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FAQs
What is TTI/Vanguard?
Who "leads" TTI/Vanguard?
What's unique about TTI/Vanguard membership?
Who are the members of TTI/Vanguard?
Who are the speakers?
What are the sessions like?
What is TTI/Vanguard’s business model?
What are some of the deliverables an organization gets from membership?
Are there activities offered other than the conference sessions?
Can an individual attend one session only for a fee?
Does TTI/Vanguard’s membership work on a calendar year?
Can different people attend from an organization, or does it always have to be the same person
who goes to the sessions?
What level of participant attends the sessions?
How does an organization become a TTI/Vanguard member?


Q: What is TTI/Vanguard?
A: TTI/Vanguard is the advanced technology conference series for senior-level executives. Four times annually, we come together to introduce, discuss, and evaluate emerging and breakthrough technologies on the two-to-five-year horizon.

Q: Who “leads” TTI/Vanguard?
A: At the core of TTI/Vanguard is our world-class Advisory Board: John Perry Barlow, Gordon Bell, Maria Bezaitis, Peter Cochrane, Eric Haseltine, Mike Hawley, Ken Hertz, Krisztina "Z" Holly, Alan Kay, Len Kleinrock, Doug Lenat, Ellen Levy, Bob Lucky, Nicholas Negroponte, David Reed and Eben Upton.

Q: What’s unique about TTI/Vanguard membership?
A: Organizations join TTI/Vanguard for early warnings about breakthrough; potentially disruptive, and transformative technologies; a challenging vision of the future; and the power of our "network."

Q: Who are the members of TTI/Vanguard?
A: TTI/Vanguard member organizations represent global private, public, and academic sectors. Members include: cutting-edge software and hardware developers, aerospace and defense companies, financial and investment institutions, insurers, retailers, pharmaceutical and healthcare groups, telecommunications firms, corporate and government labs, manufacturers, service providers and consulting groups, energy and chemical companies, broadcasters, startups, universities, and top advisors in global government agencies. This diversity brings an unequalled richness of perspective and experience to our forums.

Q: Who are the speakers?
A: Every TTI/Vanguard conference includes a group of speakers—entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, business practitioners, technologists, academicians, authors, journalists, commentators and futurists, creative artists, and policymakers. TTI/Vanguard's presenters are experts in their fields and represent a multiplicity of backgrounds. These speakers bring to sessions diverse perspectives on future technologies and their impact on business, scientific, engineering, and social disciplines.

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Q: What are the sessions like?
A: Sessions are highly interactive. Microphones are available at attendees' tabletops. Speakers typically receive a 20-minute "head start" before members begin to ask questions that test ideas being presented. The result: dynamic and collaborative sessions where debate is stimulated and new ideas flourish.

Q: What is TTI/Vanguard’s business model?
A: TTI/Vanguard is a private membership organization. Membership is subscription-based, and fees are determined by the number of seats contracted during each term, which includes four consecutive conferences.

Q: What are some of the deliverables an organization gets from membership?
A: Within days of each meeting, audio and slide presentations from each session are posted in TTI/Vanguard's Member Archives. Organizations have access to this multimedia knowledge-base, which houses and indexes materials, preconference readings (Reconnaissance Papers), conference notes (Highlights and Citations), and postconference reports (Reinforcement Papers) on our proceedings going back to 1991. In conjunction with each session, members also receive recently published books which are chosen to expand on ideas and topics being addressed in our sessions. The aggregate of these books and readings provides members with additional perspectives and resources for understanding critical technology issues.

Additionally, members participate in TTI/Vanguard's LinkedIn group wherein members and other technologists can extend discussions around content initiated in conferences. Our LinkedIn group is intended as a "place" to ideate, collaborate, and communicate outside our conference venues throughout the year. LinkedIn group members can add articles, questions, and comments, including links to blogs, that they feel would be of interest to others within TTI/Vanguard's community. These could include postings about advanced technologies, current work they are doing, updates and extensions about topics presented at TTI/Vanguard conferences, and/or new ideas/approaches in science, technology, engineering, etc.

Q: Are there activities offered other than the conference sessions?
A: Yes. In conjunction with our conferences, TTI/Vanguard offers field trips to leading research and development laboratories that are often inaccessible without invitation. Additionally, TTI/Vanguard runs executive workshops facilitated by leaders in their respective fields.

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Q: Can an individual attend one session only for a fee?
A: No. TTI/Vanguard subscribes to the belief that continuity of attendance allows an organization to dive deeply into the world of unanticipated sources of change. Further, we believe that it is only by attending sessions over time, that the full value of our discussions, content, and community can be measured.

Q: Does TTI/Vanguard’s membership work on a calendar year?
A: Membership begins whenever an organization signs up for the four consecutive conference term.

Q: Can different people attend from an organization or does it always have to be the same person who goes to the sessions?
A: Yes, different representatives can attend from a member organization. Attendance is designed to be flexible. We encourage organizations to match their internal content experts with the topics we offer.

Q: What level of participant attends the sessions?
A: Sponsors of TTI/Vanguard memberships are typically serving at the CXO level. Attendees from organizations are senior-level executives within an organization who have responsibility for strategy, infrastructure, architecture, engineering, research and development, innovation, etc. While there is no official “level” that is mandatory for an organization’s sponsorship, attendees should be those who can significantly influence an organization’s future technology direction.

Q: How does an organization become a TTI/Vanguard member?
A: Please contact Lisa Yao, Chief Executive Officer, at +1 310.394.8305, ext. 222
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