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Enter the Unconference

We all know that hemmed-in feeling. Tech events that put us in a box, stick us in the predefined role of “the audience,” and exclude us from any real creative, participatory role. Tired of being force-fed canned lectures from vendors…

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Data Grabs the Wheel at the LA Auto Show

THIS IS NOT A CAR, flashed the message on the revolving abstract sculpture at Volvo’s white minimalist booth, a brazen rebuke to the industry’s endangered status quo and an enigmatic mission statement for the future. Walking the aisles and talking…

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Web Summit Goes 10X

Entering the massive beehive of Lisbon’s 70,000-strong Web Summit, we quickly grasped the attractions of Europe’s biggest tech conference. You could feel the local pulse of innovation. Absorb the buzz of the hottest new trends. Converse directly with Portuguese movers…

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Nike Designer Tinker Hatfield on the Future of Shoes

Tinker Hatfield, the legendary Nike shoe designer and master storyteller, was owning his moment on the stage at the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco, pulling his rapt audience along. If you value innovators, entrepreneurs, or people who do extraordinary things,…

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