Programme

The next edition of Edge Congress is currently being researched. Details of the previous conference agenda are below. If you would be interested in participating please contact the team.

January 30, 2019

  • 17:30
  • Welcome Networking Drinks kindly sponsored by EdgeConneX EdgeConneX
    Mercure Hotel Bar, Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City

January 31, 2019

  • 07:30
  • Registration Opens
  • 08:30
  • Chair’s Opening Remarks
    Iain Gillott, President, IGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)
  • 08:40
  • Opening Keynote Address: A Brave New World – The Impact Of Edge On Everything
    A fast-paced exploration of the technology and industry trends that are rapidly changing the data center, network, communications, and IT landscape as the end-user, device / system, sensor, and IoT explosion places real-time computational, data, and heuristic demands at the Edge. With a running commentary and thought-provoking discussion of social, environmental, privacy, and governmental implications as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence enable a brave new world.
    Cyril Perducat, EVP IoT & Digital Offers, Schneider Electric
  • 09:00
  • Mapping the Edge Infrastructure Landscape
    A huge amount of hype surrounds the term ‘edge’ with myriad definitions from a plethora of stakeholders. To accelerate this complex ecosystem a common definition of edge and related concepts is required to fully understand the opportunities and current barriers to advancement.
    Christoph Goertz, Associate Partner, Detecon International
  • 09:20
  • 10 Edge Intelligence Trends
    Ben Tian, Senior Strategic Director, Alibaba Cloud Research
  • 09:40
  • Edge Leaders Panel Discussion: Defining the Edge and the Impact on Data Center and Cloud Services
    Driven by an ongoing booming demand for IT services, data centers have seen substantial growth, and that is set to gain a new boost as the Edge becomes a reality. In this panel, industry executives will discuss how leaders can drive their business at the Edge, the barriers yet to overcome and what the edge can do for you.
    Chair: Iain Gillott, President, IGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)
    Manjari Govada, Vice President M&A, Digital Bridge Holdings
    James Kretchmar, VP and CTO, Akamai Technologies
    Tom Leyden, VP Corporate Marketing, Excelero; Marketing Advisory Board Member, Open19 Foundation
    Charlie Timmermann, VP Northern Europe, IT Division, Schneider Electric
  • 10:10
  • Fireside Discussion
    Fireside chat hosted by iMasons Executive Director Simon Allen with their Foundation Partner, EdgeConnex. Join Phillip Marangella, EdgeConnex Chief Marketing Officer, as he shares his journey, lessons learned, skill set shortage, the work EdgeConneX are doing with iMasons and the importance of Edge to future deployments of the digital infrastructure.
    Simon Allen, Executive Director, Infrastructure Masons
    Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer, EdgeConneX
  • 10:30
  • Morning Coffee Break kindly sponsored by EdgeConneX EdgeConneX
  • 10:50
  • Edge Computing for Manufacturing
    Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President Global Business Unit IT, Rittal
  • 11:10
  • Gain your Edge: Action-ready insights from peers and experts on actual architectures of the Edge
    Life on the Edge can be worrisome or overwhelming. Avoid analysis paralysis and theoretical jargon by leveraging insights from your industry peers who understand the ever-changing trends impacting your infrastructure and the criticality of your situation. As a result, you will leave this panel with lessons you can apply to your own business problems to help tackle the Edge.
    Chair: Cyril Perducat, EVP IoT & Digital Offers, Schneider Electric
    Paul Morgan, Global Sales – Manufacturing, Automotive & IoT, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    Johan Pellicaani, EMEA Region MD & VP, Scale Computing
    Joris Verdickt, Segment VP, Enterprise End Users Europe - Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric
  • 11:40
  • Delivering the Next Industrial Revolution – Managing Multiple Edges
    Data centers, cloud, 5G and MEC – the concept of a fixed edge is dead. The demand for storage and compute capability and at the extremes of the network is driving a requirement for novel solutions. How can this network of overlapping edges and requirements be managed without excessive overheads? This will explore factors such as development, deployment, reliability and recovery
    Chair: Monika Grass, Consultant, Grass Consulting
    Carlo Daffara, CEO, NodeWeaver
    Simon Dowling, CTO, Ori
    Jens Struckmeier, Founder & CTO, Cloud&Heat Technologies
  • 12:10
  • Edging to 5G, Why Edge? Why Now?
    Farid Singh, Founder, Take 3 Innovate
  • 12:30
  • The Role of Automation, AI and Machine Learning
    The potential for edge services – such as IoT/IIoT – to generate vast amounts of data which may overwhelm legacy infrastructure. Cognitive computing enabled by AI and machine learning software such as AI play a key role in managing the load from cloud to edge and edge to cloud. This discussion examines how automation technologies can manage data at point of collection to ensure networks are not overwhelmed and can enhance agility and production.
    Jayshree Kottapalli, Group Head of AI, Automation & Analytics, Vodafone
  • 13:00
  • Networking Lunch
  • 13:50
  • Building the Edge – Infrastructure Requirements and Responsibilities
    The delivery of edge services will require cooperation across stakeholders in the service delivery value chain. From the cloud through micro data centers and tower infrastructure, networks, to the very extremes of distributed devices, applications and nodes. What steps are individual organisations taking in developing this ecosystem? Where do current infrastructure providers sit within future edge delivery ecosystems? How will this vary dependent on application and scale? Is there an opportunity for end-to-end service provision? Or will specialist silos and ad hoc cooperation form the backbone of the edge? Ultimately, who owns the edge?
    Chair: Michael Dargue, Principal Consultant, Cartesian
    Dalia Adib, Senior Consultant, STL Partners
    Angelo Corsaro, CTO, ADLINK Technology
    Eric Dansereau, Innovation and Technology Partner, DeSwaenen
    Amar Kalvikatte, Senior Manager – Cloud Network Architecture and Design, Liberty Global
  • 14:20
  • Exploring Standards at the Edge
    With edge still in its infancy multiple edge definitions and standards appear to compete and perhaps contradict within the sector. Here some of the key standards bodies explore key definitions of edge, what these mean for edge developments and how we can take a more collaborative approach across projects.
    Alexis Munyandekwe, ONOS/CORD Ambassador, Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
    Alexander Willner, Head of IIoT Center, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • 14:50
  • Panel Discussion: The next revolution. Moving to the Edge
    Edge Computing is poised to boost the next generation of IoT technology into the mainstream. Next to this we see more initiatives that require low latency. This means that cloud decentralization is almost inevitable, creating new business models around virtualization and Multi Access Edge Computing. This panel will try to answer questions such as:
    - How does edge computing tie in with the modernization and virtualization of the network?
    - Where's the 'edge' in cloud computing and how does it fit with MEC initiatives?
    - Does it matter for 5G and what are the challenges?
    - What will be the New business models and services?
    Chair: Oliver Johnson, CEO, Point Topic
    Wilfried Dudink, Director Content Solutions, Product Management EMEA, CenturyLink
    Lambis Lytsikas, Senior Manager - Solution Engineering, TATA Communications
    Cara Mascini, CEO & Founder, EdgeInfra B.V.
  • 15:20
  • Afternoon Coffee Break kindly sponsored by EdgeConneX EdgeConneX
  • 15:40
  • Data Management and Security at the Edge
    Data management and sovereignty are a perennial issue in IT infrastructure and service delivery. How will edge and the plethora of data generated and processed influence this? Are structures in place to ensure data security at the extremes of the network? Is this an opportunity to relieve data sovereignty concerns at the core through efficiencies at the edge? And how can data sharing between edge applications at the extremes of the network be securely managed?
    Philip Griffiths, Head of EMEA Partnerships, NetFoundry
  • 16:00
  • The Industry Edge – Deployment Use Cases
    This presentation will focus on how it is possible to use Edge capabilities to address some key issues for deployment and testing of SCADA systems. Specific attention will be given to the criticality of solving these challenges when deploying to the cloud. These solutions and how they benefit the customer will be shared in real use cases and success stories.
    Lourenço Teodoro , Chief Technologist, AVEVA
  • 16:20
  • Panel Discussion: The Year of the Edge?
    The concept of edge computing is nothing new – references date back at least 20 years. However, we are only just starting to see the prospect of large-scale commercial deployments. Is this simply technology catching up with academic theory? Maturing and development of previously siloed IT service sectors? Confidence in RoI and market demand? Our panel explores how and why things have changed and whether we are now at a tipping point for the ‘edge’.
    Chair: Dean Bubley, Founder and Director, Disruptive Analysis
    Jesse Bijl, Senior Manager Business Development, MobiledgeX
    Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer, EdgeConneX
    Sri Sukhi, Founder & CEO, Solecular
    Alexander Willner, Head of IIoT Center, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • 16:50
  • Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Conference
  • 16:50
  • Networking Drinks kindly sponsored by Edge Congress Founding Partner Schneider Electric Schneider Electric