Tech and Trump

Will Politics and Tech Collaborate or Collide in 2017?

April 24, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm Galvanize
543 Howard St., San Francisco

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It appears we skipped the presidential honeymoon this cycle! Immediately following the unexpected 2016 election outcome and continuing into President Trump’s first 100 days, Silicon Valley and Washington have chaotically attempted to navigate the new paradigm of how politics and tech will interact. The launch of programs like 18F and United States Digital Service (USDS), along with a progressive policy agenda generally embraced in San Francisco and other tech hubs, enabled significant collaboration between the Obama Administration and tech.

Will there be opportunities for collaboration between the Trump Administration and tech in 2017 or should we merely prepare for more nasty collisions? If the latter, will the resistance lead to a reversal of progress achieved by 18F, USDS and other modernization efforts that have done so much work to bring the federal government into the 21st century? Can the groundswell of recent grassroots civic engagement among tech professionals be sustainably channeled into effecting positive change for Americans across the country, even in so called Trump states, or will this moment prove to be another instance of over-hyped, fleeting rhetoric?


Sam Altman
President of Y Combinator, the most successful tech accelerator in the world, and former cofounder of Loopt, a location-based social networking app, which was part of YC's first batch in 2005 and acquired by Green Dot in 2012.
Joe Lonsdale
Joe Lonsdale - Partner at 8VC ,cofounder of Palantir, Chairman at OpenGov and other for-profit/non-profit companies focused on government or regulated industries.
Steve Hilton
Co-founder and CEO of Crowdpac, a non-partisan platform for political fundraising and organizing, vocal advocate for Brexit and former Senior Advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Katy Steinmetz [moderator]
Katy Steinmetz is TIME's San Francisco Bureau Chief, covering news and ideas in the American West. In addition to writing features for TIME and, she pens a column on language and organizes the occasional spelling bee.

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Head of Product at Lincoln Network
We empower civic and government professionals to leverage the latest and most effective technology to achieve their goals.
Brad Nunnally
18F Experience Design Supervisor
18F builds effective, user-centric digital services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves.
Morgan Plummer
Senior Advisor at MD5
MD5 is a public-private partnership between the National Defense University, New York University, and a network of national research universities that seeks to reinvigorate civil-military technology collaboration.

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