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7254: The Road Ahead: Technologies and Skills That Will Shape the Future


The rapid innovation we see today has improved and changed our lives dramatically—and we are just getting started. Come hear from experts pushing the boundaries of technology to solve the unsolvable, and prepare our society for the road ahead. Advances in AI and in computing models, along with rethinking the skills we need for the future, will help us address the challenges of today and unlock the opportunities of tomorrow.

Core Curriculum Infrastructure
Cloud & Infrastructure Theater F
Thu (February 14), 12:30PM PT


Christopher M. Schnabel

IBM Q Offering Manager, IBM

As Director of IBM Q Offering Management Chris is responsible for ensuring that users and clients are able to extract value from quantum computing. He has extensive technical expertise, has led highly technical teams with complex stakeholder relationships and specializes in introduction of new technologies and executing transformational shifts.

Rania Khalaf

Director, AI Engineering, IBM Research AI, IBM

Dr. Rania Khalaf is Director of Engineering, IBM Research AI leading teams innovating on AI platforms such as deep learning in IBM Watson and OpenScale. Prior, she was Director of Cloud Platforms, architect in IBM GTS, chief of staff to GM/CTO of IBM Cloud, and made seminal contributions in Service Oriented Computing. She serves on the board of Boston University's Hariri Institute for Computing.

Jamie E. Lawrence

Corporate Citizenship, IBM

Jamie leads IBM's West Coast citizenship work, partnering with government, non-profits and the private sector to establish programs benefiting underserved communities. Prior to IBM, she worked at the White House, as advisor to Vice President Biden's Chief of Staff and then as Policy Director to Second Lady, Dr.Biden. Jamie earned degrees from Syracuse University and the London School of Economics.

Donna N. Dillenberger

IBM Fellow, Enterprise Solutions, IBM

Donna Dillenberger is an IBM Fellow. She has worked on analytic models for financial, insurance, retail, industries. She has designed new features for systems scalability and availability. She is a Master Inventor, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, the CTO of IT Optimization and is currently working on artificial intelligence, counterfeits, blockchain and enterprise solutions.