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There is a lot of pessimism about the future. Some people argue that, other than advances in computer-related fields, technological progress has actually stalled: the internal-combustion engine, invented in 1876, still rules our highways; the cancer death rate has barely changed since 1971; today’s Internet was actually designed in the 1960s. There are fears that world wars will break out over water and energy shortages and that our standards of living will fall.

These perceptions couldn’t be further from the truth.

Vivek Wadhwa will discuss why he believes that this will be the most innovative decade in human history. He will explain how exponentially advancing technologies—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—will enable us to start solving humanity’s grand challenges.

These technologies will disrupt entire industries, provide opportunities to create new ones, and help solve humanity’s grand challenges. For example:

  • 3D printing and robotics will enable manufacturing to return to the U.S.
  • Advances in DNA sequencing and synthetic biology will make it possible to engineer drugs for the individual and create personalized stem cell lines.
  • Autonomous, self-driving cars will revolutionize urban transport.
  • Low-cost tablets and artificial-intelligence–based learning systems will change the teaching paradigm and bring education to the world’s masses.
  • Star Trek–like tricorders, holodecks, and replicators will become a reality.

These advances aren’t going to come from governments and large research labs but from small groups of motivated people. Wadhwa will give you a tour of the Star Trek future

Not long ago, you could see your competition coming. Management guru Clayton Christensen coined the term “disruptive innovation” to describe how competition worked: a new entrant attacked a market leader by launching low-end, low-priced products and then relentlessly improving them. Now Christensen’s frameworks have themselves been disrupted—because you can no longer see the competition coming. Technologies are no longer progressing in a predictable linear fashion, but are advancing exponentially and converging. Fields such as computing, medicine, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, nanomaterials, and synthetic biology are advancing simultaneously, and combining these allows one industry to rapidly disrupt another—before market leaders even know what has hit them.

Practically every industry will be disrupted over the next few years, including finance, insurance, health care, manufacturing, transportation, education, I.T. services, and communications. Very few of today’s Fortune 500 companies will be on that list by the early 2020s. They will go the way of Blockbuster, Kodak, RIM, Compaq, and Nokia.

This is not all bad news, because disruption creates opportunities. New industries will emerge, and companies that lead the change will have the trillion-dollar market capitalizations. Business executives need to understand that:

  • trillion-dollar opportunities happen at the intersections of exponential technologies
  • disruptions are happening in every industry where technology can be applied
  • entrepreneurs can now do what only governments and big corporations could do before
  • if they don’t disrupt themselves, they will be disrupted by startups from other industries.

Businesses must learn the new rules of the innovation game and transform their employees into intrapreneurs who think—and act—like the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who are gunning for Goliath.

Vivek Wadhwa will teach the basics of exponential technologies and convergence, provide examples of the disruptions that are under way in several industries, discuss the new rules of the innovation game, and challenge his audience members to think like today’s technology entrepreneurs—and to build the new billion-dollar businesses within their companies.

A common belief is that the sun is setting on the U.S. empire and that China is about to leapfrog the U.S. in economic terms—and in innovation. In addition to economic disadvantages, naysayers have long cited graduation data purporting to show that the U.S. is falling behind in mathematics and science education and have predicted that the U.S. will lose it global advantage because China and India graduate more engineers than does the U.S. China, India, and the rest of the world are now innovating as never before. But it isn’t their governments or education systems that are giving them the advantage—it is their nascent entrepreneurs. They are leading the way in innovation and helping the countries transform themselves. And contrary to popular belief, America is getting further ahead in innovation, it isn’t lagging. The U.S. is reinventing itself, just as it does every 30 or 40 years.

In this talk, Vivek Wadhwa will explain how exponential technologies are about to cause major disruption in several U.S. industries—but they will wreak havoc on the economies of countries such as China and Russia and the Middle East. That is because manufacturing is once again becoming a local industry and is coming back to the U.S., thanks to robotics and 3D printing; because energy prices, which fell temporarily because of fracking, will fall permanently because of advances in alternative, clean energies such as solar, wind, and geothermal; and because advances in artificial intelligence and computing are automating knowledge work.

Some countries will win in a big way and others will lose. Wadhwa will discuss his research on education and innovation in countries such as India and China and put this in the context of today’s exponential technology advances. He will discuss the opportunities and perils for countries that these technologies are introducing.

Smart leaders realize that the future of their company depends on business design decisions that must be made today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has categorized those decisions into seven strategic priorities.

When you engage Mike as your keynote speaker, he will work with you to select the strategic priorities most relevant to your future roadmap. Then, during his research phase, he will conduct in-depth interviews with your team, clients or top performers in your industry in order to identify specific case studies that will resonate with your audience.

The seven strategic priorities are as follows:

1. People - engaging the next generation of customers and co-workers.

2. Marketing - figuring out the new marketing model.

3. Culture – understanding ‘Network Capital’ and today’s employee engagement crisis.

4. Technology - re-imagining the role of IT in the enterprise.

5. Innovation - exploring new frameworks for disruptive thinking.

6. Global - building your business to world scale.

7. Leadership - becoming a data-driven leader.

The companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change but are the first to break the rules. If you could start with a clean sheet of paper, how would you design your company? Should your youngest staff member be making coffee or running your R&D team? Is Big Data something for your IT department to worry about, or a weapon to be wielded by your management team? Do you ban social networks or use them to collaborate more effectively?

Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product. That early success then becomes a rigid code, and as customer habits and markets change, many fail to see that everything that made them successful is exactly what will destroy them later.

Based on interviews with you and your choices on the 7 strategic priorities, Mike will cover a range of thought provoking issues including:

  • How your future customers will think, talk and transact.
  • Lessons on disruptive innovation from fast growing, emerging markets.
  • How to leverage enterprise social networks to solve real business problems.
  • What it takes to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow’s employees.
  • How to apply speed, agility and the new lean IT mindset to your technology teams.
  • Hacking your corporate culture to transform employee engagement.
  • Why the multicultural web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today.
  • Identifying the critical data pivots in your business, the real-time numbers no leader can afford to ignore.

The greatest challenge for any company is not just keeping its current customers happy, but anticipating the needs of its future consumer base. Exposed to a childhood of data-driven experiences, the AI generation will interact, transact and communicate in ways you least expect. But that is only half your challenge.

Generational change in your workplace is also inevitable. Your future co-workers and employees will both test the limits of your management models as well as challenge your traditional beliefs about your company culture. Will you be ready for them?

Maj Gen (Ret) Brett Williams is an expert at translating the technical concepts of cybersecurity into language that is relevant and digestible to business leaders at all levels.  His experience working with nearly every sector allows him to tailor the message to his audience addressing their specific concerns.  Whether he is talking to a Fortune 100 company or a group of small and mid-size business leaders, Brett weaves together a message that fits the business and leaves the audience with specific action items they can use to defeat today’s complex cyber threat. Brett is comfortable and eager to engage your clients informally, both before and after the speech, during receptions, dinners and other social settings.

The Russians hacked the election, the Chinese are stealing our trade secrets, the Iranians and North Koreans see cyber as the ultimate asymmetric attack vector against the United States.  Every day, the country’s critical infrastructure is under attack—financial services, the electric grid, oil and gas, telecommunications, transportation.  As the former Director of Operations at U.S. Cyber Command, Maj Gen (Ret) Brett Williams is one of the few speakers available who can talk with the credibility that comes from being on the front lines of defending the Nation in cyberspace.  General Williams unique combination of both military and private sector experience, provides the audience with a clear understanding of the nation-state cyber threat and how it could impact their business.

 

Maj Gen (Ret) Brett Williams is certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a Board Governance Fellow and since 2015 has been a faculty member with NACD’s Board Advisory Services.  Brett has taught cyber-risk oversight to a wide variety of boards representing every business sector across a broad annual revenue range.  The typical seminar is three to four hours in length and prepares directors to effectively engage management on a wide variety of topics to include specific threats to the company, potential costs of a breach, assessing and managing cyber-risk, incident/breach response, regulation and oversight, metrics, and cyber insurance.  Brett’s intense preparation results in a highly customized, company-specific presentation that always receives high marks from both the board and management.  Custom quotes are available and vary based on desired engagement time, company size and event location. References are available upon request.

Steve Wozniak's quintessential appearances are in the "chat" format; 60 minute dialogues between Woz, a moderator, and the assembled audience.  The chat format offers event hosts tremendous control over the content of the appearance and allows for a more unique and highly interactive experience for the audience.  Questions asked of Woz during the chat can be based on one or a combination of his core topics.

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Woz takes a very customized approach to each appearance he accepts and speaks directly with the event host to ensure a topical focus that is unique, conversational, and an excellent tie-in with the overall event.  The result is a highly personalized, unforgettable experience delivered by one of the most influential pioneers of the technology industry.  His core topics include: 

  • The founding of Apple
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Entrepreneurship or thinking like an entrepreneur within a larger company
  • iWoz, his autobiography
  • Robotics and automation
  • Education
  • His personal vision for the future of technology
  • The Internet of Things
  • Wearables
  • Big Data

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