KEYNOTES & FEATURED SPEAKERS

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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KEYNOTE: MediaCom -- The New Age of Creativity
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Anush Prabhu
Anush Prabhu
Mediacom

We are in a new age of creativity – one where data and technology play a bigger role. One where creativity has the opportunity to get us closer to our consumers, at a cultural and a personal level, than at any point in the modern era.  But our creativity has yet to catch up to this new age. Unless our industry adapts, our left brains may not wait and overpower our artistic right brain – leading to a creative world deprived of its potential.  This presentation provides thoughts on maximizing the potential of this new age of creativity.

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KEYNOTE: SafeGraph -- Data Standards: Connecting the World Around Us
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Auren Hoffman
Auren Hoffman
SafeGraph, Founder & CEO

Even though data is wildly considered the new oil, a single data set on its own has little to no value. Only by linking different information sets together can we solve complex issues impacting our society. Unfortunately, most organizations are unable to access data other than their own; their information is incomplete. Data standardization is the secret to unlocking data’s full potential.  In this session, Auren will describe the need for standards, how this impacts people and organizations today, and how to build standards to accelerate collaboration around data and beyond.

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KEYNOTE: There Is No "I" in Innovation: Unlocking Power of the Ecosystem to Co-innovate for Fun and Profit
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Alex Goryachev
Alex Goryachev
WSJ Bestselling Author & Global Technology Executive

Just like the Internet, not all innovative ideas are born inside the boardroom. To unlock the true potential of your organization, you need to tap into the entire ecosystem. That means partnering and co-innovating with customers, suppliers, academia, communities, nonprofits and employees.

Yet, there's a dangerous tendency to remain insular out of ego and fear, which causes organizations to miss out on the major benefits they would otherwise receive when working with the entire ecosystem.

Drawn from global experience, we will discuss the value that non-traditional ecosystem partnerships can bring to your organization: from employee development, to brand value, from community relationships, to new product introduction and revenue acceleration. We look at case studies around the world to pinpoint the value of co-innovation across different organizations and verticals, and discuss creating win-win relationships to create new measurable value for everyone.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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KEYNOTE: OV Loop & Indigo Technologies -- The Rise of Contactless Commerce
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Will Graylin
Will Graylin
OV Loop &Indigo Technologies, Founder & CEO

Banks and card issuers are typically slow movers and risk losing customers if they can’t keep up with market innovations. They must “buy or build” to stay relevant and adapt to demands from consumers for contactless ways to pay. As the inventor of Samsung Pay and Board of Directors member for Synchrony Financial (the largest private label credit card issuer in the world), Will can speak to the ins and outs of financial disruption and effective ways to stay afloat—and get ahead–in the payments marketplace to keep up with the future of traditional banking and businesses at large. He will share how the payments industry is moving to dial to create a financial future where transactions are safer, more accessible, and faster for all.

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KEYNOTE: WSO2 -- Empowering Developers to Build the Future: Cloud Native Engineering
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Nuwan Dias
Nuwan Dias
WSO2, VP and deputy CTO

Organizations are thriving for productivity and agility. And the billion dollar question of the technology industry today is, how do we get there? The answer mostly lies in the hands of developers. If developers can produce quality software, at pace, and keep sustaining it forever, we can build dynamic and agile organizations successfully. However, the technology landscape of today’s industry is overwhelming. Developers are burdened with so much complexity, it creates a lot of confusion and sucks out their energy in solving meta problems instead of focusing on the business need.
This talk is about introducing the concepts of Cloud Native Engineering and teaching how it can help organizations build dynamic teams capable of delivering quality software at scale.

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KEYNOTE: Backendless -- Building Apps That Do Not Suck
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Mark Piller
Mark Piller
Founder and CEO of Backendless

The recent crisis created an urgent need for more businesses than ever to establish a reliable mobile presence. This, in turn, drives a need for systems to build apps quickly and with a limited amount of technical expertise. In other words, more visual development and less coding. Many such solutions leave much to be desired, however, as the need for uniformity leads to lack of flexibility in the software. In this talk, we discuss what we believe a developer should focus on when building apps quickly. We explore the trade-offs that must be made and how you can build quickly and still come out with a high quality, scalable app. We also get real about how inexpensively an app could be built and the sacrifices you'll have to make to keep it "cheap".

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KEYNOTE: GoodTrust -- What Happens to Our Digital Memories and Stories after We Die?
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Daniel Sieberg
Daniel Sieberg
GoodTrust, co-founder & Chief Storyteller

As we all spend upwards of 7 hours per day connected to the internet the reality is that we're all creating the bulk of our memories and stories online. Whether it's photos and videos or emails and texts or social media or financial accounts and assets - and the reality is that most people have no idea what happens to it all after we're dead. How should anyone tackle this increasingly important issue? What can companies do to help? What is the scale of this global challenge? How do new technologies like AI and VR/AR fit into the idea of digital legacy? Learn what it all means in this talk about digital legacy and the future of our online afterlife.

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KEYNOTE: Blockchain.com -- A Guide to 70M Users: Building Blockchain Platforms
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Lewis Tuff
Lewis Tuff
Blockchain.com, VP of Engineering

Enterprise blockchain projects more than doubled from 2019 to 2020, and industry analysts expect use cases to keep growing at the same pace year after year. Despite blockchain technology moving beyond hype, the technology still has a ways to go before mass adoption and building these products is easier said than done. With Blockchain.com valuing at $5.2B and the number of wallet users continuing to rapidly grow, Lewis will discuss how to build high-performing blockchain applications aligned with company growth—from the challenges companies face when building products on top of blockchain and how to overcome them, to best practices to achieve and surpass user milestones.

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KEYNOTE: Karat -- How Hiring At Scale Impacts Team Performance and Growth
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Mohit Bhende
Mohit Bhende
Karat, Co-Founder and CEO

Few software-driven organizations have the resources to interview and achieve aggressive hiring targets, while at the same time building innovative products that drive revenue. During this session, Mo can discuss how the way organizations hire today is driving down company performance, productivity, and morale - and how we can fix it

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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KEYNOTE: Epsagon -- Microservices Observability and the Engineering Flywheel
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Ran Ribenzaft
Ran Ribenzaft
Epsagon, Co-Founder and CTO

Observability is about more than building a reactionary response to latency and outages. Whether or not you focus on it today, at the core of your team is an “Engineering Flywheel”. Keeping talented engineers engaged, maintaining a cadence of feature releases, measuring the impact of new tech - these improve when you tighten the feedback loop on the one thing they all focus on, the service itself.
In this session, we'll cover the new challenges microservices architectures have presented us all with and explain how to create an effective Observability strategy that can accelerate your Engineering Flywheel.

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KEYNOTE: MobiDev -- GANs in Business: Applying the Cutting-Edge AI Technology
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Denys Lazarenko
Denys Lazarenko
MobiDev, AI Solution Architect

GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) is a new and promising form of artificial neural networks.

This innovative deep learning approach has recently sparked off a lot of academic research papers.

GAN applications are becoming more and more numerous.

From generating new photo-realistic images and videos, to 3D object creation, clothes translation, style transfer, animating photos, etc.  

In this session Denys will highlight the examples of applying GANs to different business domains.

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KEYNOTE: VMware -- Removing the Roadblocks to Enterprise Blockchain
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Tanya Shastri
Tanya Shastri
VMware, VP of Products, Blockchain

Now that some of the hype has worn off, business leaders generally recognize that there is immense potential for Blockchain and distributed ledger technology to digitally transform business. But those of us tasked with enabling it, know that there is a big difference between the hype of running a proof-of-concept and implementing a solution that is truly enterprise-ready. One of the challenges is the complexity of mission critical applications which may be subject to regulations. They must be approved, certified, supportable and dependable, requiring a much longer implementation lifecycle. In this session, the speaker will share tips for getting your organization started on its blockchain journey without becoming disillusioned or discouraged. He will explain the steps you can take to discover where this technology can play a role in some of your current projects, delivering value in the nearer term which can be used to prove its worth to senior management. He will reveal how to introduce blockchain into the enterprise while creating value and managing expectations.

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KEYNOTE: Cisco -- Quantum Communication Challenges in Scaling Quantum Computers
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Sam Samuel
Sam Samuel
Cisco, CTO for Mobility Business Group (MBG)

To scale quantum computers, the communication between them is key. The benefits of quantum computation are realized when that computation occurs in a distributed manner - this requires a quantum network to join those computational elements together, placing the prospect of quantum communication as a critical piece of the puzzle. However long-distance quantum communication is raising a number of questions that are not yet answered. There are different modes of operations that a quantum network could have, each of them requiring quantum repeaters to guarantee end-to-end communication. All these modes come with their challenges in terms of communication rate, quantum memory management or cost of the network. This leads to additional challenges to address such as the reliability of information exchange and the integrity of end-to-end transport, as well as considerations around the engineering approach to quantum networking. In this session, we will explore the role of quantum communication in getting quantum computers to scale meaningfully, the related challenges the industry needs to overcome and how Cisco is approaching these issues through close collaboration with selected academic partners.

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KEYNOTE: Imperva -- Cover your App – Web Application Security Challenges and Checklists
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Kunal Anand
Kunal Anand
Imperva, CTO

Web applications are high-priority targets for hackers. The inherent complexity of their source code, which increases the likelihood of unattended vulnerabilities and malicious code manipulation, allow cyber criminals to easily automate and launch an attack against thousands, or even tens or hundreds of thousands of targets at a time. And best of all, they may result in a plethora of rewards - sensitive private data and damaged customer relationships. In this session, Imperva CTO Kunal Anand will review best practices in web application security. He will explain how their vulnerabilities are often exploited to either manipulate source code or gain unauthorized access and the various attack vectors used. Finally, he will outline the processes that should be part of any web application security checklist. He will also speak to the more challenging questions around who bears the risk in such a connected IT environment.

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KEYNOTE: HP -- Imagine and Build Impossibly Innovative Products
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Ed Davis
Ed Davis
HP, Director of 3D & Digital Manufacturing Strategy

What are world Megatrends?  How do these relate to advances in technology like data analytics/machine learning/artificial intelligence, robotics/automation, 3D Printing/Functional Materials, Digital Manufacturing, Smart Devices/Industrial IoT, and Generative Design?  How are these technologies tied to Industry 4.0 and the digital threads of hardware products across their lifecycle?   How will these technologies evolve over time to realize the full potential and enable imagining and building things which cannot be designed and manufactured today?  In this talk answers to these questions will be presented, and the Far Future will be tied to Near Present current solutions which will set the irreversible sequence of events into motion.