BlackBerry’s John Chen, Google’s Eric Schmidt to speak in Santa Monica


Top tech executives, including BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt are in town this week for a two-day technology and media conference.

Oasis: The Montgomery Summit -- for a decade known as the Montgomery Technology Conference before a name change this year -- will take place at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica on Wednesday and Thursday.

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The invitation-only confab will feature panels, networking and presentations from chief executives of about 150 companies in the social, mobile, analytics and cloud sectors. More than 800 senior-level investors and corporate executives are expected to attend.

Schmidt and Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen are scheduled to give a keynote at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Chen is scheduled to speak on stage at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by Jessica Alba and Brian Lee of baby products e-commerce company the Honest Co. at 2 p.m.

The Montgomery conference, founded in 2004, also has been a popular venue for up-and-coming companies to showcase their ideas. Twitter, Facebook and Pandora presented at the conference during their early stages. Previous speakers include Dreamworks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and Zappos Chief Executive Tony Hsieh.


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