Reboot 2019

American Innovation

May 2, 2019
Washington, DC
AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy

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About the event

America led the world into the Information Age. Yet, today we lack a comprehensive, market-oriented vision for securing American competitiveness into the future. While digital technologies have propelled American progress, we have become complacent with advances in this sphere – accepting bigger phones and sandwich delivery apps in place of flying cars and missions to Mars. Are we still the nation of big ideas and grand projects, or will other countries carry history forward? Could an endeavor on the scale of the Apollo Program or the Manhattan Project succeed in today’s America? Or has stagnation taken hold?

Join Lincoln Network for “Reboot American Innovation,” a full-day conference where we will explore topics ranging from the growing threat of China, to Silicon Valley vs. risk averse regulators, to innovation in bits vs. atoms, to the cathedral vs. the bazaar. We hope that together we can inspire fresh thinking and new ideas that will reinvigorate American innovation.


Wednesday, May 1


Opening Reception

Thursday, May 2



Continental breakfast


Welcome & Opening Remarks


Opening Keynote


PANEL I: Rebooting American Innovation


PANEL II: Redesigning the regulatory state: Institutional design and the governance of innovation


FIRESIDE CHAT I: Oversight, expertise, and assessment: Science and technology in the federal government


FIRESIDE CHAT II: When do we get flying cars?




PANEL III: Creating an American Shenzhen: Startup cities and innovation zones


PANEL IV: Is China destined to out-innovate us?




PANEL V: From the Lab to the Battlefield: Bridging the Valley of Death for Defense R&D


PANEL VI: The cathedral vs. the bazaar: Will the future be dominated by walled gardens?


FIRESIDE CHAT III: Commercializing the final frontier


FIRESIDE CHAT IV: A look into the deep future: From 2020 to 2120


Rooftop Networking Reception


  • Dr. Robert Zubrin

    President, Pioneer Astronautics; and Contributing Editor, The New Atlantis

  • Dr. Eli Dourado

    Head of Global Policy and Communications, Boom Supersonic

  • Dr. James Poulos

    Executive Editor, The American Mind

  • Tamara Winter

    Communications Lead, Center for Innovative Governance Research

  • Colleen Chien

    Justin D'Atri Visiting Professor of Business Law, Columbia Law School

  • Andrew Kloster

    Deputy Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School

  • Adam Thierer

    Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Berin Szoka

    President, TechFreedom

  • Dr. Timothy Persons

    Chief Scientist, Government Accountability Office

  • Brent Skorup

    Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Matt Parlmer

    Founder and Lead Engineer, Ohlogen

  • Dr. Mark Lutter

    Executive Director, Center for Innovative Governance Research

  • Chris Koopman

    Senior Director, Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University

  • Ross Gillfillan

    Director of Strategic Communications, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Katherine Mangu-Ward

    Editor in Chief, Reason

  • Dean Cheng

    Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

  • Andy Keiser

    Fellow, The National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School

  • Samo Burja

    Founder, Bismarck Analysis

  • Samantha Ravich

    Chairman, Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

  • Pablo Carrillo

    Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs

  • Linda Lourie

    Associate General Counsel (Acquisitions & Logistics), Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense

  • Eric Lofgren

    Emergent Ventures Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Neil Chilson

    Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation, Charles Koch Institute

  • Matt Stoller

    Fellow, Open Markets Institute

  • Heather West

    Head of Americas Policy, Mozilla

  • Helen Andrews

    Managing Editor, Washington Examiner

  • Ari Schulman

    Editor, The New Atlantis

  • Ari Wallach

    Founder, Longpath

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Co-founder and Policy Director, Neoliberal Project