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Tags, Sensors and All That Data

Intelligent devices have become an extension of us in just about every aspect of life. What is the future impact as sensor technology becomes affordable and ubiquitous throughout supply-chain and consumer channels? How will networks handle the constant data dump? How will the public react to this pervasive – and perhaps invasive – technology?

Hosted by

David Zanca, SVP, IT,  FedEx


Cyber Security innovation in Europe: Incentives and barriers

Customers expect their IT systems to be safe. But did you know 30 million private computers have been infected with the capacity to direct a cyber-attack on a third party? As the world moves toward a totally networked society, why has security fallen behind?

Join this roundtable discussion with some of the leading cyber security experts from Europe, moderated by Dr. Joachim Schaper, director of AGT International’s Darmstadt research center, to talk about what governments and corporations can do to guard computer systems during the design and coding stages, and why it’s vital to integrate security as a key ingredient as we become a digital economy. The panel will discuss the facilitating factors for innovation (EU initiatives, standardization, international cooperation, private investment, etc.) and try to identify impediments to this process.

Topics to be discussed at the round table include:

·         What is the role of cyber security in terms of boosting innovation in the cyberspace? What kind of services should we look for and who should provide them (government, private sector, public-private partnerships, etc.).

·         If PPPs are an accepted model for cooperation the between public and private sectors, which services and for which domain of critical infrastructure should we prioritize investments?

·         Can standardization and EU-led legislative initiatives speed up innovation in this domain?  And how might this affect different stakeholders of the ecosystem?

·         President Obama has pledged “to preserve the free and open nature of the Internet to encourage innovation, protect consumer choice, and defend free speech” and that “America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cyber security.” Are these statements valid in Europe and in other areas of the world other than the U.S.? What do we need to do in research, policy and business in order to be in line with this vision?  

Hosted by

Joachim Schaper, Vice President Research, AGT International


Taking a good idea to market

During this session we will talk about how companies can create an idea that will succeed in a rapidly changing marketplace. What will take an idea from concept to launch and how does technology help?

We will look at how you build innovation into all aspects of the plan to ensure a strong business model.

How do you ensure that you have identified the right audience and harnessed multiple platforms and environments to target them?  Does the idea solve a consumer problem or respond to a consumer need and how will the solution be delivered to the audience? How do you create an incubator environment in the workplace to foster good ideas and take them to market?

Hosted by

Dee Forbes, President & MD, Discovery Networks, Western Europe


The emperor's new data

It's been known for a long time that data is key to creating a high-performing business. But until now, data has been hard/expensive to use and hasn't delivered everything it promised. Big data claims to change that. Is this collection of new techs and ways of thinking really something new, and will it really change how business works, and if so how?

The discussion will be an exchange of views on the success of data projects so far, the prospects for truly revolutionary insight from big data, the implications for organisations, and the anticipated issues and risks with implementing solutions for big data.

Hosted by

Martin Williams, MD, Head of UK Operations, Saggezza


Narrating the Future with Big Data

Herman Miller Research has just completed three stories about the future. Although we can’t predict the future, we use scenario stories to help us set aside assumptions and think differently about what might transpire. Scenarios set the context for possible futures, and at Herman Miller we use them to think about how work might change. We will use the example of one specific scenario during the session, ‘Datasphere’, as a starting point to galvanise a discussion that will help you understand how big data and its management have become central to almost every human enterprise.

Gretchen Gscheidle, Director, Insight and Exploration, Herman Miller &

Mark Catchlove, Director of Insight Group, Herman Miller


Transforming Business with Big Data

As part of EMC, we work with companies everyday across a broad spectrum of industries and global markets who are taking advantage of Big Data to transform the way they do business, creating new opportunities and efficiencies. We'd like to share some insights, challenges and best practices across a few themes our clients are finding particularly relevant, and talk through some real world examples that are truly transforming the way we do business including: 

 ·         Developing Portfolios of Innovation: Bringing Big Data solutions to market quickly

·         Innovation to Scale: Challenges in integrating solutions across organizations and geographies – Big Data As A Service

·         New Digital Business Models: Turning data into compelling products and services

·         Consumer Data Revolution: The new business of giving consumers their data back 

·         First Thought Best Thought: High performance interfaces that facilitate real time, and real accurate, decision making

Businesses that can exploit Big Data to improve their strategy and execution will distance themselves from competitors. Join this roundtable to find out how Big Data can transform your business.

Hosted by

Peter Neufeld, Head of Digital Strategy, EMC Consulting

Mary Wallace, Retail & Omnichannel Strategy Lead, EMC Consulting


Innovation and Tough Economics. A commercial imperative or an indulgence?

What is the role that innovation should play when companies are facing the toughest challenges in the last century? When capital expenditure is under tight control and staying alive is the goal for many businesses, how do you not only think about innovation but also invest in new ideas and making them happen in your business.

Aimie Chapple will lead this discussion on how putting innovation at the heart of your business is as important now as it has ever been, and how you can make the business case for continuing to invest in it.

Hosted by

Aimie Chapple, Managing Director, Management Consulting, Accenture