CONTEX Conference

Converging Technologies Shaping the Exponential Era


Uncover Strategies to

Stay Ahead of the Curve

in a Fast-Changing World

Gathering Prominent Industry Leaders to Share Actionable Insights Across Industries

Contex Conference


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Welcome to the Exponential Era

Are you prepared to thrive during this era of rapid changes? Digital disruptions resulting from platform technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and flexible cloud computing are converging with technologies like 3D printing, 5G, and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), creating a new set of ecosystems that are transforming our economics, our nations, and our lives.

While experts and pundits have predicted a multitude of potential futures, the CONTEX Conference is uniquely positioned to provide meaningful and actionable insights to embrace the transformations to come. This is why Intercepting Horizons, a strategic advisory services company for the Exponential Era, is gathering leaders and executives, currently implementing disruptive solutions and transforming markets, to speak on the innovative technologies that are propelling their businesses forward at this unique, one-day event.

Why Attend the CONTEX Conference?


Learn about technology platforms that are converging and creating new ecosystems at exponential speeds


Learn how these new ecosystems are driving business disruptions and transformations


Learn how these disruptions and transformations are impacting your industry today

Event Details

Who Should Attend?

From C-suite executives to students, the CONTEX Conference is ideal for those interested in learning from CEOs, directors, and other distinguished professionals on how to lead and participate in shaping the Exponential Era.

Summer 2021
8:30 AM–5:30 PM CDT

University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business
1000 Lasalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Technology Platforms

Stay ahead of the curve by learning about how converging technologies are creating new ecosystems that can positively impact your business.

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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 work in a digital operating model, leveraging networks, large amounts of data, and AI algorithms. This new digital operating model is adept at functioning at greater scale, scope, and with capabilities that can overwhelm traditional companies, resulting in a level of disruption that will challenge conventional managerial methods.

Networks and BlockChains

Networks and BlockChains

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



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

Quantum Computing

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 frigid temperatures, provides an extraordinary level of computing power. Quantum computers could spur the development of breakthroughs in science, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, material science, and much more.



The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, refers to the billions of devices that are connected to the internet. They include sensors, which are any electronic devices that measure things like temperature, pressure, light, or any other physical quantity and transmit their information over the network. These sensors will be non-stop monitoring and sensing all facets of our environment, creating a global sensor matrix that will allow us to know almost anything, anytime, anywhere.

3D Printing

3D Printing

3D printing is a fabrication technique for building three-dimensional structures based on a digital characterization of objects. The fabrication is achieved by adding layers of material until the final object is created with 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 careers from surgery to everyday maintenance and customer service.

Material Science

Material Science

Materials are the raw ingredients that go into products. They are easily taken for granted because most people don’t have a good grasp of 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.



Virtual and augmented reality will impact many industries, from retail to advertising, education, and entertainment. Avatars will represent our online personas for work, play, shopping, sports, and much more. Companies that want to stay ahead of the curve should consider investing in AR and VR capabilities now.

Technology Adoption Rates & Ethics

Technology Adoption Rates and Ethics

Today, leaders must make decisions about adopting and deploying technologies whose impact and ramifications on their people, community, and planet are unforeseeable. Due to the complexity and high adoption rates of modern technologies, decision making has become fraught with overwhelming and interrelated challenges. In fact, the consequences of our technology decisions are no longer obvious. Examples are the unintended consequences and ethical impacts of our science and technology choices, from energy generation affecting climate change and the desire for low-cost mundane functionality creating oceans of plastic, to the unfettered communications exploding in tribalism enabling the weaponization of nearly all media. As the consequences of individual and organizational decisions accumulate, personal responsibility has also grown, and the demand for accountability is rapidly increasing. In the Exponential Era, we need to explore new ethics able to intercept our rapid adoption of converging technologies now and on the horizon.


Rick Harrison

CEO of Rick Harrison Site Design Studio

Rick is the creator of the patented LandMentor2020 System that blends precision virtual reality technology and advanced design education for the better growth of cities. He pioneered new methods for planners, architects, and engineers to design sustainable development with a fraction of the infrastructure required on past models. Rick is also changing the ecosystem for conducting public meetings and how cities regulate. He has designed over 1,300 neighborhoods in 47 states and 18 countries with measurable economic, social, and ecological benefits.


Patrick McKinney

General Manager of 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. He has introduced game-changing technologies for global robotics, semiconductor, and manufacturing industries from early-stage to large market cap companies.

Liz Diedrich

Liz Diedrich

CEO of 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.

Tom Fisher

Tom Fisher

Director of the Minnesota Design Center, Director of MSSD, Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design

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. Most recently, he has explored the role that exponential growth plays in fracture-critical design.

Gopal Khanna

Gopal Khanna

Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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.

Andrew Borene

Andrew Borene

President and CEO of the 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. Andrew has been a senior advisor to the director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, an associate deputy general counsel at the Pentagon, and is a former Marine officer.

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