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4Front 2020: How Will Technology Impact the Way We Live in the Future?

Last year, we talked about the future of work and how we’re planning to use the 4Front platform to address questions surrounding the evolution of technology in the workplace. Today, let’s think about the impact of evolving and future technologies on our lives outside of work.

At 4Front, we’ll have a whole track dedicated to this topic, called “Live,” so if you’re interested in the future of healthcare, biotech, transportation, city planning, climate, shopping, IoT, security, smart homes and more, be sure to clear your calendars for June 23–24, 2020. This event will be held in Denver, Colorado, and it will be the premier destination for getting an unbiased, 360-degree look at the impact of future innovation on all aspects of our lives, regardless of industry.

What We’ll Talk About

The “Live” track encompasses a great variety of industries and technical solutions to all kinds of human problems inside and outside the home. Smart homes will make life a little less hectic. Self-driving cars will safely get us from point A to point B. Biohacking technologies will help eradicate chronic diseases. The list goes on. Our goal at 4Front will be to take a look at all these innovations through the lens of one single future and accelerate progress by sharing information and addressing common challenges such as digital security, safety, sustainability and networking requirements.

Here are just some of the topics we’ll discuss:

Biohacking: Upgrade your Brain, Body and Human Nature

Speakers: Mirela Alistar, David Ishee, Aubrey de Grey
How can we be healthier, happier, stronger and live longer? Biohacking is the science (and art) of upgrading ourselves by controlling the environment inside and around us so that we have full control over our own biology. Some biohackers are doctors, some are PhD’s, some are complete amateurs, and their ways of trying to hack our bodies and biology are as diverse as they are. Join Aubrey de Grey, English author and gerentologist, Dr. Mirela Alistar, Professor at CU Boulder and dog breeder David Ishee to explore the future of biohacking.

What and How Will We Eat?

Speakers: Alyssa Whitcraft
You’ve heard of genetically engineered foods, the impact of agriculture on climate change and the fact that food is scarce for our most vulnerable populations but abundant for the privileged. Those who feed us are already pondering the future of food, considering bold ideas–from trying new methods of growing food, adapting to new demands in consumer preferences and making food sources more sustainable–to better feed massive populations. Join this panel to hear how leaders in the industry are resolving some of the greatest challenges inherent in nourishing our communities. 

The Tipping Point: Quantum

Speakers: Shohini Ghose
If quantum isn’t part of your strategic plan in 2020, you’re already behind. Can quantum enable safe transfers of data, breakthroughs in cybersecurity, drug development and financial modeling? Moderated by Shohini Ghose, president of the Canadian Association of Physicists, co-editor in chief of the Canadian Journal of Physics, and the director of the Laurier Centre for Women in Science, this panel will discuss the latest benefits, threats and opportunities in quantum and how it will affect your business strategies.

Why You Should Attend

If you’re reading this, we can safely assume you’re interested in one or more topics mentioned above. Or maybe you’re a futurist, entrepreneur, policy maker, influencer or expert in a particular field where technology plays a pivotal role. No matter what your actual job description is, if you make decisions, you’re instrumental to 4Front’s success. Unlike any other conference, 4Front is not industry specific. We rely on a variety of professionals from different industries coming together to share their experiences and visions for the future. 4Front is where you can build important connections and forge new cross-industry collaborations that will drive significant progress in the right direction.

Why You Should Sponsor a Track

One of the best ways to drive the strategy of the future is by sponsoring a track. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to widen your sphere of influence, showcase your innovations, attract new business opportunities and lead discussions on the topics that matter the most to your business.

As a 4Front sponsor, you’ll be able to:

  • Contribute content to the main stage and introduce keynote speakers.
  • Design an immersive experience that showcases your thought leadership.
  • Gain the attention of the brightest minds in the industry, including CEOs, founders and other entrepreneurs like yourself.
  • Drive the conversation with other decision makers by hosting your own panel.
  • Get invaluable media exposure, put yourself at the forefront of your industry and much more!

To discuss potential sponsorship opportunities and agenda ideas, please contact Jeff Metzger, CableLabs Director of Live Brand Experience.

You can learn more about our vision of the future in our recent Near Future video. You can read more about 4Front and register below. See you there!

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Technology

2020 Technology Conferences: What We Are Doing Differently at 4Front

Work in tech? You now have a pick of over 200 technology conferences, summits, seminars and trade shows throughout the year. Some are narrow-focus events that gather peers from one or two industries, but miss the valuable external input from related ecosystems. And then there are massive CES-type events where you get the exposure to a variety of industries, but risk having your company “voice” get lost in the sea of participants. And since you cannot possibly attend all the events scheduled for 2020, how do you choose where to invest your precious time?

We hear you. That’s why we are launching 4Front—a high-impact, cross-industry event that checks off all the important boxes

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Why 4Front is a Must-Go

Reason #1: Decisions Happen Here

4Front’s main goal is to address real-world problems that affect different aspects of the future—the way we will live, work, learn and play. And while some of the discussions we have planned follow the conventional free-form or facilitated formats, the major difference is in the type of the attendees. We are bringing in decision makers from various industries who wouldn’t normally bump into each other. By joining our 4Front community, you will be among true visionaries—CEOs, policymakers and founders— who have a deep understanding of their industry’s unique dependencies on the network and are prepared to make impactful, lasting changes through co-innovation, startup engagements and other business relationships.

Reason #2:  No “Can’t Be Done” Attitude

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” This saying truly embodies the spirit and the attitude of 4Front. Just like the Wright brothers and Thomas Edison many years ago, we welcome entrepreneurship and radical ideas. If you haven’t found a solution to the problem you’re working on, it just means you haven’t tried all the possibilities yet. Let’s dig in and see if we can figure things out together!

Reason #3: Where Innovative Mindset Trumps Corporate Titles

4Front is not a management conference and although there will be c-suite executives in attendance, a title alone is not a requirement. We are looking for representatives from all kinds of companies—big and small, well-established and startups—who are working on creative technological solutions to future problems. If you have a vision and are looking for partnerships or co-innovation opportunities, then 4Front is for you.

What Each Track Include

4Front will have four tracks: live, work, learn and play. Each track will include:

  • A keynote from the main stage, engaging the audience with a vision for each particular theme.
  • Breakout sessions to tackle real-world problems and opportunities facing society. These sessions will be moderated by trained facilitators and include the visionaries that attendees see on stage. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with the keynote speakers and leaders in attendance.
  • An immersive experience from those who are applying technology to solve tomorrow’s problems.
  • A featured speaker, brought to you by our sponsors, who is a visionary founder, builder or maker outside of the sponsor’s company.
  • A technology deep-dive session to discuss how to build a better future.

You also have an opportunity to place your company at the forefront of your industry by sponsoring any of the four tracks. Not only will you get more exposure to your peers and the media, you will also be in the position to set the agenda and focus the conversation on the topics that matter to you. Learn more about sponsoring a track here.

4Front will be held June 23-24, 2020, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado. Be sure to register today!

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Work

Clocking In: 4Front Tackles the Future of Work

What will a typical workplace look like five, ten or even twenty years from now? Who will work there and what technologies will they use? These and other questions related to the future of work will form one of the major themes of our inaugural 4Front conference, scheduled for June 23-24, 2020, in Denver, Colorado.

Unlike some of the other conferences you may’ve attended, this event is not industry specific. It’s an inclusive idea launching pad where decision makers from all kinds of related ecosystems, including networking, government, infotech, education, healthcare and many others, can get together to address the technical needs of the future workforce and begin planning for the socioeconomic impacts of the upcoming changes.

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What We Will Talk About

To be clear, our goal is to do more than just talk about the change that we already see happening. We are more interested in the next steps. Where do we want that change to lead us and how can we position our own businesses on the right path to getting there? In other words, how can we build the right technology for the right people?

In order to do that, we need to take a look at a few things, mainly:

• What kinds of jobs will be available in the future?

If you have a child who’s entering preschool, there’s a good chance his or her future job role hasn’t even been invented yet (think along the lines of a Memory Curator or an AI Ethics Officer). In fact, according to Accenture, 79% of executives agree that the future of work will be based more on specific projects than roles. Employers are already looking for people who are willing and able to wear “different hats” and think creatively even if the task at hand doesn’t match their official training. This trend will continue in the future, where skills like critical and creative thinking will be valued the most. The technologies we create have to support this new, agile way of working, allowing people to be more adaptable, efficient and creative no matter where or when they do it. This will inevitably lead to greater job satisfaction and a well-balanced, stress-free environment for the next generation of workers.

• How will people work together?

The future of work is all about flexibility. And not just in terms of schedule, but also where and how you work. Telecommuting is already becoming the new norm, but future technology, like holograms and VR, can take it to the next level, allowing people to log into virtual “rooms” where they can interact with their teammates as if they are in the same location. Seamless and instant connectivity, to both people and information, will be instrumental to the success of individual workers and their companies. And we need to help them get there.

• How will technology augment human jobs?

The topic of automation has caused a lot of anxiety lately, especially among workers whose jobs are undergoing a transitional period. Are robots really taking over the workforce? Will there be enough work for us, humans, in the future? In short, yes. Fortunately, the human mind is far more skilled in any area that relies on creativity and emotional intelligence than machines and while some manual jobs might disappear, a great number of new, creative and highly satisfying careers will take their place. It is up to us—technologists, lawmakers, entrepreneurs, futurists and creative visionaries—to architect a seamless transition to a future we can all be proud of.

Why You Should Attend

As already mentioned, we are planning to make 4Front an inclusive event that gathers representatives from a variety of technical and non-technical fields. And if your personal and company goals match any of the below, we would love for you to join us.

• Speakers: You’re a thought leader looking for a platform to communicate your vision of the future to an eager audience

• Founders/entrepreneurs: You are a decision maker looking to find inspiration in people outside your industry or ecosystem and discover new market opportunities.

• Technologists: Your innovative spirit is guided by the desire to build a better future and you’re looking to make your products fit the needs of your target audiences. Both CableLabs members and non-members are invited.

• Policy makers: You are an expert in designing policies that navigate the socioeconomic impacts of innovation and you want to better understand the needs of entrepreneurs and end users.

• Influencers: You want to expand your network and cement your reputation as an industry trailblazer.

Why You Should Sponsor the “Work” Track

One of the best ways to drive the strategy of the future is by sponsoring the entire “work” track. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to widen your sphere of influence, showcase your innovations, attract new business opportunities and lead discussions on the topics that matter the most to your business.

As a 4Front sponsor, you will be able to:

• Contribute content to the main stage and introduce keynote speakers.

• Design an immersive experience that showcases your thought leadership.

• Drive the conversation with other decision makers by hosting your own panel.

• Gain attention of the brightest minds in the industry, including CEOs, founders and other entrepreneurs like yourself.

• Get invaluable media exposure, put yourself at the forefront of your industry and much more!

To discuss potential sponsorship opportunities and agenda ideas, please contact Jeff Metzger, CableLabs Director of Live Brand Experience.

See you there!

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