Archive for September, 2009

Some weeks ago, i had the opportunity to listen to a fantastic speech by Joshua Cooper Ramo, writer of the book “The Age of the Unthinkable: why the new world disorder constantly surprises us and what we can do about it”.

This is the sort of guy that when he takes the stage, you immediately know you’re in for something special.

Some personal notes on this great speech:

Our world has now more actors, more groupings. The unpredictability is part of the system. It will be a given part of our future. He talks about:


Our world offers more options. We have a spectrum choice between no options –> limited options –> unlimited options. You can’t predict what people are going to do with these unlimited options.


Our world is more networked. It also means it is easier to share and spread risk

So far the analysis. How can we manage this unpredictability ?

One eye-opener was a visual showing how differently western and eastern people look at a picture: western people mainly look at the object, eastern people mainly at the surrounding environment of that object. So, understanding of unpredictability has a lot to do with understanding the environment.

It will also require resilience. But not resilience as we know it from messaging networks like SWIFT. More a resilience deeply integrated in the ecosystem, a bit like Hezbollah integrates resilience in every little piece of its organization.

Periods of change are not the exception but the rule.

You have to surf the wave, not try to predict the wave, but

look at how the wave can help you.

It will be ever easier to disrupt. The question is how to empower people to disrupt for the good. This is really about innovation driven by a set of values. Oh boy, how close is all this to the ideas of our Think Tank on Long Term Future.

Innovation in big companies can NOT take the lead. They have NOT been instrumental in the shifts from magazines to online, from Microsoft desktops to web2.0 cloud, from Financial Institutions to… un-banked payment and financial solutions.

The speech was delivered as part of an Oracle conference. So, i found it a bit “cheap” to say that Oracle was innovative and Microsoft not. The rationale being that Oracle “buys and integrates” and Microsoft buys “tons” of innovation but does nothing with it, does not integrate. Was a bit too close to the Oracle conference message of acquire and integrate.

He then went further on the theme of personal responsibility (i am free to smoke) and the balance with a certain set of basic rights (for ex healthcare). And that in the USA, everything is about rights (and maintaining that state) not about personal responsibility and that that has to change.

About maintaining states: Twitter is all about maintaining state in a constant changing environment.

And that there is hope.

And that

FEAR is an easy commodity to sell when

people are confused

during disruptive change. And that in these circumstances simple answers are usually dangerous answers.

Or the closing topic: never invest in people older than 25 years, as they are not used to live in constant change.

The speech was great. The book reads “like a train”.

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After all these weeks of technology extravaganza, time for some relaxation with a piece of music: “Doorways” by Dan Bull.

For those who like visualizations or have a role as Chief Executive Officer of Happiness, this will make your day 🙂

“Using a single sheet of paper and a bolex camera, Michel drew images a line at a time and photographed the progression so that when played back, the images looked like they were drawing themselves.”

Found via http://www.midasoracle.org/2009/09/28/dan-bull-safe/

Enjoy. Inspires to dream…

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The Singularity Summit is coming on 3-4 Oct 2009 in NYC. See the impressive list of speakers here.

One of the speakers is Ben Goertzel, who will speak about “Pathways to Beneficial Artificial General Intelligence: Virtual Pets, Robot Children, Artificial Bioscientists, and Beyond”.


When talking about Robot Children, i would not be surprised if he used the following video made by his 12 year old daughter. Found it via Accelerating Future.

Is this what a 12 year old is thinking about ?

  • Grand Pa’s dying, and let’s upload his brain onto the computer ?
  • It’s uploaded on a Windows computer… do kids care ?
  • Is Grand Pa dead together with all the files on my computer ?
  • A universe with Windows does not deserve to exist ?

If you can believe the credits at the end of the video, at least 12-year old Scheherazade Goertzel does.


In this case  – among many other things – Scheherazada’s father is the originator of the OpenCog open-source AGI framework, as well as the proprietary Novamente Cognition Engine AGI system.

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is an emerging field aiming at the building of "thinking machines", that is, general-purpose systems with intelligence comparable to the human mind. Good starting point to learn more about AGI is http://agi-network.org/

You see what happens when kids get this sort of ideas served with the mothermilk 😉 We recently presented another mothermilk example when we spoke about Aza Raskin, now Head of User Experience at Mozillla Labs. His father was Jeff Rasking, one of the big minds behind the Apple user interface.

Very curious to see what how this Generation-M will move up the ladders, and one day be our leaders. Any other wizkids you are aware of ?

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Also all hyped up by “The Wisdom of Crowds” and “We are smarter than Me” ?


Time for some anti-dose 😉

Two articles about some recent studies done on this subject. One from ReadWriteWeb and one from MIT Technology Review. It’s again from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The author professor Vassilis Kostakos pokes a big hole in the prevailing wisdom that the "wisdom of crowds" is a trustworthy force on today’s web.

The articles speak for themselves, but what’s also interesting are the comments on the MIT article.

Some quotes:

I think that crowds are not wise and what we call Wisdom of Crowds is nothing else and not more than the Power of Diversity. This paper shows that it can be the Weakness of Diversity too.


The true critic is NOT motivated by money or the subjective personal biases of the non-critic. A true critic is motivated by the objective enhancement of the human experience through careful and educated examination of the subject at hand.  We need more well-honed critical voices and less of the braying of the crowd. Crowd wisdom is built on a logical fallacy: just because a lot of people say it is so, doesn’t make it so.

Democractic Intelligence = FAIL.

OR this one is even better:

The conversation needs to be different when we are talking about social networks within an organization’s firewall. In that instance, it’s not about trusting the crowd’s wisdom. Rather, it’s about managing the community by knowing whose input should be trusted, along with managing and moderating the community. This must all be done in the context of how the community relates to business initiatives and the information assets of the organization. At our company, Inmagic, we call this the

"social volume knob."

As organizations roll out social technologies, they might want to start with the volume knob set "low" for certain classes of users. For example, some users might be allowed to tag one type of content, or other certain users can blog or comment.

Controversy ? Sure. What do you think ? Still 100% convinced of the Wisdom of Crowds ?

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Over the last month there was an interesting series of articles on Read Write Web about the Top-5 trends on the web.

They now come all together here.

There is also a presentation on slideshare and you can download the whole thing also in PowerPoint.

The author covers the following 5 trends:

  1. Structured data
  2. Real-time web
  3. Personalisation
  4. Mobile Web / Augmented reality
  5. Internet of things

The sections on Real-Time web and Internet of things are a bit poor. I would definitely add a 6th trend: reputation and clout. Also semantic web could have some more meat around the bones. Not much left, huh ?

Coincidently, i found another one on slideshare addressing that same topic. It takes Boris about 30 slides to get up to speed, but he is bringing some interesting concepts such as “Robot Food”, Open Source licensing of data (our lawyers will go bananas), economic incentive to influence search, and community building.

However, i am not convinced by this deck either. Is there any better material around that would allow me to explain in layman’s terms why this is so important (you preach to the convinced).

In my opinion, there is a great role for standards organizations such a SWIFT to leverage and redefine their role as semantic ontology sources for vertical segments such as the financial industry. They must be able to leverage their standardization expertise into other domains than just standard “messages”. Now they could take the lead in standardizing ALL data: structured and non-structured. That would allow us to create powerful mash-up driven solutions that get us into intelligent pattern recognitions engines for the industry.

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Last week, some folks were still proudly showing 2.0 of Did you know. They did not know 4.0 was out…




Full video below:

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Now that Innotribe @ Sibos is over, back to the real purpose of this blog: “Inspire others to dream”. For a recap, see the very first post of this blog, back in April 2009.

There is something fascinating and very profound that is going on with on-line reputation. This post is  about values in the on-line world. It is very much related to the upcoming Think Tank on Long Term Future, where we want to deeply thing about the value kit needed in a transhumanistic and singularity type of world. It also relates to our on-line identity and its evolution, a theme that i often have addresses on this blog.

As Chief Executive Mixer of ideas, i would like to mix the following memes:

  1. The Whuffie Bank presentation at last week’s Techcrunch50
  2. Seth Gondin’s blog on “ClouT” (yes with a “t” and not a “d”) of a couple of weeks ago
  3. The Trust-Score idea presented by the crowdsourcing team at last week’s Sibos and Innotribe
  4. Matteo’s idea for Mindtagger

First, The Whuffie Bank. Nothing better than watching yourself the TC50 Video and comments here. Also the second part of the video is interesting: the debate and feedback session: the most important comments was that reputation is contextual. I maybe interested in the ideas of a couple of on-line friends only. My own tribe so to speak. But even in my own tribe, i may appreciate the techie knowledge of Nick for example, but not at all be interested in his political ideas or preferences.

Or have a look at The Whuffie Bank website.

The Whuffie Bank from The Whuffie Bank on Vimeo.

It is very profound what these guys are saying:

The Whuffie Bank is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a new currency based on reputation that could be redeemed for real and virtual products and services.

The higher your reputation, the wealthier you are.

It’s in the same spirit of Creative Commons, an organization that’s changing the contract between our ideas and us; we want to build an open organization that aims to measure and enable the exchange of online reputation.

The Whuffie bank also has some crazy ideas on how they could you beyond the web into the brick & mortar world, by for ex printing money or having credit cards with whuffies on it.

I tried myself. I do NOT tweet or RT very much, but do have a Whuffie balance:


More interesting is to see where my “Whuffies” come from, and what triggers reputation changes and endorsement ranking.



It’s all in the same spirit Creative Commons, where fundamental re-thinking was done on the relationship we have with ideas and the copyright contract.

Now we are re-thinking the relationship we have between our values and the money contract.

The Whuffie bank is based on 4 principles

  1. Endorses public endorsement
  2. Based on degree of influence on other people: if you retweet often your influence on others will be greater
  3. Considers existing reputation of each member: it’s different to get an endorsement from the president of the USA, than from me for  example
  4. The message content is analyzed. If a tweet has a link, the link is more important than the couple of words before it.

Second, one of Seth Godin’s latest posts. Seth is the author of “Tribes” and the name Innotribe was based on the title of his book.

The web knows something, but it’s not telling us, at least not yet.

The web knows how many followers you have on Twitter, how many friends you have on Facebook, how many people read your blog.

It also knows how often those people retweet, amplify and spread your ideas.

It also knows how many followers your followers have…

So, what if, Google-style, someone took all this data and figured out who has clout.

Which of your readers is the one capable of making an idea break through the noise and spread? Bloggers don’t have impact because they have a lot of readers, they have a lot of impact because of who their readers are (my readers, of course, are the most sophisticated and cloutful on the entire web).

If you knew which of your followers had clout, you could invest more time and energy in personal attention. If we knew where big ideas were starting, that would be neat, and even more useful would be understanding who the key people were in bringing those new ideas to the rest of the world.

Back in the old days, we had no idea, so we defaulted to big newspapers, or magazines or the TV networks. But now we know. We just need to surface the data in a way that is useful.

So, it is really about how impactful your



That’s pretty profound.

Thirdly, at last week’s Innotribe @ Sibos, the crowdsourcing team pitched the idea of “Trust-Score”. What a pity this one did not get a better pitch :-/ Because it’s also really about trust-reputation. But then in the real-world of money. And how one could spot patterns in somebody’s online money behavior and how deviations from the measured average could lead to fraud detection algorithms and alike.

Or, fourth, what would happen if we mix all the above with my colleague Matteo Rizzi’s “Mindtagger”. At this stage “just” a searchable repository of people as mind-skills, but what if we throw reputation on top of it ? And Whuffies, based on how much good somebody does for the community. And Clout to see who is helping spread our ideas ?

Maybe at next year’s Innotribe @ Sibos2010, we should have a theme on “Clout” in stead of “Cloud”. Wouldn’t it be great to tribe together smart people to brainstorm on ideas that could add value through reputation mechanism to the SWIFT eco-system. As a matter of fact,

why wait till next year ?

Who is interested ? Please comment to this posting. We’ll feed it into the Think Tank for the value bit and into Innotribe for the project bit.

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Oh boy, what a fantastic week this was !

More than 40 speakers, 7 keynotes, 15 R&D sessions, 3 face to face discussions, and a great opening and closing session.

We did some cool “order from chaos” things: Peter Hinssen has an AHA ! moment on his flight to Hong-Kong, and produced a brand new mind blowing presentation on the limits of the web. This was the start of Innotribe @ Sibos and set the scene for the quality level we were aiming for the rest of the week.

We also re-designed the workshops as the hours and days passed.

Russ Daniels – Vice President and CTO of EDS/HP decided on the spot not to deliver his planned PowerPoint, and instead gave a whiteboard session on cloud. It was like getting a private lecture by your most favorite professor at university. Awesome !

Below a short interview with Russ after that whiteboard session:

We improvised a debate with Aza Rasking from Mozilla Labs and Greg Skibiski of SenseNetworks on the Innotribe stand.

Here is an interview with Aza:

We had our Chief Executive Officer of Happiness – Mariela Atanassova – who was our super-sweet host on the Innotribe stand. All speakers felt immediately at home by the attention and care of Mariela. Mariela did awesome things in the background and produced very nice visualisations: are your going to post them somewhere, Mariela ?

What was really exciting were the Innotribe Sibos Labs where more than 50 folks took more than 10 hours out of their normal agenda to brainstorm and work on new ideas during workshops facilitated by Philippe Coullomb from The Value Web. Thank you very much to each of the 50 individuals who participated in the Innotribe labs.

The teams were lead by our 6 “Innotribe leaders”: Peter Hinssen from A-Cross, Nick Davies from Lombard Risk Management, Casper van Amelsvoort – Rabobank, Mary Knox – Gartner Research, Chris Skinner – Balatro Ltd – but more knows as active blogger on The Financial Services Club Blog, and Tim Collins from Wells Fargo. Leaders: you did a fantastic job !

In addition the teams were coached by 2 great guys from the venture capitalist community: Mattheus Krzykowsky from Venturebeat, and Eghosa D. Omoigui, Director Strategic Investments for Intel Capital. Your contribution was beyond any expectation !

We got a lot of coverage. Of course there is our own Innotribe at www.innotribe.com: Jeroen was our flying reporter during the week. And we has a lot of tweets #innotribe.

There is also a great article on Finestra about Innotribe – detailing the different pitches – and we made the cover page of friday’s Sibos Issues publication. You can download that publication here. See also Chris Skinner’s reports on Innotribe. Good example is here. Of course also Jeroen’s coverage on Innotribe.com

In the end, there was a winner. The eMe project of the Cloud team, lead by Peter Hinssen & Nick Davies. What a pitch ! As reported by Finestra, Guy Kawasaki loved it:

Kawasaki was impressed with the pitch, and said it sounded to him something like "Mint on steroids meets Open ID". He was also clearly impressed with the presentation skills of group leader Peter Hinssen, managing director of A-Cross Technology. "You’re just full of sh*t enough to be really attractive to a VC," he said.

Or also:

This presentation is better than 98% of the VC-pitched i see every day in Silicon Valley

Matteo Rizzi was great when he opened the “Grand Finale” with a “wake up and smell the coffee sunshine” type of call to the public. It was clear that he spoke straight from the heart and wanted to shake up the fully packed room. “look at what we have realized in the course of just 4 days at Innotribe” Create the right atmosphere, provide coaching and a sounding board, challenge the ideas and you end up with 3 executable ideas! “But this must not be a one-off thing” he warned. Innovation has to become a continuous and sustainable process and everybody in the banking industry must understand that this is critical for our survival.

Was Innotribe @ Sibos 2009 a one-off ? Certainly not. We are designing Innotribe as an ongoing innovation engine for the SWIFT community. We will be present a quite a number of regional events. We are preparing an on-line collaboration and idea generation tool. And last but not least, we are starting to scout and recruit speakers for next year. Where do we set the bar ? High, very high ! I would like that next year that all speakers match this year’s quality levels of speakers such as Peter Hinssen, Aza Raskin from Mozilla Labs (interview here), Russ Daniels from HP (interview here), and Joe Weinman from AT&T.  With that, you now also know my personal top-4 for this edition of Innotribe @ Sibos 2009.

Probably the biggest outcome of this Innotribe @ Sibos is that we have build a network of great smart people that we can call at any time if we need help for Innotribe or the next edition of Sibos.

Thanks to everybody who has contributed to this edition of Innotribe @ Sibos.

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In Innotribe News Flashes 1 to 8, we have given you an overview of all the different sessions, debates, and presentations.

In this News Flash #9, i would like to point you at some of the presentations that have that little extra bit. As content coordinator of this year’s Innotribe @ Sibos, i had the privilege of meeting most of the speakers face to face, see the passion in their eyes and the tone of their voices. As the presentation material was being sent in, i could see how some presentations will be – how to say this – “different”.

There are of course many other cool sessions during Innotribe at Sibos, and for this overview i have NOT scanned the almost by definition and design great Opening and Closing Sessions, the Sibos Labs, the Cloud and Mash-up keynotes and the Face to Face discussions. So, i am in essence focusing on what is really special on the Innovation Floor, next to the big SWIFT stand. All the other presentations on the Innovation Floor are of course also from outstanding quality and content 😉

So, here we go ! Below my very personal selection of “The Specials”  and why I put them on my shortlist:

Tuesday 15 September 2009

14:30 –15:30 Oracle Fusion Middleware – Foundation for Innovation and Growth

Paul Shetler – Senior Director, Global Financial Services, Oracle

To be honest, i was expecting a quite commercial pitch from Oracle. To my surprise the presentation ended up to be quite educational. Although in the Oracle look & feel, Paul succeeds in putting together a deck with a real story line, good examples, and some interesting architectural thoughts about Anti Money Laundering, Fraud, and Reference Data. Paul’s presentation is very complementary to the presentation of Jost Hopperman (VP of Forrester Research) during the Innotribe opening session on monday morning. How a presentation with good content does not always require flashy visuals and special effects.

17:00 – 17:30 The virtual branch of the bank – project Wonderland

Michael Gialis – Head of Business Development for SUN Lab, SUN

On the shortlist for very similar reasons. The subject of virtual reality is well introduced and positioned, and goes well beyond the traditional blah blah on Second Life etc. Michael also brought a video with him, so that it all becomes a bit less… virtual 😉

I already posted on Project Wonderland in a previous posting “Virtual Worlds” on my personal blog.

Wednesday 16 September 2009

A lot of cool stuff is happening on day-3 of Innotribe !

13:00-13:30 A Reality Check? Time to Innovate? The Marriage of Business and Innovation

Clare Porter – Senior Vice-President – Technology Solutions, SunGard

It was interesting to follow how Clare built up the presentation. First she worked on a sketch/’”flow” of her presentation. Later she built the presentation itself. Again a surprise, as one could expect a standard vendor presentation, and Clare did something extra. Also, Guy Kawasaki will like the title including “reality check”, the title of his last book.

14:30-15:00 MacroSense – Understanding Realtime Consumer Sentiment & other Predictive Analytics from Mobile Location Data

Greg Skibiski – CEO, Sense Networks

Sense Networks is a real start-up with solid funding from Intel Capital, Javelin Venture Partners, and Passport Capital. I went to visit them in their office in New-York during one of my previous business trips and had a 1-1 with Greg Skibiski, the CEO. The office looks like, well it looks like a start-up: 11th floor, the boxes of the move still in the corridors, developers hacking their way through code. Greg small Spartan office way in the back, team members walking in and out the office with questions that need an answer right now. Pictures of after-funding party on the wall, press articles, team event snapshots, smiling faces everywhere, buzz, excitement. Greg is in his early 30’ies i guess, but boy, what a nice career at that age ! Has a story to tell, and it’s clear he sits on a goldmine. Just have a look at their site and the about us/company/founders information.  The founding team is composed of top computer scientists from MIT and Columbia University. Co-founder comes from MIT with specialty on privacy. What SenseNetworks does with massive sets of mobile data is incredible. If you want to get a feel on what Web 4.0 (combination of semantic web + pattern recognition engines + collective intelligence) will look like, this is your place to be.

15:30-16:30 Holographic Banking

Michael Warner – CEO, Quantum4D

We had to do quite some changes to our Innotribe booth to accommodate for this presentation and more excitingly the live demo ! They bring along a holographic projection unit. See also my previous posting on my personal blog about virtual worlds and/or holographic week-end. So, after the first 30 min presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to put on some sort of helmet and “walk” through the holographic banking environment with some sort of pen-pointer. In their words:

We will allow the audience to cue up to view the same views displayed on the big screen in an experimental holographic 3D display. Users wearing polarized sun-glasses will be able to see the above described animated network graphics ‘floating in space’ in the air between them and two screens. Users will also be able to wear a head tracking hat and use a pen device to literally look around and manipulate the network visualizations

Go and check it out !

16:30-17:00 The near-future of natural language interfaces

Aza Raskin – Head of User Experience, Mozilla Labs

Presentations from Aza Raskin are always great. Even if you’re not convinced of the subject, go and see this if only for the personality of Aza. I saw him doing his pitch at the Web 3.0 Semantic Web conference some months ago, and know right away “i want this guy at Innotribe !”. Just google Aza Raskin. He is now 25, and gave his first keynote at the age of 10 ! His father was Jeff Raskin, big thinker behind the Apple interface. So, Aza has been living and breathing user experience from when he was born. With the mother milk sort of ;-)Great speaker, highly energetic, visually strong metaphors,… Top !

17:00-17:30 Liberating the Collateral Information Worker through iPhone and other mobile devices

Nick Davies – Global CTO, Lombard Risk Management

I hope he will apologize me for this, but besides being CTO at Lombard, Nick is a real geek 😉 If it smells technology, he wants it. Nick blew my mind away when he explained me what modern video cameras can do. He has one with a 43GB (!) flash-card in it, with build-in Wifi in the flash-card. Shooting a video that was instantly sent into the cloud via MyMobile and real-time synched with his Mac at home. And the other server at his mother’s place to synch pictures etc between 2 locations. He has two iPhones and one iTouch with 100+ iPhone Apps on it. You get the idea how tech savvy Nick is. For Innotribe he took on a challenge 3 weeks ago: “let me build and live demo an iPhone application that hooks into an existing collateral management application, and I will demo it at Sibos.” I don’t know when Nick slept during the last weeks, but last Wednesday – just before the deadline – i received his presentation that will underpin this very cool demo. Mattheus from Venturebeat should definitely have a look at this.

Thursday 17 September 2009

10:00-10:30 The “Financial Commons” – collaborating to create, share and remix software

Alex Wulms & Mariela Atanassova from SWIFT.

These are SWIFT folks. And no, this is not navel staring. If you want to see and feel the enthusiasm of young people that get the opportunity of doing something cool, this is your place to be. Alex and Mariela have put a refreshing presentation together on a subject that one could make as boring as hell. To illustrate their story, they will cook soup ! Curious ? Good, that’s why they’re on the shortlist.

12:30-13:00 The Collaborative Back Office – Creating A Network Effect

Neil Vernon – Senior Product Manager, Smartstream

When i opened Neil’s presentation, it was “wow”. In had seen the material about TLM on Demand on the Smartstream website – all very professional – so i felt confident that i knew what to expect. Neil’s presentation does NOT use any of all that. Instead, he made a refreshing presentation – reality check style, no crap – on where we are and what’s next for Software as a Service. Neil is also on the Cloud debate panel, and gave some solid and challenging input to the moderator. I like this sort of folks.

13:00-13:30 HP CloudPrint for BlackBerry Smartphones

Hédi Ezzouaoui – Director, Financial Markets – Worldwide Financial Services Industry, HP

A very good example of how “anchors” in some vertical industries want to claim the space for Cloud computing. HP has a well-known big stake in the printer business. How can they leverage that in the new world of Cloud computing ? Come a see Hedi giving a demo with a Blackberry, wireless connected to the internet, and capable of printing on any networked printer world-wide. For the show, they’ll have a printer on site (but connected).


Innotribe at Sibos is an integral part of Sibos. All Innotribe sessions are open to any Sibos delegate with a full week or day pass.

This is the last News Flash before Innotribe @ Sibos really kicks-off. From now, i hand you over to Jeroen Derynck, our “flying Innotribe reporter” who will cover Innotribe from start to finish. Follow us via live-postings at www.innotribe.com or via our Twitter account #Innotribe or via our Innotribe group on LinkedIn.

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In this 8th News Flash on Innotribe @ Sibos, we’d like to give you an update on the rich set of presentations scheduled on 17 Sep 2009. These presentations come on top of our main morning event, the Innotribe Closing session from 10:30 – 12:00 .

On 17 Sep 2009, all below presentations will be held on the Innotribe Floor (follow the signs Innotribe Lounge). This is a special Innotribe booth next to the big SWIFT stand on the Exhibition Floor.

All presentations are R&D Insight presentations: talks and demos from the edge of business and technology. Several presentations include a video- or live demo ! Check out the specials for each presentation.

In the Innotribe Dome

Innotribe Closing Session

10:30-12:00 See News Flash 4 for details

On the Innovation Floor

R&D Insight presentations

09:00-09:30 Expanding the frontiers of financial services – enabled by smaller, cheaper computing on the move – supply chain, working capital, risk management and service delivery

Nigel Woodward – Worldwide Director Financial Services, Intel

– Presentation abstract: Computing in banking has traditionally been focused on process automation. Front, middle and back office operate islands of processing which variously integrate administration of transactions from capture to settlement.  These are tried and tested technologies. However look at emerging technologies and the picture changes. 3 axis drive innovation today – cost of compute, mobile and online; mix these elements and apply them to what business functions and the operational model can be challenged.  Data can be accessed earlier in the supply chain, huge amounts of transactions can be processed economically and information can be dispersed and accessed on the move to mobile devices.  This session will reveal today’s advances in chip capability and pose questions of where this might take the industry – challenging the status quo.

9:30-10:00 Meeting the Challenges of a Growth Market: Upgrading the Chinese Banking Infrastructure

Xin Sheng Mao – CTO IBM China Development Lab, IBM

– Presentation abstract: We will share our observations of the business challenges and opportunities in the China finance segments.  The Chinese finance market is growing very quickly.  But the market also faces lots of challenges, for example, trades and volumes are growing faster and faster, increasing the need for new innovative finance services, lower transaction latency etc. The as-is infrastructure is not going to survive and has to be upgraded.  We will share how we are helping customers prepare for these upgrades, including solutions from our industry solution lab, our products and innovative technologies.

10:00-10:30 The “Financial Commons” – collaborating to create, share and remix software

Alex Wulms – Lead Developer/Systems Engineer, Information Systems – SWIFT.COM Development

Mariela Atanassova, Innovation, SWIFT

– Presentation abstract: This presentation will share the experiences of one of the SWIFT team that responded to the SWIFT Innovation Challenges. The project was about co-development for the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project. This project illustrates two dimensions: first, how CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) can lead to innovation and second, how SWIFT developers and external developers work together in an open source mode. Inspiration for other modes of co-operation with our community of members and partners at large ?

12:00-12:30 Smarter Mobile Payments

Peter Bearor – Global Payment Systems Sales Leader, IBM Sales & Distribution

– Presentation abstract: Technologies are more interconnected, intelligent and instrumented than ever before.  Come hear how IBM’s investments in these technologies is leading to smarter mobile payments.

12:30-13:00 The Collaborative Back Office – Creating A Network Effect

Neil Vernon – Senior Product Manager, Smartstream

– Presentation abstract: SmartStream will discuss: The evolution of Cloud computing in SmartStream’s OnDemand SaaS platform, Creating collaborative processes inside institutions to reduce transaction costs, Establishing collaborative venues for Banks and their Corporate clients to achieve the lowest cost per transaction, Strengthening collaborative processes with Artificial Intelligence.

13:00-13:30 HP CloudPrint for BlackBerry Smartphones

Hédi Ezzouaoui – Director, Financial Markets – Worldwide Financial Services Industry, HP

– Presentation abstract: HP will demonstrate HP CloudPrint for BlackBerry smartphones, a web-based solution that allows mobile users to easily print documents to the nearest printer no matter where they are. The CloudPrint service, invented by HP Labs, is printer-agnostic and driverless and requires simple Internet access.

– Specials: live demo


Innotribe at Sibos is an integral part of Sibos. All Innotribe sessions are open to any Sibos delegate with a full week or day pass.

Follow us via live-postings at www.innotribe.com or via our Twitter account #Innotribe or via our Innotribe group on LinkedIn.

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