Creative conversations on how technology is changing our world. Come meet the people shaping our future.

01 Schedule

November 15, 2016

Real Future Fair


Join the Real Future team, including Fusion’s Alexis Madrigal, for mind-expanding conversations about the future. Ticket price includes light breakfast, lunch, and an endless supply of coffee. Expect a full day of awesome.

Democracy in Virtual Worlds
Real Future editor Kashmir Hill in conversation with SPECIAL GUEST
Robot Takeover: The Future of Work
Alexis Madrigal will debut his new podcast and talk portable benefits, automated labor and universal basic income with Carmen Rojas of The Workers Lab & Natalie Foster of the Aspen Institute. We’ll also explore how neural nets can be tools for creative work with Robin Sloan.
Coffee break
Rise Up, Be Heard
Our Rise Up fellows describe the worlds they want to live in, with program director Jacob Simas
Diversity in Tech Roundtable
Join us for a community conversation with Candice Morgan of Pinterest, Karla Monterroso of Code2040, Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital, Maira Benjamin of Pandora, and you! We’ve saved two seats at the table for audience members to add to the discussion so come with your questions, experiences and ideas.
Refuel and stroll through our Meme Gallery or explore the red planet with our virtual reality experience Mars 2030. Lunch included with ticket.
How We Live: The Future of Cities
Alexis Madrigal explores the past, present and future of Oakland in a series of interviews with Matt Novak of Gizmodo, Jordan Medina of Uber, and Rod Falcon of The Institute for the Future
An Internet without A**holes
Kashmir Hill tells us a harassment horror story from the center of the USA, and we look at new solutions to online civility with Danielle Leong of GitHub, Caroline Sinders and Fusion’s own Kristen Brown
E-Carceration & the Future of Policing
Keynote presentation from Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice
Hacking Against Violence
Project presentations from Oakland’s first ever hackathon against violence, led by Reboot Safety founder Linda Maepa
Coffee break
Artists Anonymous
We’ll chat with the internet’s best known artist/avatars to discuss celebrity, spectacle, anonymity and art, with LaTurbo Avedon and Zardulu
Fact or Fiction: Gene Hacking
Kristen Brown sits down with Josiah Zayner of The ODIN and Andrew May of Caribou Biosciences to discuss CRISPR in and out of the lab
What Mars Means Here on Earth
Notes from our collaboration with NASA on Mars2030, and how the exploration of the red planet could impact our lives
Off Site Dinner Break
Enjoy dinner in downtown Oakland before the night's festivities
Real Future Happy Hour
Stroll through ‘All Power to the People: the Black Panthers at 50’ exhibition, explore Mars in virtual reality, enjoy art activations by B4BEL4B, and join the whole Real Future team for a cocktail
Mars 2030 Documentary
Dive into our year-long collaboration with NASA on crafting a virtual tour of the red planet
Science Fiction as Activism
Join Octavia’s Brood co-editor Walidah Imarisha for a discussion on why imagining the future can be a potent political practice
Rapper, producer, PhD candidate and self described weirdo, Sammus, will tell us all about her comic book inspirations, why she raps about STEM diversity, and deliver a musical performance you will not want to miss.

02 Speakers

Here are our speakers!

Alexis Madrigal

After serving as Fusion’s Editor-in-Chief, Alexis Madrigal is now writing and producing audio and video projects as Fusion’s Editor-at-Large. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a staff writer at Wired. He’s the author of Powering the Dream and a visiting scholar at Berkeley.

Kashmir Hill

Kashmir Hill is the senior editor of Fusion’s Real Future. She has hacked a stranger’s smart home, lived on Bitcoin & paid a surprise visit to the NSA’s Utah datacenter, all while trying to prove privacy isn’t dead yet. She’s on Twitter @kashhill.

Malkia Cyril

Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network. For decades, Malkia has strengthened the organizing and communications capacity of grassroots leaders to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age. A prolific writer and public speaker, Cyril’s articles and quotes– on issues from Net Neutrality and mass surveillance to the communication rights of prisoners and new strategic communications approaches– have appeared in Politico, the Huffington Post, Motherboard,, Essence Magazine, and dozens more, including documentary films Outfoxed, MissRepresentation, and most recently Ava DuVernay’s exciting film: 13th, released by Netflix on October 7th 2016. Cyril is a Prime Movers fellow, recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement, the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, and the 2016 EFF Pioneer Award for their leadership on digital civil rights. Born of parents in the Black Panther Party, Cyril is now one of few leaders of color in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and a proud leader in the Black Lives Matter Network.

Karla Monterroso

Karla Monterroso is committed to closing the opportunity gap for people of color in the United States. CODE2040 sits in the intersection of a skills- and network-building opportunity for Black and Latinx talent and a systems change opportunity for a critical segment of the country’s economy.

Karla has spent close to two decades focused on equitably growing the people and program functions of rapidly scaling social enterprises driving youth advocacy and leadership. Prior to joining CODE2040, Karla built the tools and ran the systems that supported Health Leads to scale. She did similar work in college access for low-income communities with national organizations College Summit, and College Track. She is also currently a board member for One Degree. Karla is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.

Caroline Sinders

Caroline Sinders is an artist, researcher, Eyebeam Project Fellow, and designer with a speciality in machine learning and conversation. As part of her fellowship with BuzzFeed/Eyebeam Open Lab, Caroline is building machine learning commenting systems to mitigate abuse. Prior to her fellowship, she was a user researcher at IBM Watson. Caroline holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Photography and Imaging Program. Her work focuses on the intersections of ethnography, visual systems, machine learning, language, data, emotional trauma, and online harassment. Caroline’s work has been featured in the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston,, Fusion News, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Babycastles Gallery, IXDA, Eyeo, and the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32c3). She recently completed a residency at Studio for Creative Inquiry on her Designing Consent Into Social Networks research.

Josiah Zayner

Dr. Josiah Zayner defines the term Biohacker. In the past few years he has run amok by creating the world’s first musical instrument that uses engineered protein nanotechnology, The Chromochord; performing a full-body microbiome transplant on himself and releasing inexpensive DIY CRISPR Kits to the public. In early 2016, Josiah left NASA’s Synthetic Biology program to found The ODIN, a company that makes Science more accessible by creating consumer genetic engineering tools. His work has been featured by Time, Scientific American, BBC, Businessweek, The Verge and NPR, among many others. He enjoys Whiskey and Red Bull, sometimes together.

Carmen Rojas

Carmen Rojas is the CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and technologists to develop new ways to build power for working people in the US. The Workers Lab invests capital, offers business development training, and connects ventures to a broad network of supporters. She has over 15 years experience working with organizations to test revenue models & exploring the range of capital vehicles that can scale power building. Carmen holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the UC Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar.

Jordan Medina

Jordan Medina leads Uber’s community outreach and engagement for Oakland. In this role, he is responsible for creating and executing Uber’s strategic partnerships with Oakland-based non-profits and small businesses. He previously worked at Braven, a Teach for America partner organization, and the Greenlining Institute, an economic justice think tank. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013. When he’s not working Jordan enjoys running the lake, listening to podcasts, and bing-watching Netflix shows.

Mitch Kapor

Mitch is a pioneer of the personal computing industry, a serial entrepreneur and long-time seed investor. He founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and was the founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the open source web browser Firefox. Mitch’s current investments include Twilio, Uber, Clever and Class Dojo. Currently he also serves as co-Chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and as Interim President of the Level Playing Field Institute.

Kristen V. Brown

Kristen is a Real Future reporter, writing about how technology is impacting the future of our bodies, our brains and our culture.

Natalie Foster

Natalie is obsessed with the future of work, particularly as it relates to platform work and the gig economy. She’s spent the last 15 years at the intersection of technology and social movements, and is currently an advisor to the The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative and the Open Society Foundations, and is a fellow at Institute for the Future and New America California.

Natalie co-founded and launched to support people who work in the sharing and on-demand economy. Prior to Peers, she was the CEO and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people–driven economic change, with Van Jones.

Previously, Natalie served as digital director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee. She built and directed the team responsible for the president’s message and fundraising through social, mobile, and email communication with the President’s millions of supporters.

Natalie built the first digital department at the Sierra Club and served as the deputy organizing director for

Named one of the Top Fifty Women to Watch in Tech, she is often speaking and training. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, Matt Ewing, and 4-year old son, Huxley. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing and the Rockwood Leadership Institute fellowship.

Andrew May

Andy leads the research and development team at Caribou Biosciences and has a background developing technologies and bringing innovative products from concept to commercialization. He is a co-founder of Intellia Therapeutics and before joining Caribou, Andy led development teams in sequencing, single-cell genomics and structural proteomics at Fluidigm Corporation. His group pioneered efforts in single-cell RNA-seq, high-throughput HLA typing and analysis of cell-free DNA to track tumor progression. Previously, he held scientific and leadership positions at Thios Pharmaceuticals and Signature Biosciences and was a Wellcome Trust International Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Andy is an inventor on many patents and patent applications and has authored articles in leading journals describing developments in structural biology, microfluidics, clinical sequencing, single-cell genomics and CRISPR technologies. He received a B.A. in Chemistry and a D.Phil. in Molecular Biophysics, both from the University of Oxford.


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04 Experiences

Reboot Safety Hack-a-thon

Fusion is thrilled to host Reboot Safety: Oakland, the East Bay’s first ever hack-a-thon against violence. Join us at our offices in downtown Oakland, November 5th & 6th for a weekend of collaborative coding towards a safer city. Reboot Safety’s mission is to recognize and support the power of every individual’s contribution to safe, prosperous communities. You can sign up to participate here.

Mars 2030

In partnership with NASA and MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory, FusionVR invites you to explore the red planet in Mars 2030. This immersive virtual reality experience lets you play the role of one of the first scientists tasked with establishing a human presence on Mars. From its jagged peaks to its subterranean lava tubes, this journey, approached with the highest regard to scientific accuracy, allows us to unlock mankind’s next frontier.

Meme Gallery

The meme gallery will feature art products of Internet culture and the often uncredited young black creators driving this art movement. The gallery will explore contemporary memes grounding their cultural commentary and distinct styles in a physical space beyond the ephemeral timelines and feeds they usually occupy.

Gallery Tours

The Oakland Museum’s galleries will be open to our attendees at certain times throughout the day, with exhibits including All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, and Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing.

05 About

About Fusion

Through impactful journalism and smart commentary, FUSION covers the stories that matter to the new, rising American mainstream. FUSION content is available to audiences across a broad range of platforms including cable television (channel listings),, various OTT providers and social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. FUSION is part of the recently announced Fusion Media Group, a division of Univision Communications Inc.

About Real Future

Looking towards a diverse and inclusive future, Real Future brings you in-depth reporting on how technology is changing our lives. You can read us online, meet us at our live events in downtown Oakland, or watch our TV show on your favorite screen.

06 Location

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA, 94607

Just one short block from the Lake Merritt BART station!

Situated between serene Lake Merritt and busy downtown Oakland, the Oakland Museum of California is one of the most significant architectural examples of mid-century modernism in the United States. When it opened in 1969, OMCA’s design by Pritzker prize–winning architect Kevin Roche was acclaimed for its bold and innovative premise: a museum that also serves as a vibrant urban park and public space. We are thrilled to host this year’s fair at the OMCA, whose mission is “to inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities.”