For busy executives, it can be tough to justify time away — but few travel opportunities promise the level of immersion and innovation as SXSW in Austin, Texas.
We’ve just wrapped up our first Grant Thornton Insight Exchange pilot SXSW Innovation Immersion Experience, and I have to say: wow.
SXSW is an essential destination for global professionals hoping to experience the future of work, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and more.
We attended KITE's Corporate Innovation reception with Regional Managing Partners Dave Wedding and David Platt, featuring “The Successful Corporate Innovation Playbook,” and later learned more from KITE’s Mark Silva, P&G Ventures’ Lauren Thaman, Comcast NBCUniversal’s Sam Schwartz & AllianceBernstein’s Koley Corte on what senior executives can do to create a culture tuned to emerging trends AND effective risk management — while still getting results.
Shelly Palmer, Marie Gulin and Anda Gansca explored the opportunities and challenges with today’s global customer experiences and how data-driven solutions are moving the dial.
Mark Cuban shared his wisdom on the future of smart speakers, entrepreneurship, and what happens when media, tech and entertainment collide. “In a tech literate room, people care about privacy. Otherwise people don’t care,” he said. “They want simplicity to make their lives easier.” He also went on to share some of his health tips, including having his blood tested every three months. We later visited the booth of diagnostic startup EverlyWell, which secured a $1 million deal on Shark Tank. Based on the line to test the product, I think many are trying out Mark’s advice to have your blood tested.
And at CTA’s Innovation Policy Day sessions, Grant Thornton’s Robert Shea made "The Case for Public Sector Open Data," alongside former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and representatives from IBM, Google, and Walmart talking about resilient cities and how to prepare their 21st century workforce.
We also had the pleasure of speaking with the new CEO of ITI, Jason Oxman, on the new developments in AI which can remove subjective bias from hiring processes to create a more diverse and productive workforce, even helping people get and maintain good credit.