Discussions and Workshops

The agenda for Stream 2016 is in your hands. There are six session times a day, hosted in nine different meeting spaces. Each session runs for 1 hour (give or take) and all sessions are led by you, the Stream participants. Here's how it works:

  1. Before Stream - Share your idea - Create a New Discussion by clicking on the blue ‘add idea’ button on the left of this page
  2. Before Stream - Invite others to join you - you can see the participants list at the Participants page
  3. At Stream - Book a slot - when you arrive on site, write your discussion on the Big Boards

The Stream Team is on hand to help. Please get in touch if you'd like to talk an idea through before posting, or would like help finding some co-hosts.

Lucie Greene

J. Walter Thompson

Is Silicon Valley eating the government?

As the iconic tech giants of Silicon Valley mature, and become pervasive in our lives, so too their influence is expanding from a cultural, ideological and increasingly civic standpoint. They're moving in to infrastructure, schools, education, public transport, applying a 'disruptive lens' to reinvent these, while using bigger bolder altruistic rhetoric to glamorize their mission. Meanwhile their influence on government continues to grow — the hiring crossover between the two, being one example. The US Government is staging its own SXSW on the White House lawn, in a bid to visibly connect itself to the glamor of the tech world. What does this mean for the long-term future? Especially as they try to take their 'change the world' idyll to international markets. Is it imperialism? Should they be able to innovate, then apologize? Doubtless this group have created a exciting narrative around what they do, and solving world problems — but how much of it is real? And does the government need a PR overhaul to remain relevant in the eyes of a millennial generation whom Disruption is more compelling than Due Diligence?

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