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Turn disruption into opportunity

Business executives expect IT leaders to be business innovators. In the cognitive era, IT infrastructure will think, reason and learn to help your business adapt and succeed. Edge 2016 is the only conference that helps you connect cognitive computing, open innovation and hybrid cloud to generating growth for your business.

No other forum gives attendees so many critical insights from thought leaders, industry experts and IT professionals--nearly half of Edge speakers are clients who will share the strategies and best practices for transforming disruption into opportunity.

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Edge offers an experience tailored to you

Hear first-hand how you can accelerate technology breakthroughs, extend infrastructure and capture new markets from speakers including:

Abbie Lundberg

Abbie Lundberg

Session: The Connected Economy: A Harvard Business Review Analytic Services Perspective

Abbie Lundberg is a business technology analyst, author and professional speaker with over 25 years’ experience reporting and commenting on the use of technology in business. She is a Contributing Editor to both Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and CIO magazine, where she was part of the founding team and served as Editor in Chief for 13 years.

Abbie creates world-class research and thought leadership on the ways in which business and technology leaders are transforming their organizations. A popular speaker, she regularly delivers keynote presentations and moderates executive panels at conferences in the U.S. and around the world. She also leads dozens of executive roundtables and dinner discussions every year.

Abbie has devoted her career to advancing business through the effective use of information technology. She has testified before Congress and presented onstage with many fascinating people, including former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Senator John McCain, General Wesley Clark, ABC news anchor Sam Donaldson, and author and investor Geoffrey Moore.

For more information, visit Abbie’s website,

For more than 15 years, MIT Technology Review has celebrated exceptional young innovators from industry, academia, and government. They’re immersed in building new technologies, showing how technologies can be put to new or better uses, using technology to expand opportunities or inform public policy, doing fundamental work that will spawn future innovations, or building new tech businesses. Similarly, innovators from IBM are creating new solutions and advancements in IT infrastructure that are powering today’s cognitive businesses and paving the way forward for new possibilities across industries.

IBM and MIT Technology Review are teaming to celebrate this next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and visionaries and to showcase their ideas that are shaping the world's grand challenges. From uncovering the mysteries of the brain to unearthing knowledge about cancer and examining applications for artificial intelligence, these architects of the future will share their journeys at Edge 2016.

You’ll gain an insider’s view during this interactive session as Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, and Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems, co-host this forum and interview these award-winning innovators onstage about how to develop and create new ideas that will better our world.

Learn more about past and present Innovators Under 35.

Jason Pontin

Jason Pontin

Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review, and Global Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum

Meet Jason

As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company's annual flagship conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, the MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.

Matt Cadieux

Matt Cadieux


Red Bull Racing

Meet Matt

Matt has over 25 years IT industry experience in engineering and manufacturing environments, working for both large global and medium sized companies. Matt is currently the Chief Information Officer at Red Bull Racing (RBR) where he has led the IT team since 2005. His team is responsible for developing and supporting applications and infrastructure used to design, make and race Formula 1 cars. RBR is agile and at the forefront of technical innovation. This is reflected in the highly capable IT environment that enables collaboration, efficient enterprise workflows and big data analysis.

Matt previously worked for the Ford Motor Company for 14 years, working in both the US and the UK. He held a number of technical and managerial roles of increasing responsibility. Matt started his IT career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he learned how to develop software in a structured manner.

Alex Tapscott

Alex Tapscott

Co-author of Blockchain Revolution

Meet Alex

Co-author of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World Disruptive Technologies and Business Opportunity.

Alex Tapscott is an expert in early-stage, high growth companies and path-breaking business ventures.
A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential of new technologies as key to start-up success, he believes the emerging blockchain platform will provide significant entrepreneurial opportunities as it revolutionizes the way we transact our lives.

Mukesh Sharma

Mukesh Sharma

Sr. Manager IT, Database & ERP Infrastructure


Meet Mukesh

Mr. Sharma is an IT Leader with proven record of delivering results with strategic focus on the business value. Mr. Sharma has lived in both IT and Business shoes, he leverages his business knowledge to apply solutions which impact business every day. He has led projects of every magnitude including, large ERP implementations, strategic outsourcing, data center move and cloud deployments. He recently completed the Business optimization project, where he was charged to lead the team for optimizing Manufacturing and distribution side of the business to generate sustainable results and cost savings.

John Zannos

John Zannos

Vice President of Alliances and Cloud Platform Business


Meet John

John Zannos is Vice President of Alliances and Cloud Platform Business at Canonical. He is responsible for execution of the Ubuntu Cloud business, ecosystem, business development, alliances and strategy. He is responsible for leading Canonical strategy for Telecom with a focus on the application of cloud, scale-out, NFV, SDN and VNF technologies. During his career John has lead business and technology efforts around cloud computing, big data, telecom, utility computing, hosting, application management, security, and content distribution networks. Prior to working at Canonical, he held technology leadership positions at HP, IVIA, Compaq, Boston University and ARCO. During his time at Canonical and HP he has worked in the Telecom industry focused on cloud, VNF, SDN and NFV.

John is a member of the Board of Directors of OPNFV, Open-O and OpenPOWER foundations. He has been active in OSM and recently was on the Board of Directors for the OpenStack Foundation. His interest is to ensure an open and thriving technology ecosystem that drives innovation and collaboration through open source. He splits his time between Boston, San Francisco and London.

Leanne Kemp

Leanne Kemp

Founder & CEO


Meet Leanne

Leanne Kemp is the founder & CEO of Everledger - a digital global ledger that tracks and protects items of value.

With a wealth of successful startup companies under her belt, Leanne is pushing boundaries in protecting the global market of diamonds and luxury items.

Utilizing her extensive background in Emerging Technologies, Business, Jewelry and Insurance - Leanne and Everledger are working towards creating global transparency and an ethical trade platform by constructing a digital and encrypted global certification system that assists in the reduction of fraud, black markets and trafficking.

Everledger is leading the market in real world application of blockchain boasting an impressive set of peer recognition and awards including the Meffy Award 2015 for innovation in FinTech, BBVA Open Talent 2015, Fintech Finals Best in Show Award 2016 Hong Kong and nominee for The FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards 2016.

Ms. Kemp is a popular speaker at industry conferences and has been featured in numerous videos and press articles. She is also very active on social media on Twitter @ leanne_kemp

Donna Dillenberger

Donna Dillenberger

IBM Fellow, Enterprise Solutions

IBM Research

Meet Donna

Donna Dillenberger is an IBM Fellow at IBM's Watson Research Center. She has redesigned many enterprise applications for greater scalability and availability. She has worked on analytic models for financial, insurance, retail and healthcare industries. In 2005, she became IBM's Chief Technology Officer of IT Optimization. In 2006, she became an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Engineering. She is a Master Inventor and is currently working on cognitive analytics and blockchain.

Dr. Angel Diaz

Dr. Angel Diaz

VP of Cloud Technology & Architecture


Meet Angel

Always on the move, Dr. Angel Diaz is IBM’s VP of Cloud Technology & Architecture. Angel and his team are responsible for the technology, architecture and strategy behind IBM’s Hybrid, open and secure cloud – empowering our clients with a new way to work.

Tom Rosamilia

Tom Rosamilia

Senior Vice President, IBM Systems


Meet Tom

Tom Rosamilia is Senior Vice President of IBM Systems. In this role, Mr. Rosamilia has global responsibility for all aspects of IBM's software, server and storage systems as well as the Company's global Business Partners organization.

For 18 months prior to his leadership of IBM Systems, Mr. Rosamilia served as Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Group and IBM Integrated Supply Chain, where he led IBM’s semiconductor, servers, storage, and the system software business; all of IBM’s supply chain; and the company’s Global Business Partners organization. During that time, he oversaw the transformation of IBM’s Systems & Technology Group business to better address clients' higher-value, data-driven IT requirements. This included making major investments in strategic businesses and initiatives while exiting businesses that were not aligned with current and emerging client demands.

Terri Virnig

Terri Virnig

Vice President, Offering Management, Power Software Solutions

IBM Systems

Meet Terri

Terri Virnig is Vice President, Offering Management, Power Software Solutions in IBM Systems. In this role, Terri has responsibility for Power Software Solutions, including IBM Software Solutions, SAP Offerings, ISVs / Open Source Solutions, ISV Enablement, and Universities. Prior to that, she had responsibility for the Enterprise Power Systems portfolio. In a previous role as VP of Growth Solutions, she was responsible for driving STG's end-to-end technical, sale and marketing strategy for Cloud, Analytics and Smarter Planet in partnership with the larger IBM community. She also drove the effort to define and develop the division's cloud computing strategy. She has led corporate and brand teams as Vice President of STG Corporate Strategy and Vice President of System z strategy, marketing and technical support. In her more than 25-year career at IBM, Terri has held positions that span business line, technical, marketing and strategic disciplines.

Calista Redmond

Calista Redmond

Director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances at IBM

Meet Calista

Calista is Director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances at IBM, leading OpenPOWER strategic relationships including execution of commercialization strategies, development and business projects, and primary matchmaker to opportunities across the broader OpenPOWER community. Calista serves as IBM’s director on the OpenPOWER Board and President of the Foundation with a mission to guide the success of the OpenPOWER community and proliferation of POWER in the industry. Calista’s background includes building and executing strategic business models within IBM’s Systems Group through open source initiatives including OpenDaylight and OpenPOWER, numerous acquisition and divestiture missions, and several strategic alliances. Prior to joining IBM, she was an entrepreneur in four successful start-ups in the IT industry. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.

Marcus Holm

Marcus Holm

VP of Global Sales and Business Development


Meet Marcus

Mr. Marcus Holm currently serves as VP of Global Sales & Business Development at Kinetica, a distributed, in-memory database and analytics engine that harnesses the power of GPUs to deliver massive performance improvements for large data sets. Prior to Kinetica Marcus oversaw the Western US Region for Cloudera, a commercial distributor of Apache Hadoop. Before transitioning into the Big Data space Marcus spent several years at Cisco Systems in a host of global roles (US & APAC) focused on Cisco's Intelligent Automation Solutions - private cloud automated provisioning and services catalogues. Marcus holds a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University and resides in San Francisco.

Outthink the status quo

Explore the strategies, technologies and solutions needed to design, build and deliver IT infrastructure in the cognitive era.

Become even smarter and expand your network

Enjoy access to hundreds of experts, explore the latest innovations and hottest trends in systems in keynotes, 1,000+ sessions, technical deep dives, and labs.


Build a competitive advantage

Discover how the IBM cognitive infrastructure can help your business accelerate breakthroughs and outperform the competition.

Explore innovative solutions

100 exhibitors and Business Partners in the Solution EXPO will showcase solutions and services to help you think cognitive infrastructure.


Tuesday Special Event – "Edge at Night"

This year’s special event, Edge at Night, features Train—the GRAMMY Award-winning band from San Francisco. Join us for a pre-concert poolside party to enjoy some hors d'oeuvres, beverages and networking. We’ll proceed to our concert hall to rock with Train, recognized for their unique brand of riveting, roots-based pop, including global hits like “Drops of Jupiter,” “Hey Soul Sister,” “Angel in Blue Jeans” and “Cadillac, Cadillac.” Afterwards, the fun continues under the stars with a post-concert networking meet-up at the pool. It’s an unforgettable party packed with fun, colleagues, music and networking!

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