PARIS, MAY 13, 2016

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Leaders Impacting The World

Changing the world is a tall order. Identifying an idea that can truly have global impact is something all leaders strive to do. What are those ideas? Who is working on them right now?

To answer those questions, we have assembled a group of thought leaders and asked them to present an idea they believe will change the world. Many of them will be joined by a fellow leader that they feel is doing great work in this area.

You will hear from the best minds from across the technology spectrum highlight the hot trends/ideas and the intriguing people behind them. From AI to investing, Drones to the Startup Ecosystem, we’ll take a hard look at what’s next.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, or simply a lover of technology, these discussions promise to be enlightening, controversial and engaging. Paris
May 13, 2016

Note: The agenda is a work in progress and is subject to change

  • 08h00-09h00
    Coffee & Networking

    Welcome, Loic Le Meur, Founder & CEO, & Phil Libin, Managing Director, General Catalyst & Co-Founder & Chairman, Evernote
  • The impact of Bots:
    Phil’s first investment since joining General Catalyst is in a bot company called Begin. Phil will be focusing on this area for the next few years and is the perfect person to share with us why are we seeing an explosion of activity in this space and what the impact of these technologies will be.

    Phil Libin, Managing Director, General Catalyst & Co-Founder & Chairman, Evernote & Lauren Kunze, Principal, PandoraBots
  • The Future of Investing:
    SV Insider Jeff Clavier and Accel’s Luciana Lixandru will talk about the tech-funding climate in the U.S. and Europe, exciting areas of investment and predictions for the future.

    Jeff Clavier, SoftTech VC & Luciana Lixandru, Venture Capital Investor, Accel
  • The “Access” Economy
    There is a big movement from the “possession economy” to the “access economy. Uber, Airbnb, Lyft have grown out of the idea that having access goods and services is often better than owning them ourselves. Friction is the hurdle. You may have thought about renting your condo while you are away, but you didn’t do it until someone put all the pieces together and made it simple. Decreasing the friction for a simpler world is at the core of Omni. Omni is your personal storage concierge and they are disrupting the antiquated storage model and capitalizing on the “access economy” in a big way.

    Tom McLeod, Founder & CEO, Omni
  • The “Last Minute” economy
    Sam will discuss the opportunities in the uber popular “last minute” market segment of the on-demand economy.

    Sam Shank, CEO & Co-Founder, HotelTonight
  • The Future of Music:
    Eric will share his unique perspective as the CTO of SoundCloud since it’s inception in 2008 and as a touring musician himself. He will discuss the future of music from both the artist and listener perspective.

    Eric Wahlforss, Founder & CTO, SoundCloud & Loic Le Meur
  • 11h00-11h30
    Coffee Break
  • Helping Startups make the right impact
    Hear from the people down in the trenches with the startups. Studios from LA, SF and NYC, three distinctly different environments, will talk about how they are helping startups make the right decisions to ensure success.

    Heather Hartnett, Human Ventures, Peter Pham, Co-Founder, Science & Geraldine Le Meur, Co-Founder, The Refiners, Moderated by: Martin Talvari,
  • Uncovering Iran - a look at an up and coming startup market
    Iran's startup ecosystem has recently started to make global headlines. The country's large, young, educated and tech-savvy population is gearing up for life after sanctions. We will take a look at an insider's view of the Iranian ecosystem, what it's like to be a female entrepreneur in the country. We will also discuss noteworthy projects and challenges for the road ahead.

    Roxanne Varza, Director, Halle Freyssinet & Elnaz Hariri, Project Manager, Fab Lab Connect
  • Quotas, Incentives, and the Gender Gap
    Closing the gender gap in professions and companies across the globe isn't as simple as hiring more women. Ben and Dani team up to highlight the latest behavioral research in gender equality and, more importantly, reveal the small changes that could help dramatically close the gap.

    Ben Parr, Author, Captivology & Danielle Bicknell, Assistant Programme Specialist, The Division for Gender Equality, UNESCO
  • 12h30-14h00
  • The Impact of Leadership
    A passionate observer and actor of the digital Generation. Axelle will share insights into the future of today’s youth and how a new generation of Leaders can help to solve today's essential issues our society is facing. New values, new players, new world?

    Axelle Tessandier, Founder, Axl Agency & Hayatte Maazouza, Director of Enterprise Relations & Partnerships, Mozaik RH, Moderated by: Paul Papadimitriou, Founder, Intelligencr
  • Finding great ideas
    Internet entrepreneur, investor, founder and former CEO of French e-commerce pioneer PriceMinister, Pierre knows all about finding a great idea! Hear this thoughts on that process and how it might evolve over the next few years.

    Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, Founder: PriceMinister, Isai "the Entrepreneurs' fund", Kernel Investissements & Anne-Christelle Pérochon, Founder & CEO, Bim
  • China’s impact on the global economy
    Asia Pacific is a very exciting place right now. China alone has $338 billion of state cash to spend on startups. Get a first hand look into China’s dynamic future with Yat Siu.

    Yat Siu, Founder, Outblaze & Martin Talvari,
  • Building Movements
    Discover what is next with communities, organizations and culture, as Zach shares his thoughts on what it takes to build a movement.

    Zach Bell, Founder, RETURN
  • Platforms for Leadership
    The new communications revolution has been an immense force for change. The explosion in digital and social media has revealed much about human nature, and the nature of leadership itself. Mike and Toni will look at how digital technologies and communications can boost the culture and infrastructure of leadership, encourage people to self identify as leaders and build communities of change around complex issues.

    Mike Hanley, Head of Digital Communications, World Economic Forum & Toni Cowan-Brown, Vice President of European Business Development, NationBuilder
  • The Impact of ecommerce & AI
    Robin will show us the future of ecommerce with Artificial Intelligence.

    Robin Chan, CEO, Operator & Loic Le Meur, Founder & CEO,
  • Future of Products
    Product Hunt has quickly become the place to launch your product. Erik will share his insights on how and why they succeeded.

    Erik Torenberg, Founding Team, Product Hunt & Loic Le Meur, Founder & CEO,
  • Is having sex the best way to make a baby?

    Martin Varsavsky, CEO, Prelude Fertility
  • The Future of Happiness
    What technology really needs to do is just make us happy. How is happiness defined? Paul and Claire will debate and define it in the context of a lively discussion about life, chaos and the pursuit of happiness!

    Paul Papadimitriou, Founder, Intelligencr & Claire Burge, Founder & CEO, This is Productivity
  • Impact of VR & 360
    Robert Scoble is joining us hot off his move to Upload VR. We know Robert will have some mind-blowing opinions and predictions around VR!

    Robert Scoble, Entrepreneur in Residence, UploadVR
  • 17h20
    Closing Remarks, Loic Le Meur, Founder & CEO, & Phil Libin, Managing Director, General Catalyst & Co-Founder & Chairman, Evernote


We are pleased to announce will be held at Eurosites George V
28, Avenue George V – 75008 Paris
Ideally located between Etoile and Concorde it is easily accessible.
Metro: George V station (line 1) – Alma Marceau station (line 9).
Bus: Lines 32, 42, 63, 72, 73, 80 and 92.
Parking lots: Vinci Champs Elysees and Alma George V.


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