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Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Help Kick Off Code Conference 2015

While Re/code is politically neutral, we're highlighting disruptive figures and big issues at our second Code conference, and Sen. Warren perfectly fits that bill.

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We are thrilled to announce that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will be helping to kick off our second Code conference, on Tuesday evening, May 26.

While Re/code is politically neutral, we’re highlighting disruptive figures and big issues at our second Code, and Sen. Warren fits that bill perfectly — especially as we move into a very political year to come. The former Harvard Law professor is a high-profile critic of Wall Street and what she calls the “rigged” system in Washington, D.C. She has made income inequality, high student-loan interest rates and investment in innovation and research among her top issues, along with diversity problems in the workplace.

Warren is widely credited with spearheading the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

And although she has ruled out running for president in 2016, some Democrats are still pushing a Warren candidacy as an alternative to Hillary Clinton, who announced her bid yesterday.

We’ll quiz her in our usual style about what’s wrong in our nation’s capital, and whether her policies would really fix things. We’ll also ask her to explain how technology may — or may not — play a role in the problems and solutions.

Warren will appear on the first night of Code, along with Snapchat CEO and founder Evan Spiegel. Both will be interviewed by me and Kara Swisher.

There will be another speaker announcement to come this week (and more after that). The speakers already unveiled include Airbnb’s Brian Chesky, Oculus VR’s Brendan Iribe and Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker, who will present her lightning-fast annual state of the Internet report.

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