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35+ Speakers. 4 Days. 1 Event.


  • 5 PM
    Doors/Expo Open
    5:45 PM
    State of the (Dis)Union
    6:20 PM
    Software of Future Cities
    7 PM
    Dinner/Networking + Expo Open
    8:15 PM
    Hardware of Future Cities
    8:55 PM
    Build a Future City Interactive Experience

    The Future Cities Forum is included with the Exiter Pass, but requires an RSVP to attend, as space is limited. If you have already purchased an Exiter Pass, you can RSVP for the FCF using this link.

  • 10 AM
    Seeds talks begin (Personal Optimization + Expanded Consciousness)
    12 PM
    Lunch Break, Networking/Expo Time
    2 PM
    Seeds Talks Pt 2 (Disruptive Entrepreneurship)
    3:30 PM
    4 PM
    Seeds Talks Pt 3 (Transformative Innovation)
    5:30 PM
    Seeds Talks Pt 4 (New Frontiers)
    6:30 PM
    End of Seeds, Networking Time
    7:30 - 10:30 PM
    Mastermind Cocktail Party
  • 8:30 AM
    Meditation/Fitness Class
    9:30 AM
    Sprouts 1 - Workshops Sessions
    10:45 AM
    Sprouts 2 - Workshops Sessions
    12:15 PM
    Lunch Break
    2:00 PM
    Sprouts 3 - Workshops Sessions
    3:15 PM
    Sprouts 4 - Workshops Sessions
    4:30 PM
    Sprouts 5 - Workshops Sessions
    5:15 PM
    Dinner Break
    6:30 - 9:45 PM
    Mastermind Dinner
    8:00 PM
    Blooms Festival
  • 10:00 AM
    Calming, energizing musical performance and lounge
    10:30 AM
    DMT: The Spirit Molecule Film Screening (with Q&A from Director Mitch Schultz)
    10:30 AM
    Stand-up Paddle Board + Barton Springs Adventure
    12:30 PM
    2:00 PM
    Closing Meditation

Future Cities Forum Schedule

Part of the Exiter Pass or sold separately as stand-alone pass.

Austin Central Library
710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

4:00 - 5:45 PM Registration Opens
4:30 - 5:15 PM America's Future Foundation Happy Hour @ True Food Kitchen
5:45 - 6:05 PM State of the (Dis)Union
6:10 - 7:00 PM Session 1 - Software: Future Cities Operating Systems
7:00 - 8:20 PM Dinner Break
8:20 - 9:05 PM Session 2 - Hardware: Smart Cities, Infrastructure, Transportation, and More
9:10 - 10:00 PM Interactive Seasteading Game

Sprouts Schedule

Saturday, April 19th.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Event Name Speakers Location
Meditation + HIIT Exercise ClassDan HunbertMain Hall

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Event Name Speakers Location
Where Spirituality Meets RationalityMikey Siegel, Christine Peterson, Seth BlausteinMain Hall
Ask Us Anything About Building A Great StartupElizabeth Hunker, Evan Baehr, Isaiah Same, Dustin ByingtonTheater 1
Epigenetic Hacking For Optimal LifestyleDr. Daniel Stickler, Mickra HamiltonTheater 2

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Name Speakers Location
Academic Renegades For Radical Free SpeechThaddeus Russell, Bret Weinstein, Caleb Brown - ModeratorMain Hall
Frontiers: Pioneers Of Land, Sea & SpaceJoe Quirk, Toni Lane Casserly, Rick Tumlinson, Jessica Zartler (M)Theater 1
Robots Will Take Your Job (And That's Awesome)Amir Husain, Robin Hanson, Max Borders, Nancy Giordano - ModeratorTheater 2

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Event Name Speakers Location

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Event Name Speakers Location
Improv: How To Think On Your Feet & Harness Group FlowAlex Baia, Joseph DailyMain Hall
Frontiers: Pioneers of Land, Sea & SpaceJoe Quirk, Toni Lane Casserly, Rick Tumlinson, Theater 1
Human Fractals: Blockchain, Holochain & The Future Of DecentralizationArthur Brock, Elizabeth Hunker, Dustin Byington, Nancy Giordano - ModeratorTheater 2

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Event Name Speakers Location
Are Entrepreneurs Better Public Servants Than Politicians?Tim Chermak, Alex Charfen, Marc CoppolaMain Hall
Immortality & Transhumanism: Deep Dive w/ Natasha Vita-MoreNatasha Vita-More, Caleb Brown (Moderator)Theater 1
Privacy and Propaganda: How We Can Rescue Our Online Identities in the Age of Big DataColin Pape, Elizabeth Hunker, Peter Wang, Shannon Ewing (Moderator)Theater 2

Sprouts Descriptions

Where Spirituality Meets Rationality

Christine Petersen, Seth Blaustein, Mikey Siegel

It would seem that the two domains are at odds: Spirituality represents the inner world of one's life and deepest values; Rationality is the way we logically navigate with the outer world. But are these apparent opposites at odds? Or are they reconcilable? Our distinguished panel will explore the issue of intersect.

Ask Us Anything About Building a Great Startup

Whurley, Colin Pape, Evan Baehr

If you want to learn how to start a successful organization, you could sign up for business classes taught by people who likely do not run successful businesses. Or you could come here from the masters who have endured the blood, sweat, and tears and built amazing companies. They will share their secrets with you, if you just ask.

Epigenetic Hacking for Optimal Lifestyle

Dr. Daniel Stickler, Mickra Hamilton

Genetics are loaded dice. But epigenetics means we're a lot more malleable than we sometimes think. This panel is about exploring ways not to overcome our genetic limits, but rather express those genes that help us be our best selves. Epigenetics puts hard science behind what humans have long known – that you can optimize your diet, behavior and environment to move your body and mind to new levels.

Academic Renegades for Radical Free Speech

Bret Weinstein, Thaddeus Russell, Caleb Brown (Moderator)

What was once an institution of open inquiry and higher learning has become a citadel for safe spaces and political taboos. This panel explores the importance and limits of free expression, not just on campus but in the wider world. Both panelists have bitter experience to draw upon.

Frontiers: Pioneers of Land, Sea, and Space

Joe Quirk, Toni Lane Casserly, Rick Tumlinson

How far can humanity go? We currently use the sea for shipping and transportation. But what if we could live and work on the sea? We currently see space for exploration. But what if we could colonize the moon or Mars? We currently have most of our laws attached to territories, but what if we could select our governance in the cloud? Let's explore the next frontiers together.

Robots Will Take Our Jobs (And that's Awesome)

Robin Hanson, Max Borders, Amir Husain

Artificial Intelligence AI is proceeding at a clip. Soon robots will be able to replace humans in certain critical tasks. They will become more flexible and, some say, even sentient. Will this be good, bad, or effing awesome for humanity? This Sprout workshop explores the promise and peril of the robots, as futurists attempt to limn our relationship to the AI in a coming age of spiritual machines.

Human Fractals: Blockchain, Holochain, and the Future of Decentralization

Arthur Brock, Elizabeth Hunker, Dustin Byington, Nancy Giordano (Moderator)

In 2009 a Copernican-scale change happened in the area of technology. Bitcoin was born. The implications of the technology were staggering, as the Bitcoin blockchain showed that it was possible to use technology to eliminate one of society's central mediating structures: banks. Since that time, everything is blockchain, as new companies and new tokens are sprouting up to disintermediate, well, everything. But blockchain alternatives like Holochain are coming onto the scene. And some think revolutionary blockchains could soon be disrupted. Which technology will help us leave big corporations and big governments behind? Which technology will help us become as human fractals?

Improv: How to Think on Your Feet and Improve Group Flow

Alex Baia, Joseph Daily

Planning is necessary, but boring. So much of life is improvisation. You might as well learn how to do it well. In this Sprout session, you'll get up and move. You'll learn to focus. aAnd you'll learn how to flow with others. If you like thinking fast and being creative, this improve Sprout is just for you.

Entrepreneurs as Public Servants

Marc Coppola, Tim Chermak, Alex Charfen

Everybody’s quick to honor our teachers, support the troops, or tip their hats to firefighters. Fair enough. These can be challenging and sometimes dangerous jobs; these men and women undoubtedly deserve our admiration and gratitude. But it’s time to honor the courage of a different kind of public servant: those who fearlessly risk their time and money to move civilization forward. It's not always about getting rich selling software or gadgets. It can be about innovating and building business that help the poor, clean the environment, and pave the way for a better tomorrow.

Immortality & Transhumanism: Deep Dive w/ Natasha Vita-More

Natasha Vita-More, Caleb Brown (Interviewer)

When we start to view aging as a disease instead of an inevitability, we will figure out how to double our lifespans. When biology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence start to converge, it will mean enormous things for humanity to upgrade itself. Join this interview with one of the most controversial figures in transhumanism, or, the idea that we will soon upgrade to humanity 2.0.

Finding Ecstasy in Sex, Work and Life - A Stealing Fireside Chat

Jamie Wheal

The founder of the Human Genome Project helps Exiters level up by orders of magnitude through proven technics to improve productivity, life enjoyment, and sexual satisfaction with the one you love.

The Future Of Government: Beyond Democracy

Robin Hanson, Max Borders, Caleb Brown (Moderator), Jordan Lejuwan

Is democracy all we've got? Every couple of years, we upgrade our technological operating systems. But we haven't upgraded our social operating systems in about 300 years. Can we do better? What if the very codes that runs our computers could become the future of our laws and institutions? What if there were more radically participatory systems on the horizon? And what if democracy is not long for this world? This Sprout explores how we upgrade the very rules we live by.

Privacy and Propaganda: How We Can Rescue Our Online Identities in the Age of Big Data

Colin Pape, Peter Wang, Shannon Ewing (Moderator), Elizabeth Hunker

Google can privilege, sensor, and spy on a vast store of our information, virtually at will. Facebook has been colluding with politics on both the left and the right to make a buck, and sell our data back to us as propaganda. Shit's getting creepy. This Sprout explores the promising future of technologies that will help us have data sovereignty and protect from Big Brothers--public and private.

How the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) Is Revolutionizing More Than Just Money (Sprout Powered by Dash)

Joel Valenzuela, Ben Swann, Allan Demerest

Organizations like Dash are getting rid of fiat money, banks, and firms. Come explore the DAO of Dash and the future of decentralized organizations.

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