2018 Executive Summit: In Code We Trust

kalendar Thursday, August 2, 2018 10:00 AM - Friday, August 3, 2018 2:00 PM
kalendar 85 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

For the past eighteen years PR agency Edelman has been measuring World Wide Trust levels. The 2017 version of their trust barometer showed a Total Meltdown of trust in corporations and institutions while at the same time the trust in technology continues to be remarkably high.

One explanation for putting so much trust in tech, is the high expectations people have about future technological breakthroughs. There's so much that remains to be desired: from self-driving cars to frictionless shopping experiences. But will technology be able to live up to those expectations or are we in for a massive disillusion? 

In Code We Trust

Trust is defined as a confident relationship with the unknown. But we're far from comfortable looking at the unknown future. We clearly see how trust is shifting from the institutional hierarchies towards the network economy. Every organization is at risk of being disrupted by a more trusted version of itself. Organizations like Tripadvisor, Amazon and Airbnb are using reviews and ratings to organize our trust. But at the same time, they are so successful at monetizing their platforms, that trust is becoming a monopoly. Can we trust markets where so much power is in the hand of just a few companies?

And while trust is steadily shifting, our perception of what is real and what is not continues to be disrupted. Facebook, Twitter and Google have primarily based their business models on advertising. These so-called attention merchants are massively publishing clickbait content and fake news to draw us in. Can we really put our trust in their code organizing our lives while losing grip on the truth?

So, before we all take a huge leap into the unknown, we should reconsider how to organize trust in a sustainable manner. Can we distribute trust in technology-based solutions such as the token economy, autonomous intelligent systems and self-organizing platforms? Are we trust-ready for the next digital waves, for instance in biotechnology? What are our options really and what should we take into consideration before we decide who and what to trust?

  • Will your company be disrupted by a more trusted version of itself?
  • Can code really be trusted and how can the entire IT industry work to improve the status-quo?
  • Will citizens and consumers take back control over their digital identity and data?

These are the questions we will address in this year’s edition of the Sogeti 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 ‘In Code We Trust ’.

It is with great pleasure that Sogeti’s Executive Management cordially invites you to attend the Annual Sogeti Executive Summit – US Edition that will take place in Chicago, Illinois on August 2-3, 2018.

Please note: Sogeti will provide lodging for Thursday August 2nd, if needed. If you require additional nights, please make those arrangements on your own.

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Andrew Keen - How to fix the future

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”


  John McLean - Insights on Blockchain

John McLean is the VP, Global Engagement Executive for IBM’s Blockchain Labs. Prior to this John was VP WebSphere Connectivity and Integration Development. Blockchain is an emerging technology trend that has the potential to innovate, change and disrupt a broad range of industries, initially being lead by the financial services industry. This is a rare technology that is being lead by industry business leaders who wish to understand how Blockchain will impact their companies and business networks. John has a clear POV on Blockchain and how its Shared Ledger technology can be applied in business scenarios.


  Joe Pine - Beyond the Experience Economy

B. Joseph Pine II is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is cofounder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings.


  Aviv Ovadya - The Infocalypse

Aviv Ovadya is Chief Technologist at the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan School of Information, where he works on ensuring our information ecosystem has a positive impact on society. This involves identifying, measuring, and mitigating indirect harms of technologies that affect public discourse. Ovadya received his bachelors and masters degrees in computer science at MIT and has done software engineering, product design, and research spanning organizations including Google, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Quora, and many startups. In his other efforts to improve our information ecosystem, he has been heavily involved in the Credibility Coalition, consults for a prominent fact checking organization, and was a Knight Fellow at the Tow Center at Columbia. His work has been covered in internationally including The Atlantic, The Hill, and the Washington Post. He is also the proud coauthor of the broccoli emoji.



Ray Wang - Disrupting Digital Business

R "Ray" Wang (pronounced WAHNG) is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc.  He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations.  Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.


  James Williams - Time Well Spent 

James Williams is an author and technology critic. He worked at Google for over ten years, where he received the Founder’s Award, the company’s highest honor. Subsequently he earned a PhD from the University of Oxford, where his work focused on philosophical and ethical questions involving user attention and persuasion in technology design. In 2017 he received the inaugural Nine Dots Prize, a major international literary award, which led to the publication of his first book, ‘Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy,’ whichThe Observer has hailed as ‘a landmark book.’ A frequent commentator on technology issues in the media, James is also a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign, has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, and is a consultant for companies, nonprofits, and governments.

Four optional, state-of-the-art sessions are being planned immediately before the event beginning at 10:30 am CST—designed to spark conversations and give you the opportunity to hear experts share insights on specific hot topics.

Evolution of Business Logic from Monoliths, to Microservices, to Functions

As technology has progressed over the last decade, we’ve seen an evolution from monolithic applications to microservices and are now seeing the rise of serverless event driven functions, led by AWS Lambda. What factors have driven this evolution? We've seen the same service oriented architecture principles track advancements in technology from the coarse grain services of SOA a decade ago, through microservices that are usually scoped to a more fine grain single area of responsibility, and now functions as a service, serverless architectures where each function is a separately deployed and invoked unit. Large teams would work for months between releases of SOA components. Small teams down to a single developer would release microservices perhaps on a daily basis. One developer may release many functions many times a day.

Trusting the Actionable Data with AI

Business Intelligence (BI) is no longer a back office function that produces bulky PDF reports on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Actionable data enables organizations to leverage BI at the point of interaction with clients, suppliers, and employees. However if the data is not trustworthy, the strategy can backfire with disastrous results. The presentation will cover how IBM technology can help leverage AI to ensure the critical actionable data is trustworthy.

Beyond the Digital Twin

Learn how Microsoft is powering manufacturers’ digital transformation efforts by leveraging a combination of cloud and edge-based technologies, including high-performance computing, PLM, IoT, and advanced analytics. It's now possible to digitally connect and model physical assets and products—creating “digital twins”, and even go beyond the traditional, singular digital twin. But can these digital twin’s be trusted?

Smart Automation & Driving Intelligence Into QA

The definition of QA success today is completely different from what it used to be just few years back—now focusing on lifecycle automation (not just regression or functional automation), improving customer experience, and accelerating delivery.  QA must be able to effectively keep up with the rapid pace of innovation required with today’s digital disruption and DevOps demands. In this session, along with CA, we will cover how smart automation and intelligence can help you proactively transform the testing function to assure business outcomes.


Day 1, August 2nd

10:30am – 11:15am

State of the Art sessions – round 1

11:20am 12:05pm

State of the Art sessions round 2


Welcome lunch

1:15pm – 1:30pm

Welcome & Opening

Michiel Boreel, Chief Technology Officer Sogeti

1:30pm  3:05pm

Setting the Stage – In Code We Trust

Menno van Doorn, Research Director SogetiLabs

Pierre Hessler, Capgemini Fellow and Chairman’s delegate

Towards Distributed Trust

Sander Duivestein,
Analyst SogetiLabs

Good Tech vs Bad Tech

Ray Wang,
Principal Analyst, Founder and Chairman Constellation Research

3:05pm – 3:35pm

 3:35pm  6:05pm     

Trust and Technology
Tech Talk Microsoft Intelligent Experience


The Infocalypse
Aviv Ovadya, Chief Technologist at the Center of Social Media Responsibility, University of Michigan


An Excursion into The Dark Net
Jamie Bartlett, Author and tech blogger for The Spectator, Director of the Center for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with The University of Sussex


Trusting Technology
Andrew Keen, Author and Silicon Valley commentator


End program Day 1


Drinks Etoile room, 21st floor LondonHouse


Dinner at Juliette Grand Ballroom


Day 2, August 3rd

8:30am – 10:35am

Dealing with the Infocalypse

Time Well Spent
James Williams, Philosopher, University of Oxford


Tech Talk AWS: In Software We Trust
Mark Ryland, Director Office of the CISO, Amazon Web Services


From philosophy to reality
Victor Fetter,
 Chief Digital Officer Vertiv

10:35am – 11:00am


11:00am – 1:00pm

The Network as a Trust Engine

Gaining Control Sovereign Identity with Blockchain
John McClean, VP Global Blockchain Labs Engagement, IBM


Tech Talk CA TBD


Beyond the Experience Economy
Joseph Pine, Author & Founder Strategic Horizons

1:00pm -1:15pm

Closing Remarks




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