Techweek Kansas City 2018 Press Release

By    |   May 31, 2018, 7:42 am EDT
Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly, San Francisco, California, 2017.

Techweek 2018 in Kansas City is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  Announcing one of the top speakers in the country, Techweek has invited Tim O’Reilly to speak in Kansas City.

Tim is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc.  O’Reilly Media delivers online learning, publishes books, runs conferences, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world.

He has now turned his attention to implications of AI, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. This is the subject of his recently published book from Harper Business, “WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us”.

Techweek brings a great tech offering this year including the 2018 Techweek KC EXPO, which will host 100 booths of exciting tech companies from startups to enterprise level companies.

Below is an overview of the schedule for the week including some of the content tracks, with more additions coming:

Monday (October 8th)-Wednesday October 10th

  • Big Data Summit
  • Techweek EXPO
  • Fintech Track
  • HealthTech Track
  • AR/VR Track
  • Crypto/Blockchain Track
  • Minority Inclusion in Technology Track
  • Public Policy in Tech Track
  • Venture Capital Track
  • Pure Pitch Rally
  • BetaBlox Demo Day

Thursday October 11th

  • Digital Crossroads: Future Lens Track
  • Techstars Demo Day
  • VIP After Party powered by Lead Bank
  •  Techweek Founder’s House

Friday October 12th

  • LaunchKC keynote
  • LaunchKC Grant Competition, $500,000 in grants made on the spot

The week will include dozens of panels, speakers and topics related to technology and entrepreneurship. Each day will include a featured keynote speaker. For  just a sampling of additional world class speakers slated to speak at Techweek in KC, Techweek will host:

  • Phil DeSimone – Co-founder of Carbon3D, a Silicon Valley-based digital 3D Manufacturing company recently valued at $1.7 Billion
  • Dr. Karen Kerr – Executive Managing Director at GE Ventures  and PhD in Physical Chemistry
  • Dr. Fred McKinney – Dartmouth University, Managing Director of Minority Business Programs
  • Kimberly Bryant – Black Girls Code Founder
  • Rodney Sampson – Founder of Opportunity Hub in Atlanta
  • Kira Blackwell – Program Executive at NASA Headquarters

“I am looking forward to TechWeek as an opportunity to bring thought leaders from across the country to Kansas City helping to engage midwest based executives and investors and creating a dialogue about the future.” Lesa Mitchell , Managing Director of Techstars KC.

Tickets for Techweek 2018 in Kansas City go on sale to the public June 1st, 2018.  For updates on the agenda and activities, go to

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