Why Lake Nona for Techonomy 23
After 11 years of calling Silicon Valley home to the annual three-day Techonomy conference, Techonomy 23 has made a cross-country move to a new tech hotspot: Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida. Located just 10 minutes from the Orlando airport, the neo-urban community of Lake Nona is one that is committed to entrepreneurialism, collaboration, and innovation, harnessing the power of technology unlike any other city—and making it the ideal location for Techonomy 23: The Promise and Peril of AI.
This year, Techonomy is dedicated to exploring the risks and rewards of the AI revolution. From healthcare to agriculture, government to climate, transportation to finance, our expert speakers—including Actor, Producer, Author, and Activist Kerry Washington, 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang and White House Science & Technology Policy Advisor Arati Prabhakar—will delve into how AI will revolutionize every industry. There is no better place to do so than in Lake Nona.
A masterfully planned community, Lake Nona is the unexpected tech hub that uniquely represents Techonomy’s dedication to exploring the intersection of technology, business, and social progress; the city is home to the Lake Nona Wave Hotel (the “smartest” hotel in the world and host hotel for Techonomy 23), the one-of-a-kind leAD Sports Accelerator designed to bolster technology startups, the nation’s largest and longest-running autonomous shuttle network, infrastructure wired with a growing 5G network, and buildings equipped with View Smart Windows that eliminate blinds, maintain optimal temperatures, and block sun damage.
The southeast area that surrounds Lake Nona has also seen major growth in recent years, with over 300 venture capital firms, accelerators and start ups calling the area home including Softbank, Founders Fund, and Harlem Capital. This community, in partnership with the “Living Lab” elements of Lake Nona, have created an interconnected network that allows companies to engage in an ecosystem of partnership and collaboration. “The Southeast is no longer an ’emerging’ venture capital hub just for early-stage companies but rather a mature region with accessible capital for investment-worthy companies across all stages,” shared Mark Flickinger, Chief Operating Officer and General Partner of Panoramic Ventures.
“Innovation is really at the heart of everything that happens here,” shared Juan Santos, Senior Vice President of Brand Experience & Innovation at Tavistock Development Company, Lake Nona’s developer. It is also worth noting the city’s popularity with leading businesses—many of whom call Lake Nona home, including SIMCOM, BBA Aviation, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Lilium, Verizon, View Glass, the U.S. Tennis Association, and more. Soon, the community will be home to the nations first vertiport, allowing electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircrafts to provide transportation to regional destinations, including Orlando and Tampa.
Despite such futuristic elements, Lake Nona boasts pristine natural surroundings—40% of the community is reserved for open space including parks, trails, and lakes. Designed with an emphasis on wellness and health, the community offers residents access to community gardens, parks, yoga classes, and so much more. This community focus also lends itself to Techonomy 23’s agenda of experiences that include a VIP tennis clinic with Lindsay Davenport, workouts with Spartan Race founder and CEO Joe De Sena, and pickleball in partnership with PCKL.
The decision to move Techonomy 23 to Lake Nona from Silicon Valley marks an exciting new chapter for the annual conference. The city’s innovative ethos and status as a tech hotspot aligns perfectly with Techonomy’s mission, and with a diverse array of experiences in addition to a conference lineup of over 20 industry experts, Techonomy 23 promises to be a unique and enriching event in this vibrant, forward-thinking city.
Join us at TE23 in Lake Nona, FL, as we dive into AI development’s opportunities, threats, and challenges. From healthcare to agriculture, government to climate, transportation to finance, our expert speakers will delve into how AI will revolutionize every industry. Request an invitation.