Innovative Ideas, Pushing the Boundaries

Each year, Samsung hosts the exclusive invite-only CEO Summit that brings together the tech industry’s thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to focus on the technologies that will have the greatest impact on our lives and our future.

The Samsung CEO Summit provides a platform for the kinds of insightful discussions, probing questions, and far-reaching collaboration that can spark new ideas, partnerships, and projects.

Connect and Collaborate

With more than 600 entrepreneurs, investors and partners, the Samsung CEO Summit synthesizes inspirational speakers, lively networking sessions, and exhibits showcasing startups’ and researchers’ latest breakthroughs.

Agenda

  • 1:30 PM — Registration & Networking
  • 3:00 PM — General Session
  • 5:30 PM — Networking Reception

Speakers

Megan<br> Smith

Megan
Smith

CEO shift7; 3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Greg<br> Kovacs

Greg
Kovacs

Chief Technology Officer at SRI International and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University

Jeremy<br> Bailenson

Jeremy
Bailenson

Director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and Co-Founder of Strivr

Kunle<br> Olukotun

Kunle
Olukotun

Co-founder of SambaNova Systems and Cadence Design Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University

Jungsang<br> Kim

Jungsang
Kim

Co-Founder and CSO at IonQ, Inc. and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University

Young<br> Sohn

Young
Sohn

Corporate President and CSO, Samsung Electronics and Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International Industries

Megan
Smith

CEO shift7; 3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She recently created shift7, a company driving tech-forward innovation for faster, scaled impact. Smith served as the third U.S. Chief Technology Officer from 2014-2017 helping the President and his teams harness the power of data, innovation and technology on behalf of the nation. Smith recruited top tech talent to serve across government collaborating on pressing issues, from data science, AI and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. Her teams focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaigns.

Smith was vice president at Google for eleven years leading new business development where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations and technology licensing across the global engineering and product teams; she led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa; led the Google.org transition to increase engineering adding Google Crisis Response, GoogleforNonProfits, Earth Outreach/Engine; and later was a VP at Google[x] where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers. Earlier, Smith served as CEO of PlanetOut, worked on early smartphone technologies at General Magic and at Apple Japan. Smith is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, Thinkof-Us, LA Olympics 2028, the Malala Fund, which she co-founded and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Engineering. She was selected as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she serves on the board as a life member. She completed her master’s thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

Greg
Kovacs

Chief Technology Officer at SRI International and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University

Greg Kovacs is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University where he co-founded the Bioengineering Department and researched a wide array of biomedical topics, including the development of non-invasive instrumentation for biomedical, aerospace, and biotechnology applications. He is presently Chief Technology Officer at SRI International.

Kovacs has been active in technology development and entrepreneurship over the past three decades, including as a founding team member of Postech, co-founder of Cepheid, and founder of PhysioWave. Kovacs also has a long history of government service, including contributions at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and as the investigation scientist for the space shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Kovacs holds an M.D. degree and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and also of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has authored more than 180 scientific publications, one textbook, and has 66 issued patents.

Jeremy
Bailenson

Director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and Co-Founder of Strivr

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. He earned a B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. He spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.

Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual and Augmented Reality, in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how virtual experiences can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy, and health. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford.

He has published more than 100 academic papers, in interdisciplinary journals such as Science, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and PLoS One, as well domain-specific journals in the fields of communication, computer science, education, environmental science, law, marketing, medicine, political science, and psychology. His work has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation for 15 years.

Bailenson consults pro bono on Virtual Reality policy for government agencies including the State Department, the US Senate, Congress, the California Supreme Court, the Federal Communication Committee, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health.

His first book, Infinite Reality, co-authored with Jim Blascovich, emerged as an Amazon Best-seller eight years after it’s initial publication, and was quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court. His new book, Experience on Demand, was reviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Nature, and The Times of London, and was an Amazon Best-seller.

He has written opinion pieces for The Washington Post, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Wired, National Geographic, Slate, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has produced or directed five Virtual Reality documentary experiences which were official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival. His lab’s research has exhibited publicly at museums and aquariums, including a permanent installation at the San Jose Tech Museum.

Kunle
Olukotun

Co-founder of SambaNova Systems and Cadence Design Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University

Kunle Olukotun is co-founder of SambaNova Systems and is the Cadence Design Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. Kunle is well known as a pioneer in multi-core processor design and the leader of the Stanford Hydra chip multiprocessor (CMP) research project. Kunle founded Afara Websystems to develop high-throughput, low-power multi-core processors for server systems. The Afara multi-core processor, called Niagara, was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2002. Niagara derived processors now power Oracle’s SPARC-based servers.

Olukotun is the Director of the Pervasive Parallel Lab and a member of the Data Analytics for What’s Next (DAWN) Lab which is developing infrastructure for usable machine learning. Olukotun is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow for contributions to multiprocessors on a chip and multi-threaded processor design. Kunle recently won the prestigious IEEE Computer Society’s Harry H. Goode Memorial Award. Kunle received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from The University of Michigan.

Jungsang
Kim

Co-Founder and CSO at IonQ, Inc. and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University

Jungsang Kim is a Co-Founder and CSO at IonQ, Inc., and also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Stanford University (1999), he joined Bell Laboratories and worked on developing cutting-edge optical and wireless communication systems, such as all-optical switches and digital antennas for broader cellular coverage.

He joined the ECE department at Duke University in 2004, where he has worked on trapped ion quantum computing, high pixel-count imaging systems, and novel quantum device research. He serves as the Principal Investigator for several multi-disciplinary quantum computing development projects supported by the US government over the past 10 years. He co-founded IonQ in 2015, a company focused on the construction of full-stack quantum computers based on trapped ion technology.

Young
Sohn

Corporate President and CSO, Samsung Electronics and Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International Industries

Young Sohn is Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer for Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board, Harman International. He leads development and strategy for global innovation, investment and new business creation. Young led the $8 billion acquisition of Harman International Industries.

Prior to joining Samsung Electronics, Young served as CEO of Oak Technologies, Agilent Semiconductor (now Avago) and Inphi Corporation. Under his leadership as CEO and board member, he took PLX Technologies, Synnex Technologies and Inphi public. He also has served on the Boards of ARM, Synnex Corporation and Cymer, Inc.

He serves on the MIT Sloan School North America Board, is a senior advisor to the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a member of the board of directors at Cadence, is a board member of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), and is an advisor for the University of California Innovation Council. Young also was a senior advisor for the MIT Media Lab’s One Laptop per Child. Young holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MS from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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2018 Samsung CEO Summit Highlights

To get a taste of what the 2019 Samsung CEO Summit has in store, watch the keynotes from last year’s CEO Summit.