On 5-7 December 2018, a host of North America’s most senior decision-makers and business leaders from across multiple industries will descend upon the wonderful Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina for our Data Innovation Insight Summit, to discuss the most pressing challenges – and opportunities – for data-driven marketers.

Key themes under discussion include: recognizing your customer in a crowded marketplace. What do they want?; targeting your customer and tailor their experience; and maximizing your data and find your customer.

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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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Julian Zilberbrand
EVP Audience Science
VIACOM
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Sean MacCarthy
Executive Director Global Analytics and Store Segmentation
Claire's
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Lisa Hammitt
Global Vice President, Data and Artificial Intelligence
Visa
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Ameet Shetty
Chief Data Officer
SunTrust
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Guido Tirone
Director Web Analytics
Neiman Marcus
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Diwakar Goel
Chief Data Officer
GE Digital
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Peggy Tsai
VP Analytics and Data
Morgan Stanley
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Leith Chahed
VP Analytics
BNY Mellon
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Ranjana Young
Chief Data Officer
Northern Trust
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Robert Welborn
Head of Data and Advanced Sciences
General Motors
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Adrian Abarca
AVP People Analytics
NBA

6 Challenges with Data

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Dealing with the data deluge – over 90% of all the data ever created has been generated in the last two years
  • Turning data into something actionable – only 1% of all that data has ever been subjected to analysis
  • Getting to a single source of the truth for enterprise data, and joining up information and systems
  • Striking a balance between security, convenience and privacy in an information-sensitive world
  • Leveraging emerging developments in artificial intelligence, IoT, data visualization and big data analytics
  • Addressing the shortage in data science and analytics skills to realise the potential of data
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday December 5, 2018
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 panel discussion - Data and innovation
3:45pm - 4:25pm

Data is rapidly proving to be one of the most critical business resources we have. Historical data, operational data, transactional data, behavioral data, financial records, data from sysems and sensors: all information has a value, provided you know how to get the most out of it. So how do you make the most of all your data in a fast-evolving landscape? How do you use it to innovate your services, products or business models? What techniques are working well? And how do you avoid potential privacy pitfalls?

Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Data analytics: refining "the new oil"
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Artificial intelligence and the future of your business
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Opportunities and challenges in the internet of things
Solution provider briefing
4:30pm - 4:40pm

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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.

Gala dinner & keynote - Data 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.

Thursday December 6, 2018
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 data – 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.

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
Thought leadership - Unlocking the value in big data analytics
Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Project case study - What AI really means for your business
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

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

Workshop
11:20am - 12:00pm
How-to masterclass - Strategies for IoT success
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Interactive workshop - Painting the right picture: understanding data visualization
Workshop
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Ask the audience - Security in a data-connected world
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
Interactive workshop - New tools for managing big data complexity
Workshop
3:15pm - 3:55pm
How-to masterclass - Data compliance: both challenge and opportunity
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

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

Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Project case study - From the cloud to the edge: the impact on analytics
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Fireside chat - Where next for data?
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. Details to follow.

Friday December 7, 2018
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
The heresy session - Addressing the data skills shortage
Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Thought leadership - How do you monetize your data?
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Project case study - Planet of the APIs: how to unlock innovation and move faster
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.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Ask the audience - The rights and wrongs of data discrimination
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Future of the industry - The state of the data industry in 2018: where we’ve been and where we’re going next
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
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 for your journey home.

Summit Location

Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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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