September 21, 2016 | Written by: Lauren Wendler
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I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Tuesday at IBM Edge 2016. I joined a huge crowd as we took our seats once again for the General Session kicking off day 2.
Stefanie Chiras, IBM Vice President of Power Systems Offering Management and System of Engagement Infrastructures, opened the session with Tuesday’s theme — the power of the individual. Next a series of thought leaders, experts, practitioners and special guests shared how an IT infrastructure built for the cognitive era can provide deeper insights into each data point, driving business value.
Among the experts was Donna Dillenberger, IBM Fellow, who took us through the Hyperledger Project and demonstrated the power of a real-life blockchain application IBM uses to manage their supply chain. Leanne Kemp, Founder and CEO of Everledger, expanded on the power of blockchain technology and shared how blockchain enables the prevention of fraud for nearly one million diamonds in the global marketplace.
Future Innovators Forum
Next on my agenda was the Future Innovators Forum.
Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher of the MIT Technology Review, and Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems, invited several award-winning individuals on stage to celebrate this next generation of “Innovators under 35.” We heard from innovators like Anthony Goldbloom, CEO of Kaggle, who has created a competition environment to pair data scientists and machine learners with companies needing predictive data models, as well as Roozbeh Ghaffari, Cofounder and CTO of MC10, who is helping to pioneer wearable bio-film devices to improve human health. It was one of the most inspiring sessions I’ve attended thus far at Edge 2016.
IBM conferences always feature a special evening with live entertainment.
This year, Train, the GRAMMY Award-winning band from San Francisco, joined us in Las Vegas. After the pre-concert poolside party, I hurried to the MGM ballroom to get a good spot. “Drops of Jupiter” and “Meet Virginia” were two of my favorite songs growing up, and I never had a chance to see them live until Edge. What a great concert! The entire ballroom was dancing as they played more of their hit songs like “Hey Soul Sister” and “Drive By.” Following the concert, an encore reception rounded out the night.
From the eye-opening sessions and insightful speakers to the entertainment, Edge 2016 has been one for the books. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and I’m already excited for Edge 2017!
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And click here to read my recap of day one at Edge 2016.