Award winners, robots, entertainment – Oh my! And I thought the first day was exciting! Today was the second and final day of NEXT 2017 and it certainly ended with several high notes.
Today was all about the future with insights aplenty and opportunities in data and the internet of things. The General Session was where the charismatic Dr. Kaku filled the hall with matter-of-fact predictions that can help all of us navigate the future. We agree with his vision of artificial intelligence, and Hitachi Vantara is already going in that direction. Though it seems that we have to brief him on Hitachi’s robot, EMIEW, to raise his expectations of what’s possible today! I hope he saw EMIEW’s demonstration this afternoon.
But before that we had the Women’s Leadership Forum that included Vernice Armour, the first African-American female combat pilot. Her advice on fearless and decisive leadership was valuable insight for anyone to hear.
Did you see the announcement of the winner of the Hitachi Transformation Award? It’s Meat & Livestock Australia! Nobody expects the cattle industry to be on technology’s leading edge, but MLA has shown that digital technologies can help even the most remote cattle stations. What assumptions does your organization have for what could “never” benefit from digitization?
Breakout Sessions were just as informative and just as packed as yesterday. I could see that you were all enjoying learning with and from your peers today. I hope you swapped many business cards to continue your collaborations.
After the announcement of Hitachi Vantara during yesterday’s opening session, there was an exciting buzz that carried on through the day and definitely into last night’s Gala Dinner. With everyone dressed in their best, it was a celebration perfect for kicking off a new chapter and toasting to the future. But for me, that light show was a bit overwhelming and I wished I’d kept my sunglasses with me.
It’s been an incredible two days here in Las Vegas. This first NEXT event has been memorable but don’t hesitate to relive the presentations that were most meaningful to you on our Resources page. Send the link to your coworkers who couldn’t attend this year.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next NEXT in San Diego, September 2018. But before this NEXT closes its doors on a successful inaugural event, we’re going to party with a Grammy-winning, international superstar tonight – Pitbull! See you there. Dale!