Keynote Speakers


Katie LinendollTech Expert, Emmy-winning TV Personality and Writer

Having grown up in the digital age, I love having a career that keeps me at the forefront of science and technology. Below are some of my formal resume bullets to help you know me better. Want to connect? Don’t be afraid to reach out and say hi. Think of me as your friend…with connections. I’m best known for my role as a tech contributor on the TODAY Show, but every week you can find me contributing to other outlets as I explore the latest tech stories across the world.

In 2015, I was honored to be named a visionary in Silicon Valley during the 18th Annual SVForum Visionary Awards. In years past, that distinction has gone to Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Tim Draper. Needless to say, I’m blown away to have my name included in such a list of thought leaders!

I spend as much hands-on time in the field as I do on my laptop conducting research. Whether I’m diving underwater with NASA astronauts, witnessing the ways that mobile technology is rebuilding the Philippines economy in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan or sharing a first look at the newest iPhone® on the TODAY Show, I am on always on the hunt for the latest tech stories.

I have been fascinated with technology since I was little and have a degree in Information Technology New Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating, I went on to work behind the scenes for ESPN, where I was proud to win an Emmy Award for my work on SportsCenter. I was honored to be nominated for another Emmy for my work as co-host (aka the tech host) on A&E’s We Mean Business, a program that helped revamp small businesses across America. I also hosted a pop, gaming and tech show for Spike TV.

In my career, I have contributed over 60 pieces to ESPN on sports tech, worked as a contributor to CBS and CNN and written for various outlets and different types of media, including Shape Magazine, Oprah.com and E!

I run my own business, Katie Linendoll Productions, where we produce content for a number of top clients and outlets, such as Popular Science, Brookstone and RetailMeNot. I travel the world delivering keynote speeches and dynamic presentations on innovations in technology; hosting and moderating various panels and presentations; and working with experts and celebrities—from top chefs to world-class innovators—to share their messages, and my own.

Watching WWE wrestling has been one of my favorite pastimes since I was little. I’m a frequent co-host of the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast (often ranked in the top 10 in sports on iTunes!) and have produced several professional WWE pieces for Sports Illustrated and Men’s Journal, and you can also find me on the WWE Network.

I recently launched one of the top tech podcasts, Katie Show, where every week I share first looks in technology and science and interview the most notable minds in the industry.

A fitness obsessive, in my spare time, you can find me working out at the gym, on the trails, on a bike and up on any mountain. I also play piano and love volunteering, and I serve on the board of the Batcole Foundation, which supports research on pediatric cancer. That’s just a taste of my journey. I’d love to share more with you (like how I sold $20 million in products at the Home Shopping Network and won a Guinness World Record—true story!). But in a hyperactive era, I think I’ll save those for another time and place.

Joi ItoTechnology Connoisseur and Author

Joi Ito combines exceptional academic and practical experience to offer an unmatched bird’s-eye view of technology. As the director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi knows better than anyone what new technologies are just over the horizon. Combine that with his unerring eye for the next big thing — he was an early-stage investor in such Internet titans as Twitter, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, and Kickstarter — and you’ve got perhaps the most authoritative, unbiased perspective around on the business and development of technology.

He is coauthor (with Jeff Howe) of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future. As everything digital is getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, we also have the Internet, Joi Ito (and Jeff Howe) have distilled nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving our faster future.

Joi’s long career has spanned an incredible variety of sectors. He sits on the boards of Sony Corporation, the Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS, Global Voices, and Creative Commons. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider.

In 2011, Joi was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers.” Businessweek named him one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom. In 2011 and 2012, Joi was chosen by Nikkei Business as one of the 100 most influential people for the future of Japan. He received the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from The New School in 2013.

Jason SilvaHost of National Geographic's Brain Games and new series ORIGINS, and creator of Shots of Awe

Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. He will next be seen as the host of the eight-part National Geographic series, Origins: The Journey of Humankind, premiering March 2017.

“A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” was how The Atlantic described television personality, filmmaker and philosopher Silva, who has also been described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”

A self-professed wonderjunkie, Silva is the creator of the web series “Shots of Awe,” micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition. In short: Philosophy, Science and Art for the YouTube generation. The videos, which “play like movie trailers for ideas,” according to The Atlantic, have spread like wildfire across the internet and have been viewed more than 13 million times. Influencers such as Ron Howard, Richard Branson, Leo Dicaprio, Tribeca Films Cofounder Jane Rosenthal, actor Mark Ruffalo, NASA, and many others have tweeted Jason’s videos.

Jason also created the web series “Future of Us” for AOL, exploring exponential technology and the future of humanity.

The Imaginary Foundation wrote of Silva, “like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance.”

Others have described Silva as “a modern performance philosopher, a Digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe…like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away.”

An active and prolific global speaker, Jason has spoken at TEDGlobal, Google’s Zeitgeist Conference, keynoted multiple events for Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, Oracle, Electronic Arts, Honeywell, PEPSICO, Intel, Dolby and many more, all over the world.

He was also keynoted at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Sydney Opera house, The Economist Ideas Festival, The DLD Conference, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, Mexico’s Ciudad De Las Ideas, Seattle’s Interactive Conference, Chicago Ideas Week, the main stage at SXSW Interactive and the MainStage at CANNES LIONS festival of Creativity.

From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content. He left the network to become, according to The Atlantic, “a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk.”