There are all sorts of reasons for requesting an invitation to Xconomy’s Napa Summit, which will take place in just six weeks—on May 16-17. One is the fantastic array of speakers: John Maeda, design partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers; virtual reality virtuoso Mary Lou Jepsen of Facebook/Oculus; tech investor Esther Dyson; computing visionary Danny Hillis; and Chris Lewicki, who runs the asteroid mining company backed by Larry Page of Google and others—just to name a few.
Another is the idea of riding in a very cool new type of car, a 3D-printed vehicle. It’s called the Blade, and founder, chief inventor, and CEO Kevin Czinger of Divergent 3D will be driving one up and not only talking about it, but taking guests for test spins. Some stats you might like: The car features 700 horsepower and a carbon fiber chassis weighing only 1,400 pounds, with the ability to go from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds (see photo below).
Yet another is a very special session on China, led by Harry Shum, EVP, Technology and Research, for Microsoft (which means he heads Microsoft Research worldwide), and Hans Tung, managing partner of GGV Capital.
And then there’s just enjoying great wine and networking with some of the country’s leading innovators—whether they are speakers or guests.
What’s not to get excited about? The formal name of our event is the Napa Summit: The Xconomy Retreat on Technology, Jobs, and Growth. This will be the fifth year we have put on this unique, multidisciplinary, invitation-only event in the heart of California wine country. The interdisciplinary nature of the event is meant to get you thinking in new ways and expose you to ideas you might not normally encounter—so there will be sessions in healthcare and genomics, space, venture capital, computing, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and a lot more.
Our event kicks off with a tour, wine tasting (some do more than taste), and dinner at Silver Oak vineyard on the evening of Monday, May 16. We then convene the event itself the next morning at the Villagio Inn and Spa in nearby Yountville. We’ll have plenary talks, chats, and interactive panels—and of course our test ride. And this year we are also planning special deep dive sessions on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more that allow you to get a bit more down in the weeds on key subjects. Among the A.I. speakers, for instance, are the founders of hot startups like CrowdFlower and BloomReach.
We only have room for about 75 attendees at this invitation-only event—and we’re already filling up. Regular registration is $1,595, and includes registration and all meals at the event (but not hotel). Discounts are available for students and attendees from government organizations, non-profits, and startups.
If you are a service provider, please ask us about sponsoring at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We only have two platinum spots left, and this year there is a special opportunity to sponsor our Deep Dives.
Again, to request your invitation—and for additional event information, including the list of speakers so far—please visit our Napa Summit site here. Or just write us, telling us a bit about yourself and what you do, at email@example.com.