2012 Conference

From Proust to Programming:
Bridging the Gap Between the Humanities and the Tech World

The Second Annual BiblioTech Conference at Stanford University seeks to continue the conversation started last year at the inaugural BiblioTech Conference, "Bringing Ph.D. Innovation to Silicon Valley." Drawing upon our unique location in the heart of Silicon Valley, we will continue to explore and broker the connections between doctoral work in the humanities and careers in the tech industry. How do the knowledge and skills acquired by humanities Ph.D.s add value to the tech industry? How are humanities research and professional skills relevant to Silicon Valley and beyond in the 21st century?

The program features a cohesive format to foster substantive, in-depth discussion of the most pressing issues. Dr. Geoffrey A. Moore, who holds a Ph.D. in English and has achieved professional success as an author, business advisor, speaker, and venture partner in Silicon Valley and beyond, will kick off the conference with the opening keynote. Seven doctoral students will present three-minute "elevator" pitches of their dissertations followed by feedback from a panel of tech industry leaders and Stanford humanities professionals. The conference will close with a panel that will address the question, "Where do we go from here?," in response to the most pertinent issues raised during the morning sessions. Martin Giles, US Technology Correspondent for The Economist Newspaper, will bring his keen perspective to the table as he moderates the panel discussions.

Please join us for a lively and engaging morning and stay for the networking lunch immediately following. The conference is free and open to the public, and seating is limited. Tickets are required to ensure a seat and to attend the networking lunch.

Keynote Speaker

Geoffrey Moore - Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker and advisor as well as a venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). Recognized as a leading business advisor, Geoffrey divides his time between consulting on strategy and transformation challenges with senior executives and on developing mental models to support his advisory practice. With this intent in mind he has written his newest book published by HarperCollins in September of 2011: Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the Past, the result of his years of experience working with large enterprises in his former role as a Managing Director at TCG Advisors. Recognized as well for his expertise in market development and business and investment strategies, as a Venture Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures he also serves as an advisor to MDV portfolio companies by drawing upon best practices derived from his extensive experience working with technology startups over the last two decades.

Geoffrey has made the understanding and effective exploitation of disruptive technologies the core of his life's work. His books, Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, The Gorilla Game, Living on the Fault Line and Dealing with Darwin are best sellers and required reading at leading business schools. Highly regarded as a dynamic public speaker, he integrates a speaking practice with his advisory work.

He is a founder of both The Chasm Group and TCG Advisors. Earlier in his career, he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications company, and for the decade prior, a sales and marketing executive in the software industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in literature from Stanford University and a doctorate in literature from the University of Washington.

Opening Remarks

Debra Satz
Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts and the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society at Stanford University


Martin Giles
US Technology Correspondant
The Economist Newspaper

Conference Sponsors

Office of the President

Office of the Provost

School of Humanities and Sciences

Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education

Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages

Department of English

Department of History

Department of Linguistics

Department of Philosophy

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Department of Classics

Stanford Language Center

Stanford Career Development Center

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