White House Convening Tech Futures Conference

The White House will announce Tuesday that it will be holding a White House Frontiers Conference Oct. 13 in Pittsburgh to talk about high-tech innovation. The President will attend the conference.

To add some buzz around a conference focused on some geeky topics like building smart, inclusive communities via investments in "open data" and "the Internet of things," as well as AI and machine learning, the White House will also announce that President Obama will be the guest editor of the November issue of Wired magazine.

Given the focus on inclusiveness of tech in communities and insuring "all Americans have access to" and benefit from those innovations, broadband access and municipal broadband buildouts—both of which President Obama has made part of his agenda—could get some face time.

The conference is billed as bringing together "some of the world’s leading innovators" to talk about investing in science and technology.

The White House is soliciting nominees for "a small number of spots" to attend the conference, which is being conducted in association with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

The Obama issue of Wired will focus on many of the same topics as the conference and hit tablets Oct. 18 and newsstands Oct. 25.

Wired has had eight guest editors, including Serena Williams in 2015 and Bill Gates in 2013.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.