Navigate: The Atlantic Tech Conference 2014

December 9, 2014
9:30 am - 5:00 pm EST


A Good Product Development Process Should Feel Broken

Dropbox Vice President of Engineering Aditya Agarwal says that in a growing company, the development process will always feel broken because the changing size of the company will force constant updating.

Can OK Cupid Make Online Daters Less Shallow?

Christian Rudder, Co-founder and President of OKCupid, denies the notion that technology can change user behavior to be less shallow and more virtuous in the dating game.

Empathy Is the Key Ingredient in Facebook Design

Margaret Gould Stewart, Director of Product Design at Facebook, describes empathy as a driving force in their design so that Facebook staff can feel the effects of product decisions on their partners.

GoldieBlox Gives Girls a Role Model in Engineering

GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling explains the mission behind creating a toy that provides a narrative entry point for girls to get interested in building and engineering.

Google X Project Loon Could Change the Developing World

Larry Page's senior advisor Jonathan Rosenberg predicts sweeping fundamental change if Google X Project Loon can bring internet connectivity to the 2.5 billion people who are not yet online.

IDEO Founder: Double Delivering Opens Creative Doors

David Kelley, founder of IDEO, says that one way to open more creative opportunities at work is to double deliver on assignments to demonstrate creativity to the organization.

Jobs Lost to Tech Disruption Create New Opportunities

Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie takes a positive view on the consequences of tech disruptions that eliminate jobs by seeing the potential new opportunities created by innovation.

Non-Profit Status Ensures the Longevity of Khan Academy

Khan Academy founder Sal Khan explains the decision to found it as a non-profit to protect it from the corporate pressures of profit and growth.

Personal Genomes Enable Consumer Directed Healthcare

23andMe Co-founder Anne Wojcicki explains the philosophy of the genome sequencing company to sidestep the healthcare industry and empower consumers to make their own health decisions.

Pinterest User Habits Give Insight Into Human Nature

Pinterest Co-founder Evan Sharp shares the optimism he feels about the way users plan ahead for the future using the Pinterest service.

Rituals That Get John Maeda's Creative Juices Flowing

Mary Louise Kelly of Atlantic Live talks to John Maeda and Joe Gebbia about what gets their collective juices flowing.

SpaceX President on Why Man Should Go to Mars

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell makes the case for investment in sending humans to the planet Mars.

Wearable Tech Paves the Way to an Embeddable Future

Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior envisions a future when devices will be embedded into people to track and report the functions of the human body.

What Drone Photography Can Reveal From the Air

Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics shows us what a powerful tool drones can be in helping farmers analyze their crops with aerial photographs.

About this conference

Technology has become a constant part of our individual lives, our work, and our society as a whole. This new, daylong conference will bring together a group of 500 in-person attendees to explore the ways in which technology is transforming how we interact with the world around us. Through interviews, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, we'll ask some of the most thoughtful and innovative minds in tech to examine the role technology is playing across topics such as big data, robotics, cybersecurity, education, energy, and health.

About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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