May 29, 2019 Mountain View, CA

Designing for Our Future: Solutions for Digital Well-Being

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043

A full recording of the event is available here.

  • About the Event

How can we get to a healthier digital ecosystem? What are tech companies currently doing to get us there, and what comes next? We're convening industry, public health experts, researchers, advocates, and education leaders to identify solutions that could move us closer to a digital world that works better for all of us—especially kids and families.


  • Agenda
  • Doors open at 8:30 am
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome
  • James P. Steyer, Common Sense
  • 9:10-9:55 a.m.
  • Where Do We Start?
  • Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology
  • Ellen Pao, Project Include

Tech companies are innovating to keep users glued to screens, leading to significant costs to our health, our democracy, and our future. What do tech companies need to do to put humans, and humanity, first?

  • 9:55-10:40 a.m.
  • Putting the Equity in Tech
  • Maria Alvarez, Common Sense
  • Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital
  • Michelle Hyman, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Shireen Santosham, City of San Jose
  • Rachael Myrow, KQED

"Equity" means one thing in the Valley, and something different when it comes to access and tech that supports diverse populations. How do we get tech companies to take an equity stake in communities?

  • 10:50–11:05 a.m.
  • The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, And Sleep in the United States
  • Michael Robb, Common Sense

Just how much has tech changed family life? Learn about new research on parents, teens, screens, and sleep.

  • 11:05–11:40 a.m.
  • I Love Algorithms: A Digital Well-Being Design Challenge
  • Carissa Carter, Stanford
  • 11:40 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
  • Designing for Privacy
  • Alicia Gray, Mozilla
  • Eli Luberoff, Desmos
  • Jacob Rogers, Wikipedia
  • Marina Taylor,
  • Levi Sumagaysay, San Jose Mercury News

Privacy is a priority for consumers, and companies can innovate on privacy as part of their brand. Hear how edtech and consumer product companies are designing for privacy -- and thriving.

  • 1:05–1:35 p.m.
  • Investing in Ethical Tech
  • Tim Chang, Mayfield
  • Craig Newmark, Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Dan'l Lewin, Computer History Museum
  • VCs and philanthropists need to invest in ethical tech solutions that prioritize well-being and the public good. Where do they start?
  • 1:35–2:20 p.m.
  • Building Better (for Us) Platforms
  • Alex Feerst, Medium
  • Jessica González, Free Press
  • Leslie Miley, technologist
  • Danielle Abril, Fortune

Tech companies need to course-correct, for the sake of our well-being -- and for their own bottom lines. Hear from insiders and outsiders doing the work to bring ethical decision-making to big tech.

  • 2:20–2:45 p.m.
  • What Kids Are Up Against: Digital Citizenship Demo
  • Merve Lapus, Common Sense
  • Kelly Mendoza, Common Sense
  • 2:45–3:45 p.m.
  • Teens Talk Tech
  • Angelika de Castro, 826 National teen author
  • Annie Huang, 826 National teen author
  • Cameron Kasky, March for Our Lives
  • Sian Laing, 826 National teen author
  • Huy An Nguyen, 826 National teen author
  • Dave Eggers, author

What do teens have to say about tech? Hear from one of the founders of March for Our Lives, along with four teens who have contributed to a book on social media and connections.

  • 3:45–4:30 p.m.
  • NSFK: Getting to Quality Content
  • Jill Murphy, Common Sense
  • Jenny Radesky, University of Michigan
  • Alicia Blum-Ross, Google
  • Nellie Bowles, New York Times

From apps for young children to streaming video for teens, industry and child health experts discuss parent concerns and needed solutions to get us to safer, healthier digital platforms.

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Networking Happy Hour
  • Sponsored by Mozilla

Includes light refreshments and exclusive access to museum exhibits.


Schedule and speakers subject to change.


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Featured Speakers

Danielle Abril

Tech Reporter at Fortune

Alicia Blum-Ross

Public Policy Lead, Kids & Families at Google

Nellie Bowles

Tech Reporter at The New York Times

Carissa Carter

Director of Teaching at the Stanford

Tim Chang

Partner at Mayfield Fund

Kim-Mai Cutler

Partner at Initialized Capital

Angelika de Castro

Teen Author from 826 National

Dave Eggers

Author and Co-founder of 826 National

Alex Feerst

General Counsel at Medium

Jessica González

VP of Strategy and Senior Counsel at Free Press

Alicia Gray

Senior Manager for Trust & Privacy at Mozilla

Annie Huang

Teen Author from 826 National

Michelle Hyman

Deputy Director at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Cameron Kasky

Co-founder of March for Our Lives

Sian Laing

Teen Author from 826 National

Dan’l Lewin

President and CEO of the Computer History Museum

Eli Luberoff

Founder and CEO of Desmos

Leslie Miley

Technologist and Former CTO of the Obama Foundation

Rachael Myrow

Silicon Valley Bureau Chief at KQED

Craig Newmark

Founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Huy An Nguyen

Teen Author from 826 National

Ellen Pao

Co-founder of Project Include

Dr. Jenny Radesky

Pediatrician and Researcher

Jacob Rogers

Senior Legal Counsel at Wikipedia

Shireen Santosham

Chief Innovation Officer at the City of San Jose

Lisa Solomon

Educator at the Stanford

Levi Sumagaysay

Tech Reporter at San Jose Mercury News

Marina Taylor

Director of Product at