Blueprint 2018


Reno, Nevada, March 5-7

BLUEPRINT isn’t just a lean-back-and-listen conference but an event that will engage all participants actively in a combination of tours, main stage sessions, and several small working groups. 


Throughout the event, we’ll be bringing together three areas of focus: Tech Expansion in the Heartland, Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration, and Workforce Readiness.

Monday, March 5

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm:

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm:

5:00 pm :

Tour of two of Reno’s biggest tech success stories

Reno civic tours

Registration at Nevada Museum of Art

Keynote: “Art, Innovation and Policy: Accelerating job growth”

Welcome: David Walker, Executive Director of Nevada Museum of Art

Fireside Chat:  Congressman Tim Ryan of OH

Fireside Chat: Ira Ehrenpreis, co-founder and managing director of DBL Partners; early investor and board member of Tesla      See details

Join the thought leaders

Tuesday, March 6

7:30 am - 8:45 am:

8:45 am :

9:00 am :

9:15 am :

10:00 am :

10:20 am :


12:00 pm :

1:00 pm :

1:20 pm :


3:15 pm :


5:30 pm :

6:30 pm :

Registration and breakfast

Opening: “VentureBeat’s Blueprint: Tech in the heartland”

Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat       See details

Keynote: “Changing the Rules to Accelerate Real Prosperity”

Tim O’Reilly, CEO, O’Reilly Media, challenges the 

audience with game-changing ideas that could create more jobs across America.       See details

Panel discussion: “Success stories from the innovation belt”

Tom Walker, CEO, Rev1 Ventures (Columbus, Ohio); Mike Kazmierski, CEO, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada;  Thomas Wadsworth, Dir. of Corporate Growth and Business Development at Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development; Eric Daimler, CEO Spinglass, Obama Administration Innovation Fellow, Office of Science, Technology and Policy (Pittsburgh, PA).     Moderated by Jon Swartz, San Francisco Bureau Chief, USA Today  See details

Ignite: “Key strategies for evolving tech communities”

Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group with Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence, Techstars.     See details

Panel Discussion: “Brave New World: Reimagining the workforce”

Vish Makhajani, CEO, Udacity; Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville; Mark Muro, Senior Fellow & Policy Director, Brookings Institution and more speakers to be announced.       See details

Audience breakout sessions       See details


Victor Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation "How do we rethink the economy?" Victor will outline what it takes to support entrepreneurial ecosystems across the nation.


Panel Discussion: “Scaling enterprise companies in the 21st century: Game changing strategies for closing the economic gap”

Anne Raimondi, SVP Operations, Zendesk, Michael Erisman, Head of Human Resources, DocuSign, Patrick McKenna, Partner, High Ridge Global; more speakers to be announced.        See details

Audience breakout sessions       See details

Panel Discussion: “Creating Hyper-Growth in an Entrepreneurial Community”

Dino Vendetti, Managing Director; Seven Peaks Ventures; Tim Shigel, Partner, Refinery Ventures; more speakers to be announced.       See details

Audience breakout sessions       See details

Ignite! Unique Playbook strategies that are igniting job creation

Peter Hirshberg, Principal & Co-founder, Maker City Project: How the maker movement can help bridge the significant gap between the skills available in the workforce and the types of jobs and economic opportunity available.

Nick Smoot, Founder, Innovation Collective: Learn how Innovation Collective’s transformational model for catalyzing communities is experiencing technological breakthroughs the world never thought possible. 

Chris Shipley, Independent Journalist:  Stories from the heartland and how real innovation is happening

Matt Dunne ,Founder and Executive Director of the Center on Rural Innovation: What it takes to build the economy of rural America

Networking reception

In the Heartland

7:30 am - 8:45 am:

8:45 am :

9:00 am :

9:20 am :

10:05 am :

11:15 am :

11:45 am :

12:00 pm :

Registration and breakfast

Opening discussion and recap of Day 2

Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat  

Fireside chat: Intimate conversation with Ron Fisher, Managing Partner of Softbank        See details

Heartland Governor’s Roundtable (with speakers to be announced)        See details

Working Session: “Moving to action: Prioritizing your playbook”

Facilitated small groups build off of Day 1 and 2 action items to take back to their home communities.

Plenary Session: “Are we all in?” with speaker to be announced.

After 2 days of invigorating work, participants come together to plan next steps and move Blueprint priorities forward

Closing keynote: Speaker to be announced


Wednesday, March 7

How to get here

By air from the Bay Area

  • Nonstops from Oakland to Reno on Southwest
  • Nonstops from SFO on United
  • Nonstops from San Jose on Alaska

By car from Bay Area

  • 3.5 hours from downtown San Francisco to Reno
  • Free Parking at all hotels and venues in Reno for those driving.

By Train (Amtrak)

  • Emeryville to Reno