Up next: K-12 Education & Regionalism / Workforce
Feb. 28 | Cedar Rapids

Up next: Higher Education
March 7 | Iowa City

Up next: Agriculture & Higher Education
March 28 | Cedar Falls

Up next: Agriculture & Energy &anp; Environment
April 11 | Sioux City

Up next: Multiple Topics
April 25 & 26 | Des Moines

Up next: Energy & Environment & Transportation
May 9| Council Bluffs

Up next: Transportation
May 23 | Davenport

Up next: Energy & Environment
June 6 | Cedar Rapids

Up next: Iowa Ideas Conference
September 20-22 | Cedar Rapids

Stay Up-To-Date

Sign up for any combination of updates below.

Get general updates on the Iowa Ideas project and track-specific newsletters and opportunities to connect.

Your Email *
General Updates
Agriculture
Energy and Environment
Health Care
Higher Education
K-12 Education
Regionalism and Workforce
Transportation
Terms: I am over 13 years old and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Thank you for signing up for our newsletters. You should be receiving a confirmation email shortly.

Upcoming Events

  • February 28 | Cedar Rapids
    K-12 Education and Regionalism / Workforce
  • March 7 | Iowa City
    Higher Education
  • March 28 | Cedar Falls
    Agriculture and Higher Education
  • April 11 | Sioux City
    Agriculture and Energy & Environment
  • April 25 & 26 | Des Moines
    25: Regionalism / Workforce and Health Care, 26: Transportation and K-12 Education
  • May 23 | Davenport
    Transportation
  • June 6 | Cedar Rapids
    Energy & Environment
  • September 20 - 22
    Cedar Rapids | Iowa Ideas Conference
Register For Symposiums Register For Conference

Alec Ross, innovation expert and best-selling author, to keynote Iowa Ideas 2017

"Industries of the Future" explores global changes and opportunities

    Alec Ross
    May 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Alec Ross, New York Times best selling author and former senior adviser for innovation to the Secretary of State, is confirmed as the keynote for The Gazette’s inaugural Iowa Ideas conference. Ross will speak Wednesday, September 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, before an opening celebration that will kick off the full two-day Iowa Ideas conference.

    Ross’s best-selling book, “The Industries of the Future,” explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next decade. An accomplished entrepreneur, Ross served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State and advised President Barack Obama on the intersection of technology and geopolitics during his first presidential campaign. Most recently, Ross declared his candidacy to run for governor of Maryland.

    “We feel that Alec’s work around the globe showing a variety of paths to success and opportunity made him an ideal person to keynote the Iowa Ideas Conference,” said Gazette Executive Editor Zack Kucharski. “Alec’s ability to draw connections across a variety of emerging industries stood out to us because he sees common ground. In planning the various sessions for Iowa Ideas, we’ve been repeatedly surprised at how interconnected some of challenges facing the state are.”

    But it isn’t just the foresight about the future that stood out, Kucharski added.

    “He’s passionate about lifelong learning and provides practical ideas that are widely applicable, making complex trends like genomics, big data and the code-ification of markets understandable.”

     

    “Industries of the Future” takes readers on a journey from Ross’s home state of West Virginia to the farthest corners of the global innovation economy. The emerging issues, ranging from automation, cybersecurity, big data and the code-ification of money, markets and trust, are poised to impact many of the world’s — and Iowa’s — largest industries.

    Drawing from his book along with experience in government and industry, Ross will speak to Iowa Ideas participants on the next big drivers of change that will impact our future, for good and ill, along with the geographic and cultural contexts out of which they are emerging.

    The Iowa Ideas conference will present eight tracks representing issues that continue to impact the economics and people of Iowa. More than eighty sessions will feature panel discussions and keynotes while encouraging connection among various parts of the state to understand perspectives, build on ideas and offer opportunities to interact.

    Early registration and track details for the September 20-22 Iowa Ideas conference is now available at www.iowaideas.com.

    Industries of the Future: Alec Ross at TEDxBaltimore

    Most Recent Iowa Ideas Stories

    Stephen Black, founder of Impact America, to keynote higher education track

    Stephen Black, president and founder of Impact America, will keynote the higher education track at Iowa Ideas 2017. Black will speak Thursday, Septemb... READ MORE

    Opportunities and challenges for freight in Iowa

    Freight was the focus of discussion Tuesday at the Iowa Ideas transportation symposium in Davenport.... READ MORE

    Alec Ross, innovation expert and best-selling author, to keynote Iowa Ideas 2017

    Alec Ross, New York Times best selling author and former senior adviser for innovation to the Secretary of State, is confirmed as the keynote for The ... READ MORE

    Stay Up-To-Date

    Sign up for any combination of updates below.

    Get general updates on the Iowa Ideas project and track-specific newsletters and opportunities to connect.

    Your Email *
    General Updates
    Agriculture
    Energy and Environment
    Heath Care
    Higher Education
    K-12 Education
    Regionalism and Workforce
    Transportation
    Terms: I am over 13 years old and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy