The two days of the Conference will comprise Industry-led tracks, providing several opportunities for industry experts and leaders to discuss pertinent issues within each space. The extensive range of topics is sure to cater to the needs of the diverse, international audience. Another highlight of the tracks will be Fireside Chats, short capsule interviews with women, offering insights across domains like online business models, the future of cloud, VC funding and more.


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9:10 AM-9:50 AMPlenary Commercial Tech for National SecurityIncreasingly sophisticated commercial technology has blurred the lines between what is available to military consumers and civilian ones. Often start-ups and leading internet companies like Facebook and Google are working on products that are important to our military. How is the Department of Defense working with commercial technology companies on military problems?
Lauren Schmidt (DUIx)
9:50 AM-10:30 AMPanel Venture Capital Beyond Tech InnovationA new frontier of innovation is being established.How is venture capital going beyond the ordinary. Will the way of the valley change as companies start working backwards on desired outcomes to overcome innovation challenges and emerging markets become pilot grounds for low cost testing. Ajit Singh (Artiman Ventures), Kanwal Rekhi (Inventus Capital), Ram Gupta (Nexus Venture Partners), Varvara Russkova (GVA Capital), Cong Ding (Comcast Ventures)

Moderator: Amy Benzigar (Cueball Venture Fund)
10:30 AM-11:00 AMPlenarySaving the Planet from HumansClimate change skeptics rule the federal government and many statehouses. This luminary has been cosponsoring marches with immigrants’ and women’s rights groups. He has been running ads against anti- climate and environment nominees and policy positions. He has been organizing resistance activities on the college campuses and continues to go on the offensive each time the administration attempts to derail global actions to stop climate change.Tom Steyer (NextGen America)
11:10 AM-11:50 AMPanel Investing in Series A & Beyond"VC valuations are big news these days, grabbing the attention of market optimists, bubble conspirators and everyone in between. Much of that talk has centered on the growth of the number of unicorns, almost neglecting the fact that valuations are up at every stage. Founders are often puzzled by how VCs derive valuations for competitive Series A rounds. A competitive Series A round is an equity round where a company generally raises greater than $5 million led by a top-quartile venture capital firm.The cause for this confusion is that VC valuation processes are often a black box, where there is no industry standard methodology for calculating valuation of seed to Series A startups. Some investors suggest that their valuations are a function of users, revenues, market potential or other forms of company traction, while others cite comparable deals as the primary justification for valuation.

There are VC firms that attempt to use the “VC Method,” but the VC Method breaks down when dealing with very early stage startups that often have little financial data and few comparable companies."
Kimmy Scotti (8VC), Oded Hermoni (Rhodium Ventures), Sheel Tyle (Amplo), Carol Sands ( Angels Forum)

Moderator: Apoorv A. (Soft Bank)
11:50 AM-12:30 PMPlenary Industry-Wide Innovation on Hyper DriveHow does innovation happen? People joke about an idea hitting them in the shower. Or it might be while on vacation, or walking the dog—any time your mind is free to wander into creativity. But developing that lone spark of an idea into an innovative solution is no vacation. It requires focus, radical collaboration, and hard work. Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It emerges from the crucible of colliding ideas, false starts, new iterations, and starting over. It requires an ecosystem of co-innovators who offer contrasting viewpoints, diverse skillsets, and the ability to put ego aside to refine and build on each other’s ideas. And it needs a venue and structure to facilitate the process. It is an intensely focused innovation experience that is turning the traditional innovation model on its head. It brings together a select group of customers, vendors, designers, and hackers to solve a common industry challenge.Kate O'Keeffe (Cisco Hyper Innovation Labs)
12:30 PM-1:15 PM

Break for Lunch
1:15 PM-1:45PMPanel New Rules for InnovatorsRule # 1 – None of us are as smart as all of us. Rule # 2 – Pioneers get scalped. Rule # 3 – The more you try, the luckier you get Lets play. What are the rules you think worked for you?Joseph Wei (Lab 360) , Ravi Belani (Alchemist), SC Moatti (Mighty Capital)

Moderator: Anarghya Vardhana (Maveron)
1:45 PM-2:20 PMPanel Power of Emerging Investing EcosystemOver the past 40 years, research from economics, sociology, and regional studies has documented the critical role that place-based innovation ecosystems play in driving regional economic prosperity and socio-technical transformation. Famous innovation ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, orient entrepreneurship around producing new and improved ways of doing things, giving birth to businesses that are capable of creating new markets in addition to meeting needs within existing ones. Lets explore new investing ecosystems Nitin Pachisia ( Unschackled), Priv Bradoo (Blue Oak), Will Bunker (Growth X), Kavita Gupta (Consensys Capital)

Moderator: Bhavna Kumar (Samsung NEXT)
2:20 PM-3:00 PMPanel Boosting Startup ValuationOnce you have a product in the market with an increasing number of paying customers, your valuation will increasingly be driven based on financial and operational metrics. Establishing a financial valuation for any early stage company is part art and part science.  So it is true that things like meaningful strategic partnerships, a robust product roadmap, and other non-financial items can help drive valuation.  But the more you have an established track record of revenue/profit, the more your valuation is based on financial and operational results.  What about establishing and defending your suggested valuation before you have revenue traction?  Let’s explore.Andy Tang (Draper Dragon Fund), Rashmi Gopinath (Microsoft Ventures), Amit Garg (Samsung NEXT)

Moderator: Kathleen Policy (National Strategies)
6:00 PM-7:00 PMASK ANYTHING: Townhall with Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures) Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
7:00 PM-10:00 PMWiSTEM AWARDS GALA with Master of Ceremonies Sammy Obeid

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9:00 AM-9:30 AM

9:30 AM-10:30AMSponsors Talk
12:30 PM-1:00 PMBreak for Lunch
1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Innovation Townsquare- LIGHTNING TALKS

Have an Idea? Take 10 minutes and present it at the Innovation Townsquare at WiSTEM2017
2:30 PM-5:30 PMStartup PitchesPitch to a roomful of Investors and win one on one sessions with them and who knows an investment opportunity
6:00 PM-7:00 PMASK ANYTHING: Townhall with Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
7:00 PM-10:00 PMWiSTEM AWARDS GALA with Master of Ceremonies Sammy Obeid

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9:00 AM-9:45 AMPlenaryThe Scale and Speed of InnovationSize can give you scale, but for innovation, speed is more critical. Fast innovators are much more likely to also be strong innovators—42% compared with less than 10% of slow innovators. Fast innovators are more disruptive—27% versus 1.5%. They get new products to market quickly and generate more sales from them (at least 30% of revenue). This is true for 35% of fast innovators but for only 11% of slower ones. How do you scale as you speed or speed as you scale. Yvonne Wassenaar, (Airware)
9:45 AM 10:30 AMHonorary PanelInnovation in Public Sector PolicyMayors and CIOs from 5 cities in the technologically savvy San Francisco Bay area talk technology and governance and the governments of the futureAnn Dunkin (CIO at County of Santa Clara), Michael Tubbs (Mayor of Stockton), Kelly H Kline (CIO, City of Fremont), Lisa Gillmor (Mayor, City of Santa Clara) Dr. Jonathan Reichental ( CIO at City of Palo Alto)

Moderator: Anu Natarajan (Urban Planning and Community Engagement Consultant)
10:30 AM-11:05 AMPlenaryReimagining TransportationLet’s shake ourselves out of our four-wheeled stupor, look at the vehicles and devices being developed, and reimagine how we’ll move around our cities.Laurie Yoler (Board of Tesla, Board of Zoox)
11:15 AM-11:40 PM
Straight TalkThe Future of Transformation - IBM WatsonFrom SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly. While science fiction often portrays AI as robots with human-like characteristics, AI can encompass anything from Google’s search algorithms to IBM’s Watson to autonomous weapons. Artificial intelligence today is properly known as narrow AI (or weak AI), in that it is designed to perform a narrow task (e.g. only facial recognition or only internet searches or only driving a car). However, the long-term goal of many researchers is to create general AI (AGI or strong AI). While narrow AI may outperform humans at whatever its specific task is, like playing chess or solving equations, AGI would outperform humans at nearly every cognitive task.Rishi Vaish (IBM Watson)
11:40 AM-12:30 PMStraight Talk PanelHow will AI transform our futureRegardless of how artificial intelligence develops in the years ahead, almost all pundits agree that the world will forever change as a result of advances in AI. During a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Bill Gates insisted that the “mindset[s] of the government and people have not adjusted to view the future, even though technology is exploding this decade into a world of the Internet of Things and the propulsion into artificial intelligenceRishi Vaish (IBM Watson), Lilian Rincon (Google), Johnathan Cervelli (Splunk), Sangeeta Chakraborty (Ayasdi)

Moderator: Sridhar Iyengar (Elemental)
1:15 PM-1:45 PMPlenaryThe Next Era of the Human- Machine PartnershipsToday’s emerging technologies also feel like strange, new curiosities. Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality, home robots, and cloud computing, to name only a few of the sophisticated technologies in development today, are capturing the imaginations of many. The advanced capabilities of today’s emerging technologies are driving many academics, entrepreneurs, and enterprises to envision futures in which their impacts on society will be nothing short of transformative. At a recent expert workshop hosted by Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future (IFTF), participants suggested that the technologies in play over the next decade have the potential to “solve some of the intractable problems that humanity has faced for so long,” offer the opportunity to “increase productivity [such that] all our basics needs [are taken care of],” and fundamentally reframe “notions of what it means to be a person.Tony Perkins
1:45 PM-2:45 PMRoundtableThe Digital Government Trends - Mobilty - Cloud - Consumer Engagement - Open GovParticipate in the subject matter lightening rounds and comment on ad”ventures” in Government.

Macro forces—such as digital, analytics, cloud, core modernization, and the changing role of IT—are at the heart of the technology trends that are fueling innovation and growth in both the private and public sectors. From dark analytics to blockchain to machine intelligence and beyond, the time to start exploring this fast-paced world—and harnessing the value it promises—is now. In this rapidly changing, kinetic environment, effective organizations are embracing changes in technology to reinvent and revitalize themselves.
Ann Dunkin (Chief Information Officer at County of Santa Clara), Wendy Pfieffer ( Nutanix), Ammiel Kamon ( CPO Open Gov)

Chair: Jeff Frick ( General Manager of theCube )
2:45 PM-3:45 PMPanelCybersecurity - Why Wars will be Fought at this FrontierEarlier last year, a disturbing piece of news on the other side of the world became a prime example of the growing menace of serious cyber attacks. South Korea’s spy agency informed government lawmakers that the number of North Korean cyber attacks had doubled in only one month. North Korea unsuccessfully tried to hack into South Korea’s railway control system and into the computer networks of financial institutions. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service also accused North Korea of trying to hack into the smartphones of 300 South Korean foreign affairs, security, and military officials, successfully penetrating 40 of them. Americans regularly hear about cyber attacks on major U.S. companies and government entities but little about similar and escalating incidents overseas. In fact, nation-state cyber attacks are becoming a global problem, not one mostly limited to the United States, Russia and China.Daniel Ridel (Next Context ), Karen Evans (US Cyber Challenge), Brian Wolff (Edison Electric Institute)

Moderator: Seth Rosenblatt (The Parallax)
3:45 PM-4:30 PMPanelSolar and Hydro Power - The New GoldWe don’t need nuclear power, coal, or biofuels. We can get 100 percent of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power. And we can do it today—efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically. We can get to this WWS world by simply building a lot of new systems for the production, transmission, and use of energy. How can we do this ?Terry Jester (Silicor Materials), Maile Smith (Northgate Environmental), Audrey Lee (Sunrun)

Moderator: Pari Kasotia (Solar Foundation)
4:30 PM-5:30 PMGRAND KEYNOTEESPIONAGE AND TECH. Our Own 007 in Russia. Then and NowPaul is a frequent commentator on ex-Soviet Union, counter-terrorism and intelligence affairs for BBC, ABC, NBC, Dateline, Nightline, Cross Fire, TIME, Newsweek and other media outlets. Recently, he was featured in the award nominated NBC Dateline program in February of 2007, “Who Killed Alexander Litvinenko—Death of a Secret Agent.” Mr. Joyal’s professional associations include the International Chief’s of Police Association; the American Society for Industrial Security International; and the FBI’s InfraGard organization. Paul talks about his life, intelligence, Russia, Espionage and Tech. The very things 007 is made out of.Paul Joyal
(Managing Director, Public Safety and Homeland Security Sector Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Director of Security United States Capitol Police)

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9:00 AM-9:45 AMPanelWomen in InnovationTechnology leaders are facing a new age of disruption. Companies of all sizes are facing competitive threats from all fronts and are being challenged to innovate differently, with more agility, while integrating diversity in the team and a maintaining their customer base. Innovation is a key strategic driver and ability to adapt to changes in a heart beat can mean survival. Come and learn about innovation best practices, experiences and skills needed to innovate successfully in this rapidly changing environmentMartha Galley (SalesForce), Grace Francisco (Roblox), Mai Le (Uber), Ellie Powers (Google), Azita Arvani (Nokia)

Moderator: Claudia Galvan (SWE)
9:45 AM-10:30 AMPlenaryGoogle's Vision- AR/ VR Google is building AR And VR that knows where you are. VR can transport you. With it, you don’t just get to see a place, you can experience what it’s like to be there. And AR brings computing into your world, letting you interact with digital information in your environment. Both technologies enable us to experience computing more like we experience the real world—they make computing work more like we do. That’s why Google is making investments in the core technologies that enable VR and AR, and in platforms that make them accessible to more people. Clay Bavor ( Google )
10:30 AM - 11:05 AMPanelEnterprise Leading Policy ChangeCorporate values generally are feel-good statements that have almost no effect on a company’s operations. What made—what makes—you think they can be more than this? Hear from companies that have made "change" a huge part of their DNA. Not only for themselves but for their entire ecosystems.Anar Simpson (Mozilla), Leedjia Svec ( NASA), Sheri Byrne-Haber (McDonald’s Corporation)

Moderator: Alaina Sloo (Investor)
11:15 AM - 11:55 PMPanelTrends in Enterprise TechnologyAll the innovation that companies are driving is not possible without innovation in the enterprise side of technology. How servers scale. How GPU's process and how data transmits is very important to scaling of other technolgies that are built. How are enterprises innovating this realm.Vikram Kumar ( Salesforce), Jennifer Fraser ( Twitter), Dianne Marsh ( Netflix)

Moderator: Mihir Jobalia (KPMG)
11: 55 PM - 12:15 PMFireside Changing Organizations - The Women Friendly DNA - Fireside with Punit Soni, RobinThe story of how one man in one organization started a nationwide drive to foster inclusion of women in the workforce. Punit Soni ( Robin)

Moderator: Harbir Bhatia
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMPanelReality, Robotics and AIAugmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and wearable devices are the major advancements enabling companies to craft shopping experiences 'like never before' and make 'dramatic changes' in the consumer experience. To make emerging technology successful across the organization it must be integrated it into your existing systems, and processes. However, it also must be measured and adjusted based upon gathering data to work around the inevitable glitches in emerging technology. How will you adopt it?My Tran (ADVR), Ashish Aggarwal ( Grishin Robotics Ventures), Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan (Lily), Gary A Martz Jr ( Intel), Jocelyn Goldfein (Zetta Venture Partners), Rachel Sibley, (Leapmotion)

Moderator: Evonne Heyning
( Light Lodges)
1:30 PM - 2:05 PMPanelWomen in Social Good "From founding firms focused on impact investors, to creating tools and products to catalyze capital, to leading nonprofits and foundations focused on educating and activating a host of actors, women are spearheading and populating this sector more so than any other financial services sector.

A recent Calvert Investments report asserts that women, along with younger investors, will indeed drive the growth of the broader responsible investment industry. In a study of affluent women, 95 percent ranked “helping others” and 90 percent ranked “environmental responsibility” as important. And beyond driving the growth of Impact Investing, woman may be our greatest hope to unlocking the kinds of game-changing innovations required to solve the most persistent problems. Turns out that women wealth holders exhibit more risk tolerance toward new and innovative solutions, once they have met the financial security needs of themselves and their families."
Arezoo Riahi (Techwomen), Grace Chung (Yahoo), Julie Cluggage (Team4Tech), Analisa Lenor Balares (Womensphere)

Moderator: Kim Arnone (Cutting Edge Capital)
2:05 PM - 2:45 PMPanelWorking for Diversity and Inclusion- How far have we come?Leaders have long recognized that a diverse workforce of women, people of color, and LGBT individuals confers a competitive edge in terms of selling products or services to diverse end users. Yet a stark gap persists between recognizing the leadership behaviors that unlock this capability and actually practicing them.Part of the problem is that “diversity” and “inclusion” are so often lumped together that they’re assumed to be the same thing. But that’s just not the case. In the context of the workplace, diversity equals representation. Without inclusion, however, the crucial connections that attract diverse talent, encourage their participation, foster innovation, and lead to business growth won’t happen. How far have we come?Ed Zabasajja ( Intel), Ramla Qureshy ( WEP), Maya- Strellar Migotti (Golden Seeds), Laura Gomez (Atipica), Telle Whitney (Anita Borg Institute), Brian Wolff (Edison Electric Institute)

Moderator: Jorge Calderon (Eddily)
2:45 PM - 3:30 PMPanelClimate Change and National SecurityClimate change presents a serious threat to the security and prosperity of the United States and other countries.Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. Domestically, the effects of climate change could overwhelm disaster-response capabilities. Internationally, climate change may cause humanitarian disasters, contribute to political violence, and undermine weak governments. How do we counter this ?Pari Kasotia (Solar Foundation), Shawn Rosenmoss (SF Carbon Fund), Alicia Seiger (Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance ; Stanford Professionals in Energy), Iana Aranda (ASME )

Moderator: Winston Ibrahim (Hydros)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PMPanel The Future of Transportation"Driverless cars are the future of transportation. Scratch that, the future is flying cars. Or maybe we should just go full steampunk and embrace giant airships. Actually, when you really think about it, who needs to travel anywhere when delivery drones will soon be able to transport any item imaginable to our doorsteps in a matter of hours?
Tech companies have become so enamored with changing the way we travel that they’re now stacking transportation revolutions on top of transportation revolutions."
Dr. Ulrich Quay (BMW) , Dr. Gabriel Paun (Arini Geographics), Manik Dhar (Google Maps) Sarah Tariq (Zoox), Raj Singh (Jet Blue Ventures), Aishwarya Parasuram (Waymo)

Moderator: Sarah Feldman (Zenith)

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