Where the Digital Economy is Happening in Q2

Shelly Dutton

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

What Happened

Mar 21–24
4A’s Transformation 2016
Miami, Florida

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images1Through a combination of fireside chats, neverbefore- seen presentations, and conversations with top brand marketers, attendees heard unique perspectives on digital transformation in every aspect of marketing. The roster featured Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO of VICE; Mark Thompson, president and CEO of The New York Times Company; Wendy Clark, CEO of DDB Worldwide; and Tara Walpert Levy, managing director of Agency Solutions for YouTube, to name a few.

April 14–15
Chief Strategy Officer Summit
Hong Kong

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images2Some of the most dynamic senior executives working in the Asia-Pacific region met to discuss the evolution of strategic planning at a time when businesses are focused on sustaining their competitive advantage. Boasting 1,000 hours of on-demand content, industry case studies, and networking opportunities, this event hosted presenters such as Anna Choi, head of strategy and communications at Siemens; Anthon Ivarsson, global head of commercial transformation for Damco; Sriram Srinivasan, Asia-Pacific head of digital platforms and channel operations at HSBC; and Cleo Sham, general manager of Uber.

May 10–11
Thinking Digital
Gateshead, United Kingdom

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images3As digitalists, we are constantly thinking about what’s coming next. Who better to tell us than those who are watching the latest challenges, solutions, and trends unfold firsthand? Rory Sutherland, vice chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group UK; Ed Vaizey, minister of state for culture and the digital economy, U.K.; Heather Knight, social roboticist and founder of Marilyn Monrobot and the annual Robot Film Festival; and others discussed the opportunities ahead to reimagine every aspect of business, from the future of work to the customer experience.

May 17–19
Orlando, Florida

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images4The chance to be inspired by Steve Wozniak or enjoy a night grooving with Coldplay are among the highlights that make this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference a destination for innovators. Attendees from around the world are discovering how companies are taking advantage of digital transformation to reimagine everything from healthcare and education to manufacturing and retail. Check out replays of the keynotes and sessions, including the May 17 keynote by SAP CEO Bill McDermott, by visiting http://events.sap.com/sapandasug/en/home.

May 18
MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Cambridge, Massachusetts

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images5CEOs, CIOs, and other senior executives meet with academic experts from MIT to hear the latest research and insights on competing in the digital economy. Highlights include Prof. Christian Catalini discussing blockchain’s transformational impact on commerce; Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson, coauthor of The Second Machine Age, detailing new expectations for the future of work; and Prof. Marshall van Alstyne providing a roadmap for finding the best digital platform that unites businesses with customers, partners, and employees.

What’s Next

May 23-24
EmTech Digital
San Francisco

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images6Artificial intelligence offers a variety of opportunities and surprising implications for individuals, industry, and society. The carefully curated line of speakers includes Jack Chou, head of product for Pinterest; Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu; Oren Etzioni, CEO of Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence; Maja Matarić, founding director of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center at the University of Southern California; and Chris Urmson, director of the selfdriving cars project at X (formerly Google[x]). Speakers will detail the changes ahead, as well as the potential challenges and opportunities.

June 02
China Digital Conference

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images7Digital experts and industry leaders from China–including keynote speakers from seem of the nation’s online enterprises–will spend the day with executives from around the world, explaining how a digital revolution is fueling up to 22% of Chinas GDP growth. be inspired by the creativity and ingenuity of e-commerce giant Alibaba, the latest trends and opportunities in Chinese social media, and networking opportunities with executives from digital-driven companies.

Jun 08–09
NOAH Berlin 2016

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images8High-profile speakers give a tour of digital disruptions that are impacting advertising, education, sports, healthcare, home automation, financial services, media, telecommunications, retail, and more. Last year’s roster featured digitally minded politicians, executives, and investors such as Accel Partners’ partner Sonali De Rycker; Axel Springer CEO Dr. Mathias Döpfner; Business Insider co-founder, CEO, and editor in chief Henry Blodget; European Parliament president Martin Schulz; Huffington Post co-founder, president, and editor in chief Arianna Huffington; and King Digital Entertainment founder and CEO Riccardo Zacconi.

June 09–10
Business Technology Europe 2016
Lisbon, Portugal

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images9Executives and innovators know that digital transformation brings complexity–and they have to earn how to manage it. Join Forrester Research as some of today’s foremost practitioners discuss how to successfully enable omnichannel experiences, enhance operational excellence, and leverage predictive analytics and business intelligence to drive business results.

June 21–22
Lions Innovation
Cannes, France

sap_Q216_digital_double_agenda_images10Billed as “part thought leadership summit, part live experiment, part field trip into the future,” Lions Innovation celebrates the spark that technology provides for creativity and innovation. This year’s gala is bound to bring surprises, critical insights, and inspiration as an eclectic mix of speakers takes the stage, including Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, founder and CEO, Drawbridge; Simon Lowden, president, global snacks group and global