The Digitalist Agenda: Digital Economy Events You Missed & Where You Need To Be In Q3

Shelly Dutton

Every once in a while, a new innovation emerges and takes the world by storm. All the while, some of us scratch out heads wondering why we didn’t come up with the idea.

Want to go where the leading edge of innovation in the digital economy is happening? Dust off your passport, pack your bags and head to these events where digital economy innovators are gathering.

Who Was Where

SAP SapphireNOW 2015, Orlando, USASAPPHIRE NOW Conference

When:
May 5–7, 2015

Where:
Orlando, FL

Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things: today’s breakthrough technologies are transforming how we engage with customers, suppliers, and each other. Leading thinkers and digital economy practitioners—including Adam Smiley Poswolsky, best-selling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough; Joseph Bradley, vice president of the Internet of Everything Practice at Cisco Consulting Services; and Prof. Dr. Christof von Kalle, chair of Translational Oncology and chairman of the board at German National Center for Tumor Diseases—convened to share their winning approaches for a thriving business.

11312809_10153038545723477_505989092648707742_oSilicon Valley Fashion Week

When:
May 12–14, 2015

Where:
San Francisco, CA

Why:
Chris Lindland, CEO of clothing startup Betabrand (of dress yoga pants fame), dreamed up this spectacle to showcase tech in fashion. The front row got a close-up view of drones on the catwalk, 3D printed hats, and turn-signal gloves for bicyclists, among other tech-forward clothing and fashion gadgets.

Harare, ZimbabweThe Next Billion

When:
May 19, 2015

Where:
London, United Kingdom

Why:
The connection of one billion more people to the Internet by 2017 means even more changes for business, finance, technology, medicine, politics, education, and design, among other endeavors. Global innovators and policy experts–including Ted Rogers, strategy chief for bitcoin Wallet and security vendor Xapo; Denise Gershbein, frog design executive creative director; and Harvard Law School’s Lawrence Lessigexamined the implications. Discussions included the future of digital payments, data access, entrepreneurship, and the use of technology for improving social welfare.

20150604_SUN_KAIST_valve_webDARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015

When:
June 5–6, 2015

Where:
Pomona, CA

Why:
Capturing the absolute vanguard in robotics engineering, this event showcases advances in robotics that will play a significant part in our lives and businesses within the next five years. For a $2 million grand prize, teams from five countries set 23 robots against each other to compete. And who knows? Maybe this year’s winner, Team KAIST from South Korea, will start a new rise of humanoids that will save lives during natural disasters, assist elderly people with daily tasks, and assume dangerous assignments from construction workers.

Agenda_ChurchillBreakfast Club: The Future High Performance Enterprise

When:
June 9, 2015

Where:
Santa Clara, CA

Why:
Lean Enterprise co-author Joanne Molesky, Ticketmaster CTO Jody Mulkey, and others shared key trends that will affect how companies compete during the next 5 to 10 years, as well as advice for how to prepare their companies for an era of rapid change.

Whats Next

01_dettaglio_amministrazione_trasparente_1280x400_2Expo Milano 2015

When:

Through October 31, 2015

Where:
Milan, Italy

Why:
What does an exhibition about food have to do with the digital economy? According to Internet trends oracle Mary Meeker, the industry is ripe for innovation, from growing food to delivering it. Come to Expo Milano 2015 to understand how digital transformation connects to the third-highest expenditure item for consumers. While you are enjoying the food and cultural events there, visit the Future Food District, which features ways that digital technology will be used to produce food, harvest algae and insects, and change shopping experiences in supermarkets.

3b45138785c602ee74119369c1a6257f37b78e60Pirate Summit

When:
September 2–3, 2015

Where:
Cologne, Germany

Why:
Look past the fire-breathing dragons, a robotic horse, and pirates galore, and you’ll get an exclusive look in the world of startups and venture capitalism (VC). Whether you are seeking capital or looking to make a new investment, you’ll be able to get insight from such speakers as Yoav Ben-Ari, head of business development, VC, and startup ecosystem at Google; Michael Treskow, principal of one of the top VC companies, Accel Partners; and Peter Vinnemeier, co-founder of Trivago, one of the top hotel search providers.

27 Jul 2007, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel --- Taken from our rooftop apartment in Tel Aviv. Every night the pink sunset would paint the town rose --- Image by © Rachelle Stout/National Geographic My Shot/National Geographic Creative/CorbisDLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival 2015

When:
September 6–12, 2015

Where:
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Why:
Startups and investors from around the world convene to network, get a first-hand look at inventive apps, and hear from an eclectic variety of digital business innovators. Last year’s agenda included Nathalie Boulanger, senior vice president with the Orange Start-up Ecosystem, Or Klier, head of strategy with Bank Leumi and Marc Worth, chairman and CEO of consumer research firm Stylus.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASXSW Eco

When:
October 5–7, 2015

Where:
Austin, Texas

Why:
We’ve all seen the headlines: Extreme drought conditions in 80% of California, unprecedented weather patterns in Europe, and disappearing glaciers in the Artic. But here’s what you need to know: innovations in technology and design are having a positive impact on the environment, as well as on the global economy and society. Explore the possibilities by connecting with top thought leaders and technologists, including Ashby Monk, executive and research director of Stanford Global Projects Center; David Mount, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB); and Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

Lamont140521_0206-X3Future in Review

When:
October 6–9, 2015

Where:
Park City, Utah

Why:
Interplanetary gas stations. Microprocessors configured like brains. Will our future include these breakthroughs? According to this crystal-ball event featuring leading scientists and visionary executives from a variety of industries, it’s not only possible, it’s quickly becoming a reality. Speakers include genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, Cleantech group CEO Sheeraz Haji, and Ford Motor Co. corporate futurist Sheryl Connelly.