Innovate Sac

Are you interested in innovation and technology in Sacramento? Are you interested in exploring emerging technologies and the nature of rapidly developing technologies like smart cities, and urban technology. Have you wondered about the potential benefits & side effects of emerging innovative technologies? Do you want to learn about the top trends in digital health and the stakeholders that will be positively impacted by the solutions?

Join us at Sacramento State on Wednesday, November 15 for Innovate Sac, an event to share the vision of the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab. Come together with innovators, technologists, economic growth professionals, educators, and students to launch a shared vision of Sacramento’s innovation future!

We’ll have speakers to inspire and we’ll have exhibitors representing the core verticals outlined by the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

WHERE: Sacramento State, Harper Alumni Center




Innovate Sac Speaker Lineup

Aaron Frank, Principal Faculty, Singularity University

Talk Title: Exponential Thinking: Technology Will Progress Far Faster Than We Realize

Description: Within the last generation, we have discovered the role that exponential growth plays in driving information technologies forward. Today we’re making rapid advances in computing technology, communication infrastructure, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, digital manufacturing, robotics and more. Tools that were previously only available to wealthy research labs are being democratized such that small teams the world over, can now accomplish what only governments and corporations could do just 15 years ago. In this session Aaron will explore the effects of technologies like 3D printing, AI, Autonomous vehicles, drone platforms and more.


About Aaron Frank

Aaron Frank is a writer and speaker focused on the effects that emerging technologies have on business, society, and culture. As a writer, his articles have appeared in Vice’s Motherboard, Wired UK, Forbes, and Venturebeat. As a speaker, Aaron has lectured for audiences and organizations including the CIA, The US Department of Defense, The Coca-Cola Company, AAAS, Sony, Under Armour and more.

Austin Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Talk Title: The promise and peril of new technology: steering towards positive impacts

Description: Connectivity, automation, electrification, efficiency, and clean energy all offer enormous potential to usher in a more productive, cleaner, and more equitable future – and amazing business opportunities to make money doing so. But as with all transformational changes, there is major potential for unintended consequences.
What can we do to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks?

About Austin Brown

Austin Brown

Austin Brown focuses on technologies and policies for clean energy and sustainable transportation. He directs the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy, which leverages world-class university expertise and engages directly with decision-makers to deliver credible, relevant, and timely information and analysis to inform better energy and environmental policy. He recently served an 18 month detail in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.