We’re live from San Francisco for The Next Billion, our forum on the mobile world

We’re live from San Francisco for The Next Billion, our forum on the mobile world
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Quartz is in San Francisco today for the latest edition of our flagship events series, The Next Billion, all about the next billion people to come online for the first time, largely on mobile phones. It’s being held at the SFJAZZ Center, and while the event is sold out, you can follow along right here, starting at 9am Pacific time / noon Eastern time.

Here’s the schedule:

8am—Registration and breakfast

9am—Welcome to The Next Billion

Benedict Evans, partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Deb Roy, chief media scientist, Twitter
Sara Menker, founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence
Matt Grob, CTO, Qualcomm

10:40am—Morning break

11:10am—Innovation on the edge

Hans Tung, managing partner, GGV Capital
Brian Behlendorf, executive director, Hyperledger Project

Atlas interlude

Joe DeSimone, founder and CEO, Carbon
Rodney Brooks, founder and CTO, Rethink Robotics


2:05pm—The future of education and work

Allen Blue, co-founder, LinkedIn
Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera

Kate Mitchell, co-founder and partner, Scale Venture Partners
Vivek Ravisankar, co-founder and CEO, HackerRank
Kimberly Bryant, founder, Black Girls Code

Atlas interlude

Esther Wojcicki, chief learning officer, Planet3
Russlynn Ali, CEO, XQ Institute; managing director, education, Emerson Collective

3:35pm—Afternoon break

4:10pm—Friction free

Katharina Borchert, chief innovation officer, Mozilla
Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO, Stripe

Atlas interlude

Daniela Perdomo, co-founder and CEO, goTenna
Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and CTO, Airbnb

5:30pm—Cocktail reception