Announcing the 8th Annual Fast Company Grill: An Exclusive Destination in Austin, March 9–12, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Fast Company will host its eighth-annual Fast Company Grill in Austin, from March 9 to March 12. The exclusive four-day event, located at Cedar Door (201 Brazos Street), will be open daily as a hub for influential, tech-savvy attendees to enjoy panels, demos, and interactive experiences, as well as a variety of unique activities, product launches, and interaction with Fast Company editors—plus complimentary lunch and drinks daily. More than 6,000 invite-only attendees are expected to visit the hub over four days.

The Fast Company Grill will host guests and speakers including Fast Company’s new editor-in-chief, Stephanie Mehta; Lisa Pike Sheehy, VP of environmental activism, Patagonia; Rob Acker, CEO, Salesforce.org; Brooklyn Decker, cofounder, Finery; Tyler Haney, founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices; and Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures, Fast Company’s parent company.

FAST COMPANY GRILL PROGRAMMING LINEUP:

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

12:00-12:40 PM Most Innovative Companies Live!

  • Tina Chen, product design manager, Slack
  • Dakota Smith, head of growth and business, Hopper
  • Lisa Pike Sheehy, VP of environmental activism, Patagonia
  • Moderator: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures

1:00 – 1:35 PM How Tech Is Reinventing the Fan Experience—and How You Can, Too presented by Ticketmaster

  • Greg Economou, chief commercial officer and head of sports for Ticketmaster, North America
  • Sharon Otterman, EVP and chief marketing officer, Madison Square Garden
  • Moderator: Chuck Salter, editorial director, FastCo. Works

2:00 – 2:35 PM The Workplace of the Future: Reinvention Is Required presented by Konica Minolta

  • Stacey Sujeebun, director of marketing communications, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
  • Nick Pegley, VP of solutions and services business development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
  • Glenn Mathis, VP of global client services and solutions, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
  • Matt Walton, chief design officer of artificial and adaptive intelligence, Oracle
  • Moderator: Verena von Pfetten, editor, FastCo. Works

3:00 – 3:35 PM The Cyberspace Race That Will Redefine the Human Experience, presented by Viasat

  • Kate Green, director of strategy and business development, Viasat
  • Andrew Klein, senior vice president for global partnerships, AEG
  • Heather Moosnick, director of content partnerships, YouTube
  • Mariya Stoyanova, head of product development, JetBlue Airways
  • Moderator: Lydia Dishman, writer, Fast Company

SATURDAY MARCH 10

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

12:00 – 12:40 PM Most Creative People Live! Presented by Lifeway Foods

  • Tyler Haney, founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices
  • John Maeda, global head of computational design and inclusion, Automattic
  • Julie Smolyansky, CEO, Lifeway Foods
  • Karin Fong, director, Imaginary Forces
  • Moderator: KC Ifeanyi, editor, Fast Company

2:00 – 2:35 PM The Myth of the Superhero Entrepreneur, presented by BizBox powered by Office Depot

  • Jason Ballard, president and cofounder, TreeHouse
  • Candy Barone, founder and CEO, You Empowered Strong
  • Tiffany Chen, cofounder and president, Tiff’s Treats
  • Joah Spearman, cofounder and CEO, Localeur
  • Moderator: Tom Foster, editor, Fast Company

3:00 – 3:35 PM Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term Culture, presented by John Hancock

6:00 – 8:00 PM Fast Company Most Creative People + Most Innovative Companies Party, presented by Lifeway Foods with DJ Hesta Prynn (open to invited guests and influencers), and opening remarks by Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta.

SUNDAY MARCH 11

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

12:00 – 12:40 PM World Changing Ideas Live!

  • Tim Allen, global design partner, Microsoft
  • Saneel Radia, EVP and global head of consulting, R/GA
  • Cassidy Blackwell, director of public affairs and strategic projects, Airbnb
  • Moderator: Vladimir Duthiers, correspondent, CBS News

1:00 – 1:35 PM How Technology Is Redefining What’s Possible in Healthcare presented by Merck

  • Adam Schechter, president of global human health, Merck
  • Rasu Shrestha, MD, chief innovation officer, UPMC and EVP, UPMC Enterprises
  • Moderator: Chuck Salter, editorial director, FastCo. Works

1:35 – 1:55 PM AI’s Stylish Potential: How Finery’s Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Case Built the “Wardrobe Operating System”

  • Whitney Casey, cofounder and CEO, Finery
  • Brooklyn Decker, cofounder, Finery
  • Moderator: KC Ifeanyi, editor, Fast Company

2:00 – 2:35 PM The Velocity of Healing: How Nonprofits Use Technology to Attack Fast Moving Global Crises presented by Salesforce.org

  • Rob Acker, CEO, Salesforce.org
  • Ravi Gurumurthy, chief innovation officer, The Airbel Center
  • Tyler Radford, executive director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
  • Moderator: Verena Von Pfetten, editor, Fast Co Works

6:30 – 8:30 PM John Hancock RetirementComm Party (open to invited guests)

MONDAY MARCH 12

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

12:00 – 12:40 PM Innovation By Design Live!

  • David Rosenberg, head of business development, Giphy
  • Oonie Chase, executive creative director, Frog
  • Moderator: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures

1:00 – 1:35 PM Winning Today’s Talent War presented by Vistage

  • Joe Galvin, chief research officer, Vistage
  • Randy Watson, president and CEO, Bulldog Solutions
  • Megan Woodburn, president, Strategic Association Management
  • Nick Zadrozny, founder and CEO, One More Cloud
  • Moderator: Tom Foster, editor, Fast Company

Sponsors include John Hancock, Merck, BizBox powered by Office Depot, Salesforce.org, Konica Minolta, Lifeway, Vistage, Ticketmaster, Viasat, and L’Oréal.

SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS:

John Hancock will present thought-provoking programming around a truly overlooked aspect of the future: retirement. Like other aspects of society, it, too, will be redefined in the years to come. So first, experts will lead a much-needed conversation around the theme, “Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term Culture.” They’ll explore the intersection of planning and procrastination and answer questions like, what happens when you engineer mobile tech that ordinarily delivers instant gratification to make long-term planning convenient and appealing?

Merck will team up with Fast Company to present the ways that technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry, with a panel discussion featuring Adam Schechter, Merck’s president of global human health.

BizBox powered by Office Depot is the official small-business solutions and services sponsor of the FC Grill. With its Saturday panel, “The Myth of the Superhero Entrepreneur,” and its BizBox pros on site at their pop-up shop, BizBox is a resource for entrepreneurs at the FC Grill.

Salesforce.org is presenting a panel on Sunday exploring tech's impact on addressing global crises. The discussion includes Salesforce.org CEO Rob Acker and other nonprofit leaders: Ravi Gurumurthy, chief innovation officer of the International Rescue Committee and Tyler Radford, the executive director of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

Konica Minolta is taking us behind the scenes of the organizational transformations that are taking hold of every industry—and sharing how you can get ahead of them. The Friday panel features Konica Minolta executives and Matt Walton, chief design officer for Oracle.

Lifeway Foods is the sponsor of Fast Company’s Most Creative People franchise day at the FC Grill. Julie Smolyansky, the CEO of Lifeway Foods and a member of the MCP community, will join other MCPs on an editorial panel to talk about creativity in business on Saturday. Lifeway Foods is also hosting a cocktail party that evening to celebrate the MCP community. The event will feature free copies of Julie’s book, The Kefir Cookbook, which showcases more than 100 ways to cook with kefir, the probiotic superfood that her parents first introduced in 1986 through the Lifeway Foods brand.

Vistage, a business growth and executive development organization serving 22,000 members worldwide, is hosting the panel, “Winning Today’s Talent War” on Monday. Joe Galvin, Vistage’s chief research officer, will share the latest data on effective talent strategies, and three CEOs of high-growth companies will discuss their winning approaches.

Ticketmaster is the global market leader in live event ticketing that drives over 480 million ticket transactions per year and is the official entertainment sponsor of the FC Grill. Ticketmaster will host a panel on Friday called “How Tech Is Reinventing the Fan Experience—and How You Can, Too.”

Viasat is the official communications sponsor of the FC Grill and will host a panel discussion on Friday about “The Cyberspace Race That Will Redefine the Human Experience,” featuring Kate Green, Viasat’s director of strategy and business development, and Mariya Stoyanova, the head of product development at JetBlue.

L’Oréal USA is the official beauty sponsor of the FC Grill and will be hosting a two-day activation on Saturday and Sunday. The global beauty leader will showcase a suite of personalized technologies across its brand portfolio featuring a personalized skincare service, a custom blended foundation experience, and an augmented reality hairstyle app.

About Fast Company

Fast Company is one of the world’s leading business media brands, with an editorial focus on creativity and innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with sister publication Inc., and can be found online at fastcompany.com.

The Fast Company Grill is open to invited guests and members of the media only. To request press credentials, please contact:
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For Fast Company:
Mistrella Murphy, 917-797-3475
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