Morning Collaborative Sessions

Round Tables - Limited Seating*

Wednesday, October 16th

9a - 12p

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

9:00a – 9:45a : Palomino 1

Originally devised for digital currency, blockchain can be described as an append-only transaction ledger. The ledger can be written onto with new information, but the previous information, which is stored in blocks, cannot be edited, adjusted or changed. Cryptography is used to link the blocks, or newly added content, with each block before it. In this way, any changes to the previous block in the chain, would invalidate the data in all blocks going forward. Bitcoin is one particular application of blockchain and utilizes a digital medium of currency such as cryptocurrency. 

Cryptocurrency utilizes digital encryption to create and regulate units of currency, and verify transfer of that currency, without the need for banks. Cryptocurrency is revolutionizing the way we buy goods and services.

Internet of Things

9:00a – 9:45a : Palomino 2

By the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be 25 billion smart devices using and sharing tiny bits of data with each other and through the cloud. Internet of things or IOT, is the extension of the internet to all of those smart devices, which now includes every-day objects. Because electronics and hardware are embedded in these devices and objects, they are able to communicate with each other. These devices not only communicate and interact with each other but can be controlled and monitored remotely. With the capability of gathering and analyzing data, IoT is changing our lives by giving us information that we didn’t have access to before.

5G & Network Transformation: The Foundation for the Experiences of Tomorrow

9:00a – 9:45a : Palomino 3

Billions of devices and sensors will be coming online in the next several years, placing unprecedented demands on networks. Virtualized and software-defined networks are now being broadly deployed, laying the foundation for tomorrow’s networks. The next phase of innovation is agile, cloud-based networks that will fuel the 5G and edge computing revolutions. These transformations will be accelerated by next-generation use cases manufacturing, transportation, entertainment, and more.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

10:00a – 10:45a : Palomino 1

Virtual reality is the digital creation of an alternate reality while augmented reality is an enhanced reality created by virtual components. Virtual reality shuts off the physical world and puts you into that specific reality. With the help of VR googles or glasses, makes access to submerge yourself in this alternate reality even easier. With augmented reality, it can be in form of things like games or Snapchat. This allows you to experience the digital elements of this reality on a camera or smart phone.

Autonomous Vehicles

10:00a – 10:45a : Palomino 2

Autonomous vehicles in short are self-driving cars that are capable of moving around their environment using various vehicle technologies, but without human control. Companies like Uber, Tesla and Waymo have been developing and testing autonomous vehicles for some time. Software and sensors are the most used types of technology that allow these vehicles to be maneuvered safely, and in a more efficient manner than vehicles that require fuel.


10:00a – 10:45a : Palomino 3

Robotics is a form of technology that uses the creation and application of robots to perform specific tasks or functions. This type of technology is removing the need to use humans to do things like assemble cars and perform surgeries. With as quickly as this type of technology is advancing, we are on the cusp of being able to have robots as companions that recognize human emotions and react accordingly.


11:00a – 11:45a : Palomino 1

Cyber security is the defense of cyber space from cyber-attacks. Cyber security threats in today’s world come from the cloud, as well as wireless and mobile devices. The data that is transmitted through these different avenues is now susceptible to being intercepted by hackers that are using the data for nefarious reasons. Therefore, the need to protect this data is of the utmost importance to companies and individuals alike, and for various reasons.

Artificial Intelligence

11:00a – 11:45a : Palomino 2

AI research was founded in 1956, however the concept was long before that. Artificial intelligence is an area of science in which machines demonstrate the intelligence. AI is making huge impacts in areas of robotics, machine learning, and autonomous vehicles, to name a few.


11:00a – 11:45a : Palomino 3

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that offer a versatile solution to gathering data. From land surveying and delivering packages to determining weather patterns, drones are changing the way that we live, work and play. Wal-mart is currently looking to revolutionize the agriculture industry and change farming processes by utilizing robotic drones in the place of bees. These “bees” would use cameras and sensors to locate the areas that they would need to pollinate. In other areas of the world, drones are being used to save swimmers at local beaches. Drones can get to a location at considerably faster speeds than a human lifeguard can.

*All sessions are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.