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Recap: Recode’s 2018 Code Conference

Leaders in tech, media, politics and business gathered together at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes for Recode’s annual conference.

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Recode’s annual Code Conference took place in Rancho Palos Verdes, California this week as editor at large Kara Swisher and executive editor Peter Kafka co-hosted leaders from major companies like Facebook, Uber, AirBNB, AT&T and more in the iconic red chair hot seats for in-depth, newsmaking interviews about the future of tech, business and politics.

This year, the 700 Code attendees heard from the likes of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Snap’s Evan Spiegel, Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi, Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Momofuku Chef David Chang, Senator Mark Warner as well as a first look at Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report and so many more.

In addition to Recode’s extensive coverage, the 2018 Code Conference was covered by major broadcast networks and drove conversation across 200+ top-tier news outlets and thousands of social media posts, with press in attendance from outlets such as The New York Times, BuzzFeed, NBC News,The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Digiday, The Financial Times, Deadline, Variety, AdAge, Axios, CNN, Bloomberg, USA Today, Business Insider, TechCrunch, CNET, CNBC, WIRED, The Wrap, and more.

Ahead of Code, CNBC’s Julia Boorstin previewed the event, where data privacy and unchecked power of big tech companies were anticipated to top the conversations. BizBash spoke with Vox Media’s GM of Experiential and Conferences Vanessa Fontanez to provide folks who weren’t lucky enough to be at Terranea Resort last week an inside look at the invite-only event. Live from the conference Kara Swisher joined CNBC to discuss the biggest happenings of day one, and Jim Bankoff joined CNBC’s Squawk Alley to recap major news coming out of Code, as well as the latest Concert expansion news from Vox Media.

Code 2018 brought the biggest names in tech and business for hard hitting interviews as anticipated every year, with the new addition of Code University, a series of 20-minute lectures convening professors and industry experts in business leadership, space, robotics, and cybersecurity for a glimpse at the next big thing in tech.

Attendees took home Code branded Herschel bags filled with goodies from Oculus, Momofuku, Clear and more.

Head over to Recode to watch full videos of the conference’s hard hitting interviews as well as full recaps of Code Conference 2018. You can also tune into the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask where Kara Swisher, Peter Kafka, and Casey Newton get together to recap Code and address what seemed to be the event’s unofficial theme: Tech is changing and disrupting the world every day — but do its leaders see themselves as responsible for those changes, good and bad?

That’s a wrap, and we’re already looking forward to an even better Code Conference in 2019!