Taking place from 20-22 May 2019, a host of North America’s most senior decision-makers and business leaders from across multiple industries will descend upon the beautiful The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida for our fourth edition of the Digital Innovation Insight Summit, to discuss the most pressing challenges – and opportunities – in the fast-moving mobile sector.

Amongst other things, the summit will be discussing: app development, UX, design: what works (and what doesn’t); the mobile advantage: right message, right time, who’s doing it well?; and mobile trends and innovations: what’s hot, what’s next?.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Kurt Fulepp
Chief Product Officer
Accuweather
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Jeremy Balkin
Head of Innovation
HSBC Bank USA
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Andrew Flanagan
Executive Director Lenovo.com
Lenovo
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Rick Kates
Sr. Director Business Model Innovation
Johnson & Johnson
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Sai Yagnyamurthy
Director Global Strategy
Ford Motor Company
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Jason Norris
Sr. Director of Engineering and Innovation
Walmart
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Julie Goldthwait
VP Integrated and Local Marketing
T-Mobile
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Sherif Mityas
Chief Experience Officer
TGI Fridays
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Phil Komarny
VP Innovation
Salesforce
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Paul Misener
VP Global Innovation Policy and Communications
Amazon
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Cara Dodds
Chief Digital Officer
Pier 1
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Gerardo Soto
Director of Innovation
Stanley Black and Decker

6 Challenges in Digital

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Integrating emerging technologies such as AR, AI, voice, IoT and others into the innovation pipeline
  • Using data effectively to develop new business models and unlock revenue opportunities
  • Creating engaging interfaces, customer experiences and workflows and through improved UX design
  • Harnessing the knowledge and ideas of employees, customers, start-ups, academia and others
  • Industrializing ideas and scaling innovation from the lab to the frontlines of the business
  • Upskilling the organization to build digital capabilities and develop a ‘design thinking’ mindset
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday May 20, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome session
3:30pm - 3:45pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Keynote Speech
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Keynote panel discussion: Innovation, unleashed
Solution provider briefing
4:30pm - 4:40pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Platforms for success: modernizing IT for the digital age
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Chris Enslin
SVP & CIO - Visionworks
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Understanding data: the new oil for the digital economy
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Phil Komarny
VP Innovation - Salesforce
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Embracing the digital mindset: overcoming cultural challenges
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Jason Norris
Sr. Director of Engineering and Innovation - Walmart
Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Keynote dinner: Digital fundamentals: getting your strategy right
7:00pm - 10:00pm

From independent thinkers to technology pioneers to execs from some of the world’s most progressive brands, our keynote speakers are handpicked to provide you with the insight you need to inspire your next business decision.

 

Tuesday May 21, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:30am
Breakfast keynote: The biggest challenges in digital – and how to solve them
Collaborate
8:35am - 9:30am

Multiple tables, multiple hot topics: in this session, you choose where you sit, who you sit with and what you want to discuss. The takeaways are down to you: have your say, question others and find your own answers.

 

Topics TBC

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1: Thought leadership – from legacy to leading edge: becoming innovation-ready
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Chris Enslin
SVP & CIO - Visionworks
Morning meeting sessions
9:35am - 1:30pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: Trust, Talent and Blockchain
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Phil Komarny
VP Innovation - Salesforce
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
11:20am - 12:00pm
Session 3: VP, Intelligent Automation for Digital Self Service at Citi Retail Services
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Sam Jebeli-Javan
VP Product Management - Digital Global Consumer Technology - Citi Group
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 4: Interactive workshop - Creating immersive experiences with AR and VR
Workshop
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Session 5: Ask the audience - Understanding the impact of voice
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Workshop
2:30pm - 3:10pm
Session 6: Interactive workshop - Crowdsourcing and co-creation: getting it right
Afternoon meeting sessions
2:30pm - 5:30pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
3:15pm - 3:55pm
Session 7: How-to masterclass - Scaling innovation beyond the lab
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 8: Project case study - Digital reinvention: practical lessons from transformation brands
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Session 9: Fireside chat - Digital threats: where is the next disruption coming from?
Attendee downtime
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment.

Wednesday May 22, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Workshop
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 10: The heresy session - Build, recruit or outsource? Finding the right digital skills
Morning meeting sessions
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 11: Thought leadership - Cutting through digital complexity
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 12: Project case study - Why UX is key to successful innovation
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 13: Ask the audience - Metrics and measurement: what is working for you?
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 14: Future of the industry - The state of digital in 2018: where we’ve been and where we’re going next
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 15: Closing panel & wrap up - Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before heading home.

Summit Location

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

Previous Summit

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Latest Case Study

Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.