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Think 2018 Day 1: Kicking it off with the IBM 5 in 5

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Think 2018 has officially begun, and the turnout has been incredible! Over 30,000 attendees have been enjoying Think Academy hosted labs, demos, and sessions all day. And everyone was excited to hear a talk from IBM Research on the 5 scientific breakthroughs that will change the world in the next 5 years.

We closed this eventful day with entertainment, refreshments, and inspiring talks at the grand opening of Think Campus. With so much more to come, we can’t wait for the rest of the week!


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Top 5 highlights from Day 1

1. IBM 5 in 5

IBM Research hosted a Science Slam at Think 2018, where they announced IBM’s 5 in 5, the five innovations positioned to change our lives within the next five years:

  1. Crypto-anchors and blockchain will unite against counterfeiters.
  2. New security methods based on lattice cryptography will emerge.
  3. AI-powered robot microscopes may save our oceans.
  4. AI bias will explode, but only the unbiased AI will survive.
  5. In 5 years, quantum computing will be mainstream.

As captured by our IBM Newsroom team, quantum computing is one of the hottest topics today.


Within five years, quantum computing will move from a “researcher’s playground” into the mainstream, writes IBM’s Head of Research Arvind Krishna:

“In five years, quantum computing will be used extensively by new categories of professionals and developers to solve problems once considered unsolvable. Quantum will be ubiquitous in university classrooms, and will even be available, to some degree, at the high school level.”

This is a truly exciting time for IBM, our clients, our industries, and the world! Let’s keep learning about these technologies throughout the week at select sessions and Innovation Talks. See what else you can learn about these technologies in all the quantum, security, AI, and blockchain sessions to come.

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2. IBM partners with GMIS

IBM used the Think stage to announce that they’ve joined forces with the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS). Through this partnership, IBM will support the GMIS in uniting sectors and nations to transform the future of manufacturing through capitalizing on a new age of innovation that is redrawing the boundaries of what’s possible.

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3. A new approach to professional development

Think Academy offers a unique approach to learning that’s really resonating with our audience. By challenging norms, breaking away from traditional sessions, and allowing people to get hands-on with as many activities and demos as they’d like, Think Academy is redefining professional development.

Build your own digital TJ Bot, discover hidden gems on a secret map, compete against your friends in a VR Server Challenge, and much more.
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4. Grand opening of the Think Campus

Every aspect of Think 2018 is built with our attendees in mind—their interests, their goals, and their biggest business challenges. That’s what the new Think Campus area is all about, and tonight was the first chance for everyone to explore! Those who were there got to meet and connect with their Campus community for the first time while enjoying light refreshments and unexpected entertainment.


Those in the Business and AI Campus got to kick things off with an interactive and immersive blockchain demonstration. Entertainment included comedian Greg Schwem and “America’s Got Talent” mentalist Oz Pearlman at Cloud and Data Tonight! Modern Infrastructure offered a preview of the latest industry solutions, technology, partnerships, and exhibits on hand for its three communities: Emerging Technologies, Data Intelligence and Insights, and Multi-Cloud. And Security and Resiliency Campus attendees enjoyed a live concert from ZZ Ward.

To all those who attended, we hope you had as much fun as we did! To those attendees who couldn’t make it, there are more receptions and chances to grow your network all week long. To everyone who’s following Think from afar, we hope you’ll join us online to watch the sessions and broadcasts that each Think Campus has to offer in the coming days.

5. Think is live!

Couldn’t make it to Think? Don’t worry! You can participate online by watching live videos, catching up with on-demand replays, joining the conversation on Twitter, or following the Think 2018 live blog.



Preview for tomorrow, March 20

It’s a day full of world-changing speakers and exciting announcements. Don’t miss the Chairman’s Address for insightful discussions, inspiring stories, and a look into IBM’s strategy for 2018 and beyond.

Think 2018 Chairman’s Address: Putting Smart to Work

8:30 AM PT

Join IBM Chairman, President and CEO, Ginni Rometty and distinguished guests for a can’t-miss address bringing together some of the world’s top CEOs and business thinkers who are building the future today by putting smart to work.

Seating in the Mandalay Bay Events Center is first-come, first-served. Or catch the livestream in the Campus Theaters.

IoT and AI: This Changes Every-thing

11:30 AM PT

To capitalize on the digitization of the physical world, businesses are using AI-powered IoT solutions to better engineer products, manage operations and engage with people through connected things. Join us to learn how leaders are incorporating the Internet of Things into their businesses to drive profitable growth.

Ready For Anything: Build a Cyber Resilient Organization

12:30 PM PT

In an age of exponentially more data, connected devices, and computing power, there are more ways for attackers to breach an organization than ever before. Hear from clients and IBM leaders about how to deliver security and resiliency at the scale and speed necessary to protect businesses against the challenges of today, and tomorrow.

The Rise of Platform-Centric Business Models

1:30PM PT

Businesses are entering an era of transformative business models enabled by new technologies that empowers them to operate in new ways. Join this session for a view of how business leaders can explore and quickly deploy these new business models to become cognitive enterprises, gaining a significant competitive advantage both within their industries, and by entering entirely new markets.

Put Your Data to Work on the Cloud for Smarter Business

2:30PM PT

The next generation architecture for business can help you elevate the value of your data using the latest technologies—analytics, blockchain, machine learning, AI. Innovate and modernize applications with cloud-native design, deliver visibility and control across multi-cloud environments, and more with the power of a flexible cloud for business that’s built for all your applications, AI-ready, and secure to the core.

Dr. Michio Kaku – The Scientific Future

3:30 PM PT

Internationally-recognized futurist and popularizer of science, Dr. Michio Kaku offers a stunning and provocative vision of the future. Join the co-founder of String Field Theory as he predicts trends based on the latest frontiers in science and technology.

Put Your Data to Work with AI

4:30 PM PT

If you’re on a mission to build a data-driven culture, where evidence-based decisions support bottom-line business objectives and AI is embedded into workflows across your organization, this session is for you. Learn how IBM clients ensure their data is secure and accessible and use the entire spectrum of data science and machine learning to lay a foundation for the future in the era of AI.



We can’t wait to show you Think 2018

Watch Think 2018 on demand and learn all about the ways your business can put smart to work. We hope you enjoy the keynotes, interviews, and sessions, and we can’t wait to see you in San Francisco in 2019!


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