Someone is actively working on disrupting your business.

 

On Tuesday 10th October 2017, we're bringing together those disruptive thinkers who want to challenge the conventional, debate the inevitable, and play with potential at Watson Summit London.

Join us at our festival of disruption where we will explore how business and data can come together with the latest AI and cloud technologies to:

  • Engage and captivate your audience in new ways
  • Empower your workforce to unleash their potential
  • Disrupt your industry and stake your claim in new marketplaces
  • Protect and secure your organisation, your brand and your customers

Your Event Your Way

We will be bringing together visionaries, inventors, experts, leaders, and thinkers, to give you the opportunity to:

  • Try - in the hands-on Playground
  • Build - in the Developer Labs
  • Debate - in our closed-door Fishbowl
  • Think - in our immersive Silent Theatre
  • Discover - with our thought-provoking Keynotes
  • Immerse - yourself in our Architecting for Disruption zone
  • Connect - in the Watson Lounge

You have the thinkers, you have the ideas, and you have the data to control your own destiny.

Featured Speaker

Chris Hadfield
Astronaut, First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, bestselling author and YouTube sensation

Additional Speakers

Professor Juergen Maier

Chief Executive, Siemens Plc

Josh Hardie

CBI Deputy Director-General

Bill Kelleher

Chief Executive,
IBM UK & Ireland

Bret Greenstein

Vice President,
Consumer Business,
IBM Watson Internet of Things

Juergen Maier

Professor Juergen Maier
Chief Executive, Siemens Plc

Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive of Siemens plc on 1 July 2014. Juergen has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Management Board since October 2008, and has held a number of senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Industry Sector lead for the UK and Ireland, two Divisional Managing Director roles and Manufacturing Director of the award winning Drives Factory in Congleton, Cheshire. Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 after obtaining a BSC in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens sponsored graduate programme.

He was also made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014. Juergen is passionate about the UK rebalancing its economy and supports a number of UK wide initiatives in support of Manufacturing and engineering skills including Board Membership of the Sector Skills council SEMTA and of the EEF, and championing various Government initiatives such as UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult. In September 2014, he was appointed Non-Executive Board member at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He is also Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP.

Bill Kelleher

Bill Kelleher
Chief Executive,
IBM UK & Ireland

Bill Kelleher is the IBM Chief Executive in the UK and Ireland (UKI). He is responsible for IBM’s operations across the UKI and for leading the transformation to a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. As one of IBM’s largest international operations, the UKI has significant core capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security – empowering clients to unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business.

Bill has more than twenty years of global leadership and industry experience having held a number of executive and leadership roles across the United Kingdom, Europe and Globally. He has primarily operated in market facing roles which have previously included strategic client leadership, Vice President - European Communications Sector, Vice President - Small & Medium Business Sector and multiple Vice President and General Manager roles across IBM's Global Services businesses.

Most recently, Bill was IBM's Global Managing Director for the Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry. Through his position he held end-to-end responsibility for the company’s business and relationships with IBM's telecommunications, media and entertainment clients around the world.

In addition to his responsibilities, Bill is a serving member of the IBM Chairman’s global Growth and Transformation Team and Performance Team which is responsible for shaping and developing IBM’s corporate strategy and performance. He additionally served as a foundational member of the IBM Client Experience Team from 2012 through to 2014.

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield
Former Astronaut, 1st Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

Chris Hadfield is a former military test pilot-turned-astronaut. He was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station (ISS). He became famous for his use of social media whilst aboard the ISS, sending back videos and images from the mission, including posting his performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity on YouTube.
Joining the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a teenager, Chris started flying at 15 before leaving the family farm to join the armed forces. He flew fighters for the Canadian Air Force and flight-tested the latest generation of planes, including advanced prototypes, as well as researching and studying aeronautics and aviation systems.

Selected by the Canadian Space Agency, Chris served as a NASA astronaut for 21 years. He crewed the Space Shuttle to dock with and build the Russian space station, Mir. He led communications with astronauts from Mission Control on 25 Space Shuttle missions and went on to be NASA’s Director in Russia. On his second space mission he performed two spacewalks, during which he was blinded by contamination.
On Chris’ third spaceflight, this time as pilot of the Russian Soyuz, he took command of the ISS. His crew set records for scientific work completed, as well as doing an emergency spacewalk to fix a serious external ammonia leak. He also actively engaged with the public back on Earth via social media; his images of the planet, updates on life on the ISS, and videos became a phenomenon. Along with 1.5 million Twitter followers he became a YouTube star with performances of Jewel in the Night, the first original song ever recorded in space and released on Christmas Eve 2012, and David Bowie’s Space Oddity which has received over 36 million views.
After a 35-year military and civilian career, Chris retired from service after he returned to Earth. He has received multiple national and academic honours from Canada and around the world. His best-selling book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth reviewed his life and career and the useful lessons learned in leadership, teamwork and achievement. He also published a best-selling book of Earth images called You Are Here, and a children’s book, The Darkest Dark.

Josh Hardie

Josh Hardie
CBI Deputy Director-General

An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 to head up all policy development and influencing work. This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can best provide jobs and growth, and developing campaigns to ensure government supports this. From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone's business, all the CBI’s work is aimed at building prosperity.

Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.

Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating strategies and campaigns for clients including Sky, Google, the Army, the NSPCC as well as many Government departments and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.

Bret Greenstein

Bret Greenstein
Vice President,
Consumer Business,
IBM Watson Internet of Things

Bret Greenstein is Vice President of IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Consumer Business, aimed at reaching consumers at scale by establishing new IoT products and volume offerings by tightly collaborating across IBM business units and leveraging capabilities from The Weather Company.

Since joining IBM Watson IoT, Bret and his team have been instrumental in helping industrial clients around the world to design, build, and operate connected things through software solutions and industry expertise. His team was also recognized by industry analysts earning IBM recognition through its recent Leadership position on Forrester’s Wave report.

Bret has over 28 years of technology and leadership experience in all aspects of IBM's business; including hardware, software, service delivery, and business transformation. He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

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