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Here’s Your Complete Guide to Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2016

Fortune’s annual technology conference, Brainstorm Tech, is a forum for fascinating discussions by some of the industry’s top leaders, thinkers, and innovators.

If you missed this year’s event, which was held from July 11 to 13 in Aspen, Colo., you can catch up easily using our handy guide below. It’s a compilation of all of the event’s coverage by Fortune staff. Enjoy.

CONNECTING THE CAR: THE ROAD AHEAD
With General Motors president Dan Ammann and Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer.
Moderated by Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

—Article: Lyft President Says the Company Has More Than Enough Money to Break Even, by Erin Griffith
—Article: How General Motors Expects Self-Driving Cars to Become a Reality, by Erin Griffith
—Video: General Motors Is Very Happy With its Lyft Partnership
—Video: Lyft Prefers to Think It’s Investing Money—Not Losing it
—Video: Lyft Is Partnering With Uber’s Global Competitors

TILTING THE SCALE ON CLOUD COMPUTING
With Google senior vice president Diane Greene and Fortune’s Andrew Nusca.

—Article: It’s Google’s Time to Shine in Big Business, by Barb Darrow
—Video: How Google Is Tackling Healthcare, Financial Services, and Media
—Video: Google ‘Gets’ Big Business
Video of the entire session

WHAT MAKES A LARGE PRIVATE COMPANY TICK?
With Koch Industries chairman and CEO Charles Koch and Fortune’s Alan Murray.

—Video: Is Government Policy Too Restrictive For Big Business?
—Video: How Koch Industries Challenges Its Employees To Be Innovators
—Video: Why Koch Industries Isn’t Supporting a Presidential Candidate
Transcript of the entire session
Video of the entire session

CAN GOVERNMENT DISRUPT ITSELF?
With U.S. Digital Service co-founder Haley Van Dyck and Fortune’s Leena Rao.

—Article: Uncle Sam Wants You to Join This Digital Startup, by Robert Hackett
—Video: Can Government Disrupt itself?

CONTEMPLATING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
With IBM Watson’s David Kenny, Humatics’ David Mindell, Bloomberg Beta’s Shivon Zilis, and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

—Article: Data Is the New Oil, by Jonathan Vanian
—Video: Data Is the New Oil
Video of the entire session

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
With Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson, GV’s Bill Maris, TPG’s David Trujillo, and Fortune’s Dan Primack.

—Article: Why Blood Test Startup Theranos Raised Money So Easily, by Kia Kokalitcheva
—Video: The Ripple Effect of Theranos In Biotech Investing

SYNCING UP WITH DROPBOX
With Dropbox’s Drew Houston and Dennis Woodside and Fortune’s Dan Primack.

—Article: Dropbox Says Controlling its Own Tech Makes it Faster, Nimbler, by Barb Darrow
—Video: Synching up with dropbox

A NEW WAY TO WORK
With WeWork’s Adam and Rebekah Neumann and Fortune’s Andrew Nusca.

—Article: WeWork Is Not Afraid to go Public, by Erin Griffith
—Video: Will WeWork IPO?
Video of the entire session

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION
With Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger and Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram.

—Article: The Best Protection Against Disruption Is a Great Story, Says Disney’s CEO, by Mathew Ingram
—Video: Disney’s Bob Iger Discusses the Future of Interactive Storytelling
—Video: Disney CEO Bob Iger Talks About Creating Future Entertainment, Today
—Video: Disney’s Bob Iger Isn’t Worried About Losing ESPN Subscribers
Video of the entire session

HALT AND CATCH FIRE
With AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ co-creators Christopher Cantwell and Christopher Rogers, executive producer Melissa Bernstein, and Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram.

—Article: Why We Can’t Stop Watching Movies and TV Shows About the Tech Industry, by Kia Kokalitcheva
Video of the entire session

CHINA ROUNDTABLE: 21ST-CENTURY INNOVATION
With McKinsey’s Michael Chui, GGV Capital’s Jenny Lee, Flex’s Mike McNamara, CSC Venture Capital’s Veronica Wu, and CNN’s Jaime FlorCruz.

—Article: How China Is Preparing for a Decline In the Size of its Workforce, by Clifton Leaf

WHAT COMES AFTER UNICORNS?
With Accomplice’s Jeff Fagnan, Battery Ventures’ Roger Lee, Floodgate’s Ann Miura-Ko, Spark Capital Growth’s Megan Quinn, NEA’s Scott Sandell, and Fortune’s Dan Primack.

—Article: Why the Lack of Women in Venture Capital Continues to Persist, by Leena Rao

WHEN DIVERSITY IS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT
With HP’s Lesley Slaton Brown, Code2040’s Laura Weidman Powers, Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s John Rice, Twitter’s Jeffrey Siminoff, NEA’s Melissa Taunton, and Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram.

—Article: The Key to Tech Industry Diversity Is the White Male CEO, by Andrew Nusca

WIRING THE WORLD AROUND US, FROM ENERGY TO ELEVATORS
With ThyssenKrupp’s Patrick Bass, Aspect Ventures’ Jennifer Fonstad, Savant’s William Lynch, Zebra Technologies’ Jill Stelfox, Cree’s Chuck Swoboda, and Fortune’s Barb Darrow.

—Article: Why Connecting Devices to the Internet Is Just the First Step, by Jonathan Vanian

TUNING IN TO THE NEW WORLD OF TV
With Whalerock Industries’ Jeff Berman, Univision Communications’ Isaac Lee, Fox Networks Group’s Joe Marchese, Hulu’s Beatrice Springborn, and Fortune’s Erin Griffith.

—Article: ‘Cord-Cutters’ Are Not That Radical, by Kia Kokalitcheva

A CHIP FOR EVERY HOME (AND FACTORY AND HOSPITAL)
With Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

—Article: Intel CEO Explains What Happened With That Donald Trump Fundraiser, by Barb Darrow
—Video: Here’s How Intel Plans to Re-Enter the Memory Market
—Video: This Is Intel’s Future in Tech

THIS TOY STORY STARTS WITH TECHNOLOGY
With Toys ‘R’ Us CEO David Brandon and Fortune’s Dan Primack.

—Article: Toys ‘R’ Us CEO Says He Wants Toy Chain to Return to New York City, by John Kell
—Video: Toys ‘R’ Us Has a Secret Weapon in the War Against Amazon
Video of the entire session

10 TRENDS IN 10 MINUTES
With Culture Co-op CEO Melissa Lavigne-Delville.

Video of the entire session

A LEAP INTO MIXED REALITY
With Magic Leap’s Rony Abovitz and Brian Wallace and Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram.

—Article: Magic Leap Wants the Entire World to Be Your Computer Display, by Mathew Ingram
Video of the entire session

PRESENTATION
With Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani.

Video of the entire session

THE INDUSTRIALIST’S DILEMMA
With GE’s Beth Comstock, Box’s Aaron Levie, and Fortune’s Alan Murray.

—Article: Why GE Is Willing to Make Mistakes, by Heather Clancy
—Video: The Strategy Behind GE’s Incentive System
—Video: Tesla Has a Larger Margin for Error because It’s a Disruptor
—Video: How GE IS Merging Digital and Industrial

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: CAN A MACHINE MAKE YOU MILLIONS?
With Ellevest’s Sallie Krawcheck, Wealthfront’s Adam Nash, Felicis Ventures’ Aydin Senkut, Hearsay Social’s Clara Shih, and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

—Article: These are the Jobs that Artificial Intelligence Will Eliminate First, by Dan Primack

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: RETHINKING SERVICE FOR THE SMART AGE
With Hyatt Hotels’ Mark Hoplamazian, OpenTable’s Christa Quarles, McDonalds’ Atif Rafiq, NBA’s David Stern, Slack’s April Underwood, and Fortune’s Clifton Leaf.

—No coverage available

WINNING THE NEW TALENT WARS
With TaskRabbit’s Stacy Brown-Philpot, Concur’s Elena Donio, Twilio’s Jeff Lawson, Fitbit’s James Park, DraftKings’ Jason Robins, and Fortune’s Aaron Task.

—Article: HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Has Caused Some Soul-Searching At Tech Companies, by Erin Griffith

BUILDING AN AGILE ORGANIZATION FOR THE DIGITAL AGE
With General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz and Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram.

—Article: Why Employers Need to Empathize with ‘Entitled’ Millennials, by Jonathan Vanian

CAN THE TECH INDUSTRY STOP A NEW COLD WAR?
With the Stimson Center’s Brian Finlay, N Square’s Erika Gregory, ‘Command and Control’ author Eric Schlosser, and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

Can Tech Innovation Stop Nuclear Terrorism? by Clifton Leaf

BIG BUSINESS RACES TO THE STARS
With Accion Systems’ Natalya Brikner, NASA’s Philip McAlister, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company’s George Whitesides, and Fortune’s Andrew Nusca.

—No coverage available

THE (BLOCK) CHAIN GANG: FUTURISTIC FINANCE
With Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong, Breyer Capital’s Jim Breyer, Chain’s Adam Ludwin, Netki’s Justin Newton, and Fortune’s Robert Hackett.

—No coverage available

BEING AIRBNB
With Airbnb’s Brian Chesky and Belinda Johnson and Fortune’s Andrew Nusca.

—Article: What Airbnb’s CEO Learned From a Bitter Fight With His Hometown, by Jeff John Roberts
—Article: Fixing Airbnb’s Discrimination Problem Is Harder Than It Seems, by Kia Kokalitcheva
—Video: Airbnb Is Still Trying to Resolve its Legal Issues in New York and San Fransisco
—Video: How AirBnB Is Trying to Make Itself More Inclusive
—Video: Airbnb Just Hit 100 Million Guest Arrivals

REPORT: CLOSING THE ED–TECH GAP
With the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, Orange County Public Schools’ Barbara Jenkins, and Time’s Susanna Schrobsdorff.

—Article: How to Revitalize Schools with Tech, by Robert Hackett

ALEXA, WHAT’S NEXT FOR AI?
With Amazon senior vice president David Limp and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

—Article: Here Are Alexa’s Most Popular Skills, by Leena Rao
—Video: You Can Make Your Amazon Alexa Smarter

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND—WITH TRANSISTORS
With DST Global founder Yuri Milner and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

—Article: This Internet Billionaire Wants to Solve the Mystery of the Universe, by Barb Darrow
Video of the entire session

TAKING TALENT BEYOND THE COURT
With Springhill Entertainment’s Maverick Carter, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, and Fortune’s Dan Primack.

—Article: Warriors’ Draymond Green Speaks About His Arrest For The First Time, by Katie Fehrenbacher
—Video: NBA Star Draymond Green Discusses His Arrest for Assault
—Video: Athletes Can Get Honest on Uninterrupted
Video of the entire session

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH DRONES?
With Airware’s Jonathan Downey, Descartes Labs’ Mark Johnson, Hogan Lovells’ Gretchen West, and Fortune’s Andrew Nusca.

—Article: Regulations Are Still a Top Concern Among Drone Experts, by Kia Kokalitcheva

MARKETING INNOVATION: THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT
With Samsung’s Marc Mathieu, Facebook’s Sarah Personette, Clique Media Group’s Katherine Power, Dell’s Karen Quintos, Viant’s Tim Vanderhook, and Fortune’s Erin Griffith.

—No coverage available

CAN SMART GUNS BE SMARTER?
With the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation’s Margot Hirsch, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Lawrence Keane, Biofire Technologies’ Kai Kloepfer, and Fortune’s Dan Primack.

—Article: How Close Are We To Smart Guns? by Leena Rao

FINDING OPPORTUNITIES IN TURBULENT TIMES
With Breyer Capital’s Jim Breyer, Revolution’s Steve Case, GoDaddy’s Blake Irving, ‘The Creator’s Code’ author Amy Wilkinson, and Fortune’s Clifton Leaf.

—Article: Turbulent Times Might Actually Spark Rather Than Hinder Innovation, by Barb Darrow

A NEW MODEL FOR CONNECTIVITY
With Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Fortune’s Andrew Nusca.

—Article: Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins Has Had a Very Busy Year, by Jonathan Vanian
—Video: How Chuck Robbins Is Changing Cisco
Video of the entire session

MAKING MOVIES FOR A GLOBAL AUDIENCE
With Legendary Entertainment’s Thomas Tull and Mary Parent and Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram.

—Article: Movie Producer Thomas Tull Launches VC Fund, by Dan Primack
—Video: Why Legendary Entertainment Was Sold to a Chinese Conglomerate

BEYOND MOBILE
With PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and Fortune’s Andrew Nusca.

—Article: PayPal Is Okay If Millennials Don’t Know It Owns Venmo, by Leena Rao
—Video: This Is Venmo’s Secret Sauce
Video of the entire session

MASTER COACH: WHAT I LEARNED FROM BILL CAMPBELL
With MetricStream’s Shellye Archambeau, Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr, Uber’s Emil Michael, Intuit’s Brad Smith, and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky.

—Article: Leadership Lessons from CEO Coach Bill Campbell, by Erin Griffith
—Video: Bill Campbell Focused on Diversity Before It Was Cool