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Google Assistant: Our Story08:30-09:00The Ballroom
Noami talks all things the Assistant ... (where we're going/why, introduce the Assistant, insights we've learned, how to get started).
AI for the Enterprise – Opportunities beyond product innovation09:00 - 09:30The Ballroom
Technology firms are actively using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to build innovative capabilities in their products. But what about AI in the enterprise context? How can enterprises leverage AI to innovate in areas beyond product innovation? This presentation covers the broad spectrum of opportunities available for an enterprise using Artificial Intelligence.
The Discipline of Innovation09:30 - 10:00The Ballroom
Spigit partnered with an economist at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management to examine 154 public companies (covering over 3.5 million employees) that use software to manage the ideation process of their innovation programs. What we learned from this analysis is that innovation is, indeed, a science. The most innovative companies are often found outside of tech. During this session, Don will cover: The true key measures of a successful innovation program How success at ideation correlates to growth Best practices of the “most innovative companies” and why they aren’t the companies you typically hear about) How to emulate innovation leaders and avoid common pitfalls
The Perfect Storm of Disruption: The State of Strategy and Innovation in Media & Entertainment10:00 - 10:30The Ballroom
The complexity and pace of change in the media, entertainment and consumer tech landscape is accelerating at a rate that is both delighting and confusing consumers. It’s creating overnight fortunes one week and decimating companies the next, and it’s forcing start-ups and conglomerates alike to rethink their approach to strategy and innovation. During this session we’ll explore the “perfect storm” of events that have led to this dynamic and exciting – but often bewildering – environment, and how companies are adapting to change.
Coffee Break10:30 - 11:00The Grand Foyer
Gen Z-ers, GenX, Millennials, Boomers – Disruption in the Multi-Generational Workforce11:00-11:30The Ballroom
With the changing workforce landscape, how do leaders engage their employees, drive change, and embrace the corporations vision, charter, and culture. What are the best methods of collaborating internally, externally, and globally.
Panel session: HOW ICONIC BRANDS CAN STAY RELEVANT AMID CHANGING CONSUMER PREFERENCES11:30 - 12:30The Ballroom
Ejieme Eromosele, The New York Times, MD CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE, BJORN TROWERY, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, HEINEKEN USA Blandine JeanPaul, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL BRAND STRATEGY, HASBRO Chris Shedd, VP OF BRAND PARTNERSHIPS, THE ECONOMIST GROUP Ryan Mccullah, SNR. DESIGN DIRECTOR, OATH!
Man & Machine: An Unlikely Symbiosis Between People & AI12:30-01:00The Ballroom
Paradise or purgatory—what will be the future with AI? Join industry leader Joe Caserta for a presentation about the future of human potential in conjunction with AI. Joe will dive into future possibilities as man and machine transform industries across the globe. He will address historical trends and outcomes of major technological turning points, what AI means for the future of jobs, and how we are being trained to adapt without ever even noticing.
Lunch01:00 - 02:00The Grand Foyer
Why Growing people drives business growth02:00 - 02:30The Ballroom
I believe that companies grow when their people grow. This sound intuitive so why don't more companies really use learning and development to drive growth. Bc most focus on performance, which like growth is an outcome, rather than creating a culture of engaged development. I introduce the elements of Engaged Development along with key research insights that disrupt current thinking and illustrate why this paradigm shift is a business imperative.
Future of Urban Mobility02:30 - 03:00The Ballroom
Change Management & Business Transformation - A story about People, Processes & Tools03:00 - 03:30The Ballroom
With E-commerce, Consumer Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, it’s risky for businesses to not upgrade their internal business models. In less than two decades, entire industries have been revolutionized by challenger brands that never existed before. So, what must businesses do to keep their finger on the pulse of changing markets? And how can they remain internally nimble while facing challenges in archaic business processes, psychology of people and under invested tools?
Coffee Break03:30 - 04:00The Grand Foyer
When AI Gets Creative, How Do Companies Stay on Top04:00 - 04:30The Ballroom
Once relegated to rote tasks, artificial intelligence is slowly moving into creative fields, which have traditionally been the domain of humans… from the Google artist in residence who builds art-generating software with machine learning to an algorithm that mimics the workflow of a landscape photographer, producing photos that are nearly as good as professional shots.
Panel Session: Building Customer Centric Strategy & Innovation04:30 - 05:30The Ballroom
Andrea Samuel, DIRECTOR, GLOBAL BUSINESS PLANNING, CONVERSE Nancy Liang, HEAD OF STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS - ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, WALMART ECOMMERCE Michael Crawford, VP - DIGITAL TEAM, FIFTH THIRD BANCORP Courtney Graybill, VP CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE & PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, DAVID'S BRIDAL
Networking Drinks05:30 - 07:30The Grand Foyer
FAN-CENTRIC INNOVATION IN MEDIA08:30 - 09:00The Ballroom
Fanatical customers. Every brand’s dream. But few brands rise to that level of esteem and even fewer hold that regard for decades and through multiple generations. The New York Times, known for its award-winning journalism, has been one of those brands. But as consumer behavior in media consumption shifts and as its business model is fundamentally disrupted, how can a media powerhouse like the Times survive these changes? In this talk, Ejieme Eromosele, Managing Director of Customer Experience, will describe the innovations that The Times has undertaken. With a focus on putting its readers first, The Times has positioned itself for expanded growth. Being customer obsessed is how brands will win in the future and in this session you will hear how The New York Times is driving a reader-obsessed culture of innovation.
Thinking 10x: Building an innovation framework with mobile as a catalyst09:00 - 09:30The Ballroom
Enterprises around the world are hungry to drive the transition toward becoming a digital business. While the blurring of the digital and physical worlds holds great promise, the path to get there can seem insurmountable. In this talk, we’ll explore Google’s “Thinking 10x” framework for innovation with an eye toward digital transformation. We’ll define an example problem statement, estsblish its scope, discuss ways to innovate upon the problem, and how mobile technologies can help catalyze and accelerate an organization’s push toward becoming a digital business.
Strategies for Relevance and Reputation in Today’s Societal Context 09:30 - 10:00The Ballroom
Strategic Planning Goes Where People Are10:00 - 10:30The Ballroom
Wherever the next advertising evolution takes us, it will start where content, audience and brands meet. Strategic planning, in our role as audience experts, should be as close to the source as possible. If you are a media platform with tons of valuable audience data sitting on your servers, you have the opportunity to be a useful partner to your clients by helping understand how their consumers behave. If you are a content creator, you have the opportunity to get better at addressing brands challenges by becoming a content listener. Planners can add value to any company aiming to bring brands and people together.
Coffee Break10:30 - 11:00The Grand Foyer
Strategy & Innovation in International Media11:00 - 11:30The Ballroom
Alex Stein will discuss strategic initiatives addressing the complex and evolving international media landscape.
Creative Strategy & Innovation: Post Studios11:30 - 12:00The Ballroom
Shannon Toumey will discuss how Post Studios, the in-house creative strategy agency for the New York Post (a legacy print brand that has successfully evolved into a multi-platform media company with massive digital scale), develops innovative solutions for Ad Sales partners.
Panel Session: Open innovation & co-innovating12:00 - 01:00The Ballroom
Julie Shin, HEAD OF STRATEGIC OPERATIONS AND INNOVATION PRODUCTIVITY, CITIGROUP Benjamin Shaw, OPEN INNOVATION DELIVERY MANAGER, BARCLAYS Zahir Khoja, SVP OF GLOBAL ACCEPTANCE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION, MASTERCARD Dr Jill Buban, SNR. DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & INNOVATION, ONLINE LEARNING CONSORTIUM
LUNCH01:00 - 02:00The Grand Foyer
Pursuing Innovation as a 172-Year-Old Startup02:00 - 02:30The Ballroom
The Associated Press was born when a few New York City newspaper publishers decided to share a fast horse and the new-fangled telegraph to carry news from the front during the war with Mexico in 1846. Decades later, AP is the world’s largest news agency and still on the hunt for fast horses and new technology to drive innovation through the organization and the news industry in general. Jim Kennedy, AP’s senior vice president for strategy and enterprise development, will talk about what it takes to compete in today’s environment and how AP keeps pace as a not-for-profit through collaborative innovation with customers, platform partners and early-stage startups.
Panel SESSION: Leveraging new technologies to build strategy at SI World Forum02:30 - 03:30The Ballroom
Virginia Hines, PRODUCT DIRECTOR, OATH! Scott Doyne, SVP PRODUCT STRATEGY, TURNER Kosha Gada, CORPORATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY, COMCAST- NBCUNIVERSAL Ali Thorne, VP, Corporate Development and Strategy, Sotheby's
Coffee Break03:30 - 04:00The Grand Foyer
Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve pharma R&D productivity.04:00 - 04:30The Ballroom
Get onboard, or get out of the way. We’ve reached an inflexion point where Deep Learning combined with Natural Language Processing are viable tools to improve how biotherapeutics companies discovery, optimize and test new medicines. Any firm that invests heavily in R&D ignores this technology at its peril. In early stage R&D, AI facilitates ingesting unstructured public data to identify new targets. It helps find new uses for existing compounds. It helps design better therapeutics, it guides how new products are tested and brought to patients. It could even help inform decision making across the entire portfolio. This talk is a tour through key stages of pharmaceutical development, showing how each stage will be disrupted by AI.
Digital Commerce: Loyalty in Digital Age04:30 - 5:00The Ballroom
I will cover how Buy Buttons and Frictionless Commerce have helped create loyalty between online retailers, now being mirrored and mimicked by brick & mortar merchants also.

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