/// Larry Summers, Gabrielle Giffords and Extreme Pilots Headline Google’s Partner-Petting Conference in the Desert
Google’s Zeitgeist Americas conference starts today at a tony resort near Scottsdale, Arizona, with more than 450 partners, customers and Google executives set for three days of talks from speakers including CEO Larry Page and other notables flown in from around the globe. It’s a snazzy boondoggle, indeed; last year guests got to experience zero-gravity flights that mimic the weightlessness of space. It’s not clear what this year’s freebie will be. A source provided us with the speaker list, and here are some selections from the 2013 lineup, which is a mix of execs, modern-day superheroes and many TED Talk alums: Not-Fed-Chairman-candidate Larry Summers Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly Education administrators Cami Anderson and Freeman Hrabowski Youth inventors Elif Bilgin and Taylor Wilson A pair of tech CEOs: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and GoPro CEO Nick Woodman Entertainment makers Mark Burnett, Sal Masekela and Shane Smith Solar-powered pilot André Borschberg, BASE jumper Matthias Giraud and balloonist Bertrand Piccard Many of the Zeitgeist talks are posted on YouTube pretty quickly; you’ll be able to find theme here .