17 October, 2019 | Written by: Jodie Wells and Rory O'Ryan
Categorized: IBM Events UK - Blog
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Bright and early on Wednesday morning, the doors had just opened and over 2000+ attendees began to fill Olympia London.
Think Summit London 2019, IBM’s annual festival of innovation, took place on 16th October; welcoming business leaders, industry experts, innovators and technology enthusiasts to the iconic Olympia London. Attendees explored how IBM is channelling cutting edge research and technology into protecting the future, helping to sustain not just business growth but also people and environments around the world.
The exhilarating day featured a jam-packed agenda of inspiring tech talks, topical debates, immersive experiences and unique networking opportunities all under one roof. Bill Kelleher, Chief Executive UK and Ireland, opened the day discussing the next chapter of digital reinvention for businesses. This was followed by an insightful keynote by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, multi-award winning writer and broadcaster, who invited us to ask if technology could be doing more to solve urgent environmental issues, as we marked #WorldFoodDay.
For the first time Think London hosted four campus areas that allowed delegates to focus on the topics they cared about the most; Cloud and Infrastructure, Security and Resiliency, Data and AI and Shaping the Future. The event also showcased the world’s most advanced quantum computing initiative, Project Debater – the first AI system that can debate with humans on complex topics – and a dedicated track for enterprise developers to get expert advice on coding challenges.
Here’s how the day unfolded:
Bill Kelleher, IBM CEO UK and Ireland, kicked off the agenda.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, our keynote speaker, invited us to ask if technology can be doing more to solve urgent environmental issues.
We welcomed an inspiring group of technology leaders who enjoyed a fully packed agenda.
We saw the IBM z15 launch with engaging activations.
IBM’s Quantum computer was on show in all its glory for everyone to see.
A big IBM logo for a big IBM event.
The #BeEqual Totum was on show to grab a selfie with, and a pin badge to take away.
Live food demo’s throughout the day to showcase IBM Food Trust and the issue of food safety.
A developer track consisting of developer workshops ran throughout the day.
We had engaging activations showcasing IBM case studies.
Debate sessions happened during the day covering many different topics with panellists from a variety of industries.
Immersive Think Tank sessions allowed delegates to explore specific topics and connect with business leaders.
The Data and AI campus enabled guests to embark on a journey to AI.
The Security and Resiliency campus showcased how to respond to threats and recover quickly in the event of disruption.
The Shaping the Future campus explored the most promising technologies that will bring new solutions to transform industries and society.
We heard from Johnathan Conn, RFU Technology Director, about the IBM and RFU partnership.
You can find out more about #ThinkLondon here: ibm.com/uk-en/events/think-summit/