Digitalist Agenda: Places to Be in Q2 2017

Shelly Dutton

The leading edge of the Digital Economy is wherever innovators gather.

May 16–18
Annual Conference

Orlando, Florida

Credit: SAP

Co-hosted by SAP and Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), this annual conference brings together a community of thought leaders and practitioners to share their perspectives about digital business and technology innovation. Hear Life Is Good co-founders Bert and John Jacobs, whose business has been inspired by optimism in the face of adversity; attend some of the hundreds of interactive and theater sessions showcasing customer stories, solution demos, and analyst research; and get actionable ideas to help transform your business. Cap off three days of insights with an electrifying performance by the Grammy award-winning rock band Muse.

Jun 07–08
Digital Edge Experience 2017

Gold Coast, Australia

Sangeet Paul Choudary Credit: Channel News Asia

Deepen your understanding of digital platforms and their potential to maximize the efficiency of the Australian economy. Sangeet Paul Choudary, author of Platform Scale, will offer his observations about why platform-based businesses are best suited to respond, scale, and pivot business operations in the face of technology change. The speaker roster will also include Jason Millett, executive general manager of transformation at Bank of Queensland; Ross Fastuca, CIO and co-founder of Locomote; and Michael Rosemann, executive director of corporate engagement for the Queensland University of Technology.

Jun 12–13
Global Digital Leaders


Gen Ashley Credit: Gen Ashley

Investigate best practices and technologies that can help your company advance its digital maturity at this invitation-only event for global digital and marketing executives. Gain insights about leading disruptive change and expand your knowledge about digital strategy, diversity, next-gen consumers, and the impact of technologies such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. From small group discussions, inspiring talks, and exclusive networking events, the agenda boasts many opportunities to learn from experts such as Nvalaye Kourouma, chief digital officer of Barclays, South Africa; David Link, chief digital officer of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and Gen Ashley, director of Women Who Code, UK.

Aug 31
India Summit 2017

New Delhi

Economist editors will engage policymakers, business decision-makers, and thinkers in a research-driven discussion about India’s business climate now and in the future. Spend the day getting insights into topics such as the emerging technologies that could turn the country into a global leader in environmental sustainability; the value of empowering women in the workplace and society; and ways to prepare the next generation for the future of work.

Sep 24–28

IEEE/RSJ International Conference
on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Vancouver, Canada

Credit: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Advanced robotics is leading to what event organizers describe as a “collaborative partnership among humans and robots.” Explore the latest breakthroughs and technology challenges that will shape the role of robots in manufacturing, in healthcare, in transportation, and at home. Interact with international researchers, technologists, and innovators who are developing “friendly robots” that will work closely with people.