2017 Executive Summit: In Pursuit of Digital Happiness

The whole world seems just a swipe away. But with all these apparent benefits, most have not stopped to ask: does technology make people happier?

kalendar Thursday, August 24, 2017 12:00 AM - Friday, August 25, 2017 12:00 AM
kalendar W Chicago - Lakeshore

Over the last decade digital technology has pervaded every aspect of our lives. Whether it is shopping, following world events, forming an opinion, organizing our financial affairs and even helping us find our life partner; the internet with all its magical apps enhances our lives in every imaginable way. 

Tremendous achievements in the field of artificial intelligence are quickly transforming organizations towards algorithmic businesses that mine every bit of data for valuable insights regarding our lives to anticipate our next move. These businesses are putting more and more emphasis on the customer journey with the intent to amplify the digital comfort of their clients. But we must realize that beyond the technological marvels and behind the digital enterprise there is always a human being, simply in pursuit of his or her desires.

Customers are taking control of their own Digital Happiness Ecosystem. Yes, buying on-line has become leisure, staying in touch with friends without social media would be a nightmare and life without a physical wallet has become so much easier. But using these services also subjects us to constant surveillance and analysis which can easily become uncomfortable and could alienate us from the modern businesses that try to serve our every need. Since the possibilities of digital are so overwhelming, people face challenges and must make difficult trade-offs.

In this arena, full of paradoxes, the happiness of the individual must be the guiding principle. Many questions arise when we think of the algorithmic enterprise becoming the guardian of their customers’ digital happiness:

  • Why should you take your customers digital happiness moments as the core of your corporate strategy?
  • How does your organization remain part of the digital happiness ecosystem of your customer?
  • How do you guide your algorithmic business through the paradoxes of the overwhelming technological possibilities?

These are the questions that we will explore at this year’s Executive Summit. We will bring together a group of visionary thought leaders and executives from many different industries for a strategic dialogue to develop a perspective on ‘digital happiness’.  

It is with great pleasure that Sogeti’s Executive Management cordially invites you to attend the Twelfth Annual Sogeti Executive Summit – US Edition that will take place in Chicago, Illinois on August 24-25, 2017. 

For additional information check out our report on the 2016 edition of the event here.



Tim Cannon is an American software developer, entrepreneur, and biohacker based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is best known as the co-founder and Chief Information Officer of Grindhouse Wetware, a biotechnology startup company that creates technology to augment human capabilities. Cannon has spoken at conferences around the world on the topics of human enhancement, futurism, and citizen science. He currently has a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag in his hand and magnetic implants in a finger, wrist, and tragus, causing him to be labeled a cyborg by media outlets including Business Insider, Newsweek, The Awl, and others.



Esko Kilpi explores an intellectual foundation for post-industrial work at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund in Helsinki. He also shares his time with the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation in New Delhi and his own ensemble. Esko Kilpi Company consists of a group of researchers and strategists. The focus of the group is on combining the art of interaction, the sciences of social complexity, and the design of digitally native practices. Their theoretical framework comes from sociology, relational psychology, network theory, computer science, cognitive neuroscience, and sciences of complexity. What we all want is to help create a human-centric future of work.



Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best-known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe". 

He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salonFutureCast, the host of the popular Internet chat show "Keen On", a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. 



James is a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and the foremost analyst tracking and defining the power and impact of digital disruption on traditional businesses. His consumer models identify the ways consumers have embraced digital experiences and platforms, and his strategy models help companies prepare to serve those consumers. He applies this knowledge to a wide variety of industries, from consumer media to consumer technology, from financial services to retail and consumer products. In February 2013, James published his book Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation.



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 coauthored two books on the future: The Long Boom and What’s Next.



Thursday 24 August     


10:30 am State-of-the-Art session

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing
  2. Cloud
  3. Digital Customer Experience

12:00 pm Welcome lunch        
01:30 pm Opening and Welcome ‘In Pursuit of Digital Happiness’

01:45 pm Setting the stage – The Happiness Advantage

04:00 pm Happiness defined
06:00 pm End of Day 1
08:00 pm Dinner


Friday 25 August   

08:30 am Welcome back              

08:45 am Happiness Reinvented

10:45 am The Happiness Ecosystem – Guardians of Digital Happiness

12:30 pm Closing
01:00 pm Lunch

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    John Rogan
    Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
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