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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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KEYNOTE: MediaCom -- The New Age of Creativity
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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European Approach to the Quantum Future: IQM
Dr. Jan Goetz
Dr. Jan Goetz
IQM Quantum Computers, founder and CEO

Capital Intensive Deeptech technologies like Quantum technologies are considered to be accessible only for startups from the US, UK, Germany or China. So, what makes Finland punch above its weight in this heavy-weight category?

In this session, IQM CEO - Jan Goetz will share his personal journey from research to entrepreneurship, about quantum technologies, and IQM's approach to build the quantum future.

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What Is Corporate Innovation and How to Make It Work for Your Organization
Simon Spier
Simon Spier
L Marks, Commercial Director (International Trade, Strategy, Technology)

This session will explore what do we mean by innovation, how is it different from R&D and why it matters so much. 

The speaker will share best practice for corporate innovation, what is the secret source for getting it right, and what happens to those that don't. Hint - see Blockbuster!

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KEYNOTE: SafeGraph -- Data Standards: Connecting the World Around Us
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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The Next Chapter for Enterprise Blockchain
Brian Behlendorf
Brian Behlendorf
Linux Foundation, General Manager for Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity

The events of the last 12-18 months have accelerated the adoption and deployment of blockchain and related technologies by organizations that see new urgency in digitizing key processes and transactions. This is bringing a diverse mix of companies into the enterprise blockchain space looking to manage everything from strained supply chains to clinical trial data and deliver a range of solutions supporting new financial infrastructures, payment models, logistics systems and even vaccine/travel credentials.

As the general manager for Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity at the Linux Foundation, Brian Behlendorf is front and center with technology and end user organizations that are leveraging blockchain across a number of industries. In this session, he will cover the market shift from proving the value of blockchain to meeting the challenges of deploying production networks, drawing from current deployments of Hyperledger technologies. He will also discuss the technology and business drivers shaping the next chapter for enterprise blockchain.

Keys topics will include

- Core requirements for production networks that scale, including transparency, interoperability, standards and componentization
- New technologies that are key to cross chain and off chain operations
- Examples of the growing range of new applications, from digital identity solutions to CBDCs, that are being built atop Hyperledger’s distributed ledger platforms

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Planning Our Future: Desirable, Efficient and Sustainable
Dr. Ahmed Abukhater
Dr. Ahmed Abukhater
Boeing, Chief Product Officer

Today our planet is challenged with complex environmental, economic, and social equity issues. Governments, businesses and communities aim at balancing these three often competing issues while maintaining adequate public engagement and development agenda. This calls for a coherent and integrated strategy and collaborative approach to understanding and managing these issues enabled by participatory technology implementation. This highlights the need to provide a complete, end-to-end solution to support development and workflow management to achieve sustainable desired future conditions.

This session will provide a quick overview of the current challenges faced by communities around the globe and will articulate the need and value for an integrated technology implementation approach to achieving sustainability. It will also feature real life examples of how this integrated approach enables various communities to successfully streamline the various project lifecycle components, with accurate and relevant data and more efficient and compatible analytical and visualization capabilities.

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Innovation at Large: Creating Holistic Experiences for Technology Users
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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KEYNOTE: There Is No "I" in Innovation: Unlocking Power of the Ecosystem to Co-innovate for Fun and Profit
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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Embedded Scoring: Combining Traditional, Transactional and Behavioral Data
Michele Tucci
Michele Tucci
CredoLab, CPO

When banks and lenders speak about alternative data they usually limit their range of options to a limited number of sources including open banking data, Telco data, or psychometric data.

We will talk about how financial institutions can improve their performance by combining different sources of data (behavioral and transactional) with credit bureau data (wherever available) via embedded technologies.

We will see how the combination of traditional, transactional, and behavioral data helps solve for major pain points including checking affordability and assessing the probability to default.

We will also talk about how to implement a framework of alternative data with which financial institutions can get a holistic view of their applicants without adding any friction to the process.

Lastly, we will explore how to achieve a higher predictive power of credit risk models which, in turns, allow for higher approval rates, lower risk rates, happier and more loyal customers.

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Who Will Be Your Next Customer? Using AI to Gain Value Out of Customer Feedback
Riccardo Osti
Riccardo Osti
Wonderflow, CEO

You have a lot of customer feedback data that is all over the place. How are you going to get it all into one centralized database?

Wonderflow, founded in 2014, is a unified VoC analytics platform designed to help ease all of your feedback-analysis headaches. It analyzes all unstructured consumer feedback in a single place using AI while presenting results in the simplest way.

In this talk, you will learn the basics of how NLP and predictive technologies are used to extract value from lots and lots of feedback data. You will see how simple yet effective our Wonderboard user interface can be and the ease with which even complex problems can be tackled.

There is no reason to allow a ton of customer feedback to sit there uselessly or a data mess to ruin your day. After attending this session, you'll have the necessary VoC analytics knowledge to make winning decisions based on your customers' feedback.

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How AI is Revolutionizing Recycling
Jason Calaiaro
Jason Calaiaro
AMP Robotics, Head of Engineering

AMP Robotics, a pioneer in AI, robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, builds and deploys robots in recycling centers at scale to enable a world without waste. Innovative technologies are fueling the modernization of recycling; AI-guided robotics address many of the challenges facing the industry, and the ability to transform recoverable material into data opens up vast possibilities to continue to improve the economics and efficiency of recycling. Learn more about these technologies and the road ahead for next-generation recycling infrastructure.

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Using Machine Learning to Personalize Healthcare
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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The Agile AI Lifecycle: Driving Business Value through Data Science Projects
Aakanksha Joshi
Aakanksha Joshi
IBM, Advisory Data Scientist, Data Science and AI Elite
Maleeha Koul
Maleeha Koul
IBM, Data Scientist, Data Science and AI Elite

Data Science and Machine learning use cases are multi-faceted, encompassing multiple stages till adoption and productionization. Each stage comes with its own challenges and has equal importance in the overall adoption of data science use cases for business. A step-wise and agile approach to tackling data science use cases is advantageous across industries like financial services, healthcare, retail etc. The nature of use cases can be peculiar to the industry, however, a data science methodology which starts from design thinking workshops to data engineering, machine learning model building and monitoring, along with business buy-in from stakeholders is the high level state of operation. Following a structured and agile approach to build your data science use cases can help you move more of your machine learning models from silos and workbenches into production.

 

Learn more about the end to end journey of a data science use case to see how you can get the most out of your next data science project and drive value for your business. 

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Wellness in the Workplace + Avoiding Burnout
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?
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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Mapping the Fourth Dimension: Strategies for Bringing Dynamic Accuracy to HD and Consumer Maps
Ro Gupta
Ro Gupta
Carmera, CEO

In this session, CARMERA CEO Ro Gupta will discuss the challenge and importance of keeping maps up-to-date—for both consumers and autonomous vehicles—and how new advances in crowdsourcing, data management, and map architecture may finally be providing a realistic, scalable solution.

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KEYNOTE: Blockchain.com -- A Guide to 70M Users: Building Blockchain Platforms
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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Building the Invisible Internet
Zach Supalla
Zach Supalla
Particle, CEO

Once upon a time, devices like Nest or connected coffee makers were all anyone talked about when mentioning IoT. But these use cases, while seemingly innovative at the time, were more about creating shortcuts over Solving Problems, and those are inherently limited the number of use cases. As we enter the second phase of IoT, we’re solving problems behind the scenes and building hidden infrastructure that’s silently connecting the world

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VIP Networking: "A Fireside Chat: The Future of Industry and Progress in the 21st Century
Anush Prabhu
Anush Prabhu
Mediacom
Alex Goryachev
Alex Goryachev
WSJ Bestselling Author & Global Technology Executive
Mark Piller
Mark Piller
Founder and CEO of Backendless
Nuwan Dias
Nuwan Dias
WSO2, VP and deputy CTO
Ed Davis
Ed Davis
HP, Director of 3D & Digital Manufacturing Strategy
Mohit Bhende
Mohit Bhende
Karat, Co-Founder and CEO

(PRO, PREMIUM, VIP, SPEAKER, SPONSOR, EXHIBITOR, and MEDIA Passes ONLY)

Join DevNetwork Executive Producer & Co-Founder Jonathan Pasky moderating this Fireside Chat with featured speakers.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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Direct Air Capture: A Way Towards Net Zero?
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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Rethinking the Role of Technology in Technical Hiring
Vivek Ravisankar
Vivek Ravisankar
HackerRank, Co-Founder and CEO

The process of hiring has always been simple: candidates apply, they are interviewed, sometimes given a task or test to complete, then they are hired. But what if the future of hiring was still simple, but used complex AI to find the perfect candidate? Vivek Ravisankar says AI in hiring is now becoming essential, but that’s not all. In order to scale your teams successfully, companies need to start utilizing new hiring tools, but they also must be using those tools correctly. Right now, we need to rethink AI’s current and future role in hiring, so Vivek will dive deeper into the benefits and challenges of using AI while recruiting and how AI will play an important role in sourcing and hiring as we move forward in an increasingly digital world where face-to-face options aren’t readily available anymore

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Innovating the Construction Industry and Building Sustainable Housing with 3D Printing and Robotic Automation
Alexey Dubov
Alexey Dubov
Mighty Buildings, COO & Co-Founder

Mighty Buildings is an innovative construction technology company creating beautiful, sustainable, and high-quality homes using advanced materials, patented 3D printing technology and robotic automation. Their mission is to have a positive impact on the environment, local communities, and the housing crisis through their sustainable approach. 

Learn from Alexey Dubov, COO & Co-founder at Mighty Buildings on how their 3D printing technology and new materials are used to build more efficient housing. Mighty Buildings' technology has the potential to unlock the needed productivity for large scale construction alongside the opportunity for reduced emissions, leading to a more sustainable product and future.

The session will include:

  • An introduction to Mighty Buildings’ products
  • An exclusive showcase of Mighty Buildings delivered products and upcoming projects
  • Technical aspects of their patented and certified PACE 3D-printing method and Light Stone Material (LSM) specs
  • Learn more about their Sustainability roadmap
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KEYNOTE: VMware -- Removing the Roadblocks to Enterprise Blockchain
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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Demystifying NFTs
Tejas Chopra
Tejas Chopra
Netflix, Senior Software Engineer

Non-fungible tokens have taken the world of digital art by storm. The growth in NFTs this year is a staggering 1500%+, and is set to revolutionize art & collectibles.
NFTs have been around for some time, since the CryptoKitties, but the world is only now taking notice.

In this session, I present the basics of NFTs, and how they are built on blockchains such as Ethereum. We will delve into building NFTs on IPFS, where the data is not stored on the chain itself.

We will also jump into how NFTs can revolutionize gaming by allowing users to hold and sell rare and unique in-game assets.

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Enterprise Blockchain: Industry Network 2.0
Susanne Somerville
Susanne Somerville
Chronicled, CEO

Blockchain enabled networks will change how business is done between trading partners. We will review the MediLedger Network, in production in the Pharmaceutical industry that is enabling trusted automation between companies to eliminate inefficiency and fix healthcare.

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Virtual Power Plants
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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KEYNOTE: HP -- Imagine and Build Impossibly Innovative Products
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.