Summit: Media Innovation • Emerging Technology • Design

Media Innovation • Emerging Technology • Design


Mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, and voice recognition are here now. What is the impact on journalism, how are media companies adapting to this new technology now and in the future? Join us for two days of inspiration and exploration into the role of technology in media innovation. Participate in stimulating conversations with media thought leaders, designers, and industry innovators. Take part in discussing the challenges and potential solutions as we look to the future of media.


Get close up and personal with industry leaders as we explore the intersection between technology, design and media.  As a participant you’ll join in discussions, participate in relevant activities, and experience the spark that drives innovation.

May 14: Designing for Innovation


• Morning

David Cohn, Senior Director, Advanced Digital

A look at the current state of the industry and the role innovation has and will continue to play as we move forward. Why it’s okay to experiment and fail, and what does it look like to push an organization forward? 



Amanda Hickman, Factful

A discussion on design and development with a journalist turned developer who led BuzzFeeds Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts; exploring the process of trying something new, and how to identify failure and what success looks like.  



Katie Zhu,Product and Engineering, Medium

Looking at journalism through the lens of a design minded developer, and how media products evolve in a non traditional media organization, Medium.



Networking Lunch 


Julia B. Chan, Director of Audience, Mother Jones

Delve into the intersection of editorial, engagement and business operations by understanding how to turn “traffic” into an engaged audience and understanding the impact this can have to a media organization.



Frederic Filloux, Senior Research Fellow, JSK Stanford

Exploration into the business of media, and innovative sustainable revenue  models. How has the industry changed and more importantly what are the avenues forward for real growth? 


Wine Tasting In The Courtyard

May 15: Opportunities & Consequences with Emerging Technologies



Chris Messina, Co-founder, Molly

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and voice recognition are here now. What is the impact on journalism and how will media companies adapt to this new technology?



Saul Carlin, CEO & co-founder, Subcast

A demonstration from Subcast,  a ‘Conversational UI’ startup, or smart radio. Discuss how journalism and media companies are poised to leverage new platforms such as Alexa- and other voice enabled speakers and smart phones.


Networking Lunch


How might AI be used by journalists and where might it be at odds with journalism? An open and frank conversation about artificial intelligence how it is being used to distribute stories, write stories and to manipulate the public with Sam Woolley, Research Director Institute for the Future, Alastair Dant, Principal Engineer, Primer AI, and Chris Hart,CEO & Founder True Anthem.  






What can journalism learn from game-designers and what is next? A discussion to explore the intersection of virtual reality and game design. A conversation with Nani Walker, AR/VR Producer, Center for Augmented Cognition and special guest.






Daniel Sieberg, Co-founder & Eco-system Growth Lead, Civil.

“Blockchain” and  Bitcoin. How can this new technology be applied to journalism? Looking at a cutting edge application of Blockchain to media and how this could be the opportunity for media companies to get ahead of technology companies and control their own platforms and take control of the media ecosystem.


More Speakers To Be Announced Soon, Subject to Changes

Summit Location

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

121 North Gate Hall

Berkeley, CA USA 94720


telephone: 510-642-3892

By Invitation Only

You will be joined by twenty leading Norwegian journalists, editors and media makers who have been selected by a discerning panel to attend. We are opening the remaining fifteen seats to interested media innovators from throughout the world.  Registration fee for this 2-day event is $745. A 10% discount is applied to non-profit news organizations.  Please click here for an invitation to this exclusive event.