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Challenge Festival Keynote Night


What does the world look like in 30 years? What will it take to get there?

We know those are big questions with no easy answers. But that’s why we’re hosting Keynote Night, dedicating an entire evening of Challenge Festival to talking about the world’s future and how we get where we want to be. Join us Friday evening for talks from industry experts who spend their careers thinking about these exact questions.

We’re thrilled to be joined by Philips North America CEO Brent Shafer, who will deliver opening remarks, as well as by the following speakers:

Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools — What will public education look like in 30 years?

Lynette Kucsma, Cofounder & CMO, Natural Machines – What will food & agriculture industries look like in 30 years?

Jacques Panis, President, Shinola – What will manufacturing look like in 30 years? What does that mean for cities? (interviewed by Jamal Simmons, political commentator and cofounder,

Christopher Schroeder, Author, Startup Rising – What will entrepreneurship look like in 30 years?

Doors at the Sidney-Harman Hall will open at 6:00 p.m, with the program running from 6:30 – 8:00. Share your thoughts on the future with others over a drink during the 30 minutes before and after the program, where we’ll have complimentary beer & wine available for you to enjoy.

Location: Harman Center – 610 F Street NW
Cross Streets: F Street NW & 6th Street NW

Closest Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red Line
Parking: Garage Entrance on 6th Street between E Street NW & F Street NW, Cost $16


    Kaya Henderson ,Chancellor ,DC Public Schools

    On June 21, 2011, the DC Council confirmed Kaya Henderson as Chancellor of DC Public Schools. A native of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Henderson was born on July 1, 1970, and attended Mt. Vernon public schools, where she graduated from Mt.…

    Lynette Kucsma ,Cofounder & CMO ,Natural Machines

    Lynette Kucsma is cofounder and chief marketing officer for Natural Machines. Their launch product is a 3D food printer called Foodini.

    Jacques Panis ,President ,Shinola

    Jacques Panis joined Shinola in 2010 to oversee product development and strategic direction for the company. He then he became President of Shinola in 2013. Panis has over 10 years of experience spanning marketing, branding and sales. Panis founded Webosaurs in 2007,…

    Christopher Schroeder ,Author, Startup Rising

    Christopher M. Schroeder is a Washington D.C. and New York City based entrepreneur and venture investor who has written extensively about startup communities in emerging markets. He co-founded, one of the nation's largest social and content platforms in health…

    Jamal Simmons ,Cofounder ,CRVIII

    Jamal Simmons has spent two decades at the nexus between politics and media and now technology. He helped elect Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to the presidency and has advised the White House,members of Congress, the Cabinet and corporate, foundation…