Better than ever.
Each year, leaders exactly like you gather together for the GAN Summit. This year’s Summit includes GAN’s highly curated community of the world’s most thoughtful, forward-thinking leaders. Together, we’ll discuss, learn, and debate how acceleration and support for the next generation of startups can be done globally, amidst an ever-changing global marketplace. It will be intense yet collaborative.
For the first time ever, we’re bringing together our entire community:
- GAN Accelerators
- GAN Ventures Investors
- GAN Corporate Partners
- GSSN Startup Studios
We’re Going Virtual
Because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we’ve made the decision to make Summit 2020 a completely virtual experience.
Summit has always been the place for you to see your old friends and meet new ones. Even virtual, this won’t change. Summit will be a thoughtful blend of opportunities to interact, learn, and make new friends, even if through a screen.
We have completely redesigned the agenda to accommodate the virtual environment, and you’re going to get an incredible experience out of it. Even better, it means that people who may not have been able to travel—whether due to COVID-19, budget, family, or otherwise—will be able to participate.
Summit will remain on the same dates—October 7-9, 2020—with a shortened, 4-hour schedule each day.
Attendance is Free
Summit is an exclusive event for our community of GAN Accelerators, GAN Partners, GSSN Studios, and GAN Ventures Investors. And—of course—as part of one of these groups, there’s no cost to attend.
One of the world’s leading urbanists, Richard Florida will discuss the vision for our cities moving forward, taking into account the changing terrain due to COVID-19.
Florida is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management. He’s also a Distinguished Fellow at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate. He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.
Natalie Nixon, PhD changes lives through ideas. She is a creativity strategist who happily integrates wonder and rigor into her life and work. She converted a 16-year career as a professor into a successful consulting practice. At Figure 8 Thinking, she emboldens leaders and organizations to apply creativity & foresight for transformative business results.
She is a global speaker and the author of The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work; the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences, and Beyond; and a regular contributor to Inc. magazine on creativity, design thinking and the future of work.
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Through their books “Designing Your Life” and “Designing Your Work Life,” Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.
Bill Burnett is the executive director of the Design Program at Stanford. He directs the undergraduate and graduate program in design at Stanford, both interdepartmental programs between the Mechanical Engineering department and the Art department. He has worked professionally on a wide variety of projects ranging from award-winning Apple PowerBooks to the original Hasbro Star Wars action figures. Bill holds a number of mechanical and design patents and design awards for a variety of products including the first “slate” computer.
Dave Evans is a lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford, a management consultant, and co-founder of Electronic Arts. Having participated in forming the corporate cultures at Apple and EA, Dave decided his best work was in helping organizations build creative environments where people could do great work and love doing it. Helping people get traction on what they should do with their lives took Dave to Cal and Stanford and continues to be his life’s work.
Brad Feld is the Foundry Group partner, early-stage investor, Techstars co-founder, and an entrepreneur.Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Brad co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and Intensity Ventures. Brad is a writer and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and writes the blogs “Feld Thoughts” and “Venture Deals.”
A self-described “human Venn diagram,” Christina Wallace has crafted a career at the intersection of business, technology, and the arts. She is a senior lecturer of entrepreneurial management at Harvard Business School. She is also the co-host of “The Limit Does Not Exist,” a podcast about careers at the intersection of STEM and creativity, and co-author of New To Big: How Companies Can Create Like Entrepreneurs, Invest Like VCs, and Install a Permanent Operating System for Growth.