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As technologies such as cloud, mobile, big data and artificial intelligence gain a foothold in the mainstream of business and entrepreneurship, we are gearing up for the most significant disruption in our approach to how we work, live and learn.

This shift towards intelligent machines will create more value and disruption than the Web/Internet did 20 years ago. Manoj Saxena’s talks describe how these forces are already driving rapid business model innovation and outline how business leaders need to take a different, courageous approach to either disrupt or be disrupted from this technology superconvergence.

Sample Speeches:

  • Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Impact of Machine Intelligence and Digital Technologies for Your Business
    C-level presentation on the disruptive impact and potential from the superconvergence of six digital technologies (mobile, cloud, big data, social, analytics and artificial intelligence).
  • Cognitive Computing: Humanity’s Next Big Leap
    General audience presentation on what is cognitive computing, its applications, pitfalls and potential for driving business and societal change, and how intelligence machines and cognitive computing will be the next force multiplier for businesses.
  • Courage to Fail Fast, Fail Forward: Managing Technology and Business Model Innovation in the Age of Intelligent Machines
    How business and IT need to approach technology and business model innovation in this era of intelligent machines powered by mobile, cloud, big data, social and analytics technologies.

Tony Scott (Exclusively WSB)

Digital modernization is the key to thriving business models of the future. With unmatched experience in both the private and public sectors, including heading up information technology infrastructure for the federal government, Tony Scott shares insight into the steps every business needs to take to remain competitive in a rapidly transforming era. Audiences will learn:

  • How to foster breakthrough innovation by digitizing your business model
  • Why adoption of cloud-based IT management is more important than ever
  • How to successfully confront the enterprise-level challenges of digital modernization

Dramatic changes in the capacity, size and distribution of technology has meant an unprecedented acceleration in the generation of electronic data in recent years. This includes traditional health data, but also nontraditional sources like smartphones, shopping data and more. While the commercial sector has taken the lead in applying this big data, it’s clear that it will also be applied to both the traditional healthcare system as well as to health promotion outside that system. Dr. Joel Selanikio, a technologist and practicing physician, leads the audience through the definitions and origins of big data through examples of big data in business, and finally to the first steps—and the larger promise—of big data in healthcare.

We are almost fifty years into a titanic shift in technology, from institution-centric to consumer-first.  The effects of this change are now being felt in the healthcare IT space, as medical staff accustomed to Uber and iPhones push back against antiquated, unconnected EHR (electronic health record) systems. What’s the nature of this secular shift, how did it happen, and what does it mean for the future of health, and of healthcare IT. Dr. Selanikio will take the audience through more than fifty years of accelerating change, and explain why the biggest changes in health tech are yet to come.

Rajiv Shah, M.D. (Exclusively WSB)

As administrator of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah worked to launch major initiatives in an effort to refocus America’s global partnerships. Previously, Dr. Shah served in leadership positions at the United States Department of Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In his capacity at USAID, Dr. Shah led efforts in campaigns including Feed the Future, Power Africa, the Private Capital Group for Development and the Better Than Cash Alliance to harness the expertise of the world’s brightest scientists, students and entrepreneurs. He forged strategic relationships by bringing together private investors, multinational corporations and local entrepreneurs to improve services and drive investments globally. By rebuilding scientific partnerships, mobilizing global partners and leveraging more than $10 billion from 200 companies, the organization achieved the most significant reforms in food aid in 60 years. Dr. Shah recently launched similar efforts in India, gaining experience overseeing major power projects in Afghanistan and other frontier markets. During his tenure at USDA, Dr. Shah also led efforts to contribute to the U.S. government’s biofuels strategy, which focused on transitioning to second- and third-generation biofuels. Audiences will receive unmatched, practical insights as Dr. Shah explores topics such as the management of risks and opportunities in emerging markets today, innovative financial structure and the latest advancements in science and technology as they relate to the growth of their industry.

Rajiv Shah, M.D. (Exclusively WSB)

USAID runs the world’s largest global health program, spending more than $5 billion a year in more than 30 countries around the world to address disease and bring new health technologies to large populations of lower-income families. As administrator of this organization, Dr. Rajiv Shah led an effort with public and private sector leaders to transform this portfolio into a focused effort to maximize the reduction of preventable child and maternal deaths. During his tenure at the Gates Foundation, Dr. Shah helped to create the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations and develop the International Finance Facility for Immunization. In each of these professional capacities, Dr. Shah worked to create product development partnerships and has developed a strong network of partners in government, corporate leadership, regulatory agencies and academia. Additionally drawing on his experiences to accelerate the global development and introduction of these products in markets around the world, he shares with audiences unique, thought-provoking views on how to develop, introduce and accelerate the rate of progress of new technologies in a global health care market in an increasingly complex world.

Rajiv Shah, M.D. (Exclusively WSB)

Dr. Rajiv Shah surprised the world in his success with the transformation of the world’s largest global health program, the United States Agency for International Development. By advancing a new model of development that harnesses the power of business and innovation, he helped to reenergize the agency and elevate its work as part of America’s national security agenda. As USAID administrator, Dr. Shah also managed the U.S. government’s response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince and co-chaired the State Department’s first-ever review of American diplomacy and development operations. He earned bipartisan support creating a new platform to engage science and technology, and coupled with years of exceptional experience in leadership positions at both the United States Department of Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Shah brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and unique perceptions to his presentations. Audience members learn how a willingness to take risks, make sacrifices and confront injustice can coordinate the full capabilities of an organization, and how science and technology, crisis management and strategic investments play a significant role in these endeavors.

How do you become the obvious choice in the hearts and minds of your customers, employees and community? The answer is value. You either create more value than your competitors or you don’t. The more important question is how? In this case-study-rich and highly insightful presentation, Peter Sheahan will:

  • Show you how to escape commoditization and compete beyond price
  • Help you identify your most valuable edge of disruption
  • Offer road map for becoming a thought leader in your marketplace and influence more senior buyers as a result
  • Inspire you to lean into complexity, solve higher-order problems and become the disruptor

If you want to turn challenge into opportunity and change into competitive advantage, then join Peter for an inspiring, evidence-based approach to creating more value in your marketplace.

What do Thomas Edison, Chris Rock, and Jeff Bezos all have in common?

Answer: An understanding that the biggest ideas spring forth from a series of small discoveries, reworked to achieve a great result.

Based on extensive research, including over 200 interviews with successful creators and innovators, Sims demonstrates that the kind of linear problem-solving and fear of failure we were conditioned to embrace actively thwarts creativity. Whether it’s Steve Jobs or architect Frank Gehry or the ‘braintrust’ at Pixar, there is no complete plan or vision at the outset. Rather, through a process of trying and failing in incremental ways, they gain critical information as they go from one small, experimental step to the next — which eventually lead to extraordinary breakthroughs. These so-called “little bets” helped spark the ideas that led to companies like Twitter and blockbuster movies like the Toy Story franchise. We can learn to think and work like those we think of as geniuses — failing fast to learn quickly, trying imperfect ideas, focusing on finding problems rather than solving them, and practicing highly immersed observation—to turn our own little bets into big successes.

Can we scout and scale technology solutions to the biggest challenges our society faces using the venture capitalist model? Can we capacity build the American people? Megan Smith argues that we can—in fact, she shows that we already are. At Google, General Magic, and Apple Japan, she brought deeply cross-functional teams together to solve significant challenges. Smith adopted that same approach in the federal government, identifying patterns and best practices that are making a difference in towns and cities across the United States, and then exploring how to reproduce them in other parts of the country. From retraining and building confidence in coal miners in Eastern Kentucky to reducing prison populations in Miami-Dade County, Smith’s examples will illustrate how your organization can identify what’s already working and how best to replicate that success.

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