The rise of new semiconductor innovators reimagining silicon’s potential to meet the pace of today’s emerging tech-dominated world outshone as the #1 tech trend over the next few years – as established by Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s venerable thought leadership forum.
Presented in partnership with Forbes, and sponsored by Accenture, Alaska Airlines, British Columbia, Huawei and M12, the 21st edition of Churchill Club’s annual Top 10 Tech Trends debate evaluates trend predictions for the years ahead and uncovers those that will drive the most change. A panel of five notable venture investors each present two key trends, discuss their impact and welcome a live audience to weigh in with the help of polling partner, Poll Everywhere.
“What new trends will emerge in the next several years with potential for explosive growth in about five years’ time?”
One of Churchill Club’s most anticipated events of the year is the annual Top 10 Tech Trends debate. What new trends will emerge in the next several years with potential for explosive growth in about five years’ time?
Presented in partnership with Forbes, the Top 10 Tech Trends debate evaluates trend predictions for the years ahead. A panel of five notable venture investors each present two key trends, rate and debate those trends, and a live audience weighs in.
“Our mission at Churchill Club centers on strengthening innovation, economic growth and social good,” said Churchill Club CEO Karen Tucker. “This annual debate advances our aim by exposing our entrepreneurial, enterprising audiences to important ideas and opportunities for beneficial change.”
Innovation is never going to be slower than it is today — a sentiment that rang true throughout the evening. Trends discussed at Club events past have offered the tech community first-hand insight into the impact emerging influences would have on tomorrow’s society. Examples of these included 2014 forecasts that predicted a world where the mobile on-demand economy would change the way we live, work and play, the phenomenally explosive future of home automation, and even the influence that biological data and analytics would have on the healthcare industry.
This year’s event featured Brian Ascher of Venrock, Navin Chaddha of Mayfield, Jeff Crowe of Norwest Venture Partners, Lauren Kolodny of Aspect Ventures, and Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures presenting two trends each.
“This annual debate advances our aim by exposing our entrepreneurial, enterprising audiences to important ideas and opportunities for beneficial change.”
1. Navin Chaddha: The Renaissance of Silicon Will Create Industry Giants – Clip
With the end of Moore’s Law, new semiconductors are required for a Cloud-native, Data-dominated, AI-powered, IoT world. The rise of these new players will put Silicon back into Silicon Valley.
2. Brian Ascher: Federal Defense and Intelligence Budgets Will Dramatically Unlock for Startups – Clip
Cyber Warfare is at DEFCON 1. Our Democracy has been breached. Traditional military industrial contractors lack the software skills and agility to counter the threat, while big tech companies are held back by picketing employees. Startups will fill the gap.
3. Navin Chaddha: Biology as Technology Will Reinvent Trillion Dollar Industries – Clip
Biology as Technology uses design and programming to save planetary and human health. It’s reinventing trillion-dollar industries in food, fuels, materials, diagnostics, therapeutics, computers and more.
4. Lauren Kolodny: Flexible Fertility Management Will Become Mainstream – Clip
The U.S. is in the early stages of a seismic cultural shift around how and when people have families. As more women delay having children to stay in the workforce, as the average life expectancy increases, and as more same-sex couples start families, flexible fertility services will become commonplace.
5. Rebecca Lynn: Rise of Functional Medicine Keto, paleo and gluten-free are here to stay – Clip
Look out for one-stop shop companies that facilitate functional medicine and do more than just provide diet or supplements but create packaged actionable results based on diagnostics, diet and diagnosis.
6. Rebecca Lynn: Distributed Workforces Will Become the Norm – Clip
Facilitated by collaboration software like Notion, Zoom, etc. Most dev teams will have a global presence. Eastern Europe and the Balkans will be hubs for outsourcing, which in turn will create domestic tech industries in the next 20 years.
7. Jeff Crowe: Digital Technology Makes Positive (!) Inroads on Mental Health – Clip
Over the last 5 years, heavy use of smartphones and our frenetic “always-on” culture has been cited as causing increases in depression, anxiety, and isolation. Digital technology fights back. From texting with your remote therapist to machine learning unique combinations of therapeutic problem/response, digital technology democratizes access to effective mental health treatment.
8. Jeff Crowe: Physical Space: The Final Frontier – Clip
Real estate is often listed as one of the last sectors to be impacted by technology. Get ready for some major changes: the ways that we buy, sell, lease, build, move to, live in, furnish and secure our physical spaces are becoming faster, simpler, and cheaper – for both our homes and offices. How we utilize space will continue to dramatically change in the next few years due to macroeconomic shifts, on-demand preferences, and lack of space in urban areas.
9. Lauren Kolodny: A Democratized Network of Trust – Clip
Driven by technological advances (ML/zero trust/API proliferation), increasing regulation around privacy, and consumer demand for both personalization and efficiency, a massive network of verified identity will make our digital activities more seamless and secure. This network will connect new clearinghouses that verify our most important attributes without unnecessary redundancy.
10. Brian Ascher: VR-AI-Bioelectronic Wearables Program Our Emotions in Healthful and Intentional Ways – Clip
Consumers wake up to our unhealthy addiction to the dopamine hits of social media. Immersive, non-invasive wearables biohack us into states of relaxation, mindfulness, and peak performance – -without ads!
Watch the full Top 10 Tech Trends Conversation on Churchill Club’s YouTube channel.