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The future of food and cars is on the Code agenda with Brown, Crenn, Liu and Tan

We still have more speakers to announce, but get ready for Code 2016, coming May 31 to June 2.

In about a month, we’ll be opening the 2016 Code conference, which is shaping up to be our biggest speaker roster ever in our 14 years, with the top names in tech, media, commerce, politics and more.

Those include: SpaceX and Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk; Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey; activists Johnetta Elzie and DeRay Mckesson; eBay CEO Devin Wenig; Ford CEO Mark Fields; Google CEO Sundar Pichai; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann; Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins; Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos; IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer.

Now we are adding more, including a panel on the future of food. For that burgeoning topic, we’ll talk to two-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn and Patrick Brown, CEO of Impossible Foods.

Via her San Francisco restaurants, Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn, Crenn has brought disruption to the somewhat hidebound restaurant industry; she is pushing the boundaries of the sector as it changes and morphs.

Meanwhile, Brown — whose first career was as a physician — has devoted himself full-time to eliminating what he calls the biggest environmental problem in the world right now: Animal farming. To that end, he founded Impossible Foods, realizing that the surest and fastest way to eliminate that industry was to use better technology to give people a delicious plant-based option.

Change, of course, is rocking the transportation industry worldwide, which is why we are bringing Didi Chuxing’s Jean Liu and Anthony Tan, CEO and founder of Grab.

Uber’s chief competitor in China, Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi) is the merger of two ride-sharing apps backed by tech giants Tencent and Alibaba. Covering the transportation map, offering taxis, private cars, social carpooling and buses, it also has a strategic partnership with Uber’s U.S. rival Lyft. Liu, a Harvard computer science graduate who comes from business royalty in China, joined the company from Goldman Sachs.

Tan is doing much the same in Southeast Asia with Grab, formerly called GrabTaxi. The company began in 2012 as a taxi-booking mobile app and it now is in 28 cities in six countries. Grab also struck a partnership with Lyft, Didi Chuxing and India’s Ola. Before he founded Grab, Tan was the head of supply chain and marketing at the Malaysian-based Tan Chong Group, his family’s automotive distribution business.

We still have more speakers to announce, but get ready for Code 2016, coming May 31 to June 2.

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