NEW ORLEANS, April 30 - May 3, 2018

“Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster."

- Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO

The tech industry no longer exists. Welcome to a world undeniably driven and disrupted by technology. At The Forum, prime ministers, ministers and mayors from around the world will gather alongside the CEOs, CTOs and more of the world’s leading companies to discuss how technology is reshaping our world.
The Forum is an invite-only gathering of the 250 top decision makers at Collision, drawn from our more than 20,000 attendees.

Previous Speakers Include

Panel Discussions

Start End Title Panelist Panelist Panelist Moderator
12:00 13:00 The Ministry of Truth: The new media environment and the democratic process Joe Pounder, Definers Public Affairs Ganesh Sitaraman, Vanderbilt Law School Rob Cox, Reuters Anna Palmer & Jake Sherman, POLITICO
13:00 14:00 Reconciling civil liberties with cyberdefense Cindy Cohn, Electronic Frontier Foundation Richard Downing, U.S. Department of Justice Peter Newell, BMNT Keith Perine, Bloomberg BNA
14:00 15:00 Bipartisanship and the future of the environment Bill Ritter, Colorado State University Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech Ankita Rao, Motherboard
15:00 16:00 Beyond the boardroom: A discussion of diversity in 2017 Ann Kleinhenz, Up to Us Gabrielle Korn, NYLON Maytha Alhassen, Al Jazeera Jack Smith IV, Mic

Panel Discussions

Start End Title Panelist Panelist Panelist Panelist Moderator
11:00 12:00 A Brave New World: What’s driving the future of innovation? Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research Isabel Hilton, China Dialogues
12:00 13:00 How can data help fight human trafficking? Leonard Corollo, FBI Angel P. Nguyen, American Express Eric Schles, NYU Mark Latonero, Data & Society Research Institute Marc DaCosta, Enigma
13:00 14:00 Managing national security in a world of disorder Richard Fontaine, Center for a New American Security Adam Hickey, U.S. Department of Justice Ganesh Sitaraman, Vanderbilt University Brian Barrett, WIRED
14:00 15:00 Polls apart: Have political campaigns reached an inflection point? Charlie Spies, Clark Hill Samidh Chakrabarti, Facebook Bradley Tusk, Tusk Strategies Edward-Isaac Dovere, POLITICO
15:00 16:00 Activism 2.0: Building movements in an ever-evolving tech ecosystem Teddy Goff, Precision Strategies Ann Kleinhenz, Up to Us Abe Rakov, Let America Vote Ivan Pardo, Buycott Sasha Issenberg, Monocle

Panel Discussions

Start End Title Panelist Panelist Panelist Panelist Moderator
11:00 12:00 A new reality in the Big Easy: How a city can harness VR to benefit citizens Rebecca Conwell, Mayor of New Orleans Office Steve Gleason, Team Gleason Patrick Bordnick, Tulane University Matt Findley, inXile Alexis Sobel Fitts, Backchannel
12:00 13:00 Something old, something new: Smart cities and happy citizens TJ Costello, Cisco Jackie Lender, City of Boston Lindsey Turrentine, CNET
13:00 14:00 Work-readiness in the fourth industrial revolution Asheesh Advani, JA Worldwide Chris Schultz, LaunchPad Ryan Carson, Treehouse  Jack Smith IV, Mic.
14:00 15:00 Human rights in an age of populism Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch Sam Kriss, VICE Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept Sasha Issenberg, Monocle
15:00 16:00 The decline of the trade consensus and the future of industry Wally Adeyemo, Center for Strategic and International Studies Claire Reade, APKS Justin Antonipillai, Wirewheel


Start End Title Host
12:00 13:00 Basic Principles: Making Sense of the Economic and Social Implications of a Universal Basic Income. Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
13:00 14:00 Ask not what your #Followers can do for you: How tech has changed political messaging and governance. Joe Pounder, Definers Public Affairs
15:00 16:00 Fighting crime and Protecting Americans in a Globalized World: Meet the leaders of the Justice Department’s criminal and national security cyber programs. Adam Hickey and Richard Downing, U.S. Department of Justice



Start End Title Host
12:00 13:00 Public-Private Partnerships to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals Kimberly King, One Island Institute
13:00 14:00 Technology and human flourishing. Alex Epstein, Center for Industrial Progress
14:00 15:00




Start End Title Host
12:00 13:00 Do law enforcement concerns justify a back door to encryption? Ken Roth, Human Rights Watch
13:00 14:00 Why technology has added nothing to society Sam Kriss, VICE
14:00 15:00


Frequently Asked Questions


The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA Distance to airport: 25 km/16 miles. Check map here.


Finding a hotel room in New Orleans can be tricky during Jazz Fest week and we recommend that, if you have not yet booked your accommodation for your stay in New Orleans, that you do so very soon. If you need recommendations, let us know.

Redeem your ticket

To redeem your ticket for Forum, please use the “Book now” link at the top of this page and follow the instructions. This will redeem both your Forum pass, as well as two free Forum passes for guests of your choice. The deadline for completion of this is April 17.


Forum attendees can collect their pass at Speaker Registration, located at Main Registration in the venue. Once registered, you will be escorted to Forum, where you will check in and be welcomed by Matthew.


Forum attendees receive two complimentary guest passes to the conference, as well as their own pass. You will receive a link and a discount code to register your guests from the Forum team once registration is open. The deadline for registering guests is Friday, April 21. Access to all summits at Collision is also included in both ticket types.


We pride ourselves in producing engaging and thought-provoking content. All material should be fresh, innovative and not a repeat of content that you have delivered previously. You won’t see sales pitches or sales-orientated talks at Forum so please keep this in mind when thinking about your talk.


The Forum is under Chatham House rules (any information disclosed during the gathering may be reported by those present, but the source of that information may not be explicitly or implicitly identified) and sessions will not be available to general attendees of Collision. We get a considerable number of interview requests from journalists coming to our events. Any such requests will be sent to your team. For more information or any press-related queries, contact our Press Manager, Eleanor, at Any news or announcements? Let our Media Team know in advance.


Any changes to your schedule will be hosted via this page so make sure to keep an eye on it daily in the lead up to the event. The Speaker Prep Area is an area for speakers to prepare before going onstage. Access is restricted to speakers only. Speakers must arrive at the venue to register 90 minutes before they are due onstage. This is to ensure there is adequate time to register and get to the Speakers Prep Area to check in with Matthew.

Food and Drink

Breakfast and lunch will be available in the Forum along with hot and cold beverages throughout the day.
Dinner: We’re hosting exclusive dinners on May 1, 2 and 3, make sure to make a note in the diary.
Full details and invitations will be sent in April, so keep an eye out. Beat the queue when you arrive at the venue – collect your pass at the Opening Night speaker dinner May 1st.

Travelling from abroad

Don’t forget to check whether or not you need a visa. Click here to see a list of nationalities that require a visa for the United States.

Logistical Queries

Matthew is your contact for all logistical queries:
It is important that we have the cell number on which we can contact you at the event. This is in case of any schedule changes etc. We promise not to share!