Last year the Forbes Under 30 Summit celebrated its first year being located in Boston, and this year’s event is looking to be even bigger and better! This year’s 4th annual Summit is one of the can’t-miss events of the year. Over 6,000 attendees from around the world will be gathering from October 1st - 4th in locations all over Boston to participate in motivating panels, networking opportunities, startup competitions, philanthropic activities, music and food festivals, parties and more. The Summit gives a diverse group of young entrepreneurs the opportunity to hear from a wide range of CEOs, founders, leaders, mentors, investors and disruptors.
Whether you are looking to learn more about the world technology, entertainment, or finance, the Under 30 Summit has something for you. Building off the success of the Under 30 Summit last year, Forbes is transforming Boston's City Hall Plaza into a central village where all attendees will be able to view demonstrations and performances, as well as network. To make this year the best Summit yet, new features include a Women@Forbes event at MIT and a Discover Stage that is devoted to healthcare and sciences.
Some of the most respected professionals and game changers in the world will be at the Under 30 Summit this year, including: Ashton Kutcher, Evan Rachel Wood, T.J. Miller, Congressman Seth Moulton, Karlie Kloss, Paul Tudor Jones II, Lindsey Vonn, Zedd, Kendrick Lamar, Anne Wojcicki, John Chambers, Whitney Wolfe, and others. With almost 200 world-class speakers to hear from, we’ve highlighted the top sessions and events taking place next week.
1. Title: Fireside Chat: The Future of the Democratic Party
Who: Congressman Seth Moulton, (D-MA) (@sethmoulton)
When: Monday, October 2, 10:15am
Why: After crushing losses in the 2016 elections, the Democratic party is at a crossroads. A young Congressman – a former Marine officer, with four tours of duty in Iraq under his belt – thinks he has a path forward. Meet one of the most discussed possible presidential candidates for the 2020 election. Moderated by Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes Magazine.
2. Title: Changing Society Through Pop Culture
Who: Asia Kate Dillon, Actor, Billions (@AsiaKateDillon)
E.J. Johnson, Television & Fashion Personality (@prince_ej)
Tyler Oakley, YouTube Personality & New York Times Bestselling Author (@tyleroakley)
Evan Rachel Wood, Actor, Westworld (@evanrachelwood)
When: Monday, October 2, 10:35am
Why: No civil rights movement has achieved more than the LGBTQ community over the past decade – all in lockstep with the rise of LGBTQ breakthroughs in popular culture. Forbes gathered four of the country's most recognized and successful young beacons of gender and sexual fluidity to discuss how to leverage fame into impact. Moderated by Raymond Braun, Media Personality & Founder, RWB Media.
3. Title: Change the World Entrepreneur Competition
Who: Judges: Peter Boyce II, Principal, General Catalyst; Co-Founder, Rough Draft Ventures (@badboyboyce)
Ashton Kutcher, Co-Founder, Sound Ventures (@aplusk)
Holly Maloney McConnell, Managing Director, General Catalyst
Guy Oseary, Co-Founder, Sound Ventures (@guyoseary)
Mike Perlis, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman, Forbes Media (@Mike_Perlis)
When: Monday, October 2, 11:25am
Why: Over 1,000 Under 30 entrepreneurs entered. Fewer than 50 were selected as semi-finalists. Now the Final Four will compete on stage for the grand prize – an investment from Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary (Sound Ventures) and Rough Draft Ventures/General Catalyst, as well as an advertising campaign in Forbes.
4. Title: Second Act: Life After Silicon Valley
Who: T.J. Miller, Actor (@nottjmiller)
When: Tuesday, October 3, 10:15am
Why: We said so-long to the scene-stealing, opium-loving Erlich Bachman of Silicon Valley last season. But that's okay – actor T.J. Miller, who walked away from that role, is here and on pace to reinvent himself. Interviewed by Natalie Robehmed, Associate Editor, Forbes Media.
5. Title: Keynote Interview: The Computer Model
Who: Karlie Kloss, Model, Entrepreneur & Founder, Kode With Klossy (@karliekloss)
When: Tuesday, October 3, 4:25pm
Why: The supermodel on the key to building a powerful brand, and then leveraging it (in her case, to encourage young girls to pursue computer science).
6. Title:The Fierce Urgency of Just-Minded Capital
Who: Paul Tudor Jones II, Founder, Co-Chairman, Chief Investment Officer & Controlling Principal, Tudor Investment Corporation
When: Tuesday, October 3, 10:40am
Why: Billionaire hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones is one of the world’s great capitalists -- and reveals the huge shift he says is necessary to save the financial system he loves. Moderated by Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes Magazine.
While these six sessions touch upon important industry topics, this list is certainly not all the Summit has to offer. Aside from speaker sessions, there are other exciting elements returning this year, including: a free Music Festival headlined by Skylar Grey and Zedd, a Food Festival taking place at the JFK Library, a Pub Crawl inside Fenway Park with a special surprise host, Morning Workouts hosted by Olympian Lindsey Vonn and former NBA star Amare Stoudemire, as well as a Boston-wide Service Day to close the summit, which will involve summit participants giving back to the City of Boston and mentoring Boston’s youth.
For more information about last year’s Summit, check out our blog recapping the 2016 event or follow along on Twitter! #Under30Summit