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

01 Real Future of Sound

A smorgasbord of live journalism and musical performances challenging you to rethink what our future might sound like. Featuring a live podcast recording with Song Exploder, an electrifying performance by local legend Pamela Z, performative art by Dia Dear, sonic landscapes from Disquiet, a live score by Marc Kate, and original reporting from the entire Real Future team. Additionally, we are thrilled to announce our headliner for the Real Future of Sound, the future soul songstress Kelela. Her new EP Hallucinogen has been described as “confident, amorphous, and unapologetic“, “as if her melodies were parting the sea before her“. Her songs feel like an R&B dispatch from another dimension; both emotional and unearthly, managing to combine sophisticated beats with a vulnerability in her voice that is rare.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on our stage, both for an interview with Hrishikesh Hirway, and for a headlining set to close out the evening.

02 Schedule

November 7, 2015

Real Future Fair

A day-long civic event, featuring drone demonstrations, a robot petting zoo, a retro future film screening and programming from Code for America, the Bay Area Video Coalition, Counterpulse, Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Long Now. Free and open to the public.

Fusion VR Media Lab
Julie Zhuo
Julie Zhuo (@joulee) is director of product design @ Facebook. Her team works on designing News Feed, Groups, and other core experiences like like sharing with friends, catching up on news and media, and developing design standards and tools for Facebook. She also writes about design, tech, and various other topics at
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Welcome to the future, Alexis Madrigal
Cindy Cohn
Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-­2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography.
Real Future Forum
Join us for a day filled with creative conversations about how technology is changing our world. We'll explore what's next for everything from money to storytelling and want you to join the dialogue. Come meet the people shaping our future.
Robot Cocktail Party
Visit the future where robots do the bartending, and each conversation is more interesting than the last. Featuring signature cocktails by R2Drink2, Shake Manhattan Bot, Cosmobot and other mechanical marvels. Kick off your weekend with our machine mixologists, dance to grooves from our space cumbia band, and meet the entire Real Future team.
EFF's Crypto & Privacy Village
The Long Now, Alexander Rose

03 People
Dan Tentler

Dan Tentler (@Viss) has been working in the field of computer security since 2008. Having begun his own consultancy, he was contracted to assist with both the attack and the defense of software companies, financial organizations, electrical utilities and social media companies. Dan has trained himself in the ways of the skilled attacker, and keeps abreast of the current threat landscape in an effort to bring only the most precise, most refined tradecraft to his clientele. Now, as the CTO of Carbon Dynamics, Dan routinely conducts security engagements for a wide variety of industries and businesses.

Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo (@joulee) is director of product design @ Facebook. Her team works on designing News Feed, Groups, and other core experiences like like sharing with friends, catching up on news and media, and developing design standards and tools for Facebook. She also writes about design, tech, and various other topics at

Susie Cagle
Susie Cagle is a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine, and a frequent contributor of illustrated, animated, and plain old written journalism to outlets including Fusion, the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and others. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
Aina Abiodun

Storyteller, futurist, and digital culture pioneer, Aina co-founded and steers StoryCode, a global organization for cross-platform and immersive storytellers which created the world’s first story hackathon.

Manu Saadia

Manu Saadia, author of Trekonomics (forthcoming, spring 2016), fell into science fiction and Star Trek fandom at the age of eight, back in Paris, France, where he was born and raised. Manu studied history of science and economic history in Paris and Chicago. After many happy years in the Ivory Tower, he yielded to his childhood passion for the future. He embarked on a continuing mission to explore strange new worlds by boldly going where many have gone before – Los Angeles, CA, where he advises and (occasionally) builds tech companies.

Tim Hwang

Tim Hwang researches the policymaking impact of intelligent systems. He is the co-author of The Container Guide, a field guide to shipping containers and the logistics corporations that operate them.

Sarah Smith

Sarah uses design as a medium to visualize complex systems and provoke people to think about the future in new ways. As a research manager in IFTF’s Food Futures and Health Futures Labs, she draws from her experience in a range of disciplines—international studies, graphic design, creative writing, and the food service industry—to explore how emerging technologies and social practices will change the way people and communities create well-being. @eat_the_future

Andrew Hyder

Andrew Hyder is a civic hacker who enjoys making apps and maps. He is the developer relations engineer at Code for America where he travels the world helping volunteers build useful technology for their cities. As a 2013 CfA Fellow in Kansas City he advised on open data legislation, helped organized a volunteer Brigade, and developed to help small business owners adopt new technology. A trained urban planner he has built school yards, bicycle paths, and neighborhood parks around the Bay Area. @hackyourcity

04 Experiences

Fusion VR Media Lab

Immerse yourself in the newest media craze at our virtual reality laboratory. Our Fusion VR team has been working 360 degree storytelling that will transport you to places you never thought you’d see: swim with a whale, take a walk inside a nuclear reactor, and experience solitary confinement from behind a set of goggles.

05 About

About Fusion

Fusion, a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc. and Disney/ABC, is a multi-platform media company that champions a young, diverse, and inclusive world. Open minds seeking intelligent news and culture coverage can find us anywhere they are – across TV, digital, social, live events and emerging platforms.

About Real Future

Reporting on how technology is changing our world, Real Future brings your daily online reporting, live journalism events, and coming soon our very own TV show.

06 Location

Innovation Hangar, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA