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TTI/Vanguard’s 2018 SCHEDULE

Regional Meeting: TOKYO
February 15, 2018 • Tokyo, Japan

Large corporations are undervalued. Everyone wants to be entrepreneurial, but there are many assets that big corporations have including global infrastructures and distribution channels. There should be—and often are—enormous benefits to partnerships between large companies and startups.

Called the "most connected woman in Silicon Valley," Dr. Ellen Levy is managing director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for "networked innovation." Dr. Levy is an active angel investor, advisory board member, and public speaker. For the better part of a decade, Ellen worked with LinkedIn, having served as vice president of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development, and her original role as Advisory Board member. Previously, she spent several years running a program focused on people, technology, and innovation at Stanford University by facilitating collaboration between industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the University research community. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles across the entrepreneurial ecosystem: in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta Ventures; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Stanford University).

Designing and Doing
March 6-7, 2018 • Los Angeles, CA
March 5, 2018 Field Trip - USC’s Information Sciences Institute and Institute of Creative Technologies

It’s a truism that information has to be actionable.

We’ll look at the tremendous progress that has been made making technology usable, notably in speech recognition and generation, image processing, and mobile interfaces. We’ll consider how the real-time use of sensors, big data, machine learning, and the cloud will further the process of weaning us from keyboards, buttons, and knobs as technology becomes ever more ubiquitous and effortless. And we’ll ask some bigger questions: How can we put our lives in the hands of algorithms and robots without understanding the actions they take? Why is it that iGen, the group younger than Millennials, is the most digital generation ever, and yet also the least happy? Has mobility paradoxically made us busier instead of less, and less creative instead of more?

Intelligence, Natural and Artificial
June 11-12, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
June 13, 2018 Field Trip - NYU’S Tandon School of Engineerting and the Center for Urban Science + Progress (CUSP)

Technology has always been in the service of augmenting human capabilities. AI is our way of doing for mental work what the wheel, the plow, and the steam engine did for physical labor. Yet machine learning has the capability of going its own way, whether it’s Facebook bots inventing their own language or swarms of drones making collective decisions that can’t be attributed to any one node. What is the current state of the art, and how can we best harness its growing capabilities?


Regional Meeting: The Data Age of Hollywood
July 12, 2018 • Los Angeles, CA

Advances in smart data and artificial intelligence couldn’t come at a better time for the entertainment industry, struggling, as it is, with the shifting consumption habits of today’s consumers. The old adage, “Half the money I spend on marketing is wasted; I just don’t know which half” is more relevant than ever today. When it comes to film P&A spend, that “half” means billions of dollars.

The good news is that we finally have a way to answer which half. Transformational new technologies enable the entertainment industry to connect with their most valuable asset … the Consumer. Hyper-personalized consumer recommendations, driven by the introspection of data, allows for the right content to be offered at the right time, through the right channel at the right price – increasing satisfaction and loyalty.

Regional Meeting: Welcome to the Cognitive Revolution
August 2, 2018 • Singapore

New advances in cognitive computing over the past several years make it possible to understand the driving factors behind consumer behavior, optimize  sales and marketing activities as well as global supply chain operations. By combining advances in computational intelligence, data science and semantic reasoning, a number of leading companies are already realizing these returns along the value chain in the form of hyper-personalized consumer insights, to sales and marketing strategies and optimized supply chain planning and inventory optimization.

Less Is More
September 13–14, 2018 • Washington, D.C.
September 12, 2018 Field Trip - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center

Technology tries to do something that has never been done before, which is often a matter of doing more with more. To create a market opportunity—and to save the planet—things have to be made simpler, easier, or more affordable. Businesses therefore need to raise the question of whether or not some new thing that can be done, ought to be done, which often comes down to whether we can now do more with less. We’ll look at efficiencies of all kinds, whether it’s creating or using power and energy better; better materials; or better communication, logistics, and markets.

December 4–5, 2018 • San Francisco, CA

Who knows what's next? Consistently, TTI/Vanguard members who attend [next] do. By 2027, the oldest members of Generation X will be eligible for Social Security, and more than half of iGen (aka iGeneration Z) will be in the workforce. Most new cars will be electric and will mostly drive themselves. Moore’s Law will have come to an end (according to Moore himself). Amazon will still dominate retail, and perhaps everything else. And brain-to-brain communication will be nearly a reality. The 2017 [next] agenda included talks on these topics, as well as cryptocurrencies, emotive search, the economics of climate change, hypermodern farming, AI-based art, and the future of economic mobility. Join us in San Francisco and find out what's next!

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