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PopTech 2022: Departure/Arrival

Creating the PopTech program is a lot like writing a book. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end. This year we are delighted to welcome Alain Sylvain and Katherine Collins as our opening and closing speakers, respectively. They are constantly exploring the complexities of the world through professional endeavors, intellectual pursuits and creative expression. Don’t miss their perspectives on the notion of departure and arrival. 

And speaking of departures – only a handful of PopTech registrations remain. Don’t miss out on the high “epiphany per minute” ratio that defines PopTech. Whether your returning or attending for the first time, we look forward to love to welcoming you one of the country’s most inspiring conferences – according to Forbes! REGISTER NOW 

Get the details on what’s happening and where to stay on the Departure/Arrival page.

Make dinner reservations! No longer a place of steakhouse purgatory, Washington is one of America’s top dining destinations. Check out the recently updated Eater Guide to dining in DC

Immerse yourself

After a day of provocative talks and fireside chats, you’ll have an opportunity to take in smaller experiences at the end of day one of the conference (10/28). We’re offering book readings, sound baths, walks in the park, visits to museums, board games, a workshop on UBI and a matinee! What a great way to learn and connect.

Are you a young professional or student?

PopTech is often been cited for its career-altering potential. Drop us a note at Registration@poptech.org for access to a special discount rate. We’re happy to help.

Prepare to be renewed, transported and transformed.

The PopTech Team

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Departure/Arrival

What have we left behind – Office Spaces, Suits and Ties, Commuting? Where are we going – Cryptographic Records, Outerspace, Electric Vehicles?

We’ve put a lot of things in the rearview mirror in a short period of time. Seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve left and where we’re going.

Worth a Watch

PopTech opening and closing talks are inspiring. Check out Eric Liu’s opener The Three Tells and Platon’s moving close The Face of Power. And check out the trailer of Nusrat Durrani’s film, An American Prayer. We’ll be showing the film at PopTech.

Like these talks? Visit the PopTech YouTube Channel – home to a treasure trove of timeless content.

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Reading Corner

The Architecture of Health by Michael Murphy charts historical epidemics alongside modern and contemporary architectural transformations, exploring how infrastructure facilitates healing. Check Your Financial Privilege by Alex Gladstein details the rise of Bitcoin from cypherpunk dream to the real-life Bitcoin stories happening to real people across the globe. For these people, the majority of the world’s population, it might even save their lives.

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Community Spotlight

It is an honor to welcome Gustav Praekelt back to PopTech.

We first met in Johannesburg 15 years ago and went on to collaborate on two initiatives, Project Masiluleke and PeaceTXT. These projects, and countless others, demonstrate Gustav’s belief in the power of mobile phones to transform lives. In 2007 he established the Praekelt Foundation to harness the power of conversation between patients, health workers and the health system to improve health outcomes. Big milestones include the launch of MomConnect, Africa’s first universal pregnancy registry and work during the COVID pandemic that launched services in over 18 languages with 10 Ministries of Health and the World Health Organization, supporting over 20 million users. In 2018, Gustav co-founded Turn.io to help social impact organizations improve lives at scale. 

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Upcoming Events

March 2

1230 — 115 PM EST

Reading Corner: The Hype Handbook.

Michael Schein will read from and discuss his recent book, The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable…

March 2

1230 — 115 PM EST

Reading Corner: The Hype Handbook.

Michael Schein will read from and discuss his recent book, The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable…

March 2

1230 — 115 PM EST

Reading Corner: The Hype Handbook.

Michael Schein will read from and discuss his recent book, The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable…