13-year-old Tanmay Bakshi began programming at the age of 5 and has created apps such as the youth focused “I Can, We Can!”, tID Vault, and tGuess. His YouTube series “Tanmay Teaches: Watson” launched him as the youngest IBM Watson developer and his algorithm, AskTanmay, is the world’s first web based NLQA (Natural Language Question Answering) System to be powered by IBM Watson.
Tanmay delivers keynote addresses across the globe and has conducted IBM Watson & Swift workshops for IBM’s Markham, Ontario Software Lab, the Halcyon London International School and Apple’s UK Headquarters. Additionally, he is a strong supporter of “Everyone Can Code” and “STEM Education” aspiring to inspire at least 100,000 children and beginners to learn to code.
Combatting bullying in a digital era
Wayne Brady is an Emmy winning television personality who personifies the quadruple threat entertainer. A trained actor, singer, dancer and comedian and currently the host of CBS daytime game show Let’s Make a Deal, he is best known for his show stealing role on the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Called an “improvisational guru” by People magazine, Wayne Brady is not only a familiar face in homes across America, but a uniting and positive influence in many lives. One of the most versatile performers in show business today, Brady has become a synonym for improvisational acting, singing and dancing. He is Grammy Award-nominated artist, Broadway actor, dancer and has appeared in many TV shows, movies and commercials. His credits include Broadway’s Chicago, along with such television shows as How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock and Real Husbands of Hollywood.
In 2014, Brady opened up about his secret battle with depression. “It took me a while to get my stuff together to go, ‘You know what? If you’re not happy, you have to do something about it,’” he says frankly. “Just to admit that you are feeling this way is a huge step. To claim that, to say, ‘Why do I feel dark? Why do I feel unhappy? Let me do something about this.’”
comedian, and cyberbullying activist
President & CEO
William C. Cobb was named President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block, Inc. in May 2011. He has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since August 2010.
Since Cobb took over as CEO, he has brought a renewed focus to the company anchored in a set of values summed up as “we do the right thing.” For H&R Block that means: we believe in our people, we take care of our clients and we deliver for our shareholders. For the largest branded tax preparation company in the United States with international business in Canada, Australia and India, Cobb has clarified its purpose: to look at its clients’ lives through the lens of taxes and find ways to help.
Cobb, who brought to his role experience in the retail, digital and consumer-brand space, has driven success throughout the company by focusing the organization on its core expertise – tax preparation. His Tax Plus strategy combines tax preparation services with products adjacent to the tax event, such as the H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard®, an award winning general purpose reloadable debit card, and Tax Identity Shield®, a product designed to protect consumers from tax identity theft. In addition, under Cobb’s leadership, the company has returned a substantial amount of capital to shareholders, having repurchased approximately 30% of shares outstanding and increased the quarterly dividend by over 45% since Fiscal Year 2012.
Harriet GreenHarriet Green OBE is a global executive who has led business transformations on four continents, with a proven track record for developing & implementing strategies for profitable growth & increasing shareholder value in global technology, logistics, travel & consumer sectors. Harriet received her OBE for services to electronics in 2010. Harriet is currently General Manager of Commerce, Watson Internet of Things & Education at IBM driving growth in IBM’s high priority & key growth initiatives. Across these business units, Harriet is helping usher in a new era of cognitive business, helping “clients unlock value in new insights” from the massive amount of data they generate each day.
Vice President Blockchain Technologies
Jerry Cuomo is an IBM Fellow and newly appointed Vice President of Blockchain Technologies. In his new role, Jerry is leading the creation of an emerging business unit to define IBM’s Blockchain strategy, offerings and customer engagement approach. In 2016 IBM Blockchain is open for business, with the creation and open source contributions to the new Linux Hyperledger Project, the introduction of IBM Blockchain Cloud Services, and the new Blockchain Garages to be opened in NYC, London, Japan and Singapore.
Jerry is known as one of the fathers of the IBM WebSphere software brand, where he served as Chief Technology Officer for 15 years. During this time Jerry’s lead efforts to establish key middleware initiatives including; IBM’s API Management, Mobile and Cloud Services offerings in Bluemix. Jerry also led acquisitions to accelerate delivery in emerging middleware areas in-cluding StrongLoop, Worklight and DataPower.
Jerry continues to be a visible spokesperson for IBM in the emerging technology areas includ-ing Blockchain, API Economy, Digital Transformation, Cloud Services and the lean start-up ap-proach to continually address new business opportunities.
Privacy and medical recordsAdrian Gropper, MD is CTO of the non-profit Patient Privacy Rights foundation where he brings training as an engineer from MIT and physician from Harvard Medical School followed by a career as a medical device entrepreneur. With PPR, he promotes the interest of physicians and patients in technology standards and policies that are an ever growing part of our lives. He founded the health information exchange HIE of One project. His paper won a prize at ONC’s 2016 Blockchain Health competition.
Ethics and artificial intelligence
Dr. Sabine Hauert is President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world.
As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journal Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.
Sabine is also Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales ( <1 cm). Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.
Current and future state of cyber attacksDaniel Hoffman is a former Intelligence Officer with 30 years of distinguished government service. He served tours of duty in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and war zones in both the Middle East and South Asia. He has broad substantive expertise on geopolitical and transnational issues including the Middle East, South Asia, Russia, counterterrorism, cyber, and counterintelligence.
Leanne Kemp is the founder & CEO of Everledger, a digital global ledger that tracks and protects items of value.
With a wealth of successful startup companies under her belt, Leanne is pushing boundaries in protecting the global market of diamonds and luxury items.
Utilizing her extensive background in emerging technologies, business, jewelry and insurance, Leanne and Everledger are working towards creating global transparency and an ethical trade platform by constructing a digital and encrypted global certification system that assists in the reduction of fraud, black markets, and trafficking.
Everledger is leading the market in real-world application of blockchain, boasting an impressive set of peer recognition and awards including the Meffy Award 2015 for Innovation in FinTech, BBVA Open Talent 2015, Fintech Finals Best in Show Award 2016 Hong Kong, and nominee for The FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards 2016.
Ms. Kemp is a popular speaker at industry conferences and has been featured in numerous videos and press articles. She is also very active on social media via Twitter @leanne_kemp
Senior Vice President, Hybrid Cloud, and Director
Arvind Krishna is senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud, and director of IBM Research. In this role, he leads the company’s hybrid cloud business, including strategy, product design, offering development, marketing, sales and service. He also helps guide IBM’s strategy in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions and blockchain. Previous roles include general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group development and manufacturing, general manager of IBM Information Management and vice president of strategy for IBM Software. Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ross A. Mauri is the General Manager for z Systems. In this capacity, he is responsible for all facets of IBM’s z Systems and LinuxONE businesses worldwide including strategy, architecture, operations, technology development, operating systems, tooling, middleware and overall financial performance. Mr. Mauri also is a member of IBM’s Performance Team, and Growth & Transformation Team. Mr. Mauri earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer mathematics from Marist College and serves as Vice Chairman of the Marist College Board of Trustees.
Techonomics: A prosperous and cognitive futureProfessor Nick Jennings, CB, FREng, is responsible for promoting, supporting and facilitating Imperial College London's research performance and for leading on the delivery of the Research Strategy. He also holds a chair in Artificial Intelligence in the Departments of Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Before joining Imperial College London, Professor Jennings was Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security. Professor Jennings is an internationally-recognized authority in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, cybersecurity and agent-based computing.
David Kenny is Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.
David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI.
Robert S. Mueller III
Cybersecurity Evolution: From Physical to Digital Threats
Robert S. Mueller III became the sixth Director of the FBI on September 4, 2001, one week prior to the attacks of September 11. Following legislation to extend his statutorily limited 10-year term, he stepped down on September 4, 2013. Mr. Mueller is widely credited not only for leading the FBI during an extremely challenging time, but also with transforming the Bureau from a traditional law enforcement agency to a threat-based, intelligence-led national security organization. Broadly recognized for his expertise in privacy and cybersecurity matters, Mr. Mueller is a partner at WilmerHale, where his practice focuses on investigations, crisis management, privacy, and cybersecurity work.
Fake news, filter bubbles and social media
Mike McAvoy is President and CEO of Onion, Inc. and Executive VP of Sales for Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). As such, McAvoy is responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations of The Onion; its sister publication, The A.V. Club; and internet parody site, ClickHole.
In 2012, McAvoy spearheaded the creation of The Onion’s in-house creative services department, Onion Labs. In 2015, McAvoy initiated the launch of Onion Studios, a dynamic digital video network and in July 2015 he was promoted to CEO. His leadership was instrumental in leading to UCI’s investment in Onion, Inc. in 2016. In December 2016, McAvoy became EVP of Sales for Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of UCI, which includes cable networks FUSION TV and El Rey Network, as well as a collection of leading digital properties: Gizmodo, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Fusion, The Root, The Onion, The A.V. Club, and ClickHole.
Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy. Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts. Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company that leverages the power of innovation, data and expertise to improve business and society.
IoT & DDOS attacksBruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by the Economist. He is the author of 14 books—including the New York Times best-seller “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World”—as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is also a special advisor to IBM Security.
Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.
In her groundbreaking book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, Saujani advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and boldly charting your own course—personally and professionally.
Saujani surged onto the political scene as the first Indian-American woman in the country to run for U.S. Congress. Following the highly publicized race, she stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming deputy public advocate of New York City.
IBM Watson Platform
Blockchain & future of money and marketsDon Tapscott is a leading authority on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored 16 books including: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything; Paradigm Shift; The Digital Economy; Growing Up Digital. His most recent book (co-authored with his son Alex) is Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. A member of the Order of Canada, Don is ranked the 4th most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management, an Assoc. at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Univ., and Chancellor of Trent Univ. in Ontario.
Randall was named to his current position in 2007. Since then, AT&T has invested to become a global leader in the rapidly converging telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) space, providing integrated solutions that range from premium video entertainment, high-speed Internet and mobility to IP network services, security and the Internet of Things (IoT).
A roadmap for next generation entrepreneurs
Amy Wilkinson advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success. She is an entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Amy’s career spans leadership roles with McKinsey & Company and JP Morgan and as founder of a foreign-based export company. She has served as a White House Fellow and trade advisor in the Office of the United States Trade Representative and as a senior fellow at Harvard University.
Ms. Wilkinson frequently addresses corporate audiences on entrepreneurial leadership and business strategy. Recent events include the World Economic Forum at Davos, Consumer Electronics Show, NASSCOM (India’s Leadership Forum), Milken Institute, Microsoft, IBM, TD Ameritrade, and MRM McCann. Amy is an expert for The Wall Street Journal and has been featured by CNBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg TV & Radio, NPR, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. TIME, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She holds a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Marc van Zadelhoff
Marc van Zadelhoff is the General Manager, IBM Security, a business he helped build to become the world’s largest enterprise security company. Marc leads the IBM Security team in the development, sales and delivery of software and services that protect enterprises with intelligent, integrated solutions and expertise. He has more than 20 years of experience in the security industry.
Josh Ziegler is CEO of ZUMATA, currently the only hotel distribution company partnered with IBM Watson and the only Asia-based third party company to release their Natural Language API within the Bluemix Marketplace. ZUMATA caters primarily to large clients and partners like Expedia, Amadeus, and DHISCO, which leverage the technology ZUMATA provides.
Josh brings over 17 years of diverse experience in the travel industry ranging from deep technical projects with ZUMATA through to working for major hotel properties like Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. A serial entrepreneur, prior to founding ZUMATA, Josh put himself through graduate school by starting an ecommerce business and founded two travel related companies: Good Times – a discount and reward program catering to inbound travelers, as well as Handshake – a destination guide for convention attendees.