Building on the first day momentum of LiveWorx 2018, day two of this year’s event showed no signs of stopping.
It was full speed ahead for the world’s most respected digital transformation conference, smashing attendance records as 6,000+ leading technologists explored the new frontier of innovation.
Digital transformation was core to day two of the show, with keynote speaker Alex Kipman (above), Technical Fellow, AI Perception & Mixed Reality Team, Microsoft, stating that the future of innovation is already here. Tasks that used to take years now take months, even days, to complete.
“Transformation is at the core of creativity,” said Kipman. “You have to put yourself out there and make yourself very uncomfortable.”
It’s a message that resonated with PTC President & CEO Jim Heppelmann's charge that companies and employees must embrace a “constant state of change” to compete and succeed today.
Take a look at some of the other day two highlights:
LiveTalx Get Real on the Promise of Digital
With the power of augmented reality, Robert Schmid (below), Chief IoT Technologist, Deloitte, brought an entire factory floor to life on the LiveWorx stage in a stunning experimental display – of rubber ducks!
Schmid’s fun, immersive experience showed how pairing industrial assets and systems with pre-configured turnkey IoT accelerators can enable a digital supply network and unlock measurable value across an entire production line in weeks.
“Last year [at LiveWorx] I talked a lot about thinking big and smarting small,” said Schmid. “This year I want to encourage you to scale fast.”
Aidan Quilligan (below), Senior Managing Director, Accenture, worked his own magic on stage with a riveting discussion of the ways advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital twin will empower tomorrow’s connected worker.
“The real magic,” said Quilligan, “is going to be where we find humans and machines working together, especially on the shop room floor.”
Other LiveTalx featured LiveWorx sponsors Sudip Singh, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Engineering Services, Infosys, and Pascal Brosset, Executive Vice President – CTO Digital Manufacturing, Capgemini.
Digital Transformation Is More Than Just an Idea
The buzz around digital transformation intensified as the day wore on, indicating conference attendees were eager to discover tomorrow’s digital tools to solve mission-critical issues today and in the future.
PTC’s Don Busiek, SVP of Corporate Strategy, for example, presented with Dr. Howard Shane, Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement at Boston Children’s Hospital, on the ways augmented reality can better the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Session attendees watched demonstrations of how an iPad can help children comprehend daily tasks.
“With AR, a child with autism can ‘see’ a cup become a spaceship and engage in pretend play, or ‘see’ the steps to brush their teeth right in the context of their own physical environment,” said Shane.
Beyond the dozens of talk tracks happening throughout the day, LiveWorx’s Xtropolis also featured demonstrations from PTC partners: Hirotec, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Axiomtek, Comtrol, Ingersoll Rand, Callisto, Allied Reliability, ELISA, Averna, JDA, Formlabs, and Vuzix.
Conference attendees could walk through each demonstration and have a factory worker share the real-life benefits of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 best practices. Vuforia Chalk, for example, aides factory workers by providing visual instructions through augmented reality. The future of work is enabling a faster and more accurate assembly for manufacturing companies across the globe.
What’s Hard Work Without a Little Play?
After two straight days of keynotes, breakout sessions, technical use cases, interactive Q&A’s, small working groups, tech-powered panels, product updates, and partnership announcements, it’s no wonder LiveWorx attendees were ready to let loose Tuesday evening for the hyped Mix@6 bash!
Hosted this year by Paul Rudd, actor and film producer, the LiveWorx community rocked out at Boston’s premier tech party put on by BostInno, MassChallenge, and Mass Innovation Nights!
The Seaport’s Lawn on D boasted a light, casual atmosphere featuring complimentary food and beverages, bocce, cornhole, lawn chairs, and glow-in-the-dark swings – not to mention a performance by the Timberfakes, Boston's own Justin Timberlake Tribute Band!