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Wednesday Welcome

Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Location: Festival Pavilion
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Jon Bruner and Joi Ito, Solid Program Chairs, welcome you to the first day of the conference.

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Jon Bruner

O'Reilly Media

Jon Bruner oversees O’Reilly’s publications on hardware, the Internet of Things, manufacturing, and electronics and is program director of the O’Reilly Security Conference. Before coming to O’Reilly, he was data editor at Forbes magazine, where he combined writing and programming to approach a broad variety of subjects, from the operation of the Columbia River’s dams to migration within the United States. Jon studied mathematics and economics at the University of Chicago and lives in San Francisco, where he can occasionally be found at the console of a pipe organ.

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Joichi Ito

MIT Media Lab

Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito is board chair (and former CEO) of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS, and Global Voices. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in more than 40 companies, including Flickr, Six Apart,, Kongregate, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web.” In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute.