Event Date: October 19

What’s happening, and when

Our agenda includes keynotes, talks, and conversations that will inform, answer, enlighten, inspire, solve, and prepare you for the challenges ahead. Session topics are carefully selected to be of maximum value.

1:00 - 1:45 PM

Why the Digital Future, Powered by Edge and 5G

Jaimy Szymanski, Digital Transformation Authority & Founder of Kaleido Insights

We’re on the cusp of an era where edge computing and 5G will smash through decades-old barriers of technology latency and open the door to an intelligent ecosystem of connected devices. This presents ambitious organizations with the opportunity to upgrade employee and customer experiences alike. In her keynote, analyst Jaimy Szymanski will detail the exciting implementations of edge and 5G that are on the horizon in retail, manufacturing, media, healthcare, transportation, and smart cities — zeroing in on the impacts that technology leaders must consider in planning and implementing pilots with the goal to scale.

1:45-2:10 PM

Edge Computing is the Answer When Milliseconds Matter

Ed McLaughlin, President, Operations & Technology, Mastercard

With 2.5 billion consumer accounts, Mastercard processes 75 billion transactions per year, thereby creating one of the best data sets about commerce in the world. To protect consumers and combat fraud, they leverage edge computing to analyze 1.2 billion transactions per day, or 65,000 transactions per second, or 50 milliseconds per transaction. Join us to learn why speed is critical, how they’re using neural networks, case based reasoning, and AI — and why localization has become critical to their platform.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

2:10-2:35 PM

Building on the Foundations of Open Source for Edge Computing

Rob High, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Edge Computing, IBM

Production quality, asset monitoring, inventory management, and autonomous navigation are just a few examples of solutions that benefit from edge computing. To unlock those kinds of value, organizations need to create a common and ubiquitous approach to managing those environments – whether they’re from providers of infrastructure, networks, clouds, applications, or systems integration. Join us to learn how the Linux Foundation Edge (LFEdge) program was created with that goal in mind, and how the Open Horizon project was created to enable a consistent and scalable approach to managing edge deployments.

2:35-2:55 PM

Networking Break

2:55- 3:20 PM

How Edge Devices Speed Data to Meet Customer Needs

Deb Hall Lefevre, EVP & CTO, Alimentation Couche-Tard / Circle K

With 15,000 sites in 26 countries, Alimentation Couche-Tard is a global leader in the convenience sector, operating the brands Couche-Tard, Circle K and Ingo with convenience products — including food and hot and cold beverages, and mobility services, including road transportation fueling and electric vehicle charging. What’s not so visible is the volume of data traveling throughout stores from IoT sensers, point-of-sale systems and edge devices that speed data with reliability. Join us to hear how this fuels a data engine that ensures products are available to meet consumer demand.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

3:20 - 3:40 PM

Industry Expert Q&A with IBM

Join us as we talk with an IBM expert about Edge applications. (Session in development)

3:40 - 4:05 PM

Investing in Edge Innovation: A Moderated Panel Discussion

Ann Bednarz, Assistant Managing Editor, Network World, IDG Communications, Inc.
Thor Olavsrud, Senior Writer,, IDG Communications, Inc.
Jon Gold

Enterprises have seen IT expenditures split between the on-prem datacenter and public cloud services. Investing in edge presents a middle ground, where enterprises can launch small-scale satellite data centers alongside manufacturing facilities, branch offices, transportations hubs, and so on – with a variety of hosting options available. Join us to hear our expert panelists discuss the transformational implications.

Interviewed by: Eric Knorr, Editor in Chief, IDG Enterprise

4:05 - 4:20 PM

Concurrent Sessions with Industry Partners

Hear from Edge solution providers. (Sessions in development)

4:20- 4:45 PM

The Edge Computing Strategy at Johnson Electric

Raman Mehta, Chief Information Officer & SVP, Johnson Electric

The Johnson Electric Group is a global leader in electric motors, actuators, motion subsystems and related electro-mechanical components for automotive, smart metering, medical device, business equipment, home automation, ventilation, white goods, power tools, and lawn and garden applications. Join us to learn how they’re leveraging edge computing for business growth.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

How Sonos Leverages Edge Computing

Ruth Sleeter, CIO, Sonos

The inventor of multi-room wireless home audio, Sonos is known for delivering an unparalleled sound experience, thoughtful design aesthetic, simplicity of use, and an open platform. Join us to see how edge computing plays a part in their strategy.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

Leveraging Edge Computing to Provide Humanitarian Aid

Sajit Joseph, Chief Innovation Officer, American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters, supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, distributes international humanitarian aid, and supports veterans, military members and their families. Join us to find out how edge computing supports their mission.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

4:45- 5:10 PM

How Edge Computing Powers the Technology Strategy at Generac

 Tim Dickson, CIO, Generac Power

Founded in 1959, Generac is a leading designer and manufacturer of energy technology solutions and other power products. Join us to learn how edge computing plays a role in their strategy.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

Driving the IT Strategy with Edge Computing at Rolls-Royce

 Stuart Hughes CIO, Rolls-Royce

For nearly three decades, Rolls-Royce turbofan aircraft engines have earned more than 100 million flying hours, and members of its Trent engine family are now in service on the Airbus A330, A340, A350, and A380, and Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner. Join us to learn how edge computing is critical to their strategy.

Interviewed by: Thor Olavsrud, Senior Writer,, IDG Communications, Inc.