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March 1, 2016
For Immediate Release

Top Achievers Take the Stage at GTS to Inspire and Debate What’s Next for Innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A fresh mix of top achievers - from fields including philanthropy, technology, art, comedy, academia, exploration, neuroscience, technology, health, venture capital, media and so much more - will take the stage at the 2016 Global Technology Symposium (GTS) “Inspiring What’s Next” to deliver fascinating 10-minute talks and engage in head-on debates on March 31-April 1, 2016 at the St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA.

GTS 2016 will explore innovation throughout corners of the world, delving into what inspires people today to create change-making companies and where technology is headed.

“We’ve spent over a decade identifying technology’s next big trends, and now we are looking at what inspires these trends and in which industries these trends are headed, “ noted Alexandra Johnson, founder and president of Global Technology Symposium, LLC. “This is no longer a conference series but a gathering of minds to shape today and tomorrow.”

From AI and FinTech to transportation and food, technology is evolving deeper into more facets of society and daily life. Inspiration for new ideas and ethics are becoming increasingly important for debate. On this platform,GTS promises to deliver a whole new event experience – unearthing the how and why technology is disrupting industries.

Big names will still be present. An intimate setting will still encourage the transformation of ideas into action plans. But the topics are sure to wow the GTS audience:

Inspirational Talks include:

  • AIs Will Take Over and It’s Ok
  • Can the World’s Water Crisis be Solved?
  • The Secret about Impractical Things
  • Masters Are Not Born, They Are Created
  • The Future of Venture Capital
  • Enable your Life thru Lifelong Learning
  • On Top of the World
  • Where will all the Accountants Go?
  • Neuromarketing: The Science of Human Decision

Panel Debates include:

  • Decoding the Disruption
  • What Happens When Everything is Connected to Everything Globally all the Time
  • The Bite of New Technology
  • New Logic of Money
  • Regional Advantages Panel
  • Strategies & Scenarios for Success Panel
  • Brain Decoding

For the full program with speakers, please visit: www.globaltechsymposium.com/program.

“As a global explorer at National Geographic, I relish opportunities to see concepts of development in societies often well before others. Joining GTS this year on its journey encourages me to believe innovation in Silicon Valley is looking deeper into what makes the future take shape,” noted Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey, National Geographic Explorer.

Hailed as Silicon Valley’s “must-attend” event for investors looking to discover new opportunities and for entrepreneurs looking to expand since 2003, the Symposium has expanded to include an annual Global Innovator Competition (GIC) to identify the most cutting-edge startups from corners of the world.

“I came here the first day; I didn't know what to expect at all. I came in my suit on my bike on Sand Hill Road, driving into this hotel with all these expensive cars; and it was beyond my expectations,” said Ava Co-Founder Pieter Doevendans, winner of the 2015 GIC Award.

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This year’s GIC, “Disruptive Global Startups” will launch one day prior to GTS on March 30 at Perkins Coie LLP in San Francisco, CA. The contest will then integrate into the GTS agenda from March 31.

Judges include:

  • Andy Tsao, Silicon Valley Bank (2016 GIC Head Judge)
  • Alex Gurevich, Javelin Venture Partners
  • Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures
  • David Goldsmith, Serial Entrepreneur, Author
  • Jeremy Fiance, The House Fund
  • Kira Kimhi, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Nicola Corzine, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
  • Norm Fogelsong, Institutional Venture Partners
  • Rick Rasmussen, Concordia Ventures
  • Tatiana Saribekian, Domain Venture Capital

“GIC judges look for quality, long-term sustainability and uniqueness in startups,” explained Andy Tsao, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank. “The GIC team has continued to bring us extraordinary talent. This year's competitors promise to be an interesting mix.”


Sponsors & Partners

GTS 2016 welcomes the following Sponsors: Grid Dynamics, Perkins Coie LLP, Astro Digital, Silicon Valley Bank, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Mirantis, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco and ProMost; Media Partners: Global Corporate Venturing and The Next Silicon Valley; Marketing Partners: TIE Global, National Venture Capital Association, Silicon Vikings and Always Travel. The Global Innovator Competition welcomes Perkins Coie LLP as the sponsor and F50 as the partner. GIC Marketing Partners include SVSIAN, BPI Global Talk and Campus Party.

About the Global Technology Symposium

The Global Technology Symposium (GTS) is Silicon Valley's leading investment conference on global venture capital, technology and entrepreneurship. For more than a decade, GTS has brought business leaders, policymakers, and hot startups together to explore how to leverage globalization and identify new ideas in every corner of the world. More: http://www.globaltechsymposium.com/


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