past event
Workforce Development

Roundtable on Automation and Innovation

This evening roundtable conversation, hosted by Obvious Ventures and Medium, focused on reimagining work in a context of rapid technological advances and social shifts. The discussion explored topics including education for the new workforce, hiring practices, the role of automation, and how new tools (like better skill matching and development platforms) can help work and workers more efficiently contribute and find meaningful work — even as some jobs may be replaced by automation. Future of Work Honorary Co-Chair Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair Bruce Reed and Fellow Greg Nelson participated.

The event was moderated by Joanna Rees, Managing Partner at West and Senior Partner at the B Team.

Participants included:

  • Ev Williams, Medium;
  • Vishal Vasishth and Andrew Beebe, Obvious Ventures;
  • Shereef Bishay, Learner’s Guild;
  • Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media;
  • Marina Gorbis, Institute for the Future;
  • Jorge Heraud, Blue River Technology;
  • Nate Soares, Machine Intelligence Research Institute;
  • Alex Vardakostas, Momentum Machine;
  • Allen Blue, LinkedIn;
  • Dale Dougherty, Maker Faire;
  • Anne Toth, Slack;
  • Tom Wagner, Berkshire Grey;
  • James Manyika, McKinsey;
  • Leighanne Levensaler, Workday;
  • Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America;
  • Elad Gil, Color Genomics;
  • Roy Behat, Bloomberg Beta;
  • Derik Pridmore, Osaro;
  • Di-Ann Eisnor, Waze/Google; and,
  • Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley
Event information
Tue May 3, 2016
Obvious Ventures
San Francisco, CA