Digitalist Agenda: Places to Be in Q3 2017

Shelly Dutton

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

Oct 11–12
World Summit AI


Xian-Sheng, Hua Credit: GAITC

It’s easy to get excited about the promise of artificial intelligence (AI), but applying the technology in business is complex. Participants can learn about the latest developments in AI, explore enterprise use cases, and consider ethical questions with over 120 AI practitioners and innovators. Presenters include Patrick van der Smagt, head of AI research lab and CTO with Volkswagen; Xian-Sheng Hua, senior director of AI at Alibaba; and Gayle Sheppard, vice president and general manager of Saffron AI Group at Intel.


Oct 12–14
Open Data Science Conference Europe 2017


This applied data science conference hosts a lineup of contributors involved in the burgeoning fields of artificial intelligence and data science. Join 1,500 executives, data scientists, and technical experts to explore the latest trends in areas such as deep learning, predictive analytics, machine learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing. Speakers include Michael Halls-Moore, founder and CEO of, Emily Garin, data scientist at UNICEF, and Barbara Fusinska, data solutions architect at Microsoft.


Oct 23–26
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

São Paulo

Rony Meisler, Credit: Rony Meisler

Gartner guides a community of over 13,000 CIOs and other business leaders as they plan for a digital future where blockchain, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence drive new revenue streams and business models. The agenda covers technologies to watch, information management, digital leadership, and innovation strategy. Prominent speakers include Rony Meisler, CEO of Grupo Reserva; Gus Balbontin, former CTO of Lonely Planet; and Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group. Gartner analysts and researchers will also take the stage to share their observations about digital leadership and emerging opportunities and risks.


Dec 6–8
World Innovation Convention


Aline Clavellina, Credit: Aline Clavellina

Digital transformation involves more than implementing technology; it’s about delivering a platform of innovation that redefines the way people work and how companies engage their customers. This three-day event is designed to deliver insights about design thinking and best practices for executing high-quality, productive transformation. Attend presentations and interactive workshops to learn from some of the world’s top practitioners, including Aline Clavellina, corporate senior vice president of Grupo Bimbo; Giuseppe Argiro, head of fintech innovation at Intesa Sanpaolo; Juergen Hase, CEO of Unlimit – Reliance India; Nancy Janes, global head of branding at HP; and Yasushi Kusume, creative manager at IKEA.


Dec 6–8
Fortune Global Forum

Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Credit: Asksimonresources

For more than 20 years, this invitation-only event has brought together world leaders and the senior executives of the largest global companies to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and dynamics of the international marketplace. Expected guests and speakers include Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV/SA; Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister of Nigeria and chairperson of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization; Yan Zhiyong, chairman of Power Construction Corporation of China; and Wei Sun Christianson, Asia Pacific co-CEO and China CEO of Morgan Stanley.