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RETHINK DISRUPTION – Emerging Technologies Transforming Business & Society 2018

November 2, 2018
Emerging Technologies Transforming Business & Society

Technology-led innovation continues to accelerate market disruption. Very few industries can avoid this transformation and upheaval and while not every emerging technology will up-end established markets, it is imperative to address and understand the potential business and societal impacts.

Filtering out the technology signals from the noise and clutter, this featured CTO Forum program comprehensively addresses the key breakthroughs that truly are positioned to create significant impact and disruption and how best both established and growing enterprises can adopt emerging technologies to beat the cycles of decay, irrelevance and complacency and kick start new engines of growth and wealth generation.

The hardest challenge for organizations has been maintaining steady growth, launching a constant stream of hit products, and exhibiting both thought- and market-leadership by truly addressing the core opportunities first that form the constantly evolving new core of life, business and society. CTO Forum examines paradigm shift technologies and how these evolving disruptions are poised to transform the global landscape of business and technology. No one can predict the future, however, organizations must understand the latest forces poised to transform existing markets. Featuring a comprehensive and rigorous agenda, program attendees will delve deeply into the breadth and scope of opportunities presented by the breakthroughs in engineering, science and technology.

  • Maintain market leadership and relevance
  • Launch a constant stream of hit products and services
  • Use disruption as a growth and transformation opportunity
  • Turn R&D spend into true measure of innovation
  • Balance R&D portfolio in the face of uncertainties
  • Understanding growth, decay, and business transformation cycles
  • Identifying strategic opportunities in the fog of disruption
  • Differentiating disruptions from science, R&D, and regulatory change
  • Evaluating the economic and social value of disruptive technologies
  • Strategizing about new products that exploit emerging technologies
  • Protecting and defending current revenues in the face of disruption
  • Revitalizing corporate and new business development
  • Refocusing research and development efforts
  • Invigorating internal corporate venture units
  • Refreshing product and technology strategies
  • Identifying new incubation and acquisition targets
  • CTOs, VPs of Engineering, VPs of Products, and R&D Labs Directors
  • CEOs, Presidents, COOs, and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officers
  • CIOs, IT CTOs, VPs of Development, and VPs of IT (all areas)


Dr. Matt Begley, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Craig Brice, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Sam Naffziger, Ph.D.
AMD Corporate Fellow, Advanced Micro Devices
Shantanu Sarkar
Executive Vice President, Headset Business Unit, Plantronics, Inc.
thyssenkrupp North America CEO Patrick Bass
Patrick Bass
Chief Executive Officer, thyssenkrupp North America
Dr. Ahmad Bahai, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer, Texas Instruments
Dr. Jeffrey Welser, Ph.D.
Vice President, IBM; Lab Director, IBM Almaden Research Center
Gary Radburn
Global Director – VR & AR, Dell Inc.
Kim Pallister
CTO VR/AR, Gaming, e-Sports, Client Computing Group, Intel Corporation
Dr. Ray Baughman, Ph.D.
Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry & Director of the NanoTech Institute, University of Texas, Dallas
Dr. Alan Lee, Ph.D.
Corporate Vice President Research and Advanced Development, Advanced Micro Devices
Eric Billingsley Chief Executive Officer, Calculi, Inc.
Eric Billingsley
Chief Technology Officer, Calculi
Jonathan Miranda
Director of Strategy, Technology, Salesforce.com, Inc.
Michael Brady
Former Chief Technology Officer, American International Group


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