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).
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