We’ve been rolling out the names of all our speakers for the second annual Code conference and today we are pleased to add four more: Xiaomi’s international head Hugo Barra; Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure; Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao; and GoPro CEO and founder Nick Woodman.
The speakers already unveiled include Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, Airbnb’s Brian Chesky, Oculus VR’s Brendan Iribe and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker, who will present her lightning-fast annual state of the Internet report. And, of course, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will be there to talk about larger political issues.
As usual, the event — held May 26 to 28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. — sold out quickly. But, as always, Re/code will be putting up extensive video clips of the interviews immediately and the entire sessions soon after.
Since there are so many interesting issues to discuss this year — from diversity to hacking to privacy to national security — we looked for speakers who could discuss these big issues and be challenged to explain what it all means for consumers. While we never have a specific theme to Code events, this has been an especially disruptive year in tech and media and we want to put disruptive speakers in the spotlight.
That’s clear with this group of speakers, as you will see.
Hugo Barra was already breaking ground when he was a critical executive working on Google’s Android effort. Now he has upped the game considerably as the head of international efforts for Xiaomi, the iconic Chinese mobile and technology company that has become one of the most dynamic players in that fast-growing economy. Barra knows a lot about mobile and the vast changes it has wrought over the tech landscape, especially as big players like Google and Apple see more challenges from abroad.
Marcelo Claure, who has also been a longtime entrepreneur in the wireless industry, is now heading telecom giant Sprint. As founder of wireless distributor Brightstar, he knows a lot about hustling to carve out businesses in tough environments. The dynamic Latin American-born Claure took over the job a year ago and is charged with keeping Sprint competitive in a market dominated by bigger players like Verizon and AT&T. He also owns Bolivar, the Bolivian soccer team, which is kind of cool.
At this point, there are very few people who do not know the name of Ellen Pao. She is, of course, the former Kleiner Perkins partner who waged a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the famous venture firm. Though she lost, the impact of Pao’s actions have resonated deeply in Silicon Valley, which remains a very non-diverse community, despite being one of the most important economic engines across the world. Pao is also the interim CEO of Reddit, the huge online community that has also been the subject of some scrutiny too over everything from its users posting personal and intimate photos of celebrities and the misogynistic tone of some of its myriad of threads. In other words, there will be a lot to talk about with Pao.
And very few entrepreneurs have had as wild a ride as Nick Woodman, CEO and founder of GoPro. The wearable-camera maker has captured the imagination of a lot of young people, who have been using its devices to upload their lives online at a furious pace. But since it went public last year, its stock has been as much of a roller coaster as some of the videos made by its users. Still, the compelling nature of its product is clear, as GoPro seeks to become a media giant for a new generation.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.