Places Where the Digital Economy is Happening

Shelly Dutton

Who Was Where

Join the digital revolution with some of today’s top innovators and thought leaders. Get in the middle of the action at these events.

October 06–08
Future M.
Boston, Massachusetts

Cynthia Breazeal Credit: blogcritics.org
Cynthia Breazeal Credit: blogcritics.org

At this event, hosted by Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, presenters offered their cutting-edge ideas for transforming the customer experience. Uri Minkoff, cofounder and CEO of Rebecca Minkoff, demonstrated how tech-savvy marketers can create meaningful brand interactions. And Cynthia Breazeal, founder and chief scientist of Jibo, addressed the ethics and implications of using persuasive and emotional technology to reach customers.

November 04–15
IDC FutureScape Web 2016
Online

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Frank Gens Credit: IDC

Executives know that digital transformation is changing the economics and practices of every industry and that their businesses will be disrupted if they don’t evolve soon. The tough part is knowing how to do it. That’s why IDC released this series of 35 Webcasts detailing its 2016 predictions for emerging technology adoption and advice for leading your organization’s transformation to scale. No matter your industry, technology of interest, or IT capability, IDC senior vice president and chief analyst Frank Gens and others spell it out all in this series, which is available until April 2016.

November 05–06
7th Global Drucker Forum 2015
Vienna

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Ruimin Zhang Credit: Chuan Song

As we contemplate a world full of robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, we have to ask: how do we claim our humanity in a digital age? Thought leaders and practitioners debated how we can bring humanity back into our deployment of intelligent technologies. Kevin Roberts, executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, discussed the power of unreasonable thinking and why rational-thinking machines alone cannot always solve a problem. Ruimin Zhang, CEO and chairman of the board for the Haier Group, demonstrated how marrying human intellect with digital technology can lead to strategic innovation and an unparalleled customer experience.

November 10–11
Chief Digital Officer Forum
Chicago, Illinois

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There’s a new seat in the executive boardroom: the chief digital officer (CDO). These leaders have the acumen to deliver the digital platforms, best practices, and technologies that help optimize every process, operational activity, and customer interaction throughout the business network. Brands, including Heineken, Google, and ESPN, detailed how the CDO has helped transform their business models to seize the attention of digital natives and digital immigrants alike.

November 11–15
SXSW Interactive
Austin, Texas

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Widely known as a breeding ground for mindexpanding ideas and cutting-edge technology, this festival presents artists, performers, thought leaders, and executives who embody the digital spirit. Anthony Bourdain talks about his experiences in building digital media that creates global awareness, while U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx reveals plans for accelerating smart city innovation. Plus, you’ll learn why Casey Gerald, cofounder and CEO of MBAs Across America, is named one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company as he delivers his message of making purpose the new bottom line in our lives and work.

What’s Next

The leading edge of the Digital Economy is wherever innovators gather. Be a part of the revolution.

March 11–15
SXSW Interactive
Austin, Texas

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Widely known as a breeding ground for mindexpanding ideas and cutting-edge technology, this festival presents artists, performers, thought leaders, and executives who embody the digital spirit. Anthony Bourdain talks about his experiences in building digital media that creates global awareness, while U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx reveals plans for accelerating smart city innovation. Plus, you’ll learn why Casey Gerald, cofounder and CEO of MBAs Across America, is named one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company as he delivers his message of making purpose the new bottom line in our lives and work.

March 21–23
Agenda16
Amelia Island, Florida

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Dennis Maloney Credit: Dennis Maloney

Digital transformation demands dedicated leadership. It’s exciting, but it’s also difficult. Get inspired by trailblazing organizations. The event will be an opportunity to learn critical lessons for guiding your business through rapid change from speakers including Domino’s CDO Dennis Maloney and AFLAC senior VP and CIO Julia Davis.

 

April 06
Smart Cities
Sofia, Bulgaria

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The demand for sustainable urban infrastructures that require less energy and fewer resources has never been greater. Discover the key technologies for making cities more efficient and livable. Each year, the conference program hosts organizations, including Architects’ Council of Europe, Calypso Networks Association (Croatia), International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance (Germany), ETRA (Spain), Austrian Energy Agency, Covenant of Mayors (Belgium), Energy Agency of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Telelink (Bulgaria), and Alvarion Technologies (Israel).

May 11–13
CES Asia
Shanghai, China

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Join more than 30,000 executives, technology enthusiasts, and innovators for exclusive access to some of the world’s largest brands and emerging innovations that are redefining the electronics industry. Some of the industry’s most-pressing topics, including green technology, robotics, smart homes, 3D printing, and wearable tech, will be discussed in detail. Last year, invited speakers represented globally notable companies such as Audi, IBM, Huawei, Intel, and Suning.

May 17 – 19
SAPPHIRE NOW Conference
Orlando, FL

Coldplay
Coldplay

Co-hosted by SAP and ASUG, SAPPHIRE NOW brings a community together to learn and exchange ideas. Technology and business leaders learn how to enable their digital business strategy and get more from their technology investment. Steve Wozniak, Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc. will keynote. The
agenda packed with leading thinkers and digital economy practitioners is being finalized. The event will close with a concert by the Grammy Award winning band, Coldplay.