The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School

The Future Society At Harvard Kennedy School: Bay Area Trek 2017

January 15-20, 2017

A group of 20-25 HKS students from various programs passionate about the transformative power of NBIC technologies with a wide variety of backgrounds in policy and public sector, business and finance, and startups.

  • Connect with alumni and experts in the technology space (nanotech, biotech, IT and cognitive sciences) and learn about careers in the Valley, potential research projects, and big ideas on the future of technology.
  • Meet with various types of technology companies – from small startups to larger tech firms – and think tanks focusing on the role of technology in the future or public policy.
  • Enjoy social activities like skiing or outdoor sports near San Francisco.

Focus

  • What’s the future of transportation, healthcare, education technology and financial payments at the light the current technological explosion?
  • How will Big Data, cyber security, wearable computers, artificial intelligence, genomics and other incoming technological revolutions drive public sector innovation, and what should be the role of governments?
  • How can cities, states, and the federal government incentivize clusters of economic growth and startups?
  • What is the best approach to bridge the Tech/Policy divide?
  • How can technology companies help address market failures, support growth and development, and fill the gap for public sector inefficiencies?
  • How is the digital revolution disrupting policy-making processes and how can policy-makers and practitioners adjust?

      Organized on Jan 15-19, 2016 :

 

  • gathered 20 students
  • who met 20 companies and organizations including Google, KPCB, City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office and Chief Innovation Officer, San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Earnest, Square, Made-in-Space, Solar City, Planet labs, NASA, The Institute for The Future, Uber, Lyft, and more!
  • engaged 200 alumni over 4 days
  • … and tasted Napa Valley wine

Organizing Committee

Rajan Trivedi
Rajan Trivedi
Jessica Cussins
Jessica Cussins
Nicolas Miailhe
Nicolas Miailhe
Kirsten Rulf
Kirsten Rulf
Anthony Vanky
Anthony Vanky
Katherine Mansted
Katherine Mansted
Doug Lavey
Doug Lavey
 Ben Goh
Ben Goh