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Uncharted Territory: We’re skewing towards questions rather than answers, seeing the future through a lens of possibility. Our destination is uncertain, but we promise an incredible journey led by a couple of hundred dedicated explorers.


Get ready for catalytic talks, spirited debates, and immersive experiences exploring the next frontiers of AI, Bitcoin, whistleblowing, and much more. Does polling have relevance? Will access to psychedelics transform human potential? Is election anxiety a real phenomenon? Is abundance a blessing or a curse? Are we on the cusp of a new world order? If so, how do we envision the shifts and their impacts? 

REGISTER today to take part in PopTech’s one-of-a-kind experience.

From scientists and artists to humanitarians and explorers of galaxies, PopTech has a refreshing curatorial sensibility that gives voice to today’s most catalytic movement-makers. From scientists and artists to humanitarians and explorers of galaxies, PopTech has a refreshing curatorial sensibility that gives voice to today’s most catalytic movement-makers.

Field trips, immersives, and workshops

Immersive experiences are the norm at PopTech to bring the stage talks to life and open doors to new experiences, fostering lifelong connections along the way. We’ll be adding to the list in the weeks to come.

Take part in PopTech's one-of-a-kind experience.
Don’t believe us? Here’s what Forbes had to say about PopTech:

“A mix between Burning Man, the Manhattan Project and Summer Camp.”

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Curated talks

We focus on contrarian thinkers, not those on the typical conference circuit. PopTech has a reputation for spotting early talent who then become globally known. This year is no exception.

Randomized lunches and after-hours

The most beloved part of the PopTech experience is the randomized lunch. We provide delicious food, a seating chart, and a fantastic lunch host. You will make great connections! In the evening we’ll point you to a few fun spots and leave the rest to you. After-hours meet-ups are always a blast.

Field trips and small group sessions

Learn by doing! We’re planning field trips to unique spots around DC, taking advantage of the great outdoors, and partnering with best-in-class facilitators and guides to bring the talks you hear to life.

Expanding world views

When the world gets polarized, it’s time for a good debate. The best way to explore and dissect a topic is by hearing all viewpoints. Don’t worry, we’re committed to politely agreeing to disagree.

Our 2024 campus

Convening in dynamic, iconic spaces is a signature of PopTech and the REACH is no exception. Set on the campus of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and along the Potomac River, The REACH provides a tranquil space that promotes collaboration and experimentation consistent with President Kennedy’s vision for a new frontier in the arts and diplomacy.

This event is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

Things to know


It’s easy, you can register online. Registrations are non-refundable but can be transferred should you be unable to attend. Sharing a registration is not permissible. For student, NGO, or group rates please drop us a note at [email protected]. We’re happy to help!


What’s included

Registration includes access to all conference activities, including talks and immersive activities, an opening cocktail party on October 8, and lunch on October 9 and 10.


The vibe

PopTech is noted for its authenticity and its “take action” ethos. Calling it a conference misses the mark – it’s the annual gathering of a diverse and curious community committed to provocation, inspiration, and the greater good. Forbes has called PopTech “A mix between Burning Man, summer camp, and the Manhattan Project.”


Getting to DC

DC is served by all major airlines with the closest airport being DCA, located 20 minutes from The REACH by cab, ride-share, or the Metro. For those traveling within the northeast corridor, AmTrak is a great option, with arrivals at DC’s Union Station also a short cab or Metro ride from The REACH.


The REACH is located at the junction of the West End and Georgetown neighborhoods of DC. The following properties are within a 5-15 minute walk of The REACH: Yours Truly, River Inn, Hotel Hive, Arc Hotel, Hyatt Place West End, Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown, Ritz-Carlton West End, and The Watergate Hotel. October is a busy month in DC, so we encourage you to reserve lodging well in advance. PopTech does not have preferred rate arrangements with lodging establishments.


Getting around DC

DC is a walkable city with lovely neighborhoods. There is excellent access to ride-share services, Capital Bike Share, the Metro, and municipal buses. There is Metro service to and from DCA and Union Station with the closest Metro stop to The REACH being Foggy Bottom/GWU. If you choose to drive, there is paid parking available at The REACH.



The REACH at The Kennedy Center strives to make its facilities accessible to all and is built in compliance with ADA accessibility standards. If you have specific questions or needs, please reach out to us via CONTACT at the bottom of this page. We are committed to making your PopTech experience comfortable and accessible.


For everything else

Please be in touch via CONTACT. We are here to help! 

We look forward to hearing from you.



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