Keynote Higlights

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Chris Riddell, Global Futurist

Altered Realities & Trust

We’ve seen some interesting recent examples of where AI has proved it is in fact more intelligent than humans, with chess grandmasters and gaming. The ‘device’ as we know it will disappear almost entirely, and this will dramatically influence how we see our world, and the definition of what relationships mean. Blockchain technology is the biggest revolution since the internet first started, and it is changing how we trust, and who we trust. It is set to transform not only the financial services industry but every organization that has a customer interface. Augmented Reality showed us in mid-2016 the possibilities of what a blended lifestyle can do, yet the Pokemon Go craze was just a taste of what is around the corner.

Learn more about Chris Riddell here.


Admiral James Stavridis, US Navy (Ret.)

Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security

Emerging security concerns will be addressed in the future with a combination of cyber capabilities, unmanned vehicles and drones and special operations forces. In particular, the reach and function of cyber tools will change how we view the world and keep ourselves safe in it. Admiral James Stavridis lays out the future of 21stcentury security tools that are very untraditional in their reach and application. He describes for audiences how the world of international defense is fundamentally changing before our eyes, and how that will impact business, personal life and the global marketplace.

Learn more about Admiral Stavridis here.

Hear more from Admiral Stavridis by listening to his recent Gartner Thinkcast podcast – Blurred Threats: A Conversation with Ex-NATO Commander James Stavridis.

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Dan Ariely, Co-Founder and Partner, Irrational Innovations

Predictably Irrational

We Are Predictably Irrational. Do you know why we so often promise ourselves to diet and exercise, only to have the thought vanish when the dessert cart rolls by? Do you know why we sometimes find ourselves excitedly buying things we don’t really need? Or at prices that we would otherwise concede are beyond our budget? Or why honor codes actually do reduce dishonesty in the workplace?

For businesses, these irrationalities help unlock our understanding of common behaviors and choices in employee recruitment and selection, office politics, pricing, investing and saving and a myriad of other choices and interactions.

Learn more about Dan Ariely here.


Tom Koulopoulos, President and Founder, Delphi Group

How IoT Creates Digital Ecosystems

First, the nature of the Internet of Things (IoT), and more specifically the IIot (Industrial Internet of Things), requires viewing the partnerships and extended networks of differing architectures, approaches to the cloud, and heterogeneous industry standards and conventions as a digital ecosystem. Digital ecosystems require a new approach to understanding the vulnerabilities and security issues across these extended networks – from new approaches to analyzing real-time infrastructure analytics to predictive models that can scale based on flexible computing models. The IoT extends the surface area at the edge of the digital ecosystems in a way that will rapidly expand not only the opportunities for the business and the scale of infrastructure and operations, but also challenge the I&O professional to reimagine their role at the center of their organization’s competitive standing.

Learn more about Tom Koulopoulos here.

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