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February 17-18, 2016 / Dana Point, CA


Code Media brought together the most interesting and influential people in tech and media at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, February 17-18, 2016.

Produced by Recode senior editor Peter Kafka, in conjunction with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, this exclusive conference offered candid, unscripted onstage interviews with the biggest names in the business. Over a two-day period, attendees heard great stories, learned about important news first, and connected with the industry’s most prominent leaders.

Check out our full event coverage, including videos of the onstage interviews. You can also subscribe to our Recode Replay podcast to listen to Code Media sessions on the go.

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Day 1 | February 17, 2016

2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Conference Registration
2:00 PM
Welcome Reception
4:00 PM
General Session
5:30 PM
Opening Reception
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Evening Session
9:30 PM
Nightcap Reception

Day 2 | February 18, 2016

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Conference Registration
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
General Session
12:45 PM
Lunch Roundtables
2:15 PM
General Session
5:30 PM
Closing Reception
7:00 PM
Conference Close

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One of the highlights of Code Media is the roundtable lunch discussions, where you can participate in conversations about the future of media.

Hosted by Recode’s writers, editors, and a few of our event partners, roundtable topics include:

Who’s Going to Win the Virtual-Reality Race – And What Do They Get for Winning?
Dawn Chmielewski, Recode

What Happened to Social Commerce?
Jason Del Rey, Recode

How to Launch an Online Video Service Without Going Broke
Jason Friedlander, Director, Solutions Engineering, Media & Entertainment, Verizon Digital Media Services

When Will the TV Ad Dollars Finally Move Online – And Who Gets Them?
Peter Kafka, Recode

Who’s Going to Run the Media Business of the Future – And How Do We Convince Them to Stay?
Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next (DCN)

Netflix vs. Amazon vs. Apple vs. Google vs. the Networks: Who’s Going to Win TV?
Ed Lee, Recode

What Happens if Facebook, Apple and Snapchat Control the News?
Walt Mossberg, The Verge

Where Will Startups Find Funding in 2016?
Marcy Simon, Founder, Agent of Change

#Fail: Which Media Companies Aren’t Going to Make It Through 2016?
Kara Swisher, Recode

What’s Up, WhatsApp (And Snapchat, and WeChat, and Messenger)? Can Messaging Apps Become Media Apps?
Kurt Wagner, Recode

How Much Is Content Really Worth, and How Do We Measure That?
Avi Zimak, GM, North America, Outbrain



The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel | One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA | Telephone: +1 (949) 240-2000

A celebrated icon along the California coast, today The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel boasts a newly re-imagined and modern vibe.

Perched timelessly atop a 150 foot bluff, above Salt Creek Beach with cascading views of the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is tailor-made for travelers who desire a playful approach to Laguna luxury. Discover a surfside retreat that awakens the senses with its unique beachfront setting and remarkable service heritage, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, along the coast of Dana Point.

Driving Directions

For driving directions to the Ritz Carlton, please click here.

Air Transportation

Located along Dana Point, the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel is halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The John Wayne/Orange County Airport is the closest; approximately 25 minutes north of Dana Point. The Ritz Carlton is also, 63 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport and 44 miles south of the Long Beach Airport.

Taxi and sedan car services are readily available at all three commercial airports. One-way taxi fare from John Wayne/Orange County Airport will run approximately $65, plus gratuity and airport fees.

The Ritz Carlton recommends Resolute Transportation for sedan service. They can be reached at: 1.877.394.2660 or

The Ritz Carlton can also assist with limousine, shuttle or executive van service. Contact the Resort directly at 949.240.2000 and ask for the concierge.


The southern California Coast enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year. Winters are dry due to a semi-permanent high pressure system that sits in the Pacific Ocean and holds storm tracks well to the north. Warm air moving over the cool ocean in summer creates fog that moves in during the evening and early morning hours but almost always dissipates by midday.

The average year-round high temperature is 65°F (19°C) with temperatures ranging from high 40’s to mid 60’s in late January.


Code Media took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Built on a legacy of extraordinary service, the hotel is consistently ranked among the world’s premier travel destinations and this alluring Dana Point spot provides the perfect getaway for the discriminating guest.

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