2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

How Innovation Happens

Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 5
Austin Convention Center


Innovation is the maxim of the digital era, but how do great ideas become the technologies that transform business, government, and culture? Join biographer Walter Isaacson in conversation with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, for an examination of the complementary forces that must coalesce for breakthrough advances to take hold. Historically, digital innovations resulted from visionaries pairing with brilliant administrators and governments collaborating with the private sector. Learn how these same forces are coming together today to transform our lives.


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Eric Schmidt at SXSW

Eric Schmidt

Exec Chairman


Megan Smith at SXSW

Megan Smith

Chief Technology Officer

US Office Of Science & Technology Policy

In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to th...

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Walter Isaacson at SXSW

Walter Isaacson

Pres & CEO

The Aspen Institute

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Frankli...

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