Jeffrey P. Bezos, J. Craig VenterMartine RothblattCharles BoldenArati PrabhakarHelen Greiner, and Steve Huffman will speak with Katie Couric and Martin Baron among the moderators

High school robotics competition judged by Bezos and Greiner

The Washington Post today announced Transformers, a day-long gathering in Washington about the technological advances and business moves that are upending industries and changing lives. Robots are performing surgery. Computers are beating humans at our own games. Businesses and governments are collaborating in unprecedented ways, opening up new markets and models. On May 18, some of the most transformative thinkers in the country will discuss breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, commercial space travel, and medicine — providing opportunities for a powerful exchange of ideas, strategies and lessons learned.

Speakers include Jeffrey P. Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, founder and chief executive of, and founder of Blue Origin; J. Craig Venter, co-founder of Human Longevity Inc.; Martine Rothblatt, co-chief executive of United Therapeutics Corp.; Arati Prabhakar, director of DARPA; NASA Administrator Charles BoldenEmmett Shear, chief executive of Twitch; David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group; Wendy Schmidt, president, The Schmidt Family Foundation and co-founder, Schmidt Ocean Institute; George Whitesides, chief executive of Virgin Galactic; Helen Greiner, chief executive of CyPhy Works; Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit; David Kenny, general manager, IBM Watson; Neil Harbisson, cyborg artist; Katie Couric, journalist, author and Yahoo Global News Anchor; and Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post.

The event will also feature a robotics competition for D.C. area high school students. Working closely with mentors from The Post’s engineering teams, students will receive a basic robotics kit and have one day to build an original tool that can gather information from a mock story environment. Bezos and Greiner will judge the competition, revealing winners at the conclusion of the event.

The full program will be live-streamed on Video and a special report will be available following the event.

Register to attend as press.

The event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Samsung Electronics America.