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REGIONAL BREAKFAST: Ten Myths of Cyber Security
January 20, 2015 • Boston, Massachusetts, The Langham Boston Hotel
January 21, 2015 • Washington, D.C., The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

IT security professionals often adopt strategies for cyber defense that are based on faulty assumptions. For example, strong, frequently changing passwords can make networks more vulnerable instead of less. Dr. Eric Haseltine, former head of R&D at NSA and Director of S&T for the Intelligence Community will explore the myth of strong passwords and nine other common misperceptions about cyber security. He will describe strategies that Information Assurance and IT professionals can use to recognize the sway these powerful myths hold within their organizations and convince senior managers to provide the resources needed to address historically underfunded areas, such as insider threats and supply chain attacks.

Biotech and beyond
February 24–25, 2015 • San Diego, California
February 26, 2015
Field Trip - Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
From resurrecting the wooly mammoth to 23 & Me, the blending of the DNA code and computer code is turning biology into biotechnology, bringing big data into pharmacology and healthcare, and redefining wellness. Meanwhile, robots are entering hospitals as diagnosticians and surgical assistants as well as orderlies; sensors are feeding doctors more data on their patients than they know what to do with; pharmaceuticals are being turned out in home labs; and prosthetics are making us all cyborgs to one degree or another. Biotechnology is extending far beyond healthcare into every facet of our personal and professional lives.
Making Stuff
May 5–6, 2015 • Detroit, Michigan
May 7, 2015 Field Trip - Ford Rouge Factory Tour & TechShop Detroit Walkthrough and Demos
From design to delivery, the Internet is changing the way stuff is created, cast, and carted. 3-D printers are the hardware equivalent of software compilers, letting us iterate designs and prototypes instantly and almost cost-free. On-shoring, additive (and subtractive!) manufacturing, and the Internet of things are reworking the supply chain. And materials science, open source hardware, factory automation, and mass customization are changing everything in between. Detroit—with initiatives like Techtown Detroit, makerspaces springing up in abandoned warehouses, the courting of high-tech immigrants, and a resurgent auto industry—is ground-zero for Manufacturing 2.0.
REGIONAL BREAKFAST: The Future of Life
June 5, 2015 • Boston, Massachusetts, Four Seasons Hotel
We’re about to eradicate disease—and therefore poverty. Skype can now translate Mandarin for you, but soon you’ll just swallow a pill and be fluent in it. Another pill will grow hair where you want it and not where you don’t. An injection will give you infra-red vision and green eyes. We’re going to bring back the woolly mammoth and repopulate the tundra with it.

A century from now the digital revolution will be seen as a blip, the enabling tool for the unimaginably wild biologically magical future. In a provocative discussion between Harvard professor and entrepreneur
George Church and TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board member Mike Hawley, we’ll together explore the wild and woolly future.
Innundata and the Fog of IT
July 21–22, 2015 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Too Much Information!" decry the socially squeamish, but it's also a rallying cry for IT workers everywhere. IT
is being brought into corners of the workplace that have never seen its light; indeed, IT is the nervous system of the organization and its branches will soon reach everywhere, serving as the interface between the physical and digital. All the while, IT itself is changing, building and maintaining networks on highways, in football stadiums, and everywhere else—and yet, is still tasked with extracting actionable information, and keeping it all secure.

Collaboration and the Workplace of the Future
September 29–30, 2015 • Washington, D.C.
The workplace is changing, and it's not just a matter of taking down the cubicle partitions and putting in couches. Clouds, social networks, mobile devices and their apps, sensors, and service-oriented architectures are changing not just the ways we compute, but the ways we collaborate—human-to-human, human-to-machine, and machine- to-machine. We'll particularly look at the tools of collaboration—the physical and social networks, and some new interfaces between us and our devices and between us and all our data—and how the sourcing and management of talent is shifting from ownership to empowerment, hierarchies to networks, and individual efforts to collaborations.

[next]
December 8–9, 2015 • San Francisco, California
Who knows what's next? Consistently, TTI/Vanguard members who attend [next] do. In 2012 we heard about gigapixel television; the Lytro camera; and Kinect's impact on the next generation of user interfaces. In 2013, we heard from Nest and Basis Science, mere months before they were acquired; about an energy-efficient version of floating point arithmetic, and a new system for sharing application windows. In 2014, it was digital fingerprints; new developments in quantum computer architectures; and finding causality in big data. Come to [next] 2015 and find out what's next!

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