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Thought leadership on the future of a Smarter Planet

Throughout our centennial year of 2011, IBM hosted colloquia discussions and a series of lectures exploring how the world has changed in the past 100 years—and how it will change in the decades ahead.

Our research colloquia engaged IBM experts with thought leaders in local communities where we do business in a future-focused discussion to explore the future of a Smarter Planet.

Our lecture series engaged next-generation leaders in a discussion about what 100 years has taught us about driving progress in business technology and society.

IBM Research conducted a series of compelling presentations and panel discussions, hosted at IBM Research labs around the world. The Colloquia deeply engaged global experts on the future of science and technology, and the impact they will have on health care, natural resource management, business and society as a whole.


  • November 14: The Future of Healthcare - Haifa, Israel


    Haifa, Israel
    November 14, 2011

  • October 26-27: The Science of Cities - Dublin, Ireland


    Dublin, Ireland
    October 26-27, 2011

  • October 21: The Frontiers of IT - Yorktown Heights, New York

    New York

    Yorktown Heights, New York
    October 21, 2011

  • October 13: Societal Resilience - Melbourne, Australia


    Melbourne, Australia
    October 13, 2011

  • October 13: India 2020, Technologies for a Smarter Nation - New Delhi

    New Delhi

    New Delhi, India
    October 13, 2011

  • October 5: The Future of Natural Resources Management - São Paulo, Brazil

    São Paulo

    São Paulo, Brazil
    October 5, 2011

  • September 23: The Future of Systems - Austin, Texas


    Austin, Texas
    September 23, 2011

  • September 20: Planet Scale Analytics - Almaden, California


    Almaden, California
    September 20, 2011

  • September 15: The Internet of Things - Beijing, China


    Beijing, China
    September 15, 2011

  • July 25: Building a Resilient Society - Tokyo, Japan


    Tokyo, Japan
    July 25, 2011

  • May 17: Nanotechnology and the Future of Computing - Zürich, Switzerland


    Zürich, Switzerland
    May 17, 2011

Through rich narratives of the discoveries, struggles and insights that have shaped our company’s 100-year history, the IBM Centennial Lecture Series identified underlying patterns that shape the present and the future.

IBM’s 100-year legacy held valuable lessons for understanding humanity’s rapidly increasing ability to manage information—and how this shift impacts science, business and society. Our lectures offered various insights for the next generation of leaders and forward thinkers.

Lecture Locations and Speakers

American Chamber of Commerce

Michael E. Daniels

Asia Pacific College

Timothy Shaughnessy

Bina Nusantara University

Michael E. Daniels

Carlos III University of Madrid

Robert LeBlanc

Columbia Business School

Samuel J. Palmisano

Computer History Museum

Samuel J. Palmisano

École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris

Samuel J. Palmisano

ETH Zurich

Linda Sanford

Indian Institute of Science

Samuel J. Palmisano

Johns Hopkins University

Samuel J. Palmisano

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Samuel J. Palmisano

Miami Greater Chamber of Commerce

Rod Adkins

Politecnico di Milano

Erich Clementi

Stanford University

Michael E. Daniels

Tongji University

Virginia M. Rometty

Tsinghua University

Samuel J. Palmisano

Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE)

Michael E. Daniels

University of Auckland

Randy MacDonald

University of Innsbruck

Erich Clementi

University of Melbourne

Randy MacDonald

University of Tokyo

Samuel J. Palmisano

University Technology Sydney

Randy MacDonald

Warsaw School of Economics

Linda Sanford

Zhejiang University

Steve Mills