We are thrilled to announce the launch of our first major live event aiming to explore what’s possible in the future – the World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York on 21 October. Here’s what we have in store, who will be there, and how you can take part.

If you’ve seen our World-Changing Ideas series, you’ll know we’re not afraid to push the boundaries of current knowledge – whether it is devising smart organs that respond to the way we live, or conceiving a day where everyone owns a flying car.

Now, we are taking this concept one exciting step further by hosting the first World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York on 21 October. For one day, we have assembled a diverse group of the world’s best thinkers and innovators to explore ambitious ideas and major challenges that could have the biggest impact on the next generation – including:

  • Larry Burns, former head of R&D at General Motors
  • Missy Cummings, pilotless planes pioneer from Duke University
  • Kate Darling who studies the ethics of robots at MIT
  • Julius Genachowski, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Jeffrey Hoffman, retired astronaut at MIT
  • Alexis Ohanian, a partner at Y Combinator and co-founder of Reddit
  • Alfred Spector, Head of Research at Google.

You can find the full list of confirmed speakers here.

Speakers will present their big ideas, debate major issues we face, and discuss how to overcome our biggest challenges in the worlds of science, technology, and health. Where else will you hear ideas ranging from how we can feasibly colonise other planets to how your phone could help save your life. Or discover how the internet could evolve, and why the future of autonomous vehicles isn’t already here?

If you are unable to attend, don’t feel as though you’ll be missing out. We will be posting videos and other highlights from the event on our pages. Plus you can follow and comment on events as they unfold on our Twitter and Facebook channels, through the hashtag #WCIS2014, or follow our live social feed of the event on this site.

Our tagline for this event is “Think Big. Transform Tomorrow”. We want this summit to inspire people to expand their horizons of possibilities, spur thoughtful debate on the challenges that lie ahead, and cultivate the big ideas needed to spark change and develop solutions for the future. We hope you can join us.

For more details about the World-Changing Ideas Summit, visit www.worldchangingideassummit.com

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