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 innovation sector.

Amongst other things, the summit will be discussing: How-to masterclass – Scaling innovation beyond the lab; Thought leadership – from legacy to leading edge: becoming innovation-ready; and Understanding the Augmented Reality ecosystem and how to deliver real value to your business through AR today and for the future.

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
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Jeremy Balkin
Head of Innovation
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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
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Julie Goldthwait
VP Integrated and Local Marketing
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Sherif Mityas
Chief Experience Officer
TGI Fridays
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Phil Komarny
VP Innovation
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Paul Misener
VP Global Innovation Policy and Communications
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Cara Dodds
Chief Digital Officer
Pier 1
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Gerardo Soto
Director of Innovation
Stanley Black and Decker
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Sam Lee
SVP, Head of Growth

6 Challenges in Digital

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

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 13 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday May 20, 2019
Summit registration
2:00pm - 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
3:25pm - 3:30pm

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.

Opening panel: Innovation, unleashed
3:30pm - 4:30pm

In an age of constant business transformation – accelerated on all fronts by digital technologies and platforms – the ability to innovate is imperative. Yet innovation cannot be contained in labs, hubs or departmental silos. It must be unleashed across the business, empowering teams across the entire organisation to execute ideas with speed and scale to transform operations and impact the market. So how do you become an innovative organisation? How do you surface the right ideas, then execute on them effectively? And how do you inculcate that mindset within the cultural DNA of the business?

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Accelerate: Ready-made platforms for digital transformation
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Maximize: It’s all about the data
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Embrace: Cultural transformation, how to get everyone on board
Solution provider briefing
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Details to follow.

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 Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Keynote dinner: Digital fundamentals: getting your strategy right
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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 - 8:45am
Breakfast keynote: Demystifying AI for customer engagement
8:50am - 9:30am
Digital transformation – embrace the reality
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Udit Mehta
Chief Digital Growth Officer - Siemens
9:35am - 10:15am
Elucidating unarticulated customer needs to drive meaningful customer experiences and successful innovation programs
10:20am - 11:00am
The innovation ripple effect
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Xavi Cortadellas
Head of Innovation - Pepsi Gatorade
11:05am - 11:45am
Reframing digital transformation – applying experiential change and service design to align, design, orchestrate, and scale your digital transformation
11:50am - 12:30pm
Everyone can innovate
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Mike Todasco
Director Of Innovation - PayPal
12:35pm - 1:15pm
Lunch Keynote - VMware : Achieving IT transformation
Lunch & networking
1:20pm - 2:20pm

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

2:20pm - 3:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
3:05pm - 3:45pm
Ensuring business outcomes with next-gen quality assurance
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Mike Giacometti
Director, Global Alliances and Strategic Partners - Eggplant
3:50pm - 4:30pm
The growth specialist: customer consultation as the new customer service
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Sam Lee
SVP, Head of Growth - WeWork
4:35pm - 5:15pm
Using data and people to grow revenue
Meetings & Networking
5:20pm - 6:00pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Drinks Reception
7:00pm - 7:45pm

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

Dinner & experience
7:45pm - 10:00pm

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

Wednesday May 22, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 am

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

8:05 am - 8:45 am
Machine thinking, conveyance and the future of design
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Neil Shah
Chief Design Officer - Barclays
8:50 am - 9:30 am
How mobile, location data and AR are reshaping your forecast
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Kurt Fulepp
Chief Product Officer - Accuweather
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Brian Baker
VP, Head of Design - AccuWeather
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Design in the age of AI
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Robin Beers
SVP Head of Customer Experience Insights - Wells Fargo
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
11:05 am - 11:45 am
Let’s talk corporate innovation, sandbox, skunkworks, and tech
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Timothy Berendt
Director of Innovation - BCBS Massachusetts
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
Creating a scalable business around mobile AR platform
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Sriram Thodla
Senior Director, Voice & AR Service Lead - Samsung Electronics
Panel Discussion
12:35 pm - 1:15 pm
Closing panel
Lunch & farewells
1:20 pm - 2:20 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.

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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.

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