Archive for September, 2011

The Innotribe Playlist

As an ex-DJ, i had quite some fun in selecting the music for the stings (speaker walk-ins) and movers (in between interactive sessions). Our audience at Sibos liked it so much that they asked to publish the list. Here it is:

  • Praga Khan – Breakfast in Vegas
  • Goose – Words
  • The Black Box Revelation – Do i know you ?
  • Buscemi – Seaside
  • D-Shake – Yaaaaaah
  • Deee-Lite – Pussycat Meow
  • Moby – Find my Baby
  • Timbuk3 – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
  • Mr. Scruff – Kalimba
  • Stone – Time
  • Leila K – Open Sesame
  • Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid
  • Bananarama – Venus
  • Jamiroquai – Use the Force
  • Touch of Joy – Enjoy
  • Daft Punk – The Grid (TRON)
  • Placebo – For what it’s word
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman

Let the power of the tribe be with you !


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Oh what a day !

I believe that today we collectively as a team set a new standard for conference events. We have received so many compliments about the content and the interactive format of today, that we start blushing 😉 Heartwarming as well. Thank you to all those out there for the encouragements.

Digital Identity

First half of the day was spent on digital identity, but not in the sense that we usually talk about it at SWIFT. This went way beyond PKI.

I have described this session already pretty detailed in my announcement post here: https://petervan.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/innotribe-at-sibos-digital-identity/

All the speakers delivered as expected, but i would like to single-out Doc Searls, with a talk so good, that it made me emotional. And the interactive session was mindblowing with special structures created to represent the infrastructure, a weaver that was made out of 10 mushroom chairs, and a brainstorm about a next-generation browser, not to browse pages, but to browse data. You must start wondering what we have smoked 😉

I also would like to say a couple of words on the Digital Asset Grid project, that was also the subject of the deep-dive later that day.

  • We are moving from money bank to digital (assett) bank
  • It’s an infrastructure play for SWIFT to offer a certified pointer system pointing at the location of digital assets and the associated usage  rights
  • It’s imperative for SWIFT to expose its core competence via API’s
  • This is a huge opportunity for SWIFT to be a key infrastructure player in offering an end to end hardened infrastructure and end-point to enable the seamless exchange of any sort of digital assett between any number of entities
  • This is also a huge opportunity for financial institutions to plug-in to this infrastructure for offering a new set of services in the data leverage space in un-regulated data market places

We got quite some interest, but is it clear that we’ll have to do quite some internal selling and convincing to make all the benefits of such solution clear. Somebody very senior from a bank suggested that the best thing to do now is probably to build a prototype to make this game-changer more tangible and understandable.

Big Data

I believe we surprised a lot of folks with the line-up and enormous brianpower that we brought to the table here. Also here i have covered a lot of content in my previous post: https://petervan.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/innotribe-at-sibos-discovering-the-new-physics-of-big-data/

It is probably not-seen at any conference to run one big session of 3 hours like this. It was a great combination of stellar talks about:

  • Data in context
  • Data finds data
  • Examples of big data in action

For each topic we had 2-3 ignitor speeched followed by deep dive exploration labs applying the principles of immersive learning.

  • in one of them the participants had to make a puzzle
  • in another they had their own computer to do simulate the concept of the SWIFT Index

All speakers surpassed our wildest expectations. Sean Park opened in a phenomenal way, Michael Chui was rock-solid. Larry, Dave and Amir succeeded in very entertaining sessions without falling in the trap of product pitching or commercials, and they made their content very relevant to the financial industry. Michael Driscoll surprised us all with the enormous sheer volume of data they analyse every day, outbeating a lot of big financial institions with probably more traditional technology. and Michael Ouliel blew everybody away when showing how intelligence services dealt with data in real-time, and applying those technologies on voice, video and other media.

But the absolute star of this session was Jeff Jonas, who had co-designed this session with Mela. The best way to describe Jonas is: ROCK + HEALTH + GAMES = GOD. Jeff is the god of Big Data.

We ran way over time, and even after 3 1/2 hours session, the audience was still hungry for more. Awesome !


We had again a staggering day of twitter activity. Today myself i had a lit bit less time to tweet, as i was content owner for all sessions today. But the audience really compensated for this: thanks to all you peeps out there. Somebody called me “tweetmaster”: i liked that very much, and it encourages me to continue on this path.

And Chris Skinner once more proved that he is the fasted blogger of all times. Minutes after the session, he had already this post out: http://thefinanser.co.uk/fsclub/2011/09/digital-identities-big-data-and-rogue-traders.html.

Tomorrow is a completely different day. It’s our non-technology-topics day with New Economies, Corporate Culture, Banks for a Better World. And last but not least, we will have our Start-up competion grand finale.

Peter (@petervan) from the Innotribe Team

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What a day ! So full of energy, emotion and inspiration. Don’t know where to start.

Why not start withe the Innotribe Opening session ?

Opening Session:

As mentioned yesterday, we significantly re-engineered this opening session, based on our experience during the dry-run on Sunday evening.

While the audience was walking-in, we has some nice “spacy” music, with female electronic vocals which gave some sort of mystic ambiance, holding the participants in a deep tension for what was going to come.

Then the lights went down, and from the dark a drummer started playing a tribe-rythm. Slowly African music was faded in, and the Innotribe team – hidden in dark 4 corners of the room – started proclaiming the words of our Power of the Tribe manifesto. A strong emotional start of the session.

Kosta came on, and briefly introduced Lazaro, who gave a 5 min speech about innovation. We were completely taken by surprise when he said “Innotribe is the strongest brand that SWIFT launched in the last 30 years”. Wow! This sentence still shivers down my spine. He repeated same during the Welcome Plenary, and even added: “Innotribe is our secret weapon”. I’d wish that next year we let go the secrecy, and go fully visible mainstream. We can be proud: and there is no reason for false modesty. Let the communication and delivery machine roar at 150% next year !

The next section was scripted as a theatre play. James Gardner, managing director of Spigit was our narrator. This section was a wonderful back and forward conversation between James and our other 3 keynote speakers: Dan Robles from Social Flights, Brett King – this time introduced as Author and Founder of Movenbank, and Heather Schlegel, CEO of Purple Tornado. For those who don’t know, Heather recently joined the Innotribe Team.

There were great interactions with Chris Skinner, the Stanford Students and the Corporate Rebels from Alcatel Lucent.

In this section we could enjoy two worldwide announcements:

  • Brett announced exclusively the launch of his 100% online bank Movenbank, and the opening of the alpha site on 1 Oct 2011 and the use of the CRED – a sort of virtual credibility currency to facilitate on-boarding and lending for candidate customers with strong social media influence or credibility. This is big stuff.
  • Dan announced a worldwide partnership with Expedia

The session was wrapped up with a gorgeous video production by Mela about what to expect for the rest of the week at Sibos.

When people walked out of the room, the Innotribe Team held Innotribe flags, escorting the guests up to the Innotribe Space where most of this week’s sessions will be held.

The session was well covered in the press, and Chris Skinner did a blog post about it 10 min after the end of it. http://thefinanser.co.uk/fsclub/2011/09/brett-king-launches-movenbank-at-sibos-innotribe.html

The announcement was also immediately covered by Finextra within the hour: http://www.finextra.com/News/Fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=22972

Social Data and Collaboration – Keynotes

From 12:30 – 14:00 we had the social data session, annimated by our master MC Matteo Rizzi. All talks were excellent and delivered by professional speakers.

What really worked very well was the technique of instigators, sound-boarders, and professional challengers. Chris Skinner and the Stanford Students did not spare the speakers, and almost naturally session participants jumped in with additional questions and observations. In my opinion, a new standard set for audience participation.

Social Data and Collaboration – Deep Dive

The social data lab was very well attended, close to 100 people or so. The group was first split over 3 workshops: reputation and influence, compliance and regulation, and data (for recruitment as an example). They first got inspired by 3×3 matter experts/igniters. In the following part, teams were re-mixed into 6 subteams and received working assignments. A great technique to mix and match the audience, and to create serendipity in the group. At the end the teams had to present their outcome to the group at large.

Also Social Data was well covered by Chris Skinner in his subsequent blog: http://thefinanser.co.uk/fsclub/2011/09/gartner-and-innotribe-get-social.html

I agree with Chris when he asked for the relevance of all this for bankers, the “normal” audience for Sibos. It is clearly a point of attention for next sessions at Innotribe. However, off-the-record, one notable speaker told me in confidence that the bankers just don’t get it, and risk to be hopelessly be by-passed by the events. A sign of the times is the fact that today Google formally launched Google Wallet and that no single banker tweeted about this or mentioned it in the conversations.

Hugh MacLeod (twitter @gapingvoid) – who is our celebrity artist from Miami – summarized it quite well: the bankers are in search for a language, a lexicon to express themselved about social media and data.


All participants in Innotribe sessions received 5 Reputones, our virtual conference currency. People can express their gratitude and appreciation for somebody else by giving reputones for the quality of networking, opinion, and knowledge. I got several for knowledge and networking and i found receiving very gratifying and motivating. Also giving appreciation is an intrinsic motivator. It’s a deeply human feeling and warm emotion. It really creates a special bond with the person you give to. Maybe we should discuss this wednesday during our session on New Economies, where we will also talk about the Gift Economy.

You can find out more about the #reputone via http://twitter.com/reputone or via www.reputone.com or via http://reputone.wordpress.com

Twitter stream

We had a HUGE response on twitter. At the certain moment the twitter current was so strong that i just could not follow in retweeting. Also the social analytics tool showed an overwhelming presence of Innotribe tweets in the Sibos twitter community. I was told that #innotribe even started trending in cyberspace.

I was particularly charmed by the tweets coming from the Opening Plenary with Peter Sondergaard from Gardner Research, which was apparently so-and-so: one tweeter was publicly showing his/her frustration by saying how he/she was longing for the #innotribe space and atmosphere.

A special place called “home”

Our space is really special. It is so welcoming, that folks like to hang around, make some introductions, relax in the beanbags, grab a bite and a drink. It’s welcoming like a home. That’s exactly how we intended it. Happy to see that it works

Again a special word of thanks to our design and facilitation crew. And to the folks of Jack Morton who delivered today a flawless performance. Yes, also in innovation FNAO is part of our events execution culture

Tomorrow is a very rich day again, with sessions and deep dives on Digital Identity and on Big Data. Like for all Innotribe sessions, we have built in some unique ingredients and performance elements. It’s really hard for me not to reveal the secrets of these sessions, but i really can’t. I signed an NDA with the rest of the Innotribe Team 😉

Looking forward to another exciting Innotribe day!

Peter (@petervan) from the Innotribe Team.

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It is almost 5am on Monday morning now, and I still need to do my daily blog from Innotribe Space. It’s because it was a long day yesterday and it was about 11pm last night when we called it a day 😉 So, I decided to get a good (short) sleep first, and do this with a fresh mind in the silence of the Toronto morning.


Start of the day


The day started yesterday with the daily brief at 7:30am. All activities and to-do’s of the day are kept on a big central whiteboard, tasks are distributed amongst the crew, and status is updated as tasks get completed. And we have 3-4 check-points with the full team throughout the day. It’s super efficient and all crew members are committed like pigs in an (breakfast) omelette.


Room set-up


One of the first big tasks on the list was to go through the room set-up per session. As we make our lives easy (sic), we decided upfront that the room set-up should be different for every session. As everything is video taped, we had to physically set-up every environment so that the video crew can test the lightning and camera focus for specific things that will happen during the sessions.

We also did a dry-run of all the “stings”, walk-ins, and walk-outs: these are music jingles. As mentioned yesterday, different for every session. Quite an undertaking, but the folks from Jack Morton have the right professionals and equipment to program all this. Louise, Alex and team: a BIG thank you: you guys are so good!


Dry-Run Deep Dives


After/during that we looked in detail at the different designs of the interactive deep dive sessions, the by now famous “Innotribe Labs”. As these sessions and the associated assignments for the conference participants need to be perfectly aligned with the messages of our keynotes and projects we want to present, this took some time (understatement).




Today was also the day that our first speakers popped-in into the Innotribe Space. I had the impression that most of them wow-ed with what we had set up, but of course I am biased, so I let you experience and judge yourself the coming 4 days.


This was also the day when we were joined by the students from the Social Data Lab of Andreas Weigend at Stanford University. They became part of the crew, and helped us preparing the activities we planned for our virtual conference currency, the “Reputone”. 


Sibos TV


Sibos TV is a full-blown TV Studio infrastructure for the overall Sibos conference. Sibos TV is just in front of the Innotribe Space: they could not have chosen a better spot 😉 It goes without saying that we reserved some broadcast slots throughout the week. You can expect us live today Monday 19 Sep 2011 at 9am (yep, today), with Martine and Hugh MacLeod. And on Thursday around 12:30pm with Kosta and some special appearance. Of course all this needs a dry-run as well. Martine under the studio spotlights. Hollywood is not far away now.



As we have daily briefs, we also have daily de-briefs at the end of the day. It’s really cosy and super informal.

It’s fun, full of inside jokes. We pump each other up. We give each other taps on the shoulder It’s also sort of a Tribe feeling to be part of this team. It’s great to feel the Power of the Tribe


Dry-Run Opening


Hey what a coincidence! “The Power of the Tribe” is also the title of our big Innotribe Opening session of today Monday 19 Sep 2011 at 9:30am in Conference Room #1. You can’t miss it.


I can’t say too much about this session, as we want to keep the surprise. But we have designed it as a very a-typical Sibos session, with music, performance, great speakers, lots of interaction, and two very interesting worldwide announcements.


The dry-run for this session started at 5:30pm and it went – what would I say? – “quite” ok. But as we have experienced so many times in the past, the thing only starts living once you are in the real physical environment of the room, with the speakers all there “in flesh”, and with the full technical crew there.


So, guess what? We decided on the spot to re-engineer the session, to get a much better interaction between the speakers, the audience and our 3 “challenger” groups: Chris Skinner, the Stanford students, and the Corporate Rebels from Alcatel Lucent.


I guess it must have been quite late for the speakers last night as well, as they had to re-shuffle their decks, video’s etc overnight.


We all meet again this morning at Sibos at 07:30am for a second complete new dry-run. We are sure this opening will get you thinking and inspired, and launch you all into a fantastic Innotribe roller-coaster for the rest of the week.


We are so happy to take responsibility for what we love, and looking forward to share it with your and be at your service.


Join the innovation Tribe ! Join Innotribe !


Peter (@petervan) from the Innotribe Team.


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This blog post is the first in a daily series of reporting from the Innotribe Space in Toronto. A daily brief and some personal reflections by your blogger of service.

Today was quite some day. All about preparing for the Innotribe show/performance that will start next week Monday 19 September 2011.

This morning we started quite early. All there by 8am !

The Innotribe Space

Our space is gorgeous. It is a 25 x 15m standard conference room that has been transformed in a multi-functional area. All the technical stuff is kept along the walls, so that we can use the space to it’s full capacity. Not capacity in sense of number of participants we can get in, but capacity in the sense how we can most optimally create an environment for  immersive learning, deep conversations, participation, and… fun !

We have 2 fantastic 103″ plasma screens, and 3 additional smaller ones that we can hoover over the place as needed.

And we have a great technical infrastructure to deal with all the visuals, audio, video, light effects, etc, etc. All this equipment is operated by a fantastic crew from Jack Morton Worldwide. These guys are super professional !

The room will look different for each of the 12 sessions we’ll run throughout the week. Sometimes in arena format, sometimes in World Café format, etc… but NEVER in a traditional conference theatre style format.

And to relax, we have beanbags “FatBoys”, big and small format 😉

The other rooms

We also went to check-out the 2 other rooms where Innotribe activities are planned. Conference Room 1 is sometimes referred to as “the boxring”, because the stage is in the middle and the audience sits around like in a stadion. Again, plenty of audio/visual support there. That room will be used for the Innotribe Opening session on Monday morning at 9:30am. Not to be missed, and some very special worldwide annoucements to be expected !

Conference Room 3 will be used for the Future of Money session on Thursday at 9am. It looks a bit like a lounge area. And also here we have also a quite spectacular world announcement upcoming.

The debrief

Mela is the boss this week. Every morning we have a brief of all the tasks to be done. With several intermediary checkpoints throughout the day. My tasks included today finding the appropriate jingles for session transitions, helping move chairs, preparing the assignments for the interactive workshop bit of the New Economies session. And like in school, we get good points when we deliver our stuff in time: we are so easy to motivate 😉

Dry run all sessions

The majority of my time was spent on a deep minute by minute rehearsal with the technical and video crews of all the keynote sessions we have this week. Tomorrow, Mela will do the same for all the deep-dives. We look for example at slide decks, speaker announcements, audio and video effects, room format checking, who comes up when, who needs a lapel microphone, where will we put the handheld microphones for our professional challengers, etc, etc

Music selection

I spent some time today on selecting music for the “stings”: these are short soundbits that are played when a speaker comes up. And we wanted of course different stings for every session. Yep, we do it to ourselves 😉 Some of the other music are labeled “movers”: these soundbits are used when we ask the audience to move from one side of the room to the other. Just to make you curious, here are some song titles: breakfast in vegas, Mr. Scruff, Open Sesame, Humanoid,…

The design crew

I was most impressed by the design crew: those are the (SWIFT) people who think deeply on the props and assignments for the interactive sessions, and are also responsible for the execution.  Man, this is a lot of prep work ! Some models have to carved in foamboard, magnetic tiles will hold the assignments, sessions will be live scribed, 3D models are being build,… and all this of course in line with the great content we are going to bring this week.

There are still many many things to be done tonight and tomorrow. But we are ready. Ready to give you a performance and experience like you have never seen before at Sibos. Yes, we set high expectations. We think it will be worth it every minute.

Come and joing us at Sibos in the Innotribe Space ! You well never again say “workshop” to an Innotribe Lab! And follow us on Twitter via the hashtag #innotribe

Peter (@petervan) from the Innotribe Team

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Innotribe: New Economies

Hugh MacLeod Innotribe Ignite Man

Earlier this week, Kosta Peric and Mariela Atanassova kick-started our blogging campaign for the last 2 remaining weeks before we all head for Innotribe in Toronto.

I also just posted two blogs on Digital Identity and Big Data. These are technology subjects.

But we have taken a risk this year by programming three non-technology subjects:

  • New economies
  • Corporate Culture, and
  • Banks for a Better World

That is because we believe there is deep disruptive impact on our companies’ organizational fabric caused by fast ramping up technologies such as Cloud, Mobile, Social, Location, Big Data, and Digital Identity.

They all transform our companies in what John Hagel calls “Knowledge Flows”.


The new art is

to share, manage and create

these new knowledge flows


So when I proposed these non-technology themes to the Innotribe team, I initially thought that the “fil rouge” in all of this was that of The Connected Company, broken down into Connected Teams, Connected People, Connected “Value” like alternative currencies or reputation or influence.

“Value” was always simmering under hood when curating the program for this year, it now just hit me what is really is that links all our themes together, and suddenly I can “name” it.

I believe the encompassing theme is:


“the redefinition of value”


And the “New Economies” is a good illustration of the signals of this emerging new value paradigm.

Our general blurb on sibos.com for “New Economies” says:

“Is money the only form of transaction value and wealth? What about social currencies? We will expose you to new thinking on new economies such as the trust economy, the intention economy, the relationship economy, the social economy and the ethical economy.”

> but what does that mean ? 🙂

I believe we are witnessing the end of the double accounting system that had its embryonic start long time ago in the Middle Ages.



I believe we account

for the wrong things

I believe we “only” account

for what comes in/out

of the corporate walls


But our companies

have become

“porous” companies


What would happen with the balance sheet of our companies, if we also started accounting for the waste passed-on to next generations? If we would really account for waste, the balance sheets would look quite different and few companies would be in a position to present real growth and real profit. Because we don’t want – at least that is what I believe – fake growth like in a Ponzi scheme. We want growth and profit based on a correct value accounting system.

The balance sheet of course also has an asset side. Here we could start accounting for corporate values and skills like autonomy, transparency, fairness in trade, open, agility through hyper-connectedness, relationships, reputation, social attention, captive versus free customers, openness and accessibility, etc

All these asset topics are also inspirations for several new economy models. SO I truly believe this is a positive story about alternatives for doomsday thinking.

Hence this session on New Economies.

The session will run from 9am – 10:30am on Wednesday 21 Sep 2011 in the Innotribe Space of the conference.

This session is – taken into account the crazy interactive stuff we’ll have done in the previous days – a fairly traditional one, but with the speakers/igniters we have invited, it is impossible that this will be a traditional conference session.

As in all other Innotribe Sessions this year, we have “planted” three groups of people in the audience to provoke and challenge the speakers and the audience:

  • We have six students from the Social Data Lab of Stanford University, injecting the Gen-Y energy
  • We have five really cool folks from Laura Merling’s team. Laura is heading “a start-up within an enterprise”, and her team will sprinkle our sessions with start-up agility, energy and coolness
  • And we have Chris Skinner for Financial Services Club, famous blogger and provocateur.

Inspirational keynotes/igniters



From a content point of view, the session will be conducted by Jerry Michalski from The REXpedition, and probably one of the most connected people I even met in Silicon Valley and beyond. He is a pattern finder, lateral thinker, Gladwellian connector, facilitator and explorer of the interactions between technology, society and business. And he also fun !

  • Gregory J. Rader, Blogger – InTheSpiral (www.onthespiral.com) will open the session. I met Gregory through his blog and we met face to face during one of my trips to the US. He is a really smart young guy, who stepped out of his regular job at a trader’s company to take responsibility for what he loves. He will start with a framework for New Economies for kick-starting our conversation. I want to emphasize it is “a” framework and not “the” framework. As we move through the lenses of the different igniters, we hope that at the end of the session we’ll have a tentative group-sourced model/framework for these new economies. Jerry Michalski, Founder of The REXpedition – this is about the relationship economy – will probably immediately start to challenge the framework.
  • Art Brock, Co-Founder from the Metacurrency Project will put all this in a broader historical and holistic evolutionary perspective; Dan Robles, Founder – Director – The Ingenesist Project will focus on the Sharing Economy. Dan has also been very helpful in promoting this session through his blog. Thank you, Dan !
  • I am particularly proud that we’ll have Umair Haque, Director Havas Media Lab and Author New Capitalist Manifesto. Unfortunately he won’t be able to make it face to face at Sibos, but he will join us via Skype. I strongly recommend that you start exploring his blog on Harvard Business Review , and get an idea of his energizing thinking on new capitalism.
  • Doc Searls, VRM initiative and Alumnus Fellow – Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto. Cluetrain was written in April 1999 (!): in here, Doc launched the thesis “Markets are Conversations”. The Cluetrain Manifesto is still as relevant today as in 1999. During this session, Doc will talk about his new and inspiring thinking about the “Intention Economy” also the title for his new upcoming book begin 2012.
  • And last but not least we’ll have Craig Burton, Founder of Novell, and Founder of The Burton Group, and strategic thinker on big infrastructure plays. He deeply believes that SWIFT should open up to the internet in a controlled way – navigating the “Burtonian Innovation Matrix” – and add “accessibility” to its core set of attributes, enabling this way what he calls the “API Economy”.

These value-conversations of course spill-over into our other non-technology themes “Corporate Culture” and “Banks for a better World”. Martine Deweirdt from the Innotribe team well soon update you on these via a subsequent blog/vlog.

I am sure you will very much enjoy “New Economies” and the rest of that values-day. Looking forward to meeting you all at Innotribe Sibos 2011 in Toronto !




Peter @petervan from The Innotribe Team

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Hugh MacLeod Innotribe Ignite Man


Earlier this week, Kosta Peric and Mariela Atanassova kick-started our blogging campaign for the last 2 remaining weeks before we all head for Innotribe in Toronto.

Today, I also posted a blog on our Innotribe theme “Digital Identity”.

Here is a deep dive on our Innotribe theme “Discovering the new Physics of Big Data”.


lots of people swimming


Our general blurb on sibos.com says

“The quantity of data available to our businesses is sky-rocketing. Data volumes continue to explode, doubling every 14 months. So what tools are out there to enable us to use the patterns that can be identified in huge data sets such as Twitter, blogs, and other forms of social media to make correlations and even predict trends? Also get the lowdown on the SWIFT Index – a research project into how SWIFT traffic data can correlate with economic indicators such as GDP. And find out the latest on SWIFT’s Business Intelligence tools and how they can help you turn data into decisions.”

> but what does that mean ? 🙂

Compared to Digital Identity – where we had 2 separate slots, here we will have one big session on Tuesday from 2pm – 5:30pm in the Innotribe Space.

As in all other Innotribe Sessions this year, we have “planted” three groups of people in the audience to provoke and challenge the speakers and the audience:

  • We have six students from the Social Data Lab of Stanford University, injecting the Gen-Y energy
  • We have five really cool folks from Laura Merling’s team. Laura is heading “a start-up within an enterprise”, and her team will sprinkle our sessions with start-up agility, energy and coolness
  • And we have Chris Skinner for Financial Services Club, famous blogger and provocateur.

For Big Data our “conductor” will be Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist IBM Analytics Group – IBM Research Labs, Los Angeles.


Jeff Jonas


I am very proud of having Jeff Jonas with us. He is considered as one of if not THE biggest thinker about Big Data worldwide. Besides being our conductor, he has prepared a mind-blowing pitch towards the end of this session (nobody really wants to come after Jeff ;-).

Sean Park from Anthemis Group will be his partner in crime for this session. Almost a yin/yang couple, they will keep each other honest and on-track so that everything remains very relevant to financial services.


The fil rouge in this session is

that deep analysis of big data

leads to

predictive pattern recognition


Those patterns on their term can be predictors of all sorts of indicators. In the case of the SWIFT Index, the SWIFT traffic data analysis can give predictive indicators of GDP of countries. Francis Martin from SWIFT will be our man during this session at Innotribe. (Please also note there is a dedicated SWIFT Index presentation on Tuesday morning 10:00am – 10:45am in the SWIFT auditorium).

We will start from the following assumptions:

  • Banks are vast repositories of Big data.
  • This data is underused, unconnected, un-contextualized.
  • Applying the new physics of big data can solve many data intensive decision problems in the financial industry

Let’s have a look at our other igniters:

  • Michael Chui, Senior Fellow – McKinsey&Company, was one of the co-authors of the May 2011 McKinsey report on big data. Michael will bring a high level overview of what big data is and zoom into specifics for financial services
  • Sean Park, Founder – Anthemis Group, will do a short talk on “Big Data, imagine that…”, primarily but not exclusively on relevance in financial services, and emphasize that all this is “do-able” today

After Sean, we’ll have several top representatives of some of the bigger vendors in this space.

  • Larry Ryan, Chief Technologist Financial Service Industry – HP, will share his deep experience on this topic based on his numerous engagements with clients in the financial industry. Amir Halfon, Senior Director of Technology – Oracle will do same from Oracles point of view with a igniting talk on how to manage large amounts of structured and unstructured data. This is Amir’s third Innotribe at Sibos, so I am sure he will go the extra mile. And we are also very pleased to have David Campbell, Technical Fellow – Microsoft. For those who don’t know, “technical fellow” is a big thing at Microsoft, a sort of reputation and top-expertise title reserved for only 25 out of the 80,000+ employees of Microsoft world-wide.

We have two more igniters, with quite novel and exciting lenses:

  • Michael Ouliel, CEO – Ripple Homeland Security Group, will show some mind-blowing demos on what happens when you release big data power and analytics on video and audio. And Michael Driscoll, CTO – Metamarketsgroup, will focus on the velocity of date, the “movement” of data, the flow. I particularly like his lens of FAST data, BIG analytics and FOCUSED search.

From a format point of view we’ll experiment with “Sequential Conversations”, something we tried out successfully during SOFA in March 2011 in NYC.

Here is how it works: We’ll have invited some of the finest thought leaders in this big data space to give an inspirational igniter talk. The first speaker gives a specific lens on the topic. Right after our facilitation team under the leadership of Mariela will break up the audience in sub-teams and will give them an assignment to help them reflect and condense what they just heard. After that, we have the second speaker with a different lens on the topic. Again, back to the break-outs with a new assignment to digest and complement what was found in the first round. Iterate till all speakers/igniters have passed the revue.


This will be

an immersive learning experience


  • We have created an explorative learning environment, mixing stimulating talks about different aspects of big data and its application in the financial industry, with exercises enabling people to discover the main concepts around what Big data is and how it can be used for better decision making. Since the subject is highly technical, the goal is to create a step by step process by which people can discover themselves the concepts that make Big Data interesting and valuable.
  • We will stimulate thinking and reflection on where the participants could apply what they learned during the session in their job/company/industry.

And the deliverable will be some kind of puzzle.


Curious? Come and join us for this fantastic, engaging and fun Innotribe Session on Big Data.




Looking forward to meeting you all at Innotribe Sibos 2011 in Toronto !

Peter @petervan from The Innotribe Team

Also cross-posted on http://innotribe.wordpress.com

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Hugh MacLeod Innotribe Ignite Man


Earlier this week, Kosta Peric and Mariela Atanassova kick-started our Vlogging/Blogging campaign for the last 2 remaining weeks before we all head for Innotribe in Toronto. And yesterday, Matteo posted his vlog on the start-up competition.

Here is a deep dive on our Innotribe theme “Digital Identity”.

Our general blurb on sibos.com says:

This interactive session will explore the edges of the digital identity eco-system, looking into personal data stores, trust frameworks, and multi-channel authentication techniques. We will also present the findings of the research phase of SWIFT’s Digital Identity Incubation project.

> but what does that mean ? 😉

We’ll have 2 sessions, both on Tuesday morning. The first session starting at 9am in the Innotribe Space is a set of “keynotes”, or inspirational igniter pitches. The second session is a deep dive into our Incubation Project about Digital Identity, starting at 12:30pm also in the Innotribe Space.

As in all other Innotribe Sessions this year, we have “planted” three groups of people in the audience to provoke and challenge the speakers and the audience:

  • We have six students from the Social Data Lab of Stanford University, injecting the Gen-Y energy
  • We have five really cool folks from Laura Merling’s team. Laura is heading “a start-up within an enterprise”, and her team will sprinkle our sessions with start-up agility, energy and coolness
  • And we have Chris Skinner for Financial Services Club, famous blogger and provocateur.

Inspirational keynotes/igniters

I recently was reading “Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity” by Peggy Holman (Amazon Associates link).



One of the sentences that deeply resonated with me was:


"Take responsibility

for what you love

as an act of service”


“Is an act of service” is one of the key design principles of this year’s Innotribe at Sibos. The Innotribe team is “at your service”. It is not about any of the Innotribe team shining;


it is about you

our audience

being part of the tribe


And being able to keep your own authentic identity as part of the tribe.

That’s also why most sessions are “conducted” by an outside expert, not a Swiftie.

For Digital Identity our “conductor” will be Tony Fish of AMF Ventures. I won’t go through his impressive bio, but one of the reasons that I invited Tony is because he is the author of “My Digital Footprint” – one of the first books that explained so well the difference between “identity” and “footprint”




That difference, that nuance is what we will bring to this session of Innotribe. Because the subject of “digital identity” is so vast, we made a selection, in essence centered around possible facets of (digital) identity, and how can we develop a deep understanding of user centric identity.

  • Michael Ouliel, CEO – Ripple Homeland Security Group and Kevin Sharp, SVP Sales EMEA – DAON Identity X will show how mobile identity has evolved. Highlights are Risk Context identity and “fusion” of multiple authentication methods from simple PIN code up to facial recognition. They will also show a KYC process completely online, without the customer ever having to present herself at the branch of her bank.
  • Then we switch gears with Doc Searls, co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto and godfather of the VRM initiative (Vendor Relationship Management) with a fantastic talk about Abstraction, Token strategy and Infrastructure. Must see! Must hear!
  • Azeem Azhar, CEO – Peerindex, will go through the identity aspects of his famous reputation and influence engine. I suggest that before this session, you go and check your personal reputation and influence score at www.peerindex.net
  • And Drummond Reed from Connect.me will for sure get into a lively debate with Azeem, as Azeem’s solution is based on algorithms and Drummond is a big believer of social vouching by human beings in a trusted framework. He will bring with him David Scott, Partner – K&L Gates LLP law firm – who is a world authority on Respect Trust Frameworks. These Silicon Valley guys have won the KuppingerCole 2011 European Identity Privacy Award, so fireworks guaranteed.
  • We will close this session with a presentation of our own SWIFT Digital Identity Incubation Project. This is about so much more than identity, it’s about digital assets. That’s why we have re-named the project into the “SWIFT Digital Asset Grid”. Two experts from that project team will present: Gary Thompson, Co-Founder and CEO – CLOUD.Inc and Mary Hodder, Chair – Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. The full Identity “gang” that was part of this project will be present. You can consider them as the who’s who of modern digital identity thinking.


This session will be a super-duper deeply interactive session doing a deep dive in the “SWIFT Digital Asset Grid” project above.


Russia Ice Swimming


For this and all the other Innotribe sessions, we are so indebted to Mariela Atanassova from the SWIFT Innotribe team who has designed the interactive facilitation for these sessions. For Digital Identity, she teamed up with Scott Smith from Changeist.com.


What they have come-up with

is really incredible and is pushing the limits

of what you can imagine

in terms of session format


This will be a truly immersive learning experience session. Together with the audience we will in fact build some sort of 3-dimensional physical installation, so that you get a good “feel” of the deep concepts built into the Digital Identity Grid:

– The client/user tools: Selector and Weaver

– The infrastructure play

– The unique opportunity for banks and other 3rd parties to build services on top of this infrastructure

Somebody described the “Digital Asset Grid” project as


“This innovation

will bring bank-grade

identity, privacy, and security

to the global exchange

of any digital asset

between any parties”


everybody genius









Yes, we truly believe we have a game-changer at our hands.


There is one more thing…

In case you have not noticed, there is a strong synergy between ALL our themes at Innotribe this year.

Although it was always simmering under hood when curating the program for this year, it now just hit me what is really is that links all our themes together, and suddenly I can “name” it.

I believe the encompassing theme is


“the redefinition of value”.


That’s why we will launch throughout the Innotribe event a virtual conference currency called the “Reputone”. I am sure that Mariela – as chief facilitation designer of this Innotribe event – will follow-up on this in a subsequent blog or vlog.



Looking forward to meeting you all at Innotribe Sibos 2011 in Toronto !




Peter @petervan from The Innotribe Team

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