a forum about the connected world

Wednesday, Nov. 6th
9:30AM - 7:00PM
Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd St,
New York, NY 10021

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At the end of 2012, there were an estimated 2.4 billion internet users worldwide. By 2016, this number will nearly double. Much of this online access will happen through mobile devices in the developing world. Connectivity on such a scale will profoundly affect the way businesses communicate, educate, innovate, and scale. It will likely threaten security and overload infrastructure, but also catalyze massive social and economic progress. How can business leaders leverage these seismic shifts to create new opportunities for global commerce and social action? How are governments likely to respond to the shifting ground under their feet? How will this new breed of connected consumers behave? What technologies will improve and accelerate internet use in the coming years?

The Next Billion is a gathering of global business leaders designed to foster lively debate and spark productive collaborations about the next wave of internet users and beyond.



8:30 am
9:30 am
Welcome to the connected world
9:35 am
If you think you know how people will be communicating three years from now, you're probably wrong

Some of the most innovative and surprising ways to use mobile technologies will not be found in countries that have had them for years, but among people who have only just started using them. This "leapfrogging" effect is only likely to become more pronounced as the next billion get online. What happens on these frontiers of communication and e-commerce may surprise you. Quartz hosts a talk-show style conversation highlighting the emerging technologies that are defining the future of mobile.

Mike Bell, IntelJay Sullivan, MozillaKevin J. Delaney, Quartz (Moderator)

10:15 am

Five Questions with Jana's Nathan Eagle, Jana
Christopher Mims, Quartz (Moderator)

10:35 am
With a billion new hackers, the world ushers in the era of cyber vigilantism

The surge in mobile technology is making the world’s largest companies—and every country’s critical infrastructure—exponentially more vulnerable to cyber threats. This trend is propelling the issue of cybersecurity from the back office to the boardroom. Consider the rise of the Chief Information Security Officer, whose job is to assume that hackers will get in. How can companies develop a command and control security posture that is creative and agile? Is there a business case for cyber offense? Quartz invites leading cybersecurity experts to discuss the risks of technological dependency and the future of the cyber wars.

William Stewart, Booz Allen HamiltonEdward M. Stroz, Stroz FriedbergSteve Clemons, The Atlantic (Moderator)

11:15 am
Morning break
11:30 am
The person sitting next to you just received an MBA by answering questions on their tablet

The increasing demand for online education will have ripple effects in the rich world as well as the developing world. What new apps will emerge to teach literacy as well as primary, secondary and graduate-level university education via mobile devices? Is the future of online learning truly in software, or are hardware and accessibility the key to revolutionizing global education? And what are the downsides of cyber-learning? Quartz invites education innovators from around the world for a special discussion and debate about whether online learning’s future is in hardware, software, or a convergence of the two.

Katya Andresen, ePalsSuneet Tuli, Datawind S. Mitra Kalita, Quartz (Moderator)

12:00 pm
Get ready for a billion more applicants for your next job posting

The connected world will transform the global labor market as technology continues to displace traditional work in manufacturing, agriculture, and other industries. At the same time, office and productivity technologies are evolving B-to-B and B-to-C relationships, and redefining the workplace in the process. Quartz hosts a series of rapid-fire interviews with leading corporate executives driving changes in the global labor market.

Daniel Debow, SalesforceBrad Garlinghouse, HightailAli Velshi, Al Jazeera America (Moderator)

12:30 pm
Quartz Interlude

Five Questions with Susan Athey, Microsoft
Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz (Moderator)

12:55 pm
Networking lunch
1:40 pm

A special photography presentation from Platon

1:55 pm

Five Things That Made Me Sit Up & Listen So Far with Gideon Lichfield

2:00 pm

Five Questions with David Gilboa, Warby Parker
Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz (Moderator)

2:20 pm
The next billion might re-energize the world economy—or just give it a bad shake-up

Online commerce at this scale will certainly open new channels of economic growth, for individuals and multinational corporations. But seismic disruptions could create even more economic volatility. Quartz hosts a keynote interview with a leading economist and global chief executive to explore the impact of the next billion on the future of the global economy.

Venkatesh Bala, The Cambridge GroupBlanca Treviño, Softtek Heidi Moore, Guardian (Moderator)

2:50 pm

A Conversation on Global Startups with Margit Wennmachers, Andreessen Horowitz and Christopher M. Schroeder, Author, Startup Rising
Gideon Lichfield, Quartz (Moderator)

3:20 pm
The next billion are more likely to have phones than bank accounts

What happens when 1 billion more people wired with mobile devices begin to require online financial services? The complete reinvention of banking as we know it. Won’t this make financial regulation more complex and the world financial system more prone to instability? Will new digital currencies finally become real? What are the implications for cybersecurity? Quartz invites senior executives from the world’s leading financial services institutions to discuss and debate the future of finance and the impact of digital money.

Claire Alexandre, VodafoneMung Ki Woo, MastercardKelly Evans, CNBC (Moderator)

3:50 pm
Afternoon Break
4:05 pm
Welcome to Jakarta, the world’s most active Twitter city

The physical and virtual worlds are converging. Consider Jakarta, which is the world’s number one Twitter city in terms of posted tweets, mostly because people in traffic jams have nothing better to do. In addition to coming online, the next billion are moving into cities, which will require massive investments in both physical and digital infrastructure. What does all this mean? Quartz hosts a talk show-style discussion featuring leading designers, technologists and futurists to explore the challenges and opportunities of wired cities.

Chinedu Echeruo, HopStopUlrich Quay, BMW iVenturesMartin Varsavsky, FonSteve Clemons, The Atlantic (Moderator)

4:45 pm

Five Questions with EveryoneOn’s Zach Leverenz
Steve Clemons, The Atlantic (Moderator)

4:55 pm
Companies will now have 5 billion people to test their good ideas—and bad ones

Open innovation, the practice of crowdsourcing business solutions and new ideas outside the walls of a company, has revolutionized the way companies and governments innovate. Will this trend continue? Yes—and at massive scale. However, the way companies manage the potential of a billion more innovators could either spark breakthrough innovations or ignite mass confusion. Hear ideas about the evolution of problem solving as Quartz invites today’s leading experts on crowdsourcing and open innovation for a rotating interview to unpack how connectivity and collaboration are disrupting traditional business practices.

Peter Bale, CNN InternationalAlph Bingham, InnoCentiveAnand Shah, SarvajalS. Mitra Kalita, Quartz (Moderator)

5:35 pm

The "Cognitive Surplus" of the Next Billion with Clay Shirky
Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz (Moderator)

6:00 pm
Closing Remarks and Cocktails in the Ballroom Bar
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