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Monday, March 16 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
How Innovation Happens

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Innovation is the maxim of the digital era, but how do great ideas become the technologies that transform business, government, and culture? Join biographer Walter Isaacson in conversation with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, for an examination of the complementary forces that must coalesce for breakthrough advances to take hold. Historically, digital innovations resulted from visionaries pairing with brilliant administrators and governments collaborating with the private sector. Learn how these same forces are coming together today to transform our lives.

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Walter Isaacson

Pres & CEO, The Aspen Institute
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six... Read More →
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Eric Schmidt

Exec Chairman, Google
Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach... Read More →
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Megan Smith

Chief Technology Officer, US Office Of Science & Technology Policy
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy and innovation can advance... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Exhibit Hall 5

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