Smithsonian Magazine Launching Tech, Science Conference

'The Future Is Here' planned for June 1

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Smithsonian magazine is getting ready to launch The Future Is Here, a new conference focusing on science, technology, engineering and math innovations. The conference is set take place on June 1 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. with a list of notable speakers including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, astrophysicist John Mather and ocean explorer Bob Ballard. Each of the day’s presenters—14 in all—will give a 10-minute presentation about a topic in his or her field, according to the magazine.

The conference’s theme will also extend to print and digital platforms. A special May 2013 issue of Smithsonian magazine focused on science and tech will hit newsstands later this month, and the magazine’s website is getting its own online special report, “Educating Students for the 21st Century.”

The conference’s name, according to Smithsonian editor in chief Michael Caruso, was inspired by a quote from novelist William Gibson: “The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed.”

“What we're trying to do with this event is present the deep pockets of knowledge that these amazing speakers have, to distribute the future that they know is already here a little more evenly,” Caruso explained in a statement.

@adweekemma Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.