Business Innovation Leadership and Technology Conference Series

Architecting for Global Good: The Role of Business and Technology

Starts 9am US-Central for 24 hours

Thursday 19th November 2020 and into Friday

Latest Confirmed Speakers

Steven Levy
Author of Facebook: The Inside Story
Clare Dillon
Director of
Gunnar Menzel
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Capgemini Europe
Bhagvan Kommadi
Director of Product Engineering, Value Momentum
Brice Ominski
An integration architecture thought leader and CITA-Professional
Gerben Wierda
Lead Architect, Author of Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture
Fran Mether
Principal Consultant, Head of Research, Design & Innovation at Evolve
& Amplify
Nathan Allchin
Principal Consultant: Target Operating Model, and Strategic Kelper
Lawrence Williams
Founder and CEO of Merlin Mobility
Bianca Garcez
MBA Candidate at ESADE Business School
Robin Christopherson
Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet
Carol Wright
Director of Easterseals Transportation Group
Lewis Curtis
Co-Founder and Director of Services Disaster Response at Microsoft
Pablo Junco
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
and Responsible AI Champ for Microsoft Latin America & Caribbean
John McGrath
Senior Solution Architect for IBM Cloud
Lisa Henriksson
Circular Business Designer at IKEA
Misha Hanin
Co-Founder and CEO of DeepDive and iRangers
Marc McLaughlin
CEO & Business Designer
James McPhillips
Principal Consultant, Agile and Delivery Management at Evolve
& Amplify
Mary Auer
Business Systems Consultant with AIM
Chris Lockhart
Enterprise Architect
Gaurav Aggarwal
Vice President at Avanade
Steve Sweetman
Principal Program Manager, Ethics & Society, Microsoft
Oliver Cronk
Chief IT Architect for the EMEA region at Tanium
Stephen Cohen
Chief Architect,
Microsoft Public Sector Services
Sergio Carrilho
Microsoft Partner Technology Strategist
Neil Giles
Chief Executive Officer at Traffik Analysis Hub
Peter A Lindeblad
Circular Business Designer at IKEA
Michael Clark
Digital Product and Strategy Manager
Isabel Chapman
Director of Power to Connect
Ben Wilkes
Chief Operating Officer at Children on the Edge
Gabriella Tsurutani
Business Analyst with MNIT Services
Mina Frost
Founder & Director at Decode X Consulting
Mike Amundsen
API Strategy Advisor, Mulesoft
Norm Judah
Former Microsoft Enterprise CTO
Joe Early
Chief Digital and Chief Data Office of the F-35 Joint Program Office


A full day (24 hours) of insightful presentations in a virtual meeting space. We are building the agenda which is subject to change - check back here often to see recent changes.  Click on the speaker names for their bio page and connection details. All times are shown as US Central time (CST is UTC-06:00).


9:00 - 10:00 am

Steven Levy, Author of Facebook: The Inside Story

The Facebook Phenomena: A Fireside Chat with Steven Levy
Facebook represents the controversies around Architecture for Global Good: The Role of Business and Technology. In this BILT opening fireside chat, Brice Ominski and Steven Levy (author of Facebook the Inside Story) will discuss “one of the most complicated, dramatic and polarizing stories” in our time: Facebook. Its unprecedented reach as a truly global platform, its idealism and audacious terrifying mission provide lessons for every aspiring organization. There is no story that is more central to everyone today: through the recent US election, the pandemic and almost every socially relevant issue we are facing. So join us as we discuss Facebook, a study in architecture for global good.


10:00 - 11:00 am

Peter A Lindeblad, Circular Business Designer at IKEA and Lisa Henriksson, Circular Business Designer at IKEA

Circular Business Design with People’s Needs at the Core
In a world of looming resource scarcity and rapid change in consumer behavior there is a strong need for existing business to transform, from linear to circular. At IKEA we are in a continuous dialogue with the many people in order to understand how we can stay relevant with our offers and how we best can be a partner in solving the challenges of the everyday life at home. We have learnt that people are increasingly interested in usership rather than ownership. They see value in things, and they don’t like being wasteful. They also feel overwhelmed by clutter. For us, these insights become the starting points for explorations and for the innovation process that will eventually lead to an understanding of what capabilities that are needed in a circular business transformation.


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

John McGrath, Senior Solution Architect for IBM Cloud and Neil Giles, Chief Executive Officer at Traffik Analysis Hub

Destabilizing the Global Human Trafficking Economy
IBM's 3 year investment in the build of Traffik Analysis Hub using AI, IBM Cloud, and a range of technologies to offer every actor the analysis they need to undermine the errant economy of human trafficking, a $150bn / year global business. Incorporating partner offering, such as the IBM i2 + TAH virtual workbench, the Red Flag Accelerator of financial typologies and risk dashboards for business supply chain accountability. Partners from law enforcement, financial services, business, NGOs large and small and academic institutions all sharing what they know and using the analysis to do what they need to.
Join Neil and John to see how this platform has relevance to every relationship IBM has.


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Brice Ominski, An IASA CITA Distinguished Architect and Director of Enterprise Architecture for iRangers and Misha Hanin, Co-Founder and CEO of DeepDive and iRangers

Sustainable Supply Chains and Blockchain
Each year the world generates two billion tonnes of solid waste. Not even 50% of this waste is recycled, resulting in billions of tonnes disposed of in our oceans. Already some marine scientists claim that this waste has already killed off over 90% of marine life. How can we save our planet by moving the world toward 100% verifiable recycling? Brice and Misha will discuss how the blockchain decentralized ledger architecture is being used to enable recycling by ensuring that each stakeholder is accountable for recycling shipping waste. This discussion will share the architecture of blockchain, the properties of this architecture, how it is used to deliver value, and the lessons that we learned from building a real blockchain recycling supply chain. Finally, we will explore other areas where blockchain will enable things like carbon tracking to combat climate change and other sustainable supply chain applications.


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Oliver Cronk, Chief IT Architect for the EMEA region at Tanium

Panel Discussion with Gunnar Menzel, Nathan Allchin, Mina Frost, Bianca Garcez & Chris Lockhart about Conscious Architectural Choices
Architects are responsible for advising organizations on business and technology choices. The Architecture of tomorrow needs to be compatible with Conscious Capitalism (which needs to consider the triple bottom line of social and environmental concerns as well as profits). Architects therefore need to consider the wider impacts of their recommendations and choices. Join this cross industry panel discussion to learn more about how to start the required mindset shift towards and to ensure these choices are made consciously and not by accident.


2:00 - 3:00 pm

Gerben Wierda, Lead Architect, Author of Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture

Master or Servant? Are We Humans Still 'Top Dogs' in This Brave New World of Massive IT?
IT used to be just a tool. Humans created the tool and humans used the tool. But some fundamental changes are happening. IT makes change of organizations harder, not easier. IT, by being a gatekeeper between us and reality, is starting to strongly influence what we believe, how we interact, and even what happens. Our freedom and our security are no longer purely physical things. We no longer seem to be the clear masters. We operate in a setting where our will and intentions are less and less instrumental in what happens day to day. What is going to happen with our position as apparent 'masters of our environment'? And what should we do?


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Marc McLaughlin, CEO of Do Tank

Change the World Together
A global CPG company is on a mission to transform its packaging portfolio in support of a circular economy. They’re in the midst of a multi-year sustainable design journey in developing sustainable packaging. They wanted to answer a critical question on how they can increase consumer rates of appropriate package disposal of their products. In this session, Marc McLaughlin, will take you through how this global CPG firm got to this key moment and elaborate on the Sustainability Packathon, its purpose, outcomes, and impact. You’ll learn the key ingredients to successful strategic change through forming high performing communities.


4:00 - 4:30 pm

Pablo Junco, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Responsible AI Champ for Microsoft Latin America & Caribbean

Growing the Business Using a Responsible AI
In this session, Pablo will discuss why AI to grow your business, top uses cases by industry, sources of risks when using AI, six principles for a responsible AI, and office of responsible AI.


4:30 - 5:00 pm

Lawrence Williams, Founder and CEO of Merlin Mobility and Carol Wright, Director of Easterseals Transportation Group

Using Technology to Make Transportation Accessible for All
Merlin Mobility and Easterseals are collaborating to use autonomous vehicle technology to increase accessibility to transportation for older adults and people with disabilities.


5:00 - 6:00 pm

Mike Amundsen, API Strategy Advisor, Mulesoft

Sustainable Software Systems: Meeting the Challenge of the Future
What does ‘sustainability’ mean and how can it be applied to creating software-driven systems? What are the challenges we face when we try to create a sustainable system? How can we reach sustainability in software without incurring needless cost and complexity? Is sustainability in software a worthwhile goal?

In this talk, Amundsen introduces the three pillars of globally sustainable systems: Profit, People, Planet and shows how now, more than ever, we all have a role to play in the health and well-being of communities in which our companies live. See how you and your organization can take action starting today to meet the challenge of the future with sustainable software systems.


6:00 - 7:00 pm

Mary Auer, Business Systems Consultant with AIM and Gabriella Tsurutani, Business Analyst with MNIT Services

Using Business Architecture to Help Non-Profits Succeed
The Twin Cities Business Architecture community is using their skills to help local non-profits. This session will introduce the Architecting for Good (A4G) program using their first engagement as a case study where experienced and aspiring business architects volunteered their time to bring tools and techniques that helped them clearly articulate their strategy, get a deeper understanding of their customers, define and assess the key capabilities needed to execute their strategy. As well, we will discuss lessons learned and how we are moving forward to reach additional non-profits. 


7:00 - 8:00 pm

Stephen Cohen, Chief Architect, Microsoft Public Sector Services, Steve Sweetman, Principal Program Manager, Ethics & Society, Microsoft, Norm Judah, Former Microsoft Enterprise CTO and Joe Early, Chief Digital and Chief Data Office of the F-35 Joint Program Office

Panel Discussion about Architecture Ethics
In this highly anticipated panel, we will discuss things we should be considering and the mechanics of including them in a deliverable architecture.


8:00 - 9:00 pm

Replay of Michael Nelson's Fireside chat: Fighting Techlash and Fear of the Future


9:00 - 10:00 pm

Lewis Curtis, Co-Founder and Director of Services Disaster Response at Microsoft

Microsoft Services Disaster Response (MSDR)
Come get an insider's view on how the MSDR Task Force Teams helps communities in multiple mobilizations around the world. Discover first-hand best practices from responders on the ground, what strategies they leveraged to solve unique needs, and how MSDR was able to impact these responses with technology assistance.


10:00 - 11:00 pm

Gaurav Aggarwal, Vice President at Avanade

Respond, Reset, Renew for Covid Response Using Low Code / No Code Platform

  • Respond, Reset, Renew approach required for accelerated response in current time
  • Use of Low Code / No Code platforms to solve tough challenges for Human Impact and Global Good
  • Success story
  • 11:00

    11:00 pm - 12:00 am

    Fran Mether, Principal Consultant, Head of Research, Design & Innovation at Evolve & Amplify and James McPhillips, Principal Consultant, Agile and Delivery Management at Evolve & Amplify

    Using Business Architecture and Human-Centered Design to Utilize Technology Effectively in Improving the Lives of Indigenous Australians
    How can technology and organizational transformation improve the lives of Indigenous Australians and what role does Business Architecture and Human-Centred Design play in supporting this transformation? Evolve & Amplify partnered with the Australian Commonwealth Agency, the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), to deliver an ICT strategy that was achievable, provided actionable direction and was aligned with the agency’s strategic direction and corporate plan. The multi-disciplinary approach incorporated journey maps and personas to tell a rich story and help staff see themselves and their customers within the broader strategic plans. Using these combined disciplines demonstrated visibility in how pain points and opportunities experienced by staff and stakeholders lead to high-level strategic outcomes, ensuring the strategy is business focused and not technology led. Evolve & Amplify successfully delivered an ICT strategy that tells the story of NIAA and how ICT can be used to provide greater operational efficiency, develop new ways of working and enable staff to focus on improving the lives of Indigenous Australians.


    12:00 - 1:00 am

    Bhagvan Kommadi, Director of Product Engineering, Value Momentum

    Covid-19 Telehealth Solution
    We have built an AI Deep Learning platform for the doctor's community and telehealth support for patients during the COVID-19 lockdown. The doctor's community interacts related to cases and triage for different patient cases. They can extend telehealth support using medical practice management solutions. Patients can order medicines online through integrated pharmacies on the platform. This AI based Deep Learning Platform has digital, voice, video, and knowledge assistants to provide information to the doctor using the knowledge base. AI techniques used in the platform are NLP/NLU, conversational agents, Intelligent Assistants, Deep Learning, knowledge studio, machine learning, knowledge mining, cognitive search, and decision-making applications.


    1:00 - 2:00 am

    Gunnar Menzel, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Capgemini Europe

    Architecting Sustainable Solutions
    Sustainability is a key subject for all of us and we, as Architects, have to ensure that new solutions are sustainable to ensure that any negative impacts are minimized. During the session, Gunnar will outline what the sustainability impact of IT is and how we can successfully design sustainable solutions.


    2:00 - 3:00 am

    Michael Clark, Digital Product and Strategy Manager

    Business Model 2.0: Preparing For the Next Phase of Business
    We find ourselves at a great transition. The growth of technology is not stopping and is becoming more and more pervasive in our lives. This growth now expands beyond the walls of the organization. It's no longer about the bottom line; it now stretches to broader society and brings new actors in play, bringing new challenges for leadership teams. In this talk we will bring to life where we have been, where we are heading, and what this means for businesses as they transition to the next phase of industry and importantly what needs to be done. We address the ever expansive nature of new technologies such as AI and machine learning, and what role technology teams and Enterprise architects will now have to play in ensuring business leaders consider the 360 impacts, whilst also making the maximum returns on the next generation of investments.


    3:00 - 4:00 am

    Sergio Carrilho, Microsoft Partner Technology Strategist

    Your Role and the Role of Accessibility to Drive Change Through Technology
    This session helps with a better understanding as to why Accessibility matters and its real purpose to drive cultural change towards inclusion.
    Something to be achieved across business organizations but more importantly across our society – Technology advancements are the vehicle; you can be the enabler!


    4:00 - 5:00 am

    Isabel Chapman, Director of Power to Connect

    Power to Connect --- Combatting Digital Poverty During COVID-19 in Wandsworth
    Power to Connect was set up as a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. In partnership, Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station launched the Power to Connect initiative with a two-pronged approach to tackle digital poverty through data vouchers and laptops. Their campaign to encourage donations of unused, working laptops, tablets, and computers was launched on April 19, 2020.

    Since then, Power to Connect has collected over 380 devices from local members of the community, refurbished them as Google Chromebooks, and donated them to 46 local schools and 6 community organizations. In September 2020, Power to Connect was awarded a Community Impact award at the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards, sponsored by BT.

    Join us to hear how Power to Connect was formed, launched, and its plans to continue tackling the digital divide throughout COVID-19 and beyond.


    5:00 - 6:00 am

    Robin Christopherson MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet

    Out with Accessibility - In with Inclusive Design
    Widely recognized as a leading expert on accessibility and digital inclusion, Robin Christopherson of leading UK tech charity AbilityNet will explore the 'mental 180' we all need to undergo when it comes to considering accessibility in this mobile-first world. Packed with practical illustrations and demos - attending this one's a no-brainer. If you've not come across him, Robin is a regular inspirational speaker at a wide range of events in Europe and the US, raising awareness of the power and potential of technology to transform people's lives. His work was recently recognized with the award of an MBE in the 2017 Queen's new-year honor’s list for services to digital inclusion.


    6:00 - 7:00 am

    Nathan Allchin, Principal Consultant: Target Operating Model, and Strategic Kelper

    The Darker Side of Digital
    The Darker Side of Digital' outlines the premise that our digital tools are starting to control us, the tool users. When it comes to digital platforms how many decisions have been made for you before you get to make a choice? In today's digital age, our ability to see the boundaries of our choices is being eroded. This is not a new challenge for our profession. The extent of it, and the way in which we contribute towards it, is.


    7:00 - 8:00 am

    Clare Dillon, Director of

    From Open Source Mindset to Mindflex - How Flexing Perceptions of OSS Can Change the World
    In this session Clare explores how open source can be a way to construct alternative systems of innovation and remove some of the friction that is plaguing current efforts of "digital transformation". Open source can help build trust, promote openness and collaboration, and provide alternative pathways to get involved with technology. It can help ensure that technology is not something that is built for people but instead built with people to help us digitally transform to a world we all actually want to live in. This is particularly relevant in the context of citizen services. Clare will share some of the lessons she has learned on her journey to be an open source advocate and how we still need to flex some perceptions and institutional constructs within our ecosystems to help open source be most effective as an instrument of change.


    8:00 - 8:30 am

    Ben Wilkes, Chief Operating Officer at Children on the Edge

    Utilizing Digital Technologies to Transform Learning for Refugees
    Children on the Edge is a UK registered international children's NGO that works on behalf of some of the world's most marginalized children. Working in refugee camps, slums, and war zones, their focus is on the early years of a child's development with an emphasis on education. To achieve their goal of high quality service delivery in all situations, they have utilized simple smartphone technology to overcome barriers to education in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. Their digital learning solution has seen unexpected spin offs with wider ranging opportunities for scale.


    8:30 - 9:00 am

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    Architecting for Global Good: The Role of Business and Technology, An Editorial Spotlight
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