The Wyoming Global Technology Summit (WGTS) is an event held every fall in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The 2019 summit will feature government leaders (Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon), high tech entrepreneurs, financiers and futurists on the topics of Blockchain, Agriculture Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Quantum Computing and Digital Healthcare Technology. Our event helps energize new approaches to old challenges, building on technologies discussed at our summits, where they can be leveraged to produce quantifiable outcomes for rural populations.

The summit is seed-funded by John D. Temte, with follow-on funding from other donors, who share our vision and from the nonprofit Jackson Hole Technology Partnership.

Past summit speakers includes: Randall Stephenson, CEO AT&T, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shoing, CEO Nantworks and Co-Owner Los Angeles Lakers, Matt Mead, Former Governor of Wyoming, Ralph de la Vega, President & CEO of AT&T Mobility and numerous venture capital firm partners.

To help support the summit or for more information please contact:

Beth Young-Jones, Global Technology Summit Director of Operations


2019 Summit



6th Annual

Wyoming Global Technology Summit

Honored guests include Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon

Thursday, September 26th

Presented by The Jackson Hole Technology Partnership 501c3


18 September 2018 Tuesday

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.   Governor Mead’s welcome reception and registration

                                    LIFT Restaurant, 645 S Cache St, Jackson, WY

19 September 2018        Wednesday

                                   CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 265 S. Cache, Jackson, Wyoming 83002              

7:45 - 8:30a.m.     Continental Breakfast (Arts Center Lobby)

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.    JHTP Chair John Temte, Temte Capital Management (Cody, WY) introduces Governor Matt Mead

 8:35 – 8: 50 a.m.  Governor Mead’s Welcome – Opening Remarks

 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.    “Venture Capital Outside of SV – Challenges & Opportunities” Moderated by Bob Grady, Former Chairman, National Venture Capital Association, and Former Lecturer in Public Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business (Jackson, WY)): Jason Pressman, Shasta Ventures (Palo Alto, CA); Josh McFarland, Greylock (Menlo Park, CA); Aman Verjee, 500 Startups (Mountain View, CA).

         9:45 - 10:05 a.m.  Networking Break

 10:05 - 10:50 a.m.“Regulatory Perspectives on Innovations in Financial Technologies” Paul Watkins, Director for the Office of Innovation, Consumer Financial Protection (Washington, DC): Introduction by Jack Selby, Managing Director, Thiel Capital (Los Angeles, CA)

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.         “The New Frontier: Innovators in Neuroscience” Moderated by Amber Caska, CEO, NEXT Family Office (Jackson, WY): Amy Bernard, PhD, Product Architect Allen Institute for Brain Science (Seattle, Washington); Leen Kawas, PhD, CEO, M3 Biotechnology (Seattle, Washington); Rachael Dunlop, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Brain Chemistry Labs (Jackson, Wyoming).

 11:45 – 12:15 p.m.         “Blockchain, Innovations in Aerospace”  Evgeni  Borisov, CEO, VIMANA GLOBAL (Liechtenstein)

12:15 p.m – 1:30 p.m.    Lunch Break Indoor/Outdoor/Networking Break 

 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.    “The Future of AI and Implications to WY and the World” Mike Vance, Real Networks, Head of Product, Artificial Intelligence (Seattle, WA).

         2:15 – 2:30 p.m.   Networking Break

 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.    “Trends in Financial Technology: 2018” Moderated by Jack Selby, Managing Director, Thiel Capital (Los Angeles, CA): Erin Collard, Blend CFO (San Francisco, CA); Brad Selby, WeSt LLC (Ex-Affirm) (San Francisco, CA); Christian Lawless, Conversion Capital (New York, NY).

 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.   “Big Data & Healthcare, A JHTP Initiative” Moderated by Dr. Allen Gee (Cody, WY): Doug Lee, VP Digital Health, Samsung Electronics America (Menlo Park, CA); Evan Grossman, Chief Integration Officer, Athena Health (Boston, MA); Peter Bergethon, M.D., VP, Quantitative Medicine and Clinical Technologies, Biogen, Inc (Boston, MA).

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.   “FirstNet Update: Our Nation’s Public Safety Network” Edward Parkinson, Director of External Affairs for FirstNet Authority (Washington, DC).

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.   Networking in Lobby 

6:30pm                Evening Reception for all attendees (location to be announced)


 20 September 2018       Thursday     

         7:45 – 8:30 a.m.   Continental breakfast (lobby) and networking    

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.   “Internet of Things: Cybersecurity Follow Up Presentation to 2016 Summit” Anthony P. Castillo, CISA, CISSP, CEO & Chief Scientist, USDN Inc. (Pasadena, CA); & Dr. Crispin Cowan, Chief Technology Officer, USDN Inc (Seattle, WA).

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  “High Altitude Entrepreneurship, from Founders to Funders”Moderated by Debby Hopkins, CEO Doublechase Advisors (Jackson, WY): Steve Sullivan, Founder/CEO Stio, (Jackson, WY); Mike FitzGerald, Co-founder and CEO Submittable,(Missoula, MT); Mike Levinthal, Managing Partner of Levinthal Capital, (Salt Lake City, UT); Sandy Hessler, Director and Creator of Start Up Intensive, (Jackson, WY); Mike Smerklo, Co Founder and MD, Next Coast Ventures, (Austin, TX). 

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.         Networking Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.         “Digital Healthcare Technology presents Leap Frog Opportunities for WY” Moderated by Lee Stein (Rancho Santa Fe, CA): Tom Forslund, Director of the WY Department of Health (Cheyenne, WY); Fran Butler-Cohen, Family Health Centers of San Diego CEO (San Diego, CA); Spencer Stein, Founder, Spiral Health (Del Mar, CA). 

11:30 - 12:00 p.m. “Losing the Nobel Prize” Dr. Brian Keating, Professor of Physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS), University of California, San Diego (San Diego, CA).

       Closing Remarks (John Temte, JHTP Chair)

Information about The Lodge at the Jackson Hole Conference Center can be found here.


Offering flights through Delta, United, and American Airlines.

Offering flights through Delta, United, and American Airlines.


In-town travel accommodations including rental cars and shuttle/taxi services can be found at The Jackson Hole Airport website here.

A list of hotel accommodations in Jackson Hole can be found through the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce website here.