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3 WebVisions speakers that got our minds spinning

The simple block letters adorning the stage at this year’s WebVisions conference in Portland, Oregon perfectly captured the event’s singular, tech-focused theme: “Explore the future.”

Over two days, a parade of innovative thinkers and collaborators took to the stage at Revolution Hall – a former high school turned venue – to share their visions of where we’re headed. Topics ranged from Bluetooth beacons and paleontologist content creation, to tech’s role in modern activism. Bestselling author, distinguished scholar, and Digital Trends contributor Douglas Rushkoff capped it all off with a special closing keynote.

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So what did you miss? We’ll devote an entire future article to Rushkoff’s mind-blowing thesis on the digital economy, but there were plenty of other highlights, too. Here are a few of the most intriguing, thought-provoking, and compelling talks we watched.

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