Six things to watch out for at Fujitsu World Tour 2017

Jim Millen
By , - Enabling Digital

We’re now just a week away from the London leg of Fujitsu World Tour 2017, and it’s set to be the best one yet.

This year we’ve got one focus: to help you succeed in a digital world, whatever industry you’re in.

To help us do that we’ve invited guests from multiple sectors, from retail and financial services to public sector and education.

Our hope is that their stories will inspire you to build an even brighter digital future for your business, and we’re pretty confident they’ll do just that.

Of course, it’s not all about talks. We’ll be showcasing some of the most innovative digital technologies on the planet, and there will be plenty of workshops and break-out sessions to help you get your digital strategy on track.

Here are some of the things we’re most excited about…

1. Getting inside the mind of Dr Reger

Dr Joseph Reger will kick off the day on the keynote stage, discussing how co-creation can drive digital transformation.

His talks have become the stuff of legend over the years thanks to his unconventional style and knack for digging deep into incredibly complex subjects – definitely not one to miss!

If you want a taste of what might be in store, check out his talk on artificial intelligence (AI) from last year’s Fujitsu Forum:

2. In depth with six industry sectors

The morning will be packed with sector-specific sessions across six different verticals, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

For Retail we’ve got Specsavers CIO Phil Pavitt discussing our latest research on high street technology.

Over on the Public Sector stage it’s all (unsurprisingly) about the impact of Brexit, with input from ex-Home Office CIO Sarah Wilkinson, who now has the arguably even more prestigious title of CEO-designate at NHS Digital.

Our very own Ash Merchant will be running things on the Education stage, with special guest and principle of the London Design Engineering University Technical College Geoffrey Fowler. They’ll be talking about how co-creation is helping students develop their skills through real-world experience.

BBC journalist Ben Thompson joins a panel of Financial Services experts to explore how technology is driving the pace of change in this sector.

We’ve got a cracking Transport talk lined up too. We’ll be joined on stage by Transport for the North CEO David Brown and the head of the government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Ian Forbes. It’s sure to be a lively discussion!

Finally, we’ll be hearing guests from Costain, Southern Water and DHL discussing how to turn data into competitive value in the Utilities, Manufacturing and Services sector and put customers at the heart of all that.

3. Talking tech in the breakout sessions

Into the afternoon and it’s time for the technology breakout sessions.

From taking the hype out of connectivity to understanding advanced cyber-threats and co-creating with Hybrid IT, we’ll be diving into all the latest technology trends you need to know about.

Guests at these talks include senior digital figures from Microsoft, Symantec and NetApp to name a few.

4. Delving into digital strategy

Then it’s time to talk digital strategy, and we’re hoping the open and collaborative format of these workshops will help give you something tangible to take back to your business.

We’ll be exploring the new king of the digital world: customer experience, and we’ll also help you navigate the sea of digital technology out there to get to the heart of what really matters.

And don’t miss our ‘Digital Co-Creation in action’ session, where we’ll be discussing how organisations of all kinds can come together to build something greater than the sum of its parts.

5. Tips from a teenage billionaire

What were you doing at the age of 19?

RPD International CEO Josh Valman (now in his twenties) was busy building a £1 billion global manufacturing firm in the space of six months.

But Josh’s love of tech started much earlier than that when he began designing robots aged 10.

Three years later he spent his life savings (£500) on having his drawings turned into real-life components, and by the age of 15 he was earning £10,000 a week as a freelance consultant for multinational organisations who had no idea how young he was.

Make sure you join us on the keynote stage at the end of the day to hear his incredible story.

6. Finally…a drink (or two)!

Let’s not forget what some see as the most important part of any event: networking, complete with plenty of food and drink to keep you happy.

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Hopefully, you’ve got a good idea of what to look out for on the day now, and remember to register for your ticket if you haven’t already.

Check us out on Twitter and Facebook, too – we’ll be publishing plenty of content in the build-up to the event and on the day itself.

And be sure to use the #FujitsuWorldTour hashtag if you want to join the conversation.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jim Millen

Jim Millen

Digital Content Editor at Fujitsu
I'm the editor for the Fujitsu UK & Ireland blog, and love to write about the exciting work Fujitsu do in digital & technology innovation.

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