Life & Society Pavilion

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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How WebAR Is Revolutionising Industries from Packaging to Marketing
Caspar Thykier
Caspar Thykier
Zappar, Co-Founder and CEO

Why is WebAR, or web-based augmented reality, so important? Caspar Thykier, Co-Founder and CEO at Zappar, will explore how WebAR removes the number of steps a user has to take between awareness and experience. The talk will also highlight the framework for deploying a camera strategy for brands and businesses in the new age of spatial computing.

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WebAR Is a Gamechanger for Brands
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Tom Emrich
Tom Emrich
8th Wall, VP of Product

Web-based Augmented Reality, or WebAR, has unlocked the use of AR for brands by removing the need to download an app. In this talk, Tom Emrich, VP of Product at 8th Wall, the leading WebAR development platform, will talk on the massive opportunity of web-based augmented reality including a look at the technology, major use cases and commercial case studies which showcase how browser-based AR is helping brands realize ROI today.

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Innovation at Large: Creating Holistic Experiences for Technology Users
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Ajit Sivadasan
Ajit Sivadasan
Lenovo, Vice President/General Manager, Lenovo.com

Ajit Sivadasan sees a vast opportunity for Lenovo to lead the tech industry in reimagining the way people engage with technology in their daily lives. He’ll share how he discovered his passion for helping people learn new skills and capabilities and how he’s building on his experiences to help Lenovo and the technology industry create new pathways for engaging with customers. Ajit’s vision for Lenovo is to evolve beyond the transactional to build a holistic experience and community that fosters success, with customer-focused engagement that complements tech innovation with advances in accessibility and ergonomics. He’ll explore how his ideas would transform Lenovo’s relationships with three key customer groups:

Students and education. The COVID-19 pandemic showed how crucial digital technology is to meeting students’ diverse educational needs. Lenovo has an opportunity to take the lead in democratizing education, drawing on the company’s technology strengths to build community and fill the gaps in opportunity and resources that have become even more pronounced during the crisis.
Small business. Ajit envisions a tech industry that offers small businesses transformative support to help them grow and evolve. This could include creative microfinancing options for hardware and services, expert tutorials and knowledge-sharing on business strategies and best practices, and peer-to-peer problem-solving.
Gaming and game development. Digital gaming isn’t just a pastime; it’s a social community, a cognitive workout, and, for many, a pathway to professional success. Lenovo aims to support gaming enthusiasts across a wide range of experiences, from casual gamer to e-sports player to game designer, as well as to let gaming be a gateway to spark their creativity by building skills like coding and STEM learning.

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Jetpack Compose for Games & Animations
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Wajahat Karim
Wajahat Karim
Airlift Technologies, Lead Android Engineer

Are you excited about Jetpack Compose? Do you love playing & making games? Have you got that designer itch which makes you want to develop creative apps? Or you love the motion design and micro-interactions?

Although Jetpack Compose is a toolkit to create Android UI in a declarative form with the power of Kotlin language. But it can be used as a canvas for generative art, animations, or even games.

In this session, we'll take a look at the capabilities of Canvas API for Jetpack Compose and how can we implement different kinds of animations with it. We'll also dig into game development and discuss some common challenges like game loop, state management etc. We will also explore other UI animations and transitions with Jetpack Compose.

By the end of this talk, we'll be more familiar with the concepts of Canvas in Jetpack Compose and how we can use it during development to write animations or games.

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The Future is Augmented
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Bre Murray
Bre Murray
HYP Labs, Founder

How immersive technologies including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) will shape the way we utilize mobile experiences. Bre Murray gives tips on how companies can leverage these technologies now to make products and experiences more immersive.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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Health Data Ownership and Sustainability: A New Paradigm?
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Dr. David Koepsell
Dr. David Koepsell
EncrypGen, CEO and Co-Founder

The framework for personal health and biological data ownership needs re-thinking. Absent laws that allow us to own data (there are no such laws) we may need to be creative in how we approach data. A sustainability framework may help us.

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Democratizing Health and Medical Data Using Blockchain
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Chrissa McFarlane
Chrissa McFarlane
Patientory, Founder and CEO

The healthcare industry is overflowing in data that is heavily fragmented across the healthcare ecosystem, which impacts the efficient delivery of healthcare services and research for all stakeholders - patients, providers, pharmaceuticals, insurance.
Blockchain has the potential to solve these inefficiencies as it enables solutions with increased security, trust, and traceability required to manage highly sensitive data. The promise of blockchain to transform healthcare has led to growing global interest with some estimates projecting revenue in the global healthcare blockchain market to be $1.4 Billion USD by the end of 2024

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AI and the Future of Healthcare: Innovation in Clinical Research
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Charles Fisher
Charles Fisher
Unlearn.AI, Founder and CEO

Innovation in clinical research is now more important than ever. How can we leverage new technology to accelerate clinical trials and ultimately bring more treatments to patients sooner? AI has the power to enable smaller, more efficient trials that produce reliable, robust evidence. Digital Twins, or AI-generated predicted outcomes, can be incorporated into trials to decrease enrollment requirements, speed timelines, and facilitate more informed decisions about treatment efficacy. Join Unlearn Founder and CEO, Charles Fisher, PhD, for a discussion around the potential for AI to transform healthcare and cutting edge approaches like Digital Twins that will drive innovation in clinical research.

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How to Empower Patients to Take Charge of Their Care Using Tech?
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Dr. Abdullah Albeyatti
Dr. Abdullah Albeyatti
Medicalchain and MyClinic, Co-Founder and CEO

Providing patients with choice will enable them to feel more confident and empowered to manage their health. In order to do this, focus should be placed on letting patients access their health data and share this with whom they choose to. They should also be able to interact with a clinician in a format of their choosing - be that telephone, video call or face to face. COVID-19 has accelerated these processes and is welcoming in a new dawn of how we deliver healthcare remotely and internationally.

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Using Machine Learning to Personalize Healthcare
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Laura Hamilton
Laura Hamilton
Rally Health, VP of Product

How Optum uses machine learning to personalize each user's health and wellness experience. I'll talk through some of the problems that make machine learning difficult in healthcare and how we've solved them.

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Wellness in the Workplace + Avoiding Burnout
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Corene Summers
Corene Summers
CEO and Founder, Artisan Farmacy

Corene has always been passionate and fully involved with scaling startups and pushing the limits with his creativity and passion for technology. What Corene didn’t expect was to experience startup growth while simultaneously experiencing burnout as a founder. Because of this, Corene decided to combat his burnout with meditation and build a tech company to give others the tools to do the same. In this session, Corene will share how to avoid burnout by prioritizing wellness in the workplace and discuss how mindfulness can help employees achieve greater clarity, energy, focus, creativity and success.

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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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Optimizing the Supply Chain with a Cool Link - The Cold Chain
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Manik Suri
Manik Suri
Therma, Founder & CEO

$3T of Food, Pharma, and Data are stored across the global supply chain, growing at 8% CAGR, but as recently as the 1990s, the cold chain still relied on styrofoam containers for temperature control in major products. And even today, 90% of refrigeration is “dumb” and provides no real-time monitoring or data-driven optimization. This leads to massive product waste and quality issues. How can we successfully get our products from point A to point B? What we need are smart cold chains that leverage data-driven technology to monitor products in real time to ensure quality. We are seeing a lot of novel solutions emerging around IoT sensors, tracking systems and AI technology that are adding value to the cold chain, but these technologies are still in their infancy. In this session, Manik will take us on a journey of how the cold chain may look in 2040 with these technologies. For example: AI enables fulfillment at the point of sale, Automated cold chain technology in central warehouses, Cloud integrates cold chain technologies and data for different stakeholders for full visibility and Continuing evolution of efficient transportation.

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The Tailwinds Behind EV Charging
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Jordan Ramer
Jordan Ramer
EV Connect, Chief Executive Officer

The electric vehicle (EV) is about to take over the world. By 2030, studies indicate that as many as one-third of all cars on the road will be electricity fueled. The availability of electric vehicle charging must keep pace with the growth in EVs. Charging infrastructure will rely on a combination of policy, investment, mandate, and market tailwinds to keep up with the massive growth of EVs on the road; here’s where we stand with all four. 

As it turns out, the policies supporting the electrification of transportation are still in their infancy, but smart cities and smart countries are leading the way to an electrified future. In the U.S. and Canada, the ambitious goals to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 are important forcing functions that drive ambitious policies. At the same time, ever more aggressive vehicle emissions standards in the U.S. and Europe are driving innovation in carbon credit programs and EV incentive programs for EV buyers.

Toyota, Ford, and GM, among many others, are investing tens of billions of dollars into over 160 new electric vehicle models by 2025. The amount of funding to offset the costs of installing charging stations is also growing, and increasingly available for businesses and individuals. Additionally, Biden Administration executive orders to electrify the Federal fleet of more than 600,000 vehicles also (wisely) includes the installation of 500,000 charging stations in the next decade.

A growing list of transportation mandates from cities, states and provinces, and national governments are pushing clean transportation with a focus on adding charging infrastructure, too. These mandates are changing how cities, institutions, and businesses think about their roles in the transportation sector. For example, in the last six months, the United Kingdom, the Canadian province of Quebec, and U.S. states of Washington, California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts have announced bans on the sales of new internal combustion vehicles by 2035. Earlier this year, Singapore announced it would commit to this phase-out by 2040.   

Electric vehicle and charging technology is experiencing renaissance-like advancements to the state-of-the-art, particularly in the critical domains of battery range and efficiency, all while prices are trending downwards as the industry matures. The North American EV charging infrastructure market is set to boom to $18.6 billion by 2030 — globally up to $40 billion— with an estimated 40 million charging stations projected to be deployed worldwide. As the private sector recognizes the potential of using electricity as a transportation fuel, it is responding accordingly. 

In this session, Jordan Ramer will address how these four tailwinds are pushing the monumental growth of EV charging and are propelling humanity towards a future without the scourge of tailpipe emissions.

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Why Travel Has Changed Forever and How Great Companies Are Set to Thrive
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Ryan Hanly
Ryan Hanly
Travello, Founder and CEO
Brendan McKenna
Brendan McKenna
JUCY, Chief Operating Officer
Steve Martinez
Steve Martinez
Livn, Founder & Chief Commercial Officer

The Covid Pandemic has changed travel forever. But what does the new traveller look like and how are great companies innovating and adapting to the new world of travel.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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Direct Air Capture: A Way Towards Net Zero?
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Daniel Egger
Daniel Egger
Climeworks, Chief Commercial Officer

Climate Scientists agree that it is not enough to just reduce CO2 emissions to stop climate change. It will be necessary to start to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it permanently and safely. Climeworks Direct Air Capture technology removes CO2 directly from air and delivers it for underground mineralization. Direct Air Capture and Storage will be an important technology to reach net zero.

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Preventing Wildfires and CO2 Emissions with Technology
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Carsten Brinkschulte
Carsten Brinkschulte
Dryad Networks, Co-founder & CEO

Wildfires are creating up to 20% of global CO2 emissions and destroy the world's largest carbon sink and home of 3/4 of all biodiversity on earth. Since the vast majority of wildfires are human-induced, we need to look at technical solutions to prevent them.

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Circular Economy in the Construction Sector - The Intersection of Digitization and Sustainability
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Dominik Campanella
Dominik Campanella
Concular & Restado, Co-Founder

The construction sector is the largest polluter in the world. 40% of CO2 emissions are accounted to this sector. This sessions explores the opportunities which arise from solving one of the largest challenges to tackle the climate crisis. Come with us on the journey to explore opportunities on the intersection of technology, innovation and sustainability.

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Shifting Consumer Mindsets to Build a Sustainable Economy
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Matthew Hanly
Matthew Hanly
EcoFoote, CEO & Founder

In this talk I will go into the aspects of consumer mindsets and how we all need to adapt our consumption patterns to build a more sustainable economy.

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Improving Society through the Power of a Human Footstep
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Laurence Kemball-Cook
Laurence Kemball-Cook
Pavegen, Founder and CEO

Founder & CEO of Pavegen, Laurence Kemball-Cook, will talk through his vision alongside his company, to become the digital layer in future cities and improve the world through the power of a human footstep.

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Adapting to Climate Change with Solar + Water AI for the Global Food Chain
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Chris Terrell
Chris Terrell
Wexus Technologies, Co-founder and CEO

The global food supply chain is being transformed by climate change while utilities face increased client demand for affordable, reliable energy and water supplies. From growers to processors to shippers to retail, the food chain consumes 30% of global energy and 75% of global water supplies. The food industry is also grappling with severe labor shortages, aging infrastructure, stringent water regulations, unpredictable weather due to climate change, difficulty integrating renewable energy solutions, and customer demand for sustainable food supplies.

Wexus (Water-Energy Nexus) + Sweetsense is a comprehensive IoT software + hardware platform connected to the cloud via utility smart meters, billing systems and proprietary, easy-to-install IoT sensors in the field with global, low-cost microsatellite data for deployment in remote areas.

The Wexus + Sweetsense platform drives energy + drought resilience via:

• Software platform: Fully digitized company/energy/water data; continuous, automated monitoring of assets+ equipment in the field with geolocation, automated reports, real time predictive AI alerts, remote controls, efficiency tracking, upfront cost + energy savings , solar PV ROI

• Hardware platform: Global remote connectivity via microsatellites, 1/4th the cost of cellular data + 1/10th the installation time of competitors, first mover advantage by +2 years

• Bundled financing to cover equipment/infrastructure upgrades that boost topline revenue + net operating income while optimizing energy + water usage

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Virtual Power Plants
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Sarah Delisle
Sarah Delisle
Swell Energy, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs

As climate change continues to cause more devastating extreme weather events throughout the country, there is a clear need for cleaner and more resilient power systems. Many homes and businesses have benefitted from installing rooftop solar and batteries over the past few decades, but all this clean power has also created new challenges for the electric grid. Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Energy Inc., will discuss how aggregating distributed energy resources en masse in the form of a virtual power plant (VPP) lowers the cost of ownership for consumers and helps utilities manage demand while increasing individual reliability and resilience across the electric grid.

VPPs orchestrate thousands of solar-powered home battery systems, allowing homes to function as a single energy storage resource for the grid. When electricity demand is especially high, like during heat waves or when public safety power shut offs, a VPP can provide power without relying on fossil fuels, ensuring clean air and resiliency for the community. By enrolling in a VPP, consumers can also receive new sources of cash for supporting the local utility by taking strain off the grid during peak times with their home energy solutions. 

Fortifying the grid with residential solar power and virtual power plants reduces the need to build more fossil fuel resources, which accelerates our transition to a low-carbon economy and cleaner air. As these systems become more affordable and accessible for all homeowners, they will continue to be adopted more widely. Khan will discuss how community organizations, utilities, technology providers and other key stakeholders can work together to scale VPP deployments across the country.

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Home: Safe & Secure
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Paul Williams
Paul Williams
GE Lighting, a Savant Company, Vice President of Experiences & Professionally Installed Lighting

Live with peace of mind thanks to today's smart home innovations