Utopia for beginners

2019 Executive Summit: Utopia for Beginners

When you were young, you had dreams. Perhaps you still have. But as a digital chief focused on delivering digital transformation, we sometimes forget to dream and explore.

kalendar Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:00 AM - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 2:00 PM
kalendar Four Seasons Hotel - 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

However, successful companies have realized that part of the success in the digital age is keeping the chief exploration officer in you awake. After all, digital transformation is first and foremost a journey of exploration—discovering uncharted new territories.

This year’s Executive Summit is therefore a wake-up call, revitalizing your exploration skills. The point on the horizon: your Utopia.

There are important questions to consider:

  • How is your organization fostering a ‘Utopia’ that leverages technology?
  • What are the next trends in AI that could create new products, designs, and ideas?  Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) is just one of these where this area could help spike fantasy and creativity.
  • Are you catering to the needs of the post-millennials? Based on the latest insights coming from our recent research "The Synthetic Generation," we suggest another question: how do you align with not only the technical side of their behavior but also their new ethical standards to build their trust?

With so much to explore, even the most experienced executive can feel like a new beginner. At this year's Executive Summit, we want to start creating the future. Based on your expertise, the inspiration from key-note speakers, and the team effort of the attendees, we will build a new Utopia.




Luciano Floridi

Luciano Floridi is the OII’s Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute. Still in Oxford, he is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics of the Faculty of Philosophy, and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science. Outside Oxford, he is Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (the national institute for data science) and Chair of its Data Ethics Group; and Adjunct Professor (“Distinguished Scholar in Residence”) of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C. His research concerns primarily Information and Computer Ethics (aka Digital Ethics), the Philosophy of Information, and the Philosophy of Technology. Other research interests include Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, and the History and Philosophy of Scepticism.



Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen was among the earliest to write about the dangers of the Internet to our culture and society. Keen’s new book, How to Fix the Future, based on research, analysis, and Keen’s own reporting in America and around the world, showcases global solutions for our digital predicament. Keen identifies five broad strategies to tackle the digital future: competitive innovation, government regulation, consumer choice, social responsibility by business leaders, and education. How to Fix the Future has been called “the most significant work so far in an emerging body of literature…in which technology’s smartest thinkers are raising alarm bells about the state of the Internet, and laying groundwork for how to fix it”



Anjali Lai

Anjali Lai is a senior analyst with Forrester. She helps chief marketing officers navigate a market fueled by the ever-evolving consumer. Anjali synthesizes multimodal data and applies cutting-edge research techniques to distil the most important changes in consumer behavior and decision making. Her research defines what these consumer insights mean for the future of industries and brands; her frameworks guide executives to make strategic calls that win and retain consumers accordingly.



Peter Leyden

Peter Leyden is an expert in new technologies and future trends who frequently gives keynote talks and works for innovative organizations out to reinvent fields. Leyden was managing editor at the original Wired Magazine, and worked at Global Business Network, the pioneering think tank on the future. He was founding director of the New Politics Institute helping reinvent politics on the Internet. Leyden currently is founder and CEO of Reinventors, a network of innovators using the new medium of group video for a series of conversations about how to reinvent America. Leyden started his career as a journalist, including as a special correspondent for Newsweek magazine in Asia. He co-authored two books on the future: The Long Boom and What’s Next.




Carl Miller

Carl Miller is an award-winning author and researcher who has thrown himself into some of the most scary, hidden, weird and important parts of the digital age to understand how all of our lives are changing. His work combines data and analysis with immersive, first-hand reporting.

He is the co-founder and Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos the first UK think tank institute dedicated to studying the digital world and is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.

​His debut book, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab was published in 2018 by Penguin RandomHouse, and won the 2019 Transmission Prize. He has written for Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian, appears frequently in the press, and speaks about his work around the world



Carlota Perez

Carlota Perez is one of the world’s foremost experts on the impact of technical change on economic growth and development of society. Silicon Valley venture capital firms like Andreessen Horowitz take her predictions as a guidance for their investments. Carlota Perez is Author of the influential Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages.

Her work has informed our present understanding of the relationship between technology, innovation and economic development, and between technical and institutional change. The Big Picture Carlota Perez is presenting shows a near future in which the role of technology will be quite different. It's an intriguing idea to understand that the role of organizations in that near future will be defined by society itself. We could consider it as the 'post technological era' - technology is not about technology anymore, it's about the ultimate human connection with the world we all live in. 
Carlota Perez is Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development at Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.
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Sharavan Thaploo

Shravan Thaploo is a young research scientist at Harvard Medical School specializing in neuroscience. Having traveled both across the world and across the United States, he has worked in various different research labs including a social cognitive neuroscience lab as well as a behavioral neuroscience lab. He uses fMRI technology, simple brain machine interfaces, and other techniques to understand how neuroscience can affect society and change the way people interact with one another. 



Nell Watson

Nell Watson is an engineer, educator, and tech philosopher who grew up in Northern Ireland. She lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving on the Faculty of AI & Robotics at Singularity University. She is also Co-Founder of EthicsNet, a non-profit, building a movement of people who are committed to help machines understand humans better. This community acts as role models and guardians to raise kind AI, by providing virtual experiences, and collecting examples of pro-social practices.



Day 1, September 10th

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Utopia for Beginners – Towards a Synthetic Future

Setting the Stage
Michiel Boreel, Menno van Doorn, Pierre Hessler

The Future is Already Here and it is Synthetic
Sander Duivestein, Senior Analst SogetiLabs

  • A new ‘Synthetic’ generation is coming of age

  • Their ‘abnormality’ is the new normal

Our digital future – A New Golden Age of Opportunity
Carlota Perez, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, Tallinn University of Technology

  • Techno-Economic Paradigm Shifts and the theory of great surges

  • Making the right choices for Social Sustainability

2:30pm  2:45pm


2:45pm – 4:00pm

Technology Creating Opportunity for Happiness

Digital Transformation @ Dick’s Sporting Goods
David Lammers, Vice President of Store Technology, Dick’s Sporting Goods

Augmenting the Human Heart & Soul
Nell Watson, Entreprenerd & Engineer, Lector Singularity University

  • Humanizing Machines
  • The emergence of the AI-bermensch

Synthetic Data as the Holy Grail of AI
Adam Grzywaczewski, Senior Deep Learning Solution Architect NVidia

  • Developments in AI & Deep Learning
  • Solving ‘unsolvable’ problems and societal impact

Augmenting Our Brain
Shravan Thaploo, Neuro-scientist, Harvard Medical School

  • Breakthroughs in Neuro Science and rewriting the rules of marketing

4:00pm – 4:15pm


4:15pm  4:50pm

Digital Transformation @ Munich RE
Lisa Wardlow, COO, Munich RE

4:50pm – 6:30pm 

How to Fix the Future?

Dealing with ‘Surveillance Capitalism’
Carl Miller, Center for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos;  King’s College London

  • The changing form & shape of power
  • The rise of the ‘Digital Citizen’
  • The rebirth of the Fourth Estate

CxO Forum Debate

Utopia for Beginners
Andrew Keen, Entrepreneur and Author

  • The Future is Broken
  • Five ‘easy’ fixes towards a ‘Happy’ future


Day 2, September 11th

8:30am – 8:50am

Welcome Back
Menno van Doorn, Director – SogetiLabs

8:50am – 10:25pm

Have Faith in the New Generations!

What to expect from the Synthetic Generation?
Peter Leyden, Reinvent, Former Managing Editor – Wired, Author

  • Generations & Societal shifts
  • The world needs a new narrative for Utopia - ‘The Long Boom’ revisiteds

Digital Transformation @ IAA
Speaker TBD

Tales from the Unexpected – eSports
Lance Mudd, Sports Director & Founding Member at United States eSports Federation

  • How the next generation is spending their time
  • Opportunities in the New Normal

10:25pm – 10:45pm


10:45pm – 12:45pm

Your Role in the Utopian Digital Society

Designing a Revolution
Mikko-Pekka Hanski, Co-Founder Idean

  • The emergence of Direct Consumer Branding
  • Design for the next generation

Digital Transformation @ Follett
Roe McFarlane, Chief Digital Officer Follett

Reaching for the Unreachables
Angali Lai, Senior Analyst Forrester Research

  • Understanding the Synthetic Generation through Forrester’s Consumer Energy Index
  • Facebook: The Myth of the Monopoly
  • The Art of Storytelling in the Purpose Economy

Onlife – Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era
Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford Internet Institute

  • Digital Society under construction
  • Discontent as the father of progress

Closing Remarks
Pierre Hessler, Capgemini Fellow


Arriving early to the event? We have two time slots for our state of the art sessions. Each time slot has four unique topics for you to choose from.

Time Slot 1

The Building Blocks of a Digital Experience: Today and Tomorrow

Consumers are constantly interacting with digital content—between websites, apps, kiosks, tablets, mobile, portals, AR, VR, and more, digital is now a part of every aspect of our lives.   The building blocks to create powerful, meaningful experiences for these users also continues to evolve, but three core components remain: think (UX), create (UI), and build (Tech). Learn how to maximize the power of how these work in your digital experiences in this session.

IoT on the Edge

IoT will continue to expand and requires a different infrastructure than your organization has used with traditional cloud or datacenter setups.  Managing this technology can be complicated.  Listen to how you can set your organization up for success in this hyper-distributed environment.

Scaling Chatbots

The good news: you’ve successfully built a PoC chatbot. The even better news:  now everyone in the company is excited about the possibilities and wants chatbots for their functions as well. Before it becomes the “Wild West,” this session will discuss how to establish a COE to deliver these experiences at scale for your organization.

Is Your Organization Ready for Blockchain?

With blockchain in its infancy stage, technology leaders need to assess if their organization is truly ready.  Learn how to identify areas where you can start to create these shared systems and processes.

Time Slot 2

Powering the Digital Twin with AI

Digital twins have evolved rapidly over the last two decades, creating new business models. With AI powering the digital twin, we can now take the notion of a smart, connected product or factory further by making the product or plant perform certain function on itself based on a learning system—a product/plant that can progressively learn from its own use, report its findings (such as quality issues or procedural problems) to the enterprise, and take action for design or customer services purposes. This session will focus on helping you harness the power of AI for meaningful outcomes from the digital twin.

Maximize your ROI with RPA

How can you move beyond a PoC to a successful COE with RPA?  Organizations are having a hard time calculating ROI for implementing RPA.  Learn how to build your ROI business case that goes beyond the financial savings of implementing RPA into your organization.

BI to AI Journey

AI is getting lot of hype and media attention; not a day goes by without us hearing about how AI is going to transform our lives. While AI is real and is gaining traction in several areas, it remains confined to very specific use cases. Most organizations have huge investments in current BI applications; however, they remain mostly informational and not actionable. This session will help you develop a framework to move from BI to AI and gain true competitive advantage.

How to Start Leveraging AR/VR/MR

Augmented, virtual, and mixed realities have come to the forefront with consumers; however these technologies have become a powerful way to deliver enterprise/employee experiences.  Listen to what it takes to get started!


Who is the synthetic generation and how are they changing our world, businesses, and culture? 

What does your organization need to know about them in order to build their trust and loyalty?

Burp. Slurp. Gulp. You might think it’s ludicrous to watch and listen to somebody eating, but this is the new reality for today’s Gen Z generation. Our report, The Synthetic Generation, assesses the new social (media) habits of this post millennial generation, studies the journey to today, and asks what organizations need to do to remain relevant and trusted in a world where what’s real and fake is becoming increasingly difficult to see.

Join us at our 2019 Sogeti Executive Summit where we take an even closer look at this synthetic generation and discuss how they will change your new utopia.

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