We're thrilled to present Global Supertrends—an exclusive track for C-level executives from both established and up-and-coming tech companies. This event will gather a group of the brightest minds in tech and business to discuss key trends in what are rapidly changing global markets.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will headline the half-day track with a talk covering entrepreneurship and the future of technology—he'll follow up his talk with a Q&A and meet-and-greet. Over the course of the afternoon, you'll also hear from leading experts to:
- Explore the responsible use of artificial intelligence with Ron Bodkin, the Technical Director for Applied Artificial Intelligence in Google’s Cloud
- Take an in-depth look at China’s techno–strategic ambitions with Christina Boutrup, China Expert and Author of "The Great Tech Revolution"
- Examine the latest movements in continuous delivery practices that help keep the world's most lucrative companies ahead with Dave Karow, continuous delivery evangelist at Split
- Highlight the importance of security at all organizational levels with cybersecurity expert Michael Brunton-Spall
- Learn how to best prepare for technical due diligence from a CTO's perspective with founder of Philipps & Byrne Chris Philipps
- Take a look how far quantum computing has come and why you need to take it seriously with experts Jessica Pointing and Murray Thom
The program was carefully curated to cover the most important technological developments that both startup and enterprise companies need to understand in order to stay relevant.
Limited spaces available—we recommend reserving your place in the room as soon as possible as we do expect this track to sell out.
11:30 - 11:40 Welcome and Introduction to Today's Program
11:40 - 12:10 Jessica Pointing and Murray Thom: Moderated Q&A Session on Quantum Computing
Quantum computing has taken huge leaps in recent years, with Google reaching quantum supremacy in just the last few weeks. Understand where quantum computing is today and where it's headed in the near future in this conversation with award-winning quantum physicist Jessica Pointing and CTO of D-Wave Systems Murray Thom, moderated by Jørn Larsen, CEO of Trifork.
12:10 - 13:00: Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:30 Christina Boutrup: The Great Tech Revolution - How China Shapes Our Future
The Chinese education system is still infamous for producing disciplined robots, but innovation is flourishing, and Chinese companies are eating market shares from Western companies. Despite censorship and control, Chinese tech companies are leading the way in new digital business models, and China is setting new standards for e-commerce, social media, drones, high speed trains, solar and electrical vehicles. Next steps are the ambitious Made in China 2025 plan and a goal to become a global leader in AI by 2030, already a frontrunner in the application of voice and object recognition.
13:30 - 13:45 Networking Break
13:45 - 14:15 Dave Karow: Deliver Results, Not Just Releases
How do companies like Netflix, LinkedIn and Booking.com crush it year after year? Yes, they release early and often—but they also build control and observability into their CD pipeline to turn releases into results.
Progressive delivery and the statistical observation of real users (sometimes known as “shift right testing” or “feature experimentation”) are essential CD practices. They free teams up to move fast, control risk and focus engineering cycles on work that delivers results, not just releases.
14:15 - 14:30 Networking Break
14:30 - 15:00 Chris Philips: Technical Due Diligence from a CTO's Perspective
One of the most crucial moments in a startup life is the due diligence (DD) during a funding round. Leaving investors with a good impression is key to securing their funding. Tech people—especially young founders and CTOs—are often dramatically unprepared when it comes to a technical due diligence. But with a bit of preparation, a tech DD shouldn't be a reason for sleepless nights!
In this talk, you'll learn:
- What's important in a tech and product DD
- What it takes to be well prepared
- What red flags to avoid
- How to address skeletons in the closet
15:00 - 15:30 Networking Break
15:30 - 16:00 Michael Brunton-Spall: Taking Security Seriously
What connects British Airways, US Customs and Border Protection, the Swedish Transport Agency, Experian and Equifax?
They have all suffered major breaches in the last few years, and none of them are modern technology companies. Security matters, but the rate of technological change means that the way that we approach security has to change. We are increasingly using more cloud hosted services, from productivity suites like Office 365 and Google Suite to wikis, task tracking and customer relationship management tools to cloud hosting, and none of these tools are amenable to traditional security controls.
In this talk I will outline strategies that modern companies can take, questions you can ask that will drive positive behaviour in your organisation, and methods to unlock and enable good security practice.
16:00 - 16:15 Networking Break
16:15 - 16:45 Ron Bodkin: Responsible AI for Business Leaders
Advances in AI promise tremendous benefits to society, but they also pose significant challenges. Google is at the forefront of AI research, applications and operationalizing principles for Responsible AI. As the field continues to advance, responsibility is becoming increasingly important to meet expectations of all stakeholders.
Hear about why it's important to invest in Responsible AI and to stay ahead of regulation and business risks. Learn about challenges such as bias, adversarial attacks, and unintended user and societal harms. Hear how AI is different from other emerging technologies, and how Google is investing in principles, governance and practices to ensure good outcomes. We'll look at examples and best practices to ensure AI responsibility with principles, governance and design practices.
16:45 - 17:00 Networking Break
17:00 - 18:00 Special Guest: Steeve Wozniak
TED style talk on the founding of Apple Moderated Q & A Meet and Greet