MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK IN THE DIGITAL AGE

February 2, 2018
NationBuilder, 520 S. Grand Ave., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Overview

21st century technology has propelled one of the biggest societal shifts in history, yet has brought with it a paradox. While technology has reshaped our society and the ways we communicate with each other, our democracy today looks more fragile than it has in decades. Polarization is rising, trust in government is falling, and people across the political spectrum agree that our public conversation can and must be more productive.

Coro’s one-day conference will bring together over 200 leading technology innovators, policymakers, scholars, and campaign practitioners to explore the intersection of technology and democracy and discuss how we need to adapt in order to strengthen democracy in the digital age. Panelists and presenters will examine the ways in which technology has impacted the way we engage civically, the way we access news and information, and how these shifts have both strengthened and threatened our democratic process.

Speakers

Alex Padilla
Secretary of State
State of California

Catherine Geanuracos
Chief Operating Officer
CityGrows

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager
LA Department of Transportation

Dan Schnur
Director
American Jewish Committee

Cinny Kennard
Executive Director
Annenberg Foundation

Amanda Daflos
Director of the Mayor’s Innovation Team
LA Mayor’s Office

Jim Cupples
Founder
RunForOffice.org

Ev Boyle
Executive Director
LA-Tech.org

Peter Brack
Venture Partner
Mucker Capital

Jeanne Holm
Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor
City of Los Angeles

Alex Rubalcava
Partner
Stage Venture Partners

Colin Maclay
Executive Director
Annenberg Innovation Lab

Shmel Graham
Director of the Operations Innovation Team
Mayor’s Office of Budget, Innovation & Excellence

Rahul Sidhu
CEO and Co-Founder
SPIDR Tech

Check back in December to see our full list of speakers

Agenda

8am
Registration and breakfast
 9am
Welcome and opening
9:30am
Panel – Can You Hear Me: How Can Facts and Civil Discourse Break Through the Noise?
  • The internet has ushered in a golden age of human knowledge while simultaneously creating unprecedented challenges of misinformation and fake news. How are citizens continuing to change their news and information consumption? Where are the best opportunities to leverage the best aspects of the internet and social media to improve our public conversation? Can we evolve social media to improve the tenor and quality of our collective online conversation – if so, how?
10:30am
Panel – Running in the Digital Age: Has Campaign Tech Changed Who Can Win?
  • The internet, social media, and big data are transforming the ways political campaigns are run at the local, state, and federal level. But are they transforming the types of politicians we have? Has technology enabled different candidates to run and win office on the local, state, and/or federal level, or do we have the same politicians just using fancier tools?
11:30am
1:1 interview
12:15pm
Lunch and networking
1:15pm
Panel – Hacking Government: Accelerating Public Sector Tech
  • Building and adopting world-class technology within the public sector is notoriously difficult, but countless public sector leaders at the local and national level are overcoming obstacles and figuring out how. What can we learn from our successful public and private sector innovations? What role can the private sector play in supporting public sector tech? What would it take to scale great tech throughout the public sector?
2:15pm
Keynote
3pm
Panel – Innovation for Good: Learning from LA’s Civic Tech Success Stories
  • As LA has become a world class technology hub over the last decade, local innovators have been leveraging technology to help address our city’s biggest challenges. What are some of the most promising civic tech projects here in LA? What lessons can we learn from them to help scale civic innovation in both the public and private sectors?
4pm
Panel – What’s Next?: Transformational Tech Innovations That Are Yet to Come
  • We know what’s happening today, but what are the coming tech innovations with the most potential to change news, government, elections, and democracy over the coming decade? What are the biggest civic tech opportunities and challenges from VR, AR, AI, and other tech shifts that are right around the corner?
5pm
Happy hour

Advisory Committee

Ron Galperin
Los Angeles’ 20th City Controller
LA City 
Controller’s Office

Mike Bonin
Councilmember
Council District 11

Ev Boyle
Executive Director
LA-Tech.org

Peter Brack
Venture Partner
Mucker Capital

Stephen Cheung
President
World Trade Center Los Angeles

Rick Cole
City Manager
City of Santa Monica

Geoffrey Cowan
Director
USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy

Amanda Daflos
Director of Mayor’s Innovation Team
LA Mayor’s Office

Craig Ehrlich
Chairman
Novare Technologies

Ari Engelberg
Head of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Harvard-Westlake School

Shmel Graham
Director of the Operations Innovation Team
Mayor’s Office of Budget, Innovation & Excellence

Alex Padilla
Secretary of State
State of California

Catherine Geanuracos
Chief Operating Officer
CityGrows

Suzy Jack
Vice President of Public Affairs & Events
LA Times

Leland Lai
Executive Director
Telecom Infra Project

Jessica Lall
Chief Executive Officer
Central City Association of Los Angeles

Angie Jean-Marie
Interim Director
LA2050

Taylor McPartland
Director
ScaleLA
 

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager
LA Department of Transportation

Alex Rubalcava
Partner
Stage Venture Partners

Dan Schnur
Director
American Jewish Committee

Bruce Wessel
Partner
Irell & Manella LLP

Event Sponsors

Partner Organizations

Event Details

Place

NationBuilder

520 S Grand Ave. Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Date

February 2, 2018

Time

Breakfast: 8 – 9am
Program: 9 – 5pm
Happy hour: 5 – 7pm

Event Details

Nationbuilder

520 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

February 2, 2018
9am to 4pm
Light breakfast will be served at 8:30am