#MWCA18 The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and it is the most complex, inclusive and automated revolution our society has seen. We have reached a point where physical technology (ex. devices, sensors and ubiquitous connectivity) and digital technologies (ex. artificial intelligence, blockchain, and analytics) have converged to create a truly smart and connected world. But are we ready for it?

The rate of innovation is continuing at an exponential pace, and will affect everyone’s lives. Most agree that this revolution will change the world for the better, but questions remain around ethics and responsibility.
• Devices require reliable and secure connectivity, are networks able to handle 25 billion devices?
• How will AI impact our future workforce?
• Will blockchain be secure enough to handle sensitive and personal information?
• Should connected vehicles be able to override their driver?
• How much human interaction do people need or want when interacting with businesses?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution theme at Mobile World Congress Americas will address the current state of key technological advancements, the impact it is having on business and how it will change (for better or for worse) the world around us.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution theme is broken out into six conferences and will span the three days of the show:
• Wednesday – Blockchain Conference and IoT Conference
• Thursday – AI: Enterprise Applications
• Friday – AI: Consumer Applications, Connected Vehicles, IoT & 5G

IoT Conference – Tuesday, September 12, 2018

The explosion of IoT continues to grow, and shows no signs of slowing. In the next five years, people can expect to see over 25 billion connected devices that radically change their daily lives. As technologists create smarter solutions and operators create more powerful networks, how should companies look to effectively deploy, grow and scale their IoT solutions? This conference will host presentations from leading industry voices on IoT, as well as panels on deployment, scaling and security.
Speaker Highlights :
• Jan Geldmacher, President, Sprint Business, Sprint
• Glen Lurie, CEO, Synchronoss – 15-minute presentation
• Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, Blackberry
• Bodil Josefsson, Head of IoT Security, Ericsson
• Dave Mayo, SVP and Business Chief of 5G and IoT, T-Mobile
• Steve Szabo, Head of Global Products and Solutions, Verizon
• Ludovico Fassati, Head of IoT, Vodafone Americas

Blockchain Conference – Tuesday, September 12, 2018

Blockchain is an emerging technology that is receiving significant attention for its proven and potential uses. While there are predictions that this technology will shape the future of many industries, to date, it has been difficult to determine whether the hype around this technology is justified. This conference will cover the basics of blockchain technology, successes with cryptocurrencies, and potential use cases across industries.
Speaker Highlights:
• Maryanne Morrow, CEO, SurgeXLR
• Dr. Rosanna Chan, Founder, Therefore
• Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger Project
• Waseem Sadiq, CEO, Tradebits Exchange
• Edith Yeung, Partner , 500 Startups
• Eric Wiesen, General Partner, Bullpen Capital
• Vinny Lingham, Co-founder and CEO, Civic
• Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services, IBM
• Doug Garland, VP Innovation and Partnerships, Sprint

AI: Enterprise Applications – Thursday, September 13, 2018

Experts agree that AI will transform entire industries in the next 10-15 years. The speed of this transformation in the enterprise will be dependent on the success of early AI experiments and deployments. Before investing heavily, business leaders must have a clear understanding of where AI can add strategic value and actually have impact on their company. This conference will answer the questions: is the enterprise truly ready for the potential of AI?
Speaker Highlights:
• Scott Prevost, VP of Engineering for Cloud Technology and Adobe Sensei, Adobe
• Pratap Ranade, VP of Engineering, Enigma
• Soma Velayutham, Head of Industry Development AI and Deep Learning, NVIDIA
• Michael Lawder, SVP Customer Care, Samsung
• George Mathew, CEO, Kespry
• Lesley Young, Global Director of Growth at Workplace, Facebook
• Harry Glaser, CEO and Co-founder, Periscope Data

AI: Consumer Applications, Friday, September 14, 2018

Research shows that the market for consumer AI hardware, software, and services could exceed $42 billion by 2025. While many consumer companies have already started integrated AI and machine learning into their products, the applications are still quite limited to obvious features (i.e. chat bots and smart assistants) and some the hidden gems (i.e. quality recommendations, accurate search results and predictive customer service). Even at its infancy and with limited use cases, AI has already changed consumer expectations of the technology and companies they interact with. This conference will highlight how key industries will leverage this adaptive technology to delight, retain and empower their customers.
Speaker Highlights:
• Omar Javaid, Chief Product Officer, Vonage
• Manish Goyal, Director – Offering Management, Watson Data & AI, IBM
• SC Moatti, Founder, Products that Count & Mighty Capital
• Eyal Pfeifel, Co-founder and CTO, imperson
• Sriram Chakravarthy, Founder and CTO, Avaamo
• Ellen Juhlin, Head of Product, Orion Labs
• Hector Ouilhet, Head of Design, Google Search & Assistant, Google
• Timoni West, Director of XR, Unity
• Anarghya Vardhana, Principal, Maveron

Connected Vehicles Conference – Friday, September 14, 2018

The cellular and automotive ecosystems are hard at work to develop the ultimate connected car and driverless experience. The road ahead is long, and questions linger around the transformation that organizations in both industries need to undergo to really deliver on the necessary technology to allow for driverless vehicles, ensuring a safe and secure experience for drivers and riders alike.
Speaker Highlights:
• Paul Asel, Managing Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
• Patrick Little, SVP & GM Automotive, Qualcomm Technologies
• Sameep Tandon, CEO & Co-Founder, Drive.ai
• Åsa Tamsons, EVP & Head of Business area Technology & Emerging Business, Ericsson
• Laurens Eckelboom, VP, Head of Business, SAP
• Ozgur Tohumcu, CEO, Tantalum
• Kaivan Karimi, SVP, Technology Solutions, BlackBerry
• Sandip Ranjhan, SVP, Automotive Strategic Business Unit, Harman

IoT and 5G Conference – Friday, September 14, 2018

Building on the discussions around the technical building blocks for 5G networks, the IoT and 5G Conference will focus on the end-user applications for 5G and the transition from 4G to 5G. A series of demos and live use-cases will bring 5G to life for all attendees.
Speaker Highlights:
• JR Wilson, VP, Tower Strategy & Roaming, AT&T
• Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Market Area North America, Ericsson
• Philip Wilson, Managing Director, Deloitte
• Caroline Chan, VP, Network Platforms Group & GM, 5G Infrastructure Division, Intel
• William Hurley, CMO, Syniverse
• Senthil Sengodan, Head of North America Strategy, Nokia
• Erin Raney, Director, Network Technology Services & Innovation, T-Mobile
• Brian Deutsch, CEO, Pivotal Commware