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COVID-19 response, technology predictions in the future and what is next for 5G (register to see the recording, for members only)

Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business

With an extensive Q&A session, Anne talks about usage during COVID, AT&T's response, how they prepare and 5G's future. Virtual session originally on WebEx.

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Innovation

Emerging trends to determine fitness for work during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic crisis resulting from containment efforts, have shifted the employee-employer relationship.  A wide range of employment law, tele-health regulations, and work from home policies will fundamentally change the nature of how we work together now, and will begin to define the “new normal” going forward.  This presentation discusses some of the new solutions and policies that are being developed and implemented to ensure a safe and productive workplace.

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5G

Global 5G wireless development

Michael Murphy, CTO Americas, Nokia

Michael Murphy, CTO Americas, Nokia, gives an overview of the wireless 5G development at a global level, but with details regarding the US including:
• economic benefits
• timing of operator deployments
• example use cases
• local and global security concerns
• how businesses can take advantage of 5G and how to prepare for it

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Blockchain

Blockchain technology at the edge of traditional banking

Important blockchain developments affecting traditional banking have been occurring outside of public view. This Tech Titans Forum will discuss how blockchain is being used to send payments globally and to streamline interbank processes for syndicated loans. We'll also learn about central bank currencies and the integration of digital currencies into traditional payment systems.
Panelists: JC Jollant, senior product manager, Finastra
Richard Meszaros, managing director IoT, Accenture
Eric Smith, founder/CEO, App Brilliance, Inc.

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Leadership

Tech Titans Awards emerging CEO finalists

Tech Titans Awards emerging CEO finalists talk about their businesses, their paths to growth and the continuing challenges their companies face.
Calvin Carter at Bottle Rocket,
Curtis Hite | Improving,
Will Rosellini | Nexeon Medsystems,
Andrew Schaap | Aligned Energy

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Innovation

Future making

Learn how Intentional Future Making and other future-related methodology is required for businesses to succeed in today’s disruptive technological world. Hosted by the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Technology (ATEC) at UT Dallas, the event featured notable leaders in the area of future making:
Dr. Anne Balsamo, dean, UTD ATEC
Gwen Ishmael, SVP, Escalent
Ted Farrington, Kalypso Fellow

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Second part of the presentation

Innovation

Next stage emerging companies

During Dallas Startup Week, Tech Titans hosted an Innovation Showcase that connects next-stage emerging companies with investors and corporate business. The afternoon event featured a panel about the current investment climate in DFW.
Panelists included: Alyce Alston--CEO, Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Joe Beard--partner, Perot Jain
Steve Guengerich-- executive director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Dallas
Glenn Singleton--vice chair, Transactions Practice Group, Foley Gardere
Bill Sproull, CEO/President, Tech Titans (moderator)

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Analytics & Insights

Managing bias in datasets

Pradyot Prasoon, director of emerging technologies, American Heart Assoc.
Hettie Tabor, director of masters of science in business analytics, SMU
Dwayne Paschall, data scientist - machine learning and AI, IDEXX
Kalyana Chakravarthy Bedhu, head of AI and data innovation, Ericsson Group

Bias in datasets used to train AI is a significant challenge. AI and machine learning can produce potentially disastrous results if training data sets are not managed.

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AI & machine learning

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to create personalized messaging and customer experiences

Sherif Mityas, CIO and chief experience officer, TGI Friday's

A growing number of companies are using AI and machine learning to not only better understand their customers but also to create highly personalized experiences and messages. One of DFW's leading pioneers in this journey is TGI Friday's. TGI Digital, a digital transformation project with the objective to reconnect with customers on a 1 to 1 basis, has become an advisor helping customers answer the question, "What should we do tonight?" Friday's uses AI to achieve deep insight into their customers' preferences and lifestyles so that they can provide highly personalized and timely messaging. Friday's has seen a 500% increase in engagement with customers on social media channels since implementation.

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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity risk & strategy

Panel: Jason Fruge, VP and CISO of Fossil Group, David Venable, VP cybersecurity of Masergy, Jeff Schilling, SVP and CISO of Epsilon
Moderated by George Finney, CISO of Southern Methodist University

How to align cyber security to business strategy and goals
Measure and balance your cyber risk with your business needs
Tips on how to conduct an enterprise wide cyber vulnerability and risk assessment
How to develop and roll out a comprehensive cyber strategy
Communicate cyber insights and initiatives across the business and C-suite in terms they understand

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Leadership

CIO/CTO changing roles

Fireside chat with Ellen Barker, CIO of Texas Instruments,
and Manoj Kumbhat, CTO of Kimberly-Clark

The role of the heads of digital, technology and information continues to rapidly evolve as companies embark on new digital transformation initiatives - moving from traditional back-office IT to being right in the thick of the customer experience equation. More than ever, the CDO/CIO/CTO function has grown to be a strategic partner with internal business partners, leveraging new technologies across sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing to define new business models, drive transformation while accelerating revenue growth.

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Innovation

Extended reality (XR): the new reality for business

Juan Alvarez - Texas Instruments, Advanced Display Technologies; Dr. Ryan McMahan - UT Dallas, assistant professor, computer science; Jerome Stembridge - Samsung; Dr. Carrie Straub - Mursion, executive director of education programs and research

Extended reality (XR), which includes virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and immersive technologies, engages customers at deeper, more meaningful levels. It helps employees improve their productivity and performance and creates entirely new ways for people to experience the world around them. Examines the various forms of extended reality and what business leaders need to know about the blurring of lines between the digital and physical worlds.

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Artificial intelligence

AI101 for executives

J Babar Bhatti, principal of product management, CoreLogic
Dave Copps, former CEO and founder, Brainspace
Bill Cockerill, account executive, Swim.ai
Moderated by Bill Sproull, president and CEO, Tech Titans

Everyone's excited about AI and machine learning these days, so we've brought together experienced technical experts to lead quick and focused discussions that will give you practical strategies for your enterprise.

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Blockchain

Will Blockchain's technical problems ever get solved?

Panelists: Mance Harmon, CEO/co-founder, Hedera Hashgraph
Paul Snow, CEO/founder, Factom
Venkatesh "Ven" Kumar, CTO Pepsico account, IBM Cloud

Moderator: Jon West, VP software engineering, Thomson Reuters

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is going through its own hype cycle and it's promising to change the world, but yet the number of issues facing Blockchain seems overwhelming.

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Analytics, Branding

Michael Guillory, worldwide brand communication, Texas Instruments

Organizations have an immense amount of data, and they want to use that information to make more informed decisions. In this session we'll discuss the challenges of effectively communicating complex information so it can be easily digested by the target audience.

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Analytics, Infographics

Randy Krum, CEO, InfoNewt

Organizations have an immense amount of data, and they want to use that information to make more informed decisions. In this session we'll discuss the challenges of effectively communicating complex information so it can be easily digested by the target audience. Analytics and Insights Forum.

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China tariff war

Tariffs: trade war or path to fairer trade?
Moderator: Barbara Baffer, VP of government relations for Ericsson & Tech Titans Chair
Panelists: Ed Lebow, international trade counsel, Haynes & Boone, LLP
Don Hicks, professor of political economy and public policy, UT Dallas

President Trump's proposed tariffs on Chinese goods and the Chinese response has shaken the stock market and businesses about potential long-term effects. Intellectual property theft is a big part of this issue. Is the U.S. posturing as a way to negotiate better trade agreements with China for long-term growth before the tariffs go into effect? Or, will this escalate into a full trade war with long-lasting detrimental effects?

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The entrepreneur ecosystem in Dallas

During a Tech Titans board meeting, these entrepreneur experts discussed the Dallas ecosystem, comparisons with Austin, and the current state of investment. JR Garcia of Health Wildcatters & Green Park Ventures, David Matthews from REVTECH, and Bryan Chambers of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas

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Venture investor panel

Moderator -- Glenn Singleton, Gardere

Shawn Kelly—Teakwood Capital Seth

Harward—Frontier Capital Kevin

Ainsworth—GuideCap Partners

Aziz Gilani—Mercury Fund

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Space: mobile satellites

Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium Communications

Matt talks about the space industry and the specific company he's been leading for the last decade. Iridium, one of the nation's largest telecom failures in the 1990s, is now thriving and has grown significantly under his direction, and is a leader in providing mobile satellite services for maritime, aviation, government and the Internet of Things. They are in the middle of a $3 billion dollar network transition with 81 new satellites launched by SpaceX, all to complete a new network in 2018. Space is experiencing a resurgence now, similar to the go-go 1990s, and Matt will describe this "Space 2.0" race, and what the implications of that will be for global communications.

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Technology disruption

Geoff Novak, Comerica Bank Vice President, Technology Strategy & Innovation

During a Tech Titans board meeting, these entrepreneur experts discussed the Dallas ecosystem, comparisons with Austin, and the current state of investment. JR Garcia of Health Wildcatters & Green Park Ventures, David Matthews from REVTECH, and Bryan Chambers of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas

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