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JUNE 18-21, 2018 GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER
HOUSTON, TEXAS USA

HITEC Houston 2018 Keynote Speakers

 

Opening Keynote

Monday, June 18
4:30 - 5:45 PM

Mike Walsh

21st Century business designer, futurist, global nomad and author of Futuretainment and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas.

Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence

This session is sponsored by BluePrint RF.

Mike Walsh

About this session

We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century? In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow's leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology. 

Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.

About Mike Walsh

Mike is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change.Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach  scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for digital transformation.  

A true global nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business.

Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike.

Mike previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region. 

Mike’s best-selling book Futuretainment, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York. Mike's latest book is The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, Between Worlds. 

Closing Keynote

Thursday, June 21
2:15 - 3:15 pm

Theresa Payton

Former White House CIO and Cybersecurity Authority

Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & the Internet of Things

This session is sponsored by BluePrint RF.

Theresa Payton

About this session

New technologies are in the news every day but is it all just hype or a true workplace reality? Are you leveraging Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & the Internet of Things as part of your go to market strategy? You may wonder, are these data elements safe from hackers? Payton explains how to harness these newer technologies to achieve business goals while incorporating safeguards to fight cybercriminals and how the Blockchain could be your new security BFF and how Cryptocurrency, AI, and the Internet of Things have quickly become key drivers of global change.

About Theresa Payton

The first female to serve as White House chief information officer, and named #4 on IFSEC Global’s list of the world’s Top 50 cybersecurity influencers in security & fire 2017, Theresa is one of America’s most respected authorities on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation. With real-world strategies and solutions, she helps public and private sector organizations protect their most valuable resources.

Drawing from her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur of her successful and rapidly-growing cybersecurity firm, Fortalice, Theresa masterfully blends memorable anecdotes with cutting-edge insights to heighten awareness of the perils of our uber-connected world. As she delves into the cyber-underworld and the new kinds of threats that can lead to tomorrow’s breaches and insider risks, she offers a proven blueprint for audiences to stay a step ahead with practical steps for thinking like the adversary, while managing cybersecurity risk. 

Theresa’s distinct approachability, combined with her visionary perspective and easy-to-implement strategies, effectively prepare audiences for success in the ongoing battle against cybercrime.

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