BIL San Francisco 2017

San Francisco
June 10th, 2017

Confirmed Speakers

Lisa Winter Are Robots Trying to Kill Us?
Isica Lynn Let’s #BuyTwitter
Y-vonne Hutchinson Surviving the 4th Industrial Revolution
John Chisholm Good Regulation Emerges from and Evolves with Society
Alexander Levy

‘Plumbing the depths of chemistry and computation’. Or ‘I’m about to hike a volcano.’ (Editor’s note: I think he is actually about to hike a volcano, and title will change.)
Christine Peterson Cyber Risk: My favorite catastrophic risk & how to fix it.
Allison Duettmann Why Existential Risks matter – and some decentralized approaches to reducing risks.
Kate Ludicrum

No Exit: What Silicon Valley Can Learn From Hollywood.
Joshua Goldbard 
Crisis Management at Parties
Erin Rapacki
When the Robots Don’t Work
Guido Nuñez
Developing GMOs for Development
Adrienne St. Aubin
Putting the Disco Back in Discomfort
Monica Anderson
Why AI Works – The Epistemology of Deep Learning
Liz Klinger
A Fucking Basic Human Need
Steve Burgess
Nanotech & Abundance: What, How, and Why?


BIL is a free and open analog to TED, who created TEDx to copy us. It’s a volunteer run group who enjoys the TED themes (Technology, Entertainment, Design) without the pretension and expense.


9:30 am Doors Open
10 am to 6:30 pm Talks
400 Attendees
6:30 pm 8:00 pm Dinner
Find your people and go grab a bite to eat at any of the local restaurants
8 pm to 12:00 am PARTY
Party is mingling oriented, light dancing
400 Attendees + 400 Party Only people.  DJ Dot confirmed
12:00 am to 2:00 am Cleanup
Finding out exact details on how completed load out needs to be
Included in rental is two staff cleaners, will find out what that means

Talk Formats

  • 15 Minute Talks
    followed by 15 minutes interactive in lobby
  • 1 Main Stage
    Talk selection led by Todd Huffman
    Generally aiming for speakers who come from the community who are doing awesome projects. We aim for diversity in ideas, gender, and race. Ping to coordinate.
  • 1 Smaller room (40 seats)
    For impromptu / breakout sessions

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Volunteer Roles

Master of Ceremony

General Purpose Coordinator( Todd Huffman –
Katy Pelton)

Volunteer Wrangler

Social Media Wrangler – post on Fb, Twitter, etc… (before, during, and after, but can be multiple people)

Sponsorship Coordinator – food, drink, donations, etc..

Fundraising at the event – (Mark Weinberg)

Speaker Lead Coordinator (before event)

Speaker Lead Coordinator (during event)

Video Curation (We will have live streaming video of the main stage using a MeVo camera)

Interactives Coordinator (Interactives are demos or discussions in the lobby area)

Audio Visual Lead for talks (We are using Cody Daniel’s audio equipment. We need an AV volunteer(s) during the event.)

Audio Visual Lead for party

House Doctor (to fix boo boos or to debunk bullshit medicine)
(Navid Farahani, MD)



Todd Huffman
Lead Organizer
Katy Pelton
Lead Organizer