The Confluence and Convergence of Technologies Driving Business Disruption and Transformation

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Learn how converging technologies will create new ecosystems that impact your business
Artificial Intelligence

AI is already entrenched in our everyday lives and is increasingly shaping much of what we do. AI is transforming industries like Finance, Insurance, Retail, Entertainment, Healthcare, and more. In the last decade we have seen the emergence of a new kind of company, one that is architected from the beginning to operate in a digital operating model, leveraging networks, large amounts of data and AI algorithms.

Networks & Blockchain

A vast infrastructure of fiberoptic cables, wireless towers and satellites connect an estimated 5 billion people. The rest of the world’s population is expected to join the conversation in the next 5 years. 5G technologies promise to completely alter the connectivity landscape by offering much faster speeds. Blockchain is a distributed technology that allows the effective authentication and securitization of transactions that run on a network.


Biotechnology is advancing our ability to eliminate diseases that until recently seemed incurable. Biotechnology also promises the development of healthier foods that are more efficient to produce and environmentally sustainable.

Material Science

Materials are the raw ingredients that go into products. Materials are easily taken for granted because most people don’t have a good grasp on the intricate work that goes into creating the materials that are used in today’s products. Behind the scenes, material science has enabled the creation and affordability of the everyday items we consume today.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing offers a new paradigm where instead of the classical binary state represented by a bit, a multistate qubit, achieved via “superposition” in extremely cold temperatures provides an extraordinary level of computing power. Quantum computers could spur the development of new breakthroughs in science, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, materials science and much more.

3D Printing

3D printing is a fabrication technique for building three-dimensional structures based on digital characterization of objects. The fabrication is achieved by adding layers of material until the final object is created, a technique called additive manufacturing. 3D printing technology is disrupting supply chains, manufacturing, transportation and warehouses.


Robots are increasingly becoming ingrained in all aspects of life. Factories across the globe use robots to manufacture all kinds of products, from automotive to electronics. They are also being used in warehouses to sort, pick, and stack units. Today, the use of robots is focused on repetitive jobs, or those that are dangerous or dirty. Tomorrow, robots will be used in a much wider range of jobs from surgery to everyday maintenance and customer service.

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Frank Diana
Frank Diana
Futurist, Lead Director, Tata Consulting
Mr. Diana has served in various leadership roles throughout his career and has over 35 years of leadership experience. Currently at Tata Consultancy Services, he is focused on leadership dialog in the context of our emerging future and its implications on business, society, governments, economies, and our environment. He blends a futurist perspective with a pragmatic, actionable approach, leveraging horizon scanning and story-telling to see possible futures and drive foresight into leadership deliberation.
Gopal Khanna
Gopal Khanna
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Gopal has championed AHRQ’s Digital Healthcare Research Program to produce and disseminate evidence about how the evolving digital healthcare ecosystem can advance the quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare for patients and their families. He has worked for two presidents and two governors in senior policy and leadership positions. Gopal has led enterprise transformation initiatives in federal and state governments, as well as in the private sector. He was a member of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s cabinet and the state’s first chief information officer.
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher
Director, School of Design, University of Minnesota
Professor Fisher is recognized as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States. He has written 10 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications about architectural design, practice, and ethics. In his work, Tom has explored how design errors occur in myriad parts of modern life and in aspects of our society and economy that have gone largely unrecognized while posing an enormous threat to our future.
Andrew Borene
Andrew Borene
CEO, Cipherloc Corporation
Andrew is leading the development and deployment of polymorphic encryption technology for cybersecurity and disrupting data protection and personal privacy ecosystems. He has experience leading advanced technology, high-risk, and rapid-growth initiatives for companies such as Symantec, IBM, LexisNexis, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Wells Fargo. Most recently, he was the senior director of Symantec’s National Security Group.
Patrick McKinney
Patrick McKinney
General Manager, Precision Kiosk Technologies
Patrick is converging automated data capture and a unique cloud-based management system that is disrupting client management in law enforcement, corrections, the court system, and treatment. The unique combination is improving efficiencies in cost, time, and outcomes, and changing probation and law enforcement ecosystems. Patrick is a well-established technology executive who has bridged operations, sales, and marketing.
Liz Diedrich
Liz Diedrich
CEO, Diedrich RPM
Liz has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business leader. She is converging neural networks with individual company data sets, social media, and the internet while developing unique capabilities toward understanding and predicting client customer behaviors. Her team has conducted quantitative studies in more than 1,000 geographic markets targeting more than four million consumers and business decision-makers.

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