Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Today’s internet is broken and DARPA is here to fix it

Daniel Kaufman (DARPA)
2:55pm–3:35pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Fire House
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Attendees of any level can join this session to learn more about what DARPA does and how they are re-imagining the future.


DARPA was created to prevent technological surprise. The surprise was due to the fact that our awareness was driven by our expectations. We saw what we expected to see – not necessarily what was really there. But how do you change what is possible without recognizing what is around us? Where do you invest?

DARPA has had a major impact in military and civilian technological advances for over 55 years. The agency has demonstrated a unique ability to transform the world around us by changing our view of what is possible. This talk explores the current perception of cyber and information today, offers a glimpse into what it really is, and which six impossible things we can believe before breakfast.

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Daniel Kaufman


Dan Kaufman is the director of the Information Innovation Office. In this position he is responsible for identifying and creating promising new information technologies and developing DARPA programs to exploit these advances for the benefit of the DoD. Kaufman staffs the Office and works with I2O program managers to develop concepts and plans for new programs, and to transition I2O research and development products to end users. Before being named director of I2O, he served as the DARPA Defense Science Office (DSO) program manager for the RealWorld Program, a computer system designed to allow soldiers to rapidly create their own mission rehearsal scenarios in geo-specific terrain over a scalable and fully distributed network.

Before joining DARPA/DSO, Kaufman worked for Auratio Consulting, where he handled a wide variety of deals with a number of investment bankers, venture capitalists, and private companies. Prior to his consulting efforts, he worked for Kalisto Entertainment on general business operations and producing/designing the products Dark Earth, Nightmare Creatures, and Ultim@te Race. Before Kalisto, Kaufman was co-chief operating officer at Dreamworks Interactive, a joint venture between Microsoft and Dreamworks SKG. Earlier in his career Kaufman was an attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (Palo Alto, CA), conducting transactions in the high technology industry ranging from semiconductor chips to biotechnology to software companies.

Kaufman co-authored an 800-page textbook entitled Corporate Partnering: Structuring and Negotiating Domestic and International Strategic Alliances. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley.