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xTech + Impact 2019 Summit

May 31 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

How will the rise in exponential technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain, help us to build a healthy and ethical society? Our aim at the xTech + Impact is to discuss advances in these technologies, learn about the ways in which they are impacting societies, and explore the potential to accelerate social transformation.

The xTech + Impact Summit will be an interactive gathering with plenary sessions and breakout conversations. The Summit will gather an interdisciplinary community of practitioners (corporate and nonprofit), academics, policy makers and students and seed a new community that is focused on understanding and effectively utilizing exponential technologies to accelerate social transformation.

  • When: May 31, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: GIX (Global Innovation Exchange) in Bellevue, WA
  • Register now: Email Akhtar Badshah at for registration invitation

Agenda Overview:

  • Breakfast and Registration
  • Welcome and Opening Plenary
  • Social Justice and Equity – Plenary Panel
    • Anat Caspi, Colleen Echohawk, Patrick Foran, Stephanie Cherrington, and Tony Mestres
  • Morning Concurrent Sessions
    • Exponential Technologies and Innovation
    • Data, Mapping, and Open Democracy
    • Unlocking Learning
    • Health and Societal Transformation
  • Lunch Plenary – Fireside Chat
    • Justin Spelhaug, Luis Salazar, Katrina Zamets, and Lauren Woodman
  • Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
    • Urban Transformation and Civic Engagement
    • xTech and Entrepreneurship
    • xTech and Financial Services
  • Afternoon Plenary – Insights from Scaling Technology
    • Brain Taliesin, Eric Stowe, and Neal Myrick
  • Concurrent Sessions – Report Back
  • Closing Keynote
    • Shwetak Patel
  • TiE Seattle Reception, Gallery Walk for GIX Students and TiE Seattle Youth Entrepreneurship Projects

Invited Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators Include:

  • Adnan Mahmud, Live Stories
  • Akhtar Badshah, University of Washington
  • Anat Caspi, University of Washington
  • Arun Jain, City of Bellevue
  • Ashley Bennett, PATH
  • Ben Lyon, Hover
  • Ben Olsen, Microsoft
  • Beth Kolko, Shift Labs
  • Brian Taliesin, PATH
  • Chaitra Dutt, Women in the Cloud
  • Chris Emura, Vulcan
  • Colin Keogh, SmartLab, Dublin
  • Colleen Echohawk, Chief Seattle
  • Dave Kim, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Eshika Saxena, Interlake High School
  • Emily Turner, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Eric Stowe, Splash
  • Genevieve Tremblay, ASKXXI
  • Heidi Stephens Metz, Imani
  • Jason Schumacher, Tableau Foundation
  • Jevin West, University of Washington
  • Jim Chauvapun, Juno Diagnostics
  • Jina Heverly, Giving Compass
  • Joaquin Herranz Jr, University of Washington
  • Julie LeMoines, SmartLab, Dublin
  • Justin Spelhaug, Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Karim Meghji, Remitly
  • Katrina Zamets, Avanade
  • Mary Kay Gugerty, University of Washington
  • Lara Littlefield, GIX, University of Washington
  • Lauren Woodman, NetHope
  • Lizbeth Goodman, University College Dublin and SmartLab
  • Lucas Joppa, Microsoft
  • Luis Salazar, Giving Tech Labs
  • Manish Engineer, Seattle Art Museum
  • Michelle Zimmerman, Renton Prep
  • Neal Mody, Zoic Capital
  • Neal Myrick, Tableau Foundation
  • Neal Singh, Icertis
  • Patrick Foran, City of Bellevue
  • Pierre Jolivet, SmartLab, Dublin
  • Poppy MacDonald, USA Facts
  • Ric Shreves, Mercy Corp
  • Richard Coffin, USA Facts
  • Sandra Archibald, University of Washington
  • Sharmilli Ghosh, TiE Seattle
  • Sharon Burns, Block Data 4 Good
  • Shauna Causey, Madrona Labs
  • Shelby Cooley, CCER
  • Shirish Nadkarni, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Shwetak Patel, University of Washington
  • Stephanie Cherrington, Eastside Pathways
  • Stephanie Gillis, Giving Compass
  • Teresa Crawford, Counterpart International
  • Thomas Swanson, Foundry10
  • Tony Mestres,Seattle Foundation
  • Vijitha Chekuri, Microsoft
  • Wendy Chamberlin, The Boma Project, Kenya


For more information, contact Akhtar Badshah at

About the xTech + Impact 2019 Summit

xTech + Impact 2019 Summit is presented through a joint partnership between the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX).