Ginni Rometty, Ben Fried and Jeh Johnson to Headline Bloomberg Tech event Sooner Than You Think

New York, September 7, 2017 — Bloomberg LIVE today announced the list of speakers and agenda for its new technology event, Sooner Than You Think, a special half-day conference at Cornell Tech’s new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City on September 13, 2017. The event is part of Cornell Tech’s opening dedication ceremonies and will bring together leaders in technology and business to share vital insights into the trends and transformations that are poised to reshape the future. Cornell Tech is the first campus ever built for the digital age, bringing together academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research, products, companies and social ventures.

The conference will open with remarks from Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies Founder; and Three-term Mayor of New York City, followed by conversations featuring IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty; Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security The Honorable Jeh Johnson; Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York Miguel Gamiño; Google Chief Information Officer Ben Fried; Two-Sigma Investments, LP Co-Chairman David Siegel and Founder; CEO of Black Girls CODE Kimberly Bryant; and many more.

“We’re excited to host our new flagship technology conference Sooner Than You Think on the occasion of the Cornell Tech campus dedication ceremony, providing the best of New York City’s technology leaders a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges that impact our daily lives,” said Stephen Colvin, Global Head of Bloomberg Live. “The spirit of the event aligns with the mission and goals of the university, creating an environment that will foster and spark ideas and innovation.”

Sooner Than You Think will probe topics including the next generation of cyber security risks, how AI and machine learning are changing the global workforce, the future of transportation with the rise of autonomous vehicles and how cities have become the principal driver of innovation.

“We are thrilled to host such an exciting group of technology leaders at our first New York City tech event,” said Mark Miller, Editor of Bloomberg Live. “By incorporating Bloomberg data and analysis into these conversations, we are able to provide the audience with insights into changes that are around the corner or nearly so that may not be obvious today. Our discussions will go beyond just addressing the challenges of disruptive technology by also highlighting the opportunities these leaders are pursuing for the future.”

Full list of speakers at Sooner Than You Think:
• Jenny Abramson, Founder and Managing Partner, Rethink Impact
• Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies Founder; and Three-term Mayor of New York City
• Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO, Black Girls CODE
• Navin Chaddha, Managing Partner, Mayfield
• Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer, Google
• Miguel Gamiño Jr., Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
• Chieh Huang, Co-Founder and CEO, Boxed
• Dr. Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell Tech
• Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, Qualcomm Incorporated
• The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
• David Karp, Founder and CEO, Tumblr
• John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo
• Shan-Lyn Ma, Co-Founder and CEO, Zola
• Lowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO, Verizon
• Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM
• Matt Salzberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Blue Apron
• David Siegel, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Two Sigma Investments, LP
• Andy Weissman, Partner, Union Square Ventures

Sooner Than You Think at Cornell Tech is sponsored by PowerShares QQQ by Invesco and The Bridge at Cornell Tech (, a brand new office building on campus that will host the conference hospitality events.

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