Taking place from 9-11 September 2019 at the excellent Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, 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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Mauricio Henao Giraldo
Head of Digital IT Innovation Americas
L’OREAL
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Dale Shim
Health Innovation Managing Director
Kaiser Permanente
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Dariush Ajami
Chief Innovation Officer
BeyondMeat
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Chris Enslin
SVP & CIO
Visionworks
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Jason Norris
Sr. Director of Engineering and Innovation
Walmart
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Udit Mehta
Chief Digital Growth Officer
Siemens
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Pierre Theodore
Vice-President Global External Innovation
Johnson & Johnson
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Camila Da Rosa Lopes
Director of Customer Engagement & Innovation
Coca-Cola
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Arpit Gupta
SVP Product Innovation
Bank of America
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Robin Beers
SVP Head of Customer Experience Insights
Wells Fargo
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Sol Rashidi
Chief Data Officer
Sony Music

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 - 3 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday September 9, 2019
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.

Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Details To Follow.

Solution provider briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

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.

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Dealer’s Choice
Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
Who is your customer and what do they want?
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Pulling back the curtain: understand your core business goals
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Digital talent: The gift that keeps on giving
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway: Legacy Infrastructure
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Creating a flexible budget for Innovation
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
How to store and analyse collected data
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

Details To Follow.

Networking drinks
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.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for the night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Keynote Speech
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: Are you sitting comfortably? Don’t!
Tuesday September 10, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

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

Welcome remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:00am - 8:20am
Durability and innovation: striking a balance
Keynote
8:20am - 8:50am
Title TBC
Panel Discussion
8:50am - 9:20am
Shift the mindset and culture
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
The Office of Innovation
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am

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

Case Study
10:20am - 11:00am
Effective application of consumer data
Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
Title TBC
Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
Insourcing and outsourcing
Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
Digital experience in the real world
Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm

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

Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Drill Down Roundtables
Workshop
2:40pm - 3:20pm
Title TBC
Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Survivorship Bias: the grass isn’t always greener
Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
Justifying the spend on AR/VR/MR
Coffee & Networking Break
4:40pm - 5:00pm

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

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Voice technology: ready or not, here it comes
Keynote
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Innovators: Assemble
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Drinks, gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Wednesday September 11, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

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

Welcome remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
Unicorns and 800lb gorillas
Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Title TBC
Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:00 am
Drill Down Roundtables
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am

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

Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
Teaching an old dog new tricks
Workshop
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Title TBC
Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
Closing panel & wrap up: A new perspective
Buffet lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey 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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