Digitalist Agenda Q3

Shelly Dutton

The leading edge of the digital economy is wherever innovators gather. Be a part of the revolution.

What Happened

Jun 26–28
Annual Meeting of the New Champions
Tianjin, People’s Republic of China

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images9Approximately 1,500 business leaders, heads of state, government officials, cultural leaders, academics, and tech pioneers from 90 countries addressed a complex set of global challenges that span changing economics, politics, social norms, and environmental conditions. Attendees gained insight into how to take advantage of breakthroughs and innovations in basic research, technology, and business models to reshape social and economic systems while seizing unprecedented opportunity for their business.

Jun 29–30
Re-Work Machine Intelligence Summit

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images2Leading robotics and artificial intelligence experts and practitioners explored how machine learning is transforming our world during a series of fireside chats, presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. Senior business executives and engineers heard from such speakers as Jeremy L. Wyatt, professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Birmingham; Mihai Rotaru, head of research and development at Textkernel; Marie-Francine Moens, author and head of KU Leuven’s language intelligence and information retrieval group; and Juris Puce, CTO of KleinTech.

Aug 11–13
Fortune Brainstorm TECH 2016
Aspen, Colorado

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images3This annual, invitation-only retreat for Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors examined fast-breaking trends along with their related opportunities and risks. Attendees learned the secrets to succeeding in today’s ever-evolving tech-driven world from the likes of Twitter vice president of inclusion and diversity Jeffrey Siminoff, Concur president Elena Donio, Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer, and Fitbit president, CEO, and co-founder James Park.

Aug 16–17
The Conference
Malmö, Sweden

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images4Speakers from all over the world, representing a range of disciplines, connected the dots between digital trends and the complexity of human behavior. The impressive presenter lineup featured Jemma Xu, CEO and co-founder of Tripalocal; Fernanda Saboia, senior product strategist at digital agency Huge; Henri Bergius, open-source content management pioneer and innovator behind The Grid; and Leah Reich, senior user researcher at Slack.

Sep 03–04
The August Fest
Hyderabad, India

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images5Over 12,000 entrepreneurs, techies, marketers, artists, and investors converged to explore groundbreaking innovations, discover new talent, and get inspired to innovate. This event featured 107 speakers, 20 master classes, and 135 startup pitches. Presenters included startup founders Lakshmi Rebecca from Red Bangle, Burak Buyukdemir from Startup Turkey, Anna Rehermann from Growth Hacking Asia, and Rajive Dhavan from What’s In a Name.

What’s Next

Sep 22–23
Hamburg, Germany

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images6Immerse yourself in this two-day event to explore the human side of the digital economy and learn about the evolving world of people-centered business models and strategies. Guests from a variety of fields and perspectives will include Singularity University’s associate faculty for artificial intelligence and robotics Nell Watson; digital analyst, futurist, and author Brian Solis; Google’s design strategist and author Golden Krishna; and web psychologist and author Nathalie Nahai.

Oct 06–07
Nordic Edge Expo 2016
Stavanger, Norway

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images7More than 500 attendees and a collection of speakers from smart cities, change-making companies, forward-thinking universities, and dynamic organizations will visit Stavanger to inspire innovations that aim to overcome increasing urbanization and unpredictable social change. This year’s event will feature Julie Alexander, director of urban development at the Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities; Hui Lei, CTO of IBM’s Watson Health Cloud; Sigríður Björk Jónsdóttir, managing director of Icelandic Green Building Council; and Frank Kresining, research director of Waag Society.

Oct 24–26
Laguna Beach, California

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images8An exclusive conclave hosted by The Wall Street Journal, WSJDLive brings together pioneering executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and thinkers to debate and discover today’s compelling digital challenges and opportunities. Through onstage interviews, intimate roundtables, and interactive events, participants will hear from top executives, including Beth Comstock, GE vice chair; Tyrone Grandison, U.S. Department of Commerce deputy chief data officer; Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO and co-founder; Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and co-founder of LeanIn.Org; and Jeremy Stoppleman, Yelp CEO and co-founder.

Nov 03–04

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images9Wired2016 is set to show attendees how they can change the world with disruptive thinking and radical ideas. Get ready for ideas and advice from dozens of innovators, entrepreneurs, performers, artists, and political activists, including Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google DeepMind; Jo Berry, founder of the NGO Building Bridges for Peace; Sheelika Ravishankar, moonshot coordinator of India’s private space program; Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of TransferWise; and Thor Bjorgolfsson, Iceland’s sole billionaire.

Nov 20–22
Internet of Things World

sap_Q316_digital_double_agenda_images10If you’re intrigued by the Internet of Things and want to network, share ideas, meet new business partners, or just be inspired, this event is for you. Last year, 3,000 attendees—from a range of brands, including Air France, BP, HP, IBM, IKEA, Panasonic, Philips, and Vodafone—learned from over 300 industry thought leaders and more than 100 exhibitors. This year, the event will feature two free summits, a hackathon, an evening social, and a series of networking events, in addition to the three-day conference agenda.