John Gallagher| Detroit Free Press

Techonomy Detroit, a conference that explores the role of technology in the economy and society, returns in September for its third annual gathering.

Organizers said this week that the conference will begin Sept. 15 with a reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts, followed by a full day Sept. 16 at the Community Arts Auditorium and McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University.

Confirmed speakers include Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square; industrial designer Brooks Atwood; urban affairs expert Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution; Stacy Brown-Philpot, chief operating officer of Task Rabbit; Joel Gurin, open data expert, author and senior adviser to the Governance Lab at New York University, and Harvard Business Review executive editor Justin Fox.

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