5 reasons why your team should attend Technology & AI Live
Technology & AI Live is the must-attend event for leaders and technical specialists in forward-thinking enterprises. Your team will leave with the motivation and practical roadmap to drive technical efficiencies and innovation across your organisation.
Powered by leading magazines in the Technology and AI sectors, this event will give your team direct access to our community of C-Suite executives at the world’s largest and most innovative companies. They will absorb ideas and ask questions of people who have faced and overcome the same challenges that affect your business.
As an employer, it is vital that you invest in motivating, educating and engaging with your staff. This then enables you to increase employee satisfaction alongside providing your employees with the opportunity to gain new insights that they can feedback to help grow your business.
Technology & AI Live is an event that will acquire expert leaders globally, who will be sharing knowledge straight from their businesses, allowing your employees to gain insider information and network with industry leaders, providing them with the tools and direction they need to think like a CXO and transform your business.
Networking at conferences is key, and without being at a conference in person, the ability to meet and interact with other attendees can be lost. There's an incredible amount of sharing, learning and benchmarking that can happen at an event, and that's why we have made sure that attendees will be able to have 1-2-1 video conversations with as many attendees as they want during Technology & AI Live. Not only this, our platform will implement sophisticated AI to match your employees with like-minded professionals attending the event, opening a strategic gateway to networking. Your employees will have the ability to forge meaningful business relationships that simply can’t be duplicated via email or telephone conversation. A spontaneous conversation at an event may just lead to a long-term business relationship for your company.
We are actively encouraging attendees to create their own content around Technology & AI Live. Make sure you're asking your team, "what content will you bring back?". This could include one-of-a-kind content like:
- Live coverage: Your employees can post updates on social media throughout the event – everything from Instagram photos to tweets featuring quotes from a keynote speech.
- Video: Our live events offer a number of opportunities for unique videos. Your employees can capture key moments from the conference.
- Blog posts: Following/During the event, your employee can publish a follow-up blog breaking down key takeaways and top moments for those who cannot attend and also to boost engagement on their own social channels.
Sending your employees to Technology & AI live will provide your business with ample opportunities for growth. Through the valuable insights and extensive networking opportunities provided, your staff will have a fount of knowledge at their fingertips─knowledge that they can take away and implement into the company strategy and share with colleagues, ensuring that the whole team benefits from this first-class professional development gateway.
Within the first few hours of day 1, they will have already gained real-world insights into:
- Cyber security
- Cloud integration
- Digital transformation in analogue organisations
- Women in technology
By the end of the event, we’ll hear from Nick Giannakakis, Global Chief Technology Officer at Motor Oil; Angela Yochem, EVP Chief Transformation and Digital Officer at Novant Health; Kary Bheemaiah, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer (CTIO) at Capgemini Invent; Wayne Butterfield, Global Lead, Intelligent Automation Solutions at ISG Automation and Tom Raftery, Global Vice President, Futurist & Innovation Evangelist at SAP. And that’s just to name a few.
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Who Will Be the Next Tech Giant to Back Bitcoin?
PayPal was the first truly major tech giant to throw its weight behind Bitcoin, unveiling a cryptocurrency buying-and-selling service in October. Next was Tesla, which shocked onlookers in February by announcing the purchase of $1.5 billion in bitcoin, as well as plans to accept the cryptocurrency as payment.
Since then, things have calmed down as far as Big Tech and Bitcoin are concerned (although a number of banks have rolled out cryptocurrency investment services for their wealthier clients). This raises the question: when will another significant tech firm take the plunge and back bitcoin?
This is a difficult question to answer, if only because the bitcoin market is in something of a funk right now. At the same time, regulators worldwide are looking to restrict crypto in the name of curbing money laundering and other illicit activities. Nonetheless, rumours continue to swirl through the sector that a few other important names in the tech industry may be on the cusp of embracing bitcoin, with Apple being the most notable.
Is Apple Buying Bitcoin?
If you tend to spend any amount of time on Crypto Twitter, you may be aware of rumours to the effect that Apple has recently bought something in the region of $2.5 billion in bitcoin.
Such rumours were almost certainly a desperate attempt to boost the price of bitcoin. And given that the market didn’t witness a sudden, dramatic rise (but rather a steep loss), it seems pretty clear that Apple didn’t buy a substantial quantity of bitcoin in the past few weeks or so.
That said, there remains a good chance that Apple will enter the cryptocurrency sector at some point, even if it won’t be adventurous enough to buy crypto for itself. Back in May, it placed a job ad for a business development manager for “alternative payments.”
Such a manager would be tasked with cultivating partnerships with “strategic alternative payment providers,” implying that Apple may be weighing up the possibility of launching its own cryptocurrency-purchasing service (à la PayPal) via Apple Pay.
Needless to say, it would be huge for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency if the Cupertino company were to follow through with this.
Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook?
Rumours have also revolved around possible bitcoin interest from Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook, although there’s a little less substance to most of these rumours.
Back in October former Goldman Sachs hedge fund manager Raoul Pal predicted that Microsoft (along with Apple) would buy bitcoin in five years. Unfortunately, a CNN interview with Microsoft’s Brad Smith in February (shortly after Tesla’s bitcoin purchase) revealed that the company had no plans to purchase crypto, although Smith vaguely hinted that it might one day change its collective mind.
More interestingly, Amazon purchased three cryptocurrency-related domain names back in 2017: amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, amazoncryptocurrencies.com. Nothing has been heard since then, while a job listing from February of this year revealed that the retail giant may be planning to launch its very own digital currency.
Facebook is another tech firm with plans for its own digital currency (Diem, formerly known as Libra). As for whether it’s likely to turn to bitcoin, a few relatively respected figures within the cryptocurrency industry (e.g. Alistair Milne) did spread rumours in April that the social media company would disclose bitcoin holdings on its Q1 financial statement. This didn’t happen, although Mark Zuckerberg did reveal in May that one of his pet goats is called “Bitcoin,” fuelling further speculation as to his and his firm’s interest in the cryptocurrency.
Risks and Rewards of Cryptocurrency
Again, it’s arguable that some or most of the rumours are generated largely to pump crypto prices. But if bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies do continue to appreciate in value and attract more adoption, it will become increasingly harder for large tech companies to ignore them.
But at the moment, it’s likely that most major tech firms will shy away from actually buying bitcoin, if only because it remains highly volatile and unpredictable as an asset. And as we saw with Tesla, buying a massive chunk of the cryptocurrency effectively turns you into a hedge fund overnight, something which can adversely affect your stock price if bitcoin goes down.
Even so, there’s clearly a considerable amount of money tied up in the cryptocurrency market. And with numbers of holders growing every year, it’s only a matter of time before other big tech firms attempt to siphon off some of this value for themselves.