Boston | Oct 14 - 17, 2018 | John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Conv. Ctr
Monday General Session | October 15 | 9:00 – 10:30 am
What's Next for the Human Experience?
Can robots inspire us to be better humans? As robotics and autonomous systems flourish, human-robot relationships are becoming increasingly important. They're how we interact and control the technology. How much control of our lives do we want to give over to machines – and to the corporations that build and operate them? How much risk are we willing to take in doing so? What about facial recognition and algorithmic bias? What should we be doing to prepare for the near future? What will the impact be on how we work and live? How can potential from both humans and machines be unleashed to create the best of both worlds? These questions and more will be explored by three leading experts in robotics: Dr. Kate Darling, who is Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab whose interest is in how technology intersects with society; Award winning Roboticist, Filmmaker, and UC Berkeley Engineering Professor Ken Goldberg, and Joy Buolamwini, MIT Researcher and Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, as they delve into what's next.
Tuesday General Session | October 16 | 9:15 – 10:30 am
#BostonStrong: Resilience in Motion
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon. Each year thousands of elite runners converge to race in the prestigious and grueling marathon. During this session you will hear 3 unique stories of courage, strength and resilience from those who know it well. Kathrine Switzer is best known as the woman who, in 1967, challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event. In 2013, she witnessed the Boston Marathon bombing. Dr. Howard Weinstein has run the Boston Marathon for 27 consecutive years. As the chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children he runs from a sense of compassion to raise money to help end childhood cancer. Joann Flaminio is the first woman to ever lead the 130-year-old Boston Athletic Association. She was at the helm of the organization in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and helped shape its positive response to the tragedy. Come prepared to be inspired and challenged to be your personal best!
Wednesday General Session | October 17 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
#MeToo: Now What?
Join Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, and Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement, for a candid, thought-provoking discussion that will shed light on strengthening voices for women and minorities in the workplace. Farrow exposed the decades-long sexual misconduct allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in his groundbreaking reporting published by The New Yorker. Burke is a social activist and community organizer who has dedicated her life to promoting the empowerment of victims of sexual harassment and assault globally.
What does this movement mean for corporate real estate? What roles do the places and spaces where work gets done play in creating safe and inclusive experiences for all employees? How can the built environment support a shift in cultural norms to help eradicate sexual harassment in the workplace? Farrow and Burke will delve into what they believe are the next steps necessary for businesses in the wake of a movement that has truly made waves around the world.
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Josh Packard, Associate Professor of Sociology and Executive Director, Social Research Lab at the University of Northern Colorado. As a keynote speaker he has spoken numerous groups and thousands of people. He will shine light on why it’s not just up to women to raise their voices and how men must take a stand alongside women in order for change to take hold.