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Time Plus Data Equals Efficiency with Paul Dix, the Founder and CTO of InfluxData and the Creator of InfluxDB

“​​Collecting all of this data is basically so that you can make more intelligent systems and you can optimize processes. I know of some use cases in factories where they want to optimize the way the machines run for power consumption. Because when you have say like 50 factories around the world and they're running all the time, reducing your power consumption by 10% by optimizing the way your machines run is a huge literal cost savings. So a lot of the times that's what you're doing is you're optimizing some function: a way a machine runs. Predictive maintenance is another big use case. So you can say, ‘Oh, we know this machine is going to fail so we'll take it out of service first and fix it or do a repair before that happens.’ For example, Rolls-Royce Power Systems uses Influx for just this kind of thing.”

Building a Machine to Eliminate Pathogens with Neil Day, CTO, R-Zero

“When you take a step back, I think coronavirus has really highlighted the issue of transmission in public spaces. Think back pre-coronavirus; we all went to the office and pretty regularly there would be a wave of flu or a norovirus that swept through the office, and it was just kind of part of life. You got sick when you went to school or spent time in the office and we kind of accepted that. We don't think that has to be the way things are. If you think back to the world pre-antibiotics, if you got a minor cut or a fairly common disease like strep throat, it could have terrible consequences. Lots of people died from bacterial infections and we just don't accept that in a post-antibiotic world. We feel the same way about having really good disinfectant technology.”

Creating a Place for Ethical Debate with Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, the CEO & Publisher of the MIT Technology Review

“There is a quote that we talk about a lot here. A professor of the history of technology named Melvin Kranzberg said, ‘Technology is neither good, nor bad; nor is it neutral.’ Meaning, you can't just assume that technology isn't going to impact the world we live in. And so the journalism that the team here creates is asking those kinds of questions so that we can be conscious, sentient actors in the world that we are finding created around us; in some cases, creating ourselves.”

Outsiders Make the World Move with Rory San Miguel, CEO of Propeller Aero

“We were trying to just provide a simple alternative to traditional surveying. And we did. And now as a result, we work really closely with surveyors and we're credible in the world of surveyors and we help surveyors deliver all this data to the teams and do it in an easy way...It is an outsider's perspective that has ultimately brought accurate drone data to a really wide audience.”

Powerful Communication Across the Company with Eric Carrasquilla, SVP and GM of Digital Engagement Solutions at CSG, and Tim Vanderham, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of Software at NCR Corporation

From their unique c-suite positions, Eric Carrasquilla, the SVP and GM of Digital Engagement Solutions at CSG, and Tim Vanderham, the Chief Technology Officer and SVP of Software at NCR Corporation, discuss how customers can be engaged and served. They also chat about communication and openness in the current era of increased hybrid and remote work.

Working Toward Company Alignment with Cal Henderson, Slack Co-founder and CTO, and Genevieve Weber, Salesforce Platform, SVP and COO

Cal Henderson, the Co-founder and CTO of Slack, and Genevieve Weber, the SVP and COO of the Salesforce Platform at Salesforce, chat about how new systems of communication are being implemented and how work culture is changing accordingly. They also discuss how companies are having to adapt quickly and focus on both physical and virtual spaces.