Water, energy and food supply, terrorism, Internet security – like world history, one thing after another. Tomorrow’s critical economic, social, political, and environmental problems are crowding into today. How will they be solved? Join us for an evening of persuasion, rhetoric and wit, as Churchill Club and Oxford University's Saïd Business School co-present an Oxford Union debate with a Silicon Valley twist on a big topic that matters to us all—with strong opinions on both sides of the argument.
Reflecting the centuries-old heritage, we have the President-elect of the Oxford Union flying over from England to preside over the debate. Reflecting Silicon Valley, expect a high irreverence quotient. Both sides of the proposition will be rigorously argued, but the audience will decide who argued best.
Master of Ceremonies: Scott Budman
Scott Budman is an Emmy Award winning reporter and anchor, reporting on business and technology for NBC Bay Area and hosting the station's long-running weekly technology program, Tech Now! Weekday afternoons, he also reports business news on KNBR Radio and is a regular blogger for Forbes and other publications. He began his broadcast career as a business reporter for KMNY radio, Anaheim; then worked as general assignment reporter and business anchor/producer at the Orange County News Channel. He was then reporter and weekend anchor at KEYT in Santa Barbara. Budman won a national Iris Award for a documentary about gays in the military and has received Golden Mike Awards from the Southern California Radio and Television News Directors Association. He has a degree in political science from UCLA.
Professional Coach; Partner, Enabling Thought Leadership
Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Marvell
Founder & COO, Daemonic Labs
CTO and Co-founder, Coulomb Technologies
Michael S. Malone, a Silicon Valley native, is one of America’s most distinguished technology journalists. The former editor of Forbes ASAP and currently a popular Web columnist for ABC, he has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, and Fast Company magazines. Among his books are The Big Score, The Virtual Corporation, Infinite Loop, and Intellectual Capital.
Jessica Richman is the co-founder and CEO of uBiome, a startup that uses big data and citizen science to understand the human microbiome. Jessica started and sold her first company after high school. Returning to formal education, she attended Stanford University, where she earned degrees in Economics and Science, Technology & Society (interdisciplinary engineering, emphasis in computer science). Along the way, she worked for Google, McKinsey, Lehman Brothers, the Grameen Bank, and top-tier Silicon Valley venture firms as well as other entrepreneurial projects and adventures. Her work has been published in The New York Times and other national publications. Jessica arrived at Oxford University as a Clarendon Scholar and completed an MSc at the Oxford Internet Institute. Currently a Green Templeton DPhil Scholar, her academic interests include network analytics, innovation, and collective intelligence. Her work has been featured in Wired, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, NPR, FoxNews, ABC News, and dozens of other media outlets. She has spoken at TEDMED, TEDxBrussels, Partnering for Cures, the American Society for Microbiology, HealthFoo, SciFoo, Oxford University, the University of California San Francisco, and many other conferences and venues.
Richard Lowenthal, CTO and Co-founder of Coulomb Technologies, argues for the proposition that "the problems of tomorrow are too large for the entrepreneurs of today". Lowenthal argues that entrepreneurs are indeed problem solvers, but government must play an active role in solving society's largest issues.