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Laurene Powell Jobs and Kamala Harris are coming to Code

Tech meets philanthropy and politics.

Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Quick: You have billions of dollars and you want to make the world a better place. Where to start?

That’s the question facing Laurene Powell Jobs, who has an estimated net worth of $20 billion. She’s trying to answer it via the Emerson Collective, her philanthropic organization that’s investing in a range of ventures, from a high school for the homeless to Hollywood production companies that make “socially relevant content.”

Powell Jobs, whose husband Steve died more than five years ago, has generally kept a low profile. But she’s coming onstage at the Code Conference next month to talk about her approach to philanthropy and investing, why she’s interested in working with “social entrepreneurs” — and what she thinks other people can do with their time and money to help tackle big systemic problems.

Joining her onstage will be Kamala Harris, one of California’s U.S. senators, and a rising star in the Democratic party. Harris, who was previously California’s attorney general, won her seat last fall in an election period that reset national politics. Now her state — backed in large part by resources from Silicon Valley — is shaping up to be one of the primary forces against the Trump administration on issues like immigration and the environment.

That gives us plenty to talk about. But that’s what we do well at Code, which features unscripted, on-the-record conversations with some of the most interesting people from the tech world and beyond.

This year’s scheduled speakers include: Uber’s Travis Kalanick, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Andreessen Horowitz’s Marc Andreessen, Greylock’s Reid Hoffman, CBS + Viacom’s Shari Redstone, the LA Clippers’ Steve Ballmer, Alphabet’s Ruth Porat and Intel’s Brian Krzanich.

And more to come! Stay tuned.

In the meantime: Code 2017 is returning to the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., from May 30 to June 1. You can read all the details here.

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