Reboot American Innovation Conference

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Date: May. 01, 2019
Time: All Day

H Street Country Club

Event Start Date:
August 12, 2022
Event End Date:
August 12, 2022
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America led the world into the Information Age. Yet, today we lack a comprehensive, market-oriented vision for securing American competitiveness into the future.
America led the world into the Information Age. Yet, today we lack a comprehensive, market-oriented vision for securing American competitiveness into the future. While digital technologies have propelled American progress, we have become complacent with advances in this sphere – accepting bigger phones and sandwich delivery apps in place of flying cars and missions to Mars. Are we still the nation of big ideas and grand projects, or will other countries carry history forward? Could an endeavor on the scale of the Apollo Program or the Manhattan Project succeed in today’s America? Or has stagnation taken hold?

Join Lincoln Network for “Reboot American Innovation,” a full-day conference where we will explore topics ranging from the growing threat of China, to Silicon Valley vs. risk averse regulators, to innovation in bits vs. atoms, to the cathedral vs. the bazaar. We hope that together we can inspire fresh thinking and new ideas that will reinvigorate American innovation.

You can view a live stream of the conference here on May 2nd.

Contact [email protected] for sponsorship inquiries. All other inquiries, contact [email protected].

If you would like to attend the opening reception on Wednesday, May 1st, separate registration is required


Wednesday, May 1

6:00 PM
H Street Country Club
1335 H St. NE

Thursday, May 2

8:15 AM
Continental breakfast

8:45 AM
Garrett Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Lincoln Network; Aaron Ginn, Co-Founder, Lincoln Network.

9:00 AM
Dr. Robert Zubrin, President, Pioneer Astronautics; and Contributing Editor, The New Atlantis.

9:30 AM
PANEL: Rebooting American innovation
Dr. Eli Dourado, Head of Global Policy and Communications, Boom Supersonic; Dr. James Poulos, Executive Editor, The American Mind; Tamara Winter, Communications Lead, Center for Innovative Governance Research; and Garrett Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Lincoln Network.

10:20 AM
PANEL: Redesigning the regulatory state: Institutional design and the governance of innovation
Colleen Chien, Justin D’Atri Visiting Professor of Business Law, Columbia Law School; Ryan Radia, Senior Policy Counsel, Lincoln Network; Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and Berin Szoka, President, TechFreedom.

11:10 AM
FIRESIDE: Oversight, expertise, and assessment: Science and technology in the federal government
Dr. Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, Government Accountability Office; and Zach Graves, Head of Policy, Lincoln Network.

11:40 AM
FIRESIDE: When do we get flying cars?
Brent Skorup, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University; Jamie Boone, Vice President of Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association; and Matt Parlmer, Founder and Lead Engineer, Ohlogen.

12:10 PM

1:10 PM
PANEL: Creating an American Shenzhen: Startup cities and technology zones
Dr. Mark Lutter, Executive Director, Center for Innovative Governance Research; Chris Koopman, Senior Director, Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University; Ross Gillfillan, Director of Strategic Communications, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor in Chief, Reason.

2:00 PM
PANEL: Is China destined to out-innovate us?
Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation; Andy Keiser, Fellow, The National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School; Samo Burja, Founder, Bismarck Analysis; and Dr. Samantha Ravich, Chairman, Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2:50 PM
PANEL: From the lab to the battlefield: Maximizing defense innovation
Pablo Carrillo, Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs; Linda Lourie, Associate General Counsel (Acquisitions & Logistics), Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense; Eric Lofgren, Emergent Ventures Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and Pasha Moore, Head of Events, Lincoln Network.

3:40 PM
PANEL: The cathedral vs. the bazaar: Will the future be dominated by walled gardens?
Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation, Charles Koch Institute; Matt Stoller, Fellow, Open Markets Institute; Heather West, Head of Americas Policy, Mozilla; and Helen Andrews, Managing Editor, Washington Examiner.

4:30 PM
FIRESIDE: Commercializing the final frontier

Dr. Alexander MacDonald, Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator, NASA; Caleb Watney, Technology & Innovation Fellow, The R Street Institute.

5:00 PM
FIRESIDE: A look into the deep future: From 2020 to 2120
Ari Wallach, Founder, Longpath; and Jeremiah Johnson, Co-Founder and Policy Director, Neoliberal Project.

5:30 PM

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Dan Lips
Head of Policy
Zach Graves
Executive Director
Grace Meyer
Chief Operating Officer
Marshall Kosloff
Media Fellow
Luke Hogg
Policy Manager
Deepesh Chaudhari
Senior Fellow