announcements: Sharon Anderson Morris

8:30a - 9:00a "Whaling: Harvest or Murder?"

The ethical foundation for whale protection.

  • Paul Gouin, Director, Anti Whaling Society Inc.
  • David Gruber, Marine Biologist, National Geographic / City University of New York
  • Janet Thomas, Executive Director, Orca Relief Citizens Alliance

Moderated by Roger Payne, Founder and President, Ocean Alliance

9:00a - 9:30a "The Nanosatellite Revolution"

Satellites are now small enough and cheap enough to fundamentally change the economics of the Internet, creating the opportunity for truly global connectivity. Who will lead this new revolution? What are the challenges? What will it mean for the telecom industry?

  • Mark Brady, Managing Partner at Clarke Belt 2.0
  • Jason Knapp, Vice President, Viasat Inc
  • Larry Smarr, Founding Director, Calit2

Moderated by Jason Preston, Co-Founder, Dent

9:30a - 10:00a "Hotspots: Views of the Future"

Individual visions revolutionizing industry and technology.
  • Patrick Hogan, NASA Emeritus
  • Denise Hayward-Loa, CEO, Carii
  • Scott Thorogood, CEO, Nanovision
  • Charlie Corredor, VP Operations, Otonexus

Moderated by Berit Anderson, Co-Founder, Athens.ai and Guardians.ai, CEO of Scout.ai, & Co-Program Director, FiRe 2018

10:00a - 11:00a Fire CTO Design Challenge: "Building Zoolingua: Conclusion and Report Out"

The Challenge Team:

  • Holly Counter Beaver, Principal, Lighthouse Experience Design
  • Mark Godsy, Chairman and CEO, Exro Technologies
  • Gali Hagel, CEO, Hagel Consulting
  • Chris Johnson, Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute; and Distinguished Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah
  • Greg Ness, Founder, Actium Bay Group
  • Katherine O'Donnell, Marketing & Communications Advisor, Zoolingua; and Director of Development & Communications, LifeLong Medical Care
  • Roger Payne, Founder / President, Ocean Alliance
  • John Petote, Founder, Santa Barbara Angel Alliance
  • Lorien Pratt, Chief Scientist, Zoolingua
  • Dave Roberts, Associate Professor of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
  • Con Slobodchikoff, CEO, Zoolingua; and Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, Northern Arizona University
  • Mark Sunday, CIO and SVP, Oracle America


11:00a - 12:00p "Your Turn: The Next Five Years": Audience Questions and Comments Hosted by Mark Anderson

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Closing Comments and Summary

Hosted by Mark Anderson


Note: All speaking assignments and agenda items are subject to change.