Begin our jam-packed conference days with inspiring talks from leaders across the industry.
Keynotes take place Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 - 10:00 AM in the Grand Ballroom and are open to all pass holders. Check out our lineup below.
Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing the Digital Revolution
Thursday, May 18 - We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; strangers on the Internet are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs. And these are not the crowning achievements of the second machine age; they're the warmup acts. Over the next 10 years, tech progress will bring more business change and disruption than we've seen in the past 50. Andrew will discuss what enterprises and technology leaders need to be thinking about, as well as provide tangible recommendations about how to prepare for this change and disruption.
Andrew McAfee | Principal Research Scientist, MIT
Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), a principal research scientist at MIT, studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His most recent book, written with Erik Brynjolfsson, is Machine | Platform | Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future. Their 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey business book of the year award.
McAfee has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, the Financial Times, and The New York Times. He's talked about his work on The Charlie Rose Show and 60 Minutes, at TED, Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and in front of many other audiences.
He was educated at Harvard and MIT, where he is the co-founder of the Institute’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. He lives in Cambridge, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn't ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the NYT Saturday crossword.
Modern Apps on a Programmable Infrastructure
Thursday, May 18 - The relationship between applications and the infrastructure they depend on is growing by the day. Applications have become the primary vehicle for transforming businesses, but they must be seamlessly and securely connected to an infrastructure that is automated, software-defined, and programmable. Cisco created DevNet to help IT and developers produce the apps that will change how people, places, and things interact and fuel enterprise success. These apps are built on a programmable infrastructure connected through APIs and DevOps practices, making the relationship between infrastructure and apps symbiotic. Join Susie Wee as she shares some of these exciting innovations and learn the art of the possible where infrastructure meets apps.
Susie Wee | VP and CTO of DevNet Innovations, Cisco
Susie is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of DevNet Innovations at Cisco Systems. She is the founder of DevNet, Cisco's developer program for infrastructure and application developers, which catalyzes innovation by the developer ecosystem. DevNet covers the breadth of Cisco’s portfolio including networking, cloud, data center, security, collaboration and IoT. Prior to her current role, Susie was the Vice President and Chief Technology and Experience Officer of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group where she was responsible for driving innovation and experience design in Cisco's collaboration products and software services, including unified communications, telepresence, web and video conferencing, and cloud collaboration. Before joining Cisco, Susie was the founding Vice President of Experience Software Business and CTO at Hewlett Packard, and Lab Director at HP Labs.
Who’s in Charge? Freeing Technology to Drive Creativity
Wednesday, May 17 - We live in a world increasingly enabled by technology – from our smartphones and intelligent cars to their underpinnings in the Internet of Things and the new digital-industrial order. Societies are looking to technology to drive economic growth, deliver experience, and deepen meaning in our lives. Yet, today’s organizations are at a crossroads in how to meet the world’s surging appetite for what’s new and next. The proliferation of technologies has accelerated exponentially to the point where we risk our ability to derive its maximum benefits.
In this Interop opening address, Otto Berkes – CA Technologies CTO, co-inventor of the Xbox and pioneer of the HBO GO streaming service – works toward a new understanding of the importance of context and purpose as we seek a new kind of technology mastery – one that is rooted in real solutions to real problems. He explores the idea that the choices we make now will determine who will serve whom in the future: will machines serve us as we free up human creativity, or will complexity and old thinking lead us to serve our machines?
Otto Berkes | Executive VP and CTO, CA Technologies
As executive vice president and chief technology officer of CA Technologies, Otto Berkes is responsible for technical leadership and innovation, further developing the company’s technical community, and aligning its software strategy, architecture and partner relationships to deliver customer value. Otto joined CA on June 15, 2015.
Before joining CA, Otto served as the chief technology officer at HBO, where he directed efforts that created and delivered innovative digital technologies and products such as HBO GO®. Previously, Otto spent 18 years at Microsoft and was one of the four original founders of Xbox. As Xbox's first architect, he led its technical direction.
Otto earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. He is co-inventor on and holds multiple patents spanning design, mobile device interaction and core computing technologies.
Talent & Culture: Lightning Talks + Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 18 - Recruitment, people management and culture are paramount to any successful organization. Leaders also lament this is their biggest challenge. Our speakers have taken a fresh approach to tackle these tough problems. Hear from them in a 5-minute lightning presentation after which they’ll participate in a panel discussion to further delve into the complexities of building a strong team and culture.
Ester Frey | Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, Amazon (Moderator)
Ester Frey is Senior Manager for Talent Acquisition at Amazon managing full time hiring for the core Media business at Amazon (physical books, textbooks, videogames, software), Re-commerce services around Amazon's returns (trade ins, rentals, warehouse deals), Student Prime and Campus programs, and Amazon's expansion to Mexico and Canada. She also oversees user experience and senior manager recruiting for all of Amazon's retail organization. Previous to Amazon, she spent 9 years with the world's largest staffing company, Robert Half, serving as Vice President for Technology Staffing Services in the US and Canada. With 20 years of sales management, recruiting and staffing experience, Frey is an often quoted expert on employment trends, and has been featured in various publication and broadcast outlets. She received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and Scandinavian studies from the University of Washington.
Olga Braylovskiy | Vice President, Workforce Technology, Intuit
Olga Braylovskiy is vice president, workforce technology at Intuit, where she is helping the company transform itself through strategic technology programs and processes to accelerate collaboration and innovation across the company.
She is highly skilled in all facets of IT delivery from application strategy formulation to systems implementation and operations. Prior to her current role, she was vice president of sales, marketing and customer care technology at Intuit. Before joining Intuit, she was vice president of corporate applications at Yahoo!, where she led a 150-person team across architecture, development, and support of all corporate solutions, including ERP, legal, customer experience, and more.
Braylovskiy holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Janine Gianfredi | Former Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Digital Service at the White House (Lightning Speaker)
Janine Gianfredi is the Chief Marketing Officer of the United States Digital Service, a startup at the White House that uses technology and design to improve government services for Americans. She was recruited into the White House to develop the USDS brand, lead digital strategy, and launch a strategic communications practice. She has also served as a marketing advisor to multiple federal agencies to increase product and policy adoption. Before joining the White House, Janine spent ten years at Google/Alphabet, most recently as the Head of Marketing for Google[x], where she was responsible for marketing across the “moonshot factory.” She launched Alphabet’s first autonomous unit—Verily Life Sciences—overseeing brand, creative development, and messaging.
Gary Vonderhaar | Executive Vice President of O&T, Mastercard
From Fiction to Reality: Cyber Security’s Grown-Up Phase
Wednesday, May 17 - Just like self-driving cars and artificial intelligence, sophisticated, sometimes nation-state backed, cyber attacks targeting everything from our energy grid to Hollywood to children’s’ toys used to be the fantasies of sci-fi writing. 18 years after responding to the very first Russian cyber attack against the US – Moonlight Maze – the reality has become a barrage to the public, governments, and businesses. Starting with Moonlight Maze, Kevin will walk through the parallel rises of complexity in cyber threats and cyber security as a practice, covering the changes of Russia, China, North Korea, as well as the fundamental shift the security industry will be making to grow up and finally make response simpler and faster. Walk away with tangible recommendations on what enterprises need to do to survive in this increasingly complex security landscape.
Kevin Mandia, CEO, FireEye
A cyber security expert, Kevin has served as FireEye Chief Executive Officer since June 2016 and was appointed to the company’s Board of Directors in February 2016. He was previously President of FireEye from February 2015 until June 2016. Kevin joined FireEye as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004. Previous roles he held include Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) and Director of Information Security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin). Kevin also served in the United States Air Force, where he was a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He holds a B.S. in computer science from Lafayette College and a M.S. in forensic science from The George Washington University.
Wednesday, May 17 - IT is changing drastically, introducing a new set of challenges and fundamentally new ways of thinking for IT organizations and the providers that serve them. Perhaps more than any other enterprise technology provider, the rapid rise of VMware from scrappy upstart to household name mirrors that radical change. As technology has evolved, VMware has expanded its role and broadened its offerings based on customer needs. We'll talk with Chris Wolf about the business demands VMware's customers face today, why IT leaders must adapt to a different type of infrastructure in order to meet those demands, and the specific technologies they can use to their advantage and drive their businesses forward.
Chris Wolf | Chief Technology Officer, Global Field & Industry, VMware
Chris serves as CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware. In that role, Chris is responsible for driving the execution and communication of the Office of the CTO’s vision, internally and externally, supporting VMware’s global field teams on all CTO evangelism and representing VMware’s technical vision to customers, partners and analysts. He also owns and manages the field CTO activities and helps drive the CTO Ambassador (CTOA) programs and industry-vertical CTO activities.
Prior to joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Technical Professionals service, where he managed the data center and private cloud research agenda, and was responsible for the strategic direction and technical accuracy of the team’s collective research. There he had the privilege of engaging with more than 200 end-user organizations annually, advising CIOs, architects and directors on private and hybrid cloud computing, server virtualization, and desktop transformation strategies.
The Future of Data: Lightning Talks + Moderated Conversation
Wednesday, May 17 - Enterprises are increasingly harnessing the power of data, along with analytical techniques like machine learning and artificial intelligence, to make predictions in a variety of business domains. This session will provide a snapshot of interesting use cases that we think you'll be seeing a lot more of in your business. They’ll each give a short lightning talk about their experience, followed by a panel discussion that digs deeper to uncover thought-provoking lessons learned.
Sam Charrington | Founder & Principal Analyst, CloudPulse Strategies (Moderator)
Sam Charrington is founder and principal of CloudPulse Strategies. As an analyst, advisor and consultant, Sam works to drive understanding and adoption of "intelligent application" technologies, including machine learning, big data and cloud computing, through speaking, writing, research and consulting engagements. Sam is an avid traveler and language learner, and has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, butchering Chinese, Thai, Arabic and several Romance languages along the way.
Josh Bloom | CTO, Chairman, and Founder, Wise.io
As CTO, Josh is responsible for establishing, driving, and communicating the overall technical direction for Wise.io. He is a self-described "data-driven scientist" who leveraged the power of machine learning to enable landmark astronomy discoveries. He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches astrophysics and Python for data science. Josh has been a Sloan Fellow, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society, and Hertz Foundation Fellow. He has published over 250 journal articles, and in 2010, was awarded the Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society. Josh holds a PhD from Caltech and degrees from Harvard and Cambridge. He serves on the Berkeley Startup Cluster Advisory Committee and is an active mentor and guest lecturer at the Haas School of Business.
Coco Krumme | Head of Data Science, Haven Inc
Coco Krumme is head of the Data team at Haven Inc, a technology platform for trade and logistics, as well as a professional faculty member in UC Berkeley's Master's in Data Science program. Prior to joining Haven Coco lead quantitative teams at companies in the agriculture and financial industries. She has a PhD from MIT and a BS from Yale.