The Inside Track
The track discussions continued on Day 2 and the energy in the rooms did not waiver. Here are the insider’s highlights of the day.
Blockchain purveyors painted a picture of the currencies of the future. Insights and use cases were presented as well as challenges spanning from security and scalability.
As with any new innovation, blockchain is faced with legal and regulatory challenges.
Dante Disparte, VP of the Libra Association, recently established to govern the proposed Libra currency, shared his optimism despite criticisms of the emerging digital currency. He put emphasis on the goal of giving more than a billion people access to financial tools that he believes can be achieved through an online currency that is far-reaching, backed-up, and stable.
Smart City track speakers such as Victor Luo, Principal Product Manager of Amazon Home and Ulrich Schimpel, CTO Europe Team of IBM Research described the future of connected and organized cities with smart homes and smart buildings, built and operated based on reliable data catering to exactly how the residents operate in their daily lives. The cities of the future would rely heavily on data to manage traffic flows, energy consumption and schedules, and other areas that seem to still be chaotic at present times.
Courageous leaders, such as Charity Wanjinku, Co-Founder & COO of Strauss Energy Ltd, are pushing for radical transformations even in areas where access to advanced technology are limited.
The challenge of tourism is to move away from being too industrialised and to become more personalised and sustainable. Speakers including Kris Paasila, CEO of Inside Labs AG, Damiano Casella, Senior Project Lead of Hinderling Volkart, and lecturers Alex Gertschen and Nathaly Tschanz from the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons discussed the exciting AR and VR opportunities that could make the tourism of the future more sustainable, customised, and even more engaging.
As organizations grow, Claudio Ombrella, COO of beecom, stressed the need to reduce individualism and increase the concept of collaboration at scale. High impact leaders need to ensure team members radically collaborate to accelerate business results. Cameron Deatsch, Head of Server Business of tech giant Atlassian presented tools such as Jira and Confluence that could eliminate silos and make teams work better.
ETH and Accenture presented their ‘Human-Robot Collaboration’ project designed to bring back manufacturing to Switzerland by making humans and robots work in an ecosystem fueled by innovation. Emmanuel Viale, Managing Director and Stephane Pique, Digital Transformation Senior Manager of Accenture and Mirko Meboldt, Full Professor for Product Development and Engineering Design at ETH noted that clinging to one’s legacy business can undermine a company’s future health.
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According to McKinsey & Company, since 50% of workforce activities can now be automated, companies need to reskill workers in order to close the skills gap in the future. Bjornar Jensen, Partner at McKinsey stressed that investing in transforming core technologies deliver more business value in the long run than allowing technologies and workers get outdated.