The online trust crisis. Conversational AI. Blockchain. Cannabis and CBD. Online experiential shopping.

These were just some of the topics tackled at Ad Age Next, our biggest annual conference, held in New York City on Nov. 13 and 14. Taking on innovation in a tech-obsessed world, the event was jam-packed with panels and presentations from nearly 50 different speakers, delivering insights on where marketing is heading next.

Is imagination really more important than knowledge?
David Shing, Digital Prophet, Oath
The online trust crisis: how media and marketers can earn it back
Jen Wong, Chief Operating Officer, Reddit
Interviewer: Brian Braiker, Editor, Ad Age
Owning your voice in a world of bots: the rise of conversational AI
Jason Mars, Co-Founder and CEO, Clinc
Consumers at the ramparts: the industrial counter-revolution
Randall Wilkinson, CEO, The Wilkinson Group
Higher Times: the future of marketing cannabis and CBD
David Dancer, Chief Marketing Officer, MedMen
Jason DeLand, Founding Partner and Joint Global CEO, Anomaly
Claudia Mata, Co-Founder, Vertly
Moderator: Brian Braiker, Editor, Ad Age
Giving consumers the keys to your kingdom: connections as the future of currency
Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO, Girlboss
Interviewer: Jeanine Poggi, Senior Editor, Ad Age
In search of what's next: finding, creating and evaluating innovation
Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit and Initialized Capital
Changing the "white bro" culture of Silicon Valley
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Angels
Dara Treseder, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Ventures
Moderator: Meg Graham, Reporter, Ad Age
The future of human-robot interactions
Kass Dawson, Global Head of Marketing Communications, Softbank Robotics
Interviewer: Brian Braiker, Editor, Ad Age
The road ahead: bringing self-driving cars to the public
Next mobility
Meiling Tan, Head of Marketing, Waymo
Breaking the mobility gridlock: how to move past policy pileups surrounding next-gen transportation tech
Next mobility
Ryan Kelly, Head of Marketing and Communications, Virgin Hyperloop One
Frank Reig, CEO and Co-Founder, Revel
Moderator: E.J. Schultz, Assistant Managing Editor, Ad Age
Where do we go from here?
Next mobility
Jacob Mason, Global Research Manager, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
Interviewer: E.J. Schultz, Assistant Managing Editor, Ad Age
Reimagining retail through offline commerce and online experiential shopping
Next retail and e-commerce
Ben Kaufman, Head of BuzzFeed Commerce, BuzzFeed
Rachel Shechtman, Founder and CEO, Story
Jackie Williams, Event Director, PopSugar Play/Ground
Moderator: Adrianne Pasquarelli, Reporter, Ad Age
Goodbye cash register: AI and the future of stores
Next retail and e-commerce
Jordan Fisher, CEO and Co-Founder, Standard Cognition
Moderator: Adrianne Pasquarelli, Reporter, Ad Age
Inclusion in retail: how diversity can be more than just a marketing buzzword
Next retail and e-commerce
Vanessa Holden, Chief Marketing Officer, J.Crew
Karalyn Smith, Senior VP of Human Resources, Sephora
Rob Smith, Founder, The Phluid Project
Interviewer: Adrianne Pasquarelli, Reporter, Ad Age
Leveling the playing field with machine learning
Next esports and gaming
Sharmeen Browarek Chapp, Senior Director of Viewer Engagement, Twitch
The near future of esports: what role brands can and should play in gaming's digital arena
Next esports and gaming
Josh Cella, Head of Global Partnerships, Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues
Glenn Minerley, VP and Group Account Director of Music, Entertainment and Esports, Momentum Worldwide
Nicola Piggott, Co-Founder, The Story Mob
Moderator: Jeanine Poggi, Senior Editor, Ad Age
Getting at what really matters: the art of creating mission-driven, trust-building content of the future
Next media tech
Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer, Refinery29
Ad tech's coming revolution
Next media tech
Sam Cox, Group Product Manager at AdManager, Google
Joanna O'Connell, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester
Mike O'Sullivan, VP of Product Management, Index Exchange
Ari Paparo, CEO, Beeswax
Moderator: George Slefo, Reporter, Ad Age
Crypto decoded: how blockchain technology will transform advertising and media
Next media tech
Alanna Gombert, CEO, Digital Asset Trade Association
Manoush Zomorodi, Co-Founder, Stable Genius Productions
Rob Smith, Founder, The Phluid Project
Interviewer: George Slefo, Reporter, Ad Age
Creating while black
Pras Michél, Founder, Blacture
Interviewer: I-Hsien Sherwood, Associate Creativity Editor, Ad Age
Next buzz
Tony Magee, Founder, Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Next reinvention
Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer, Endeavor
Interviewer: Brian Braiker, Editor, Ad Age