Digitalist Agenda Q4 2016: What's Ahead

Shelly Dutton

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What Happened

Sep 19–20
BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016
Kuala Lumpur

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images1Anchoring the host city’s Big Data Week Asia 2016 celebrations, the event engaged more than 4,000 participants from 40 industries in conversations about digital innovation and how Southeast Asia is positioning itself to be the regional hub for Big Data analytics expertise. The agenda included such international thought leaders as the Institute for Information Industry’s Emery Jou, Harvard Business School professor Karim R. Lakhani, Centre of Data Innovation director Daniel Castro, Cloudera co-founder Amr Awadallah, and Cornell University data scientist Lutz Finger, as well as an eclectic roster of regional and local speakers.

Sep 21–23
Gigaom Change
Austin, Texas

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images8A growing community of digital leaders, technology experts, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders decoded the seven essential digital technologies that are changing businesses. An impressive lineup of executives from a variety of industries featured Mark Rolston, co-founder and chief creative officer of argodesign, who addressed the human-to-machine interface and the modern challenges of designing for elements we can’t see, such as behavior and interactions. Other speakers included Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics; Stan Deans, president of UPS Global Logistics and Distribution; and Rohit Prasad, vice president and head scientist supporting Amazon Alexa.

Oct 05–07
Future Festival

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images4Future Festival sold out this year, at least partially because of testimonials from past attendees who found their experience “thoroughly engaging, thought provoking, and game changing.” The event, hosted by Jeremy Gutsche, Trend Hunter CEO and award-winning author of Exploiting Chaos and the new book Better and Faster, provided C-level executives with room to explore, experiment, and prototype the future of their businesses. For two days, participants focused on prototyping disruptive ideas without vendors or a rolling schedule of speakers promoting their agendas, products, and services.

Oct 24–27
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
Sao Paulo

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images9In this traveling symposium (with additional events in cities that included Cape Town, South Africa; Tokyo; Orlando, Florida; Barcelona, Spain; and Goa, India), CIOs and other technology leaders worldwide gained a commanding vision of what IT needs to lead a game-changing digital strategy. In Sao Paulo, unorthodox thinker and digital business practitioner Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva, opened attendees’ eyes to the art of innovation and its potential for revealing new strategic options.

Nov 07–10
Web Summit
Lisbon, Portugal

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images10Billed as Europe’s largest tech event, the Web Summit hosted over 50,000 attendees. Joined by tech startups and academics, over 7,000 CEOs discussed digital evolutions in healthcare, artificial intelligence, fashion, money, music, security, sports, startups, and more. A panel of technology leaders and innovators, including Fitbit co-founder Eric Friedman and IBM’s chief health officer Kyu Rhee, discussed how technology can address healthcare challenges. Plus, Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, and Martin Hofmann, group CIO of Volkswagen, examined how humans and machines will interact in the future and whether the boundary between ethics and innovation is blurring.

What’s Next

Dec 01
Reimagination ‘16

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images2Learn how to advance entrepreneurship, digital innovation, and competitive advantage in Australia. Andrew McAfee, co-director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Karen Stocks, managing director of Twitter Australia, will join some of today’s foremost thought leaders in technology, business, university research, and politics to survey the opportunities and challenges of global digital leadership.

Dec 05–06
Chief Strategy Officer Summit
New York City

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images5Find out what you need to know about digitally transforming your operations, customer experience, and every function in between. More than 30 industry-leading speakers will share ideas about aligning strategic initiatives to top-level objectives, building stronger teams, and preparing for global expansion. Hear from Bob Lurie, chief strategy officer of the New York Power Authority; Nishant Suri, head of strategy for global partnerships at Google; and Benji Rogers, founder and chief strategy officer of PledgeMusic. Plus on-demand content and over 20 hours of networking will help you stay ahead of the digital economy curve.

Dec 06
CEO2CEO Digital Transformation Summit
New York City

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images7Wonder how established brands are engaging today’s increasingly digital consumers as a startup would? CEOs will have a chance to talk with their peers and industry experts and to tap into the digital disruptor mindset, becoming better prepared to preempt emerging competitors. Hear insights from, among others, Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company; Judith Dunn, vice president and global head of clinical development for Roche Innovation; and Jim McCann, founder and chairman of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Jan 23–24
IoT Tech Expo Global 2017

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images3Explore the latest thinking about the business value to be gained from Internet of Things innovations aimed at smart cities, connected living, and data security. An agenda of more than 100 exhibitors and 200 speakers includes Chi Onwurah, British Member of Parliament and shadow minister for culture and the digital economy; Julia Bonder-LeBerre, senior privacy and data protection counsel for MasterCard Worldwide; Sudhi Sinha, vice president of product development for building technology and services at Johnson Controls; and Andreas Schierenbeck, chairman of the executive board for thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.

Feb 14–15
EmTech Asia

sap_q416_digital_double_agenda_images6In partnership with MIT Technology Review, EmTech Asia provides a platform for experiencing emerging technology for artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, agile manufacturing, new materials, urban sustainability, transportation, space 4.0, bioengineering, and virtual and augmented reality. Get a glimpse of what’s in store for 2017 at sessions led by key researchers such as Julia R. Greer, California Institute of Technology professor and researcher of 3D nano-architectures and design; André Choulika, co-founder, CEO, and chairman of cancer immunotherapy pioneer Cellectis; and Kevin Brown, co-founder and CEO of food tech innovator Innit.