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Alec Ross, innovation expert and best-selling author, to keynote Iowa Ideas 2017

Keynote and opening celebration will kick off Iowa Ideas 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Alec Ross, New York Times Best Selling Author and Former Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, will keynote The Gazette’s inaugural Iowa Ideas conference. Registration is now available.


Ross will speak Wednesday, September 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, before an opening celebration that will kick off the full two-day Iowa Ideas conference.


Ross’s best-selling book, “The Industries of the Future,” explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next decade. An accomplished entrepreneur, Ross served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State and advised President Barack Obama on the intersection of technology and geopolitics during his first presidential campaign. Most recently, Ross has announced his run for Governor of Maryland in the 2018 elections.


Ross was selected for his ability to see trends that cross industries. Advances in genomics, big data, cyber-security and more will impact many of the key topic areas for Iowa Ideas: education, health care, agriculture, energy & environment, transportation and workforce issues. 


The Iowa Ideas Conference, Sept. 20-22 will include 80 sessions and more than 250 speakers across eight tracks. The statewide gathering will mix panel discussions, one-on-one conversations and thought-provoking experiences to help move complex issues forward. Iowa Ideas is for anyone who wants to be part of the conversation about the future of our state.


Connecting Iowans to discover solutions and create a roadmap for our future. . . Twitter @IowaIdeas

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