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The countdown has started, and no – we’re not talking about Christmas.

It’s something much more exciting: Fujitsu Forum 2017.

On Wednesday 8th November, over 12,000 people from across the world will descend on the International Congress Centre in Munich for the year’s biggest tech event.

There will be expert talks, co-creation sessions, an interactive demonstration centre, and a global street food festival – hopefully culminating in lots of fun.

To re-cap on last year’s event, take a look at our highlight video… 

This year’s forum is built on the theme of digital co-creation.

We’ll be looking at what co-creation really means in a modern context, and why it is more necessary than ever in an increasingly connected world,

To get you in the spirit of things, we’re giving you a sneak preview of some of the key events across all of our verticals: retail, transport, manufacturing, financial services and the public sector.

So set yourself a reminder: these sessions are not to be missed.

Opening Keynote – digital co-creation

This year’s keynote will be delivered by three world experts on co-creation.

Fujitsu’s president Tatsuya Tanaka and head of EMEIA and Americas Duncan Tait will join our customers and collaborators, Belfius COO Oliver Onclin and Norsk Hydro CIO Jo De Vliegher, to discuss their experiences working as a co-creative unit.

Expect insight by the bucketful.

Retail highlight – The forgotten shop floor – ‘The rise of the digital high street’ research results

Our report ‘The rise of the digital high street’ took the world by storm this year.

We asked 2,000 consumers and 2,000 retail employees some difficult questions about the value and significance of in-store technology. In doing so we learned a great deal about the factors that thrill and frustrate customers when it comes to physical retail.

We’ll examine all this in our session, where a panel led by Fujitsu UK & Ireland Commercial lead Rupal Karia will discuss the report findings and pull out the key lessons.

Financial Services – Fintechs – threat or partner

This breakout session will take on one of the biggest debates in business today: what does disruptive fintech innovation mean for the future of financial services?

There’s no question that consumer demands are evolving, and this presents an enormous opportunity for established providers and the fintechs that are looking to work with them.

In this session, Fujitsu account director Latif Ajouaoui and Main Incubator founder and COO Matthias Lais will explain how the two firms co-create digital solutions that are changing the future landscape of financial services.


Everything has the potential to become autonomous – even buildings.

The use of sensors and connected equipment through the internet of things will give rise to facilities that are capable of autonomous control and self-maintenance.

But does this work from a practical standpoint? What are the analysis, control and security considerations?

These questions will be addressed in this session, led by Fujitsu’s Hugo Lerias and Gant Kinchin. The former is Head of Manufacturing, Automative and Public Sector across EMEIA and the latter is Product Manager for Advanced Image Recognition.

Our experts will use practical examples to demonstrate how artificial intelligence methods can be used to make production environments more secure, using Fujitsu’s production facilities in Augsburg as a case study for an efficient production 4.0 environment.

Public sector

Development Director of Mikkeli Development Miksei Juha Ropponen, and Intelligent Enterprise at Fujitsu Consultant Katariina Ryhänen, will lead our hot-pick public sector session.

They will be looking at Promise 2016, the programme that transformed the city of Mikkeli in Eastern Finland into the country’s leading city of economic productivity, through a combination of a digitalization of business processes and a crucial change in the city’s thinking.

This session will show the concrete steps on the road to productivity. It will present cloud solutions like eServices, case management and eArchiving and show also the productivity metrics in financial, environmental, process and customer point of view.

It promises to be a session which is as illuminating as it is unique.


Heathrow Airport’s Innovation Technologist Robin Gessing and Head of Innovation & Co-creation at Fujitsu Joachim Box will present another excellent example of co-creation in their session on Heathrow.

Heathrow Airports Limited is a successful business that understands how to co-create with partners in order to help innovate and grow.

They will be discussing how organizations and technology partners can work together to test new thinking and address challenges that are indelibly linked to business strategy and commercial value.

Closing Keynote

Fujitsu EMEIA’s very own Chief Technology Officer Dr Joseph Reger will conclude our keynote program for 2017 with a thought-provoking insight into the implications, possibilities and direction of quantum computing.

Stay up to date

All in all, it’s gearing up to be an event of massive proportions.

And these are just the highlights – for a more detailed agenda, check out the Fujitsu Forum 2017 website. You can also register here, if you haven’t already.

Also make sure to keep an eye on our @Fujitsu_UK and @FujitsuUKEvents Twitter channels for updates leading up to and during the event.

We’ll also be broadcasting live on Periscope at several points throughout the two days so make sure you don’t miss those.

Finally, we’ll be updating this blog with all the highlights throughout the event, so don’t stress if you do miss something – we’ll have you covered.

We look forward to seeing you at #FujitsuForum 2017!

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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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