20th Anniversary Visionary Awards speeches and panel talk are published!

On June 8th, 2017 we have the privilege to honor our 2017 Visionary Honorees at Silicon Valley Forum’s 20th Anniversary Visionary Awards, the Oscars® of Silicon Valley. We were proud to bring it back to where it all started 20 years ago in the City of San Jose. We had the honor to have the Mayor of San Jose Sam Liccardo giving his welcoming remarks at the event together with our Executive Director, Denyse Cardozo.

Visionary Awards, one of Silicon Valley’s longest-running tech ceremonies honoring the brightest stars in tech includes visionary honorees like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jessica Jackley, Scott McNealy, Ray Kurzweil, Reed Hastings, Tim O’Reilly, Padma Warrior, Anne Wojcicki, and Reid Hoffman–just to name a few. For more information on our past 101 visionary honoree recipients, please visit https://siliconvalleyforum.com/pages/visionaries.

Adding to the list are our 2017 Visionary Honorees each of whom have contributed unmatched voice and vision to Silicon Valley’s unique technology ecosystem.


Linda Rottenberg – CEO and Founder of Endeavor; author of best-seller “Crazy is a Compliment”; named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News, TIME’s 100 Innovators for the 21st Century.

Linda Rottenberg’s quote of the evening: “You call us visionaires. I call us crazy people.

Watch Linda’s acceptance speech here introduced by Jason Green, Emergence Capital, or listen to it as a podcast right below:


Don Eigler – Director of the Wetnose Institute for Advanced Pelagic Studies. Don was one of the first scientists in history to manipulate and position individual atoms, a breakthrough that changed computer science forever.

Don Eigler’s quote of the evening: “Stagnation is an enemy of everyone in Silicon Valley.”

Watch Don’s acceptance speech here introduced by Jeff Welser, IBM Research, or listen to it as a podcast right below:


Neri Oxman – Architect, Designer, Inventor and Associate Professor based at the MIT Media Lab. Out-of-this-world art installations; 3D-printed a set of masks for Björk, worn in the world’s first 360° VR performance.

Neri Oxman’s quote of the evening: “The worst than being blind is having sight and no vision.

Watch Neri’s acceptance speech here introduced by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, SFMOMA, or listen to it as a podcast right below:



Megan J. Smith – First female CTO of the United States; leader and guide of adventurous projects; focused on inclusiveness and diversity in technology.

Megan J. Smith’s quote of the evening: “We’ve been treating diversity as an outside the building problem when it’s inside the building.”

Watch Megan’s acceptance speech here introduced by Ryan Panchadsaram, KPCB and Leanne Pittsford, Lesbians Who Tech, Tech Jobs Tour and Include.io, or listen to it as a podcast right below:

A special thank to our Gold Sponsor Accenture Ventures and Red Carpet Sponsors; Deloitte and BussinessWire.

See pictures from the evening (click next to see more):



Author: Xi-Er Dang
Product Marketing Specialist

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