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Be ready to participate in a life-changing event, enlarge your network and see the beauty of the IT community.

The WCIT is based on four main pillars: speeches, exhibitions, B2B meetings, and social events. These afford a unique opportunity.

Sergey Smbatyan Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren together with ASSO will perform the famous "Intense" composition.

OCT 6

Pre-Opening Celebration

Welcome to Yerevan!

WCIT 2019 will begin with a pre-opening concert in Republic Square by the WCIT Orchestra, featuring a world first performance of AI music composed in real time and a collaboration between the Orchestra and the international superstar D.J. Armin Van Buuren.

  • OCT 6
  • OCT 7
  • OCT 8
  • OCT 9
    • 20:00 pm - 23:00 pm

      World’s First AI-composed concert featuring award-winning DJ Armin Van Buuren at Republic Square

      World’s First AI-composed concert featuring award-winning DJ Armin Van Buuren at Republic Square

      This history-making event will be the world’s first ever real-time AI-composed piece of
      music to be played live by a symphony orchestra, under the baton Maestro Sergy
      Smbatyan. immediately followed by a set from world-famous DJ Armin van Buuren.
      Dress Code: Smart Casual

    • 7:30 am

      Registration | Breakfast

    • 9:00 am

      Opening Ceremony
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Opening Ceremony
      UNIVERSE HALL
      MC: Monty Munford
      Tech Journalist, Forbes, The Telegraph, other publications
      Speakers:

      Alexander Yesayan
      Co-founder, UCom!, Chairman of UATE & Chair of the WCIT 2019
      Yerevan Planning Committee
      Nikol Pashinyan
      Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia
      Yvonne Chiu
      Chair, WITSA
      James Poisant
      Secretary General, WITSA

    • 9:45 am

      WCIT 2019 Keynote Address
      UNIVERSE HALL

      WCIT 2019 Keynote Address
      UNIVERSE HALL
      Speaker:

      Richard Clarke
      National Security Expert and Author, Chairman of the Middle East Institute, Global Change

    • 10:45 am

      Break

    • 11:00 am

      Rise of the Machines
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Rise of the Machines
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Big Data, AI and machine learning offer the promise of peerless insight and efficiency, and robotics the promise of freedom from physically dangerous or taxing manual labor, all in ways never before imaginable.

      But at what price? The widespread deployment of increasingly sophisticated Big Data, AI and robotic systems threatens to render entire categories of workers redundant by automation. Big Data and AI systems also threaten to distort the human decision-making process, subordinating the role of human judgment.

      Should the cold logic of hard data be the master of human systems? What room will remain for judgment, morality and compassion? How much authority and decisionmaking are we willing to cede to machines? Where will we draw the ethical and practical line in the application of Big Data and AI in areas such as medicine where compassion and morality ought to reign over clinical statistics? How do we avoid being ruled by Big Data? How do we control AI systems already so complex that no single person can understand them, and keep them from going rogue and turning on us?

      Opening: Keynote
      Narayana Murthy

      Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys
      Moderator: Richard Quest
      Business Anchor, CNN
      Panelists:

      James Bridle
      Multidisciplinary Artist & Journalist
      Martin Ford
      Author & Futurist
      Daniel Hulme
      Director of Business Analytics MSc, University College London
      CEO, Satalia
      Ashkhen Kazaryan
      Director of Civil Liberties
      and Legal Research Fellow,
      Tech Freedom

      Christopher Markou
      Leverhulme Early Career
      Fellow & Affiliated Lecturer, Jesus College, University
      of Cambridge
      Narayana Murthy
      Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Infosys

       
    • 12:15 pm

      Lightning Rounds
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Lightning Rounds
      UNIVERSE HALL
      Moderator:

      Samuel Burke
      Tech & Business Correspondent & Anchor, CNN (former)

      Jury:

      Nina Achadjian; Eric Brende; Christopher Markou; Jamie Metzl;
      Narayana Murthy; and Carolin Seward

      Presenters:

      Mihran Papazian
      CEO, Brushette
      Khachik Sahakyan
      CEO & Co-Founder, Grovf
      Arman Sargsyan
      CEO & Co-Founder, RendChain
      Areg Vardanyan
      CMO & Co-Founder, ForgeFiction
      Nicholas Williams
      CEO & Co-Founder, Ge Be Cert
      Roman Zakyan
      R&D Director & Co-Founder, Ge Be Cert

    • 12:45 pm

      Lunch

    • 1:45 pm

      Distinguished Speakers Series
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Distinguished Speakers Series
      UNIVERSE HALL
      Speaker:

      Garik Israelian
      Astrophysicist, Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands & CoFounder, STARMUS Festival

    • 2:15 pm

      Innovation Meets Capital / Digital Transformation & Government Administration
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Innovation Meets Capital / Digital Transformation & Government Administration
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Innovation Meets Capital
      If talent and creativity are the fuel of innovation, capital is the oxygen without which innovation remains the unrealized dream of its creator, mere doodles on a cocktail napkin. And capital needs new fuel to feed its appetite for returns which it finds in innovation. If the conditions are right, innovators chase talent; capital finds innovators; innovators draw new talent; and virtuous cycles are born, driving novel industries and channels of commerce with money and opportunity flowing into economies, local and global. From seed money to the unicorn exit, our panel explores the places and spaces where innovation meets capital and capital meets
      innovation, and where revolutions are born.

      Opening:

      Keynote:
      James Huang
      Chairman, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

      Moderator: Samuel Burke
      Emmy-winning former tech & business correspondent and anchor, CNN
      Panelists: Nina Achadjian
      Partner, HIVE and Principal,
      Index Ventures
      James Huang
      Chairman, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

      Vahe Kuzoyan
      Co-Founder & CEO, Service Titan
      Ulili Onovakpuri
      Partner, Kapor Capital
      Tom Trowbridge
      Former President of Hedera
      Hashgraph
      Caroline Winnett
      Executive Director, UC Berkeley
      SkyDeck
      Lusine Yeghiazaryan
      Vice President of Internal Audit
      and Chief Audit Executive, GoPro

      Digital Transformation & Civil Administration

      We explore how analog law and regulation can keep pace with the everchanging realities of a tech world that moves at digital speed. How can proactive, smart law and regulation help us better navigate through the troubled waters of IP piracy, invasions of privacy, cybersecurity threats and the balkanization of the worldwide digital space?

      Opening: Keynote
      Mikhail Mishustin

      Commissioner, Federal Tax
      Service of the Russian
      Federation
      Moderator: Richard Quest
      Business Anchor, CNN
      Panelists:

      Oxana Balayan
      Managing Partner of the
      Moscow Office, Hogan
      Lovells
      Francesca Lagerberg
      Head of Global Network
      Capability Team, Grant
      Thornton
      Olga Mack
      CEO, Parley Pro & Advisor,
      Quantstamp
      Christopher Markou
      Leverhulme Early Career
      Fellow & Affiliated Lecturer,
      Jesus College, University of
      Cambridge
      Axel Pawlik
      Managing Director, RIPE
      Network Coordination Centre

       

    • 3:30 pm

      Break

    • 3:45 pm

      Augmented Humanity / CIOs & CTOs Speak
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Augmented Humanity / CIOs & CTOs Speak
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Augmented Humanity
      Since mankind first walked the earth humans have endeavored to claim for themselves every advantage by transcending the limitations of their natural form. It began with simple tools, which over the millennia evolved into the complex and transformational technologies that define contemporary civilization. Now the advance of technology and potentially a cultural the shift in the fundamental understanding about its limits, some are prepared to alter mankind itself by toying with the line the line between man and machine. Technology that was once outside the body is now being worn on the body, and it will soon be possible for technology to be incorporated into the body, not for the purpose of seeking cure but for the purpose of securing advantage. We explore, and ask the hard question where is line between human-centered technology and technology-centered humans? What are the ethical, social and even political consequences?

      Opening

      One-on-One:

      Jamie Metzl
      Genomics and Geopolitical
      Author & Commentator
      – & –
      Richard Quest
      Business Anchor, CNN
      Moderator: Richard Quest
      Business Anchor, CNN
      Panelists:

      Garo Armen
      Chairman & CEO, Agenus
      Inc.
      Raffi Krikorian
      Managing Director, Emerson
      Collective
      Daniel Hulme
      Director of Business
      Analytics MSc, University
      College London & CEO,
      Satalia
      Valery Ilyinskiy
      Co-Founder and CEO,
      Genotek
      Jamie Metzl
      Genomics and Geopolitical
      Author & Commentator
      Anya Shaykhutdinova
      Co-founder PROFILUM,
      Ed.M.

      CIOs & CTOs Speak
      Our panel of CTOs and CIOs discusses the future of computing and its decentralization. Come listen and learn as our CTOs and CIOs provide understanding and insight into the critical challenges they face as they anticipate and address the needs of their companies and customers, and how the ICT industry can help them achieve their goals.

      Opening: Keynote
      Rajiv Ramaswam
      COO, VMware
      Moderator: Samuel Burke
      Tech & Business
      Correspondent & Anchor,
      CNN (former)
      Panelists: Ivo Bolsens
      SVP and CTO, Xilinx
      Dmytro Fedyukov
      Head of Data Science,
      SoftConstruct

      Javier Garcia Gomez
      CTO Europe and Latin
      America, Ericsson
      Ashot Hovanesyan
      CEO, Synergy International
      Systems
      Rajiv Ramaswami
      COO, VMware
      Enno Wein
      Co-Founder and President,
      Instigate Design

       

    • 5:00 pm

      Where Art We Going?
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Where Art We Going?
      UNIVERSE HALL

      No field of human endeavor is beyond the power of technology to make and remake. Be they the visual arts or the performing arts, the fine arts or pop art, no corner of the art world remains untouched, either.

      Art is classically defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Until now, technology has been a powerful tool in the hands of the artist making new art forms possible and transforming the way old art forms are practiced. Technology has empowered creativity by freeing the artist from the constraints of the medium and introducing new means of expression of ultimate plasticity. It has made available to the artist a practically infinite database of creative models, ideas and forms to inform and facilitate the creative process. However, technology has grown so sophisticated that it has already taken much of the technical skill and craft out of art. And now the possibility of AI-created art threatens to take the artist himself out of the picture or render him merely a tool.

      Since the dawn of man when the first artist dared to paint figures on the walls of a cave, the capacity to make art has helped define what it means to be human. Now machines are about to upend that understanding. What are the cultural, social, intellectual and even political consequences of machine-made art? What will its effects be on the artistic traditions and cultural histories of entire nations and peoples? On our cultural memory and our very capacity to be creative in the face of overpowering synthetic intelligences? On the verisimilitude and relevance of art itself? On our sense of ourselves as humans? Will it be necessary to even rethink the classical definition of art? We explore what it will mean to be creative and thus human in the dawning age of intelligent machines.

      Opening: One-on-One
      Katherine Sarafian
      Senior Vice President, Pixar Animation Studios
      – & –
      James Bridle
      Multidisciplinary Artist & Journalist
      Moderator: James Bridle
      Multidisciplinary Artist & Journalist
      Panelists:

      Ahmed Elgammal
      Director of the Art & AI Laboratory, Rutgers University and
      Founder & CEO, 
      Artrendex
      Eric Esraelian
      Forgotten Man Films/Somm TV and Chief, Manoukian Division of
      Digestive Diseases of UCLA Medical School
      Marian Mazzone
      Associate Professor, College of Charleston
      Katherine Sarafian
      Senior Vice President, Pixar Animation Studios
      Sergey Smbatyan
      Principal Conductor, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

       

    • 6:30 pm

      VIP Reception & Dinner hosted by PicsArt
      SKY HALL

    • 8:00 am

      Breakfast

    • 9:00 am

      Special Speaker Presentation
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Special Speaker Presentation
      UNIVERSE HALL
      Speaker:

      Gary Vaynerchuk
      Entrepreneur, Author & Internet Personality

    • 9:30 am

      Ministerial Session / The Smart City: Utopia or Dystopia?
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Ministerial Session / The Smart City: Utopia or Dystopia?
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Ministerial Session
      National digital transformations offer the promise of more open and responsive government, more efficient delivery of public services and greater private sector innovation and economic growth. The most developed digital nations have in common a comprehensive, long-term vision and intelligently designed and competently administered national digital plans suited to their cultures, political and social constitutions, geographies, sizes and economic circumstances.

      Yet successfully navigating this transformation remains an elusive goal for many nations large and small, due to poor planning and execution. A rising tide of increasingly intrusive national rules governing cross-border data flows, ecommerce and social media, and the sequestration of data behind private membership networks is leading to a great digital divide, a balkanization of the worldwide digital space, frustrating the greater good that can come from national digital transformations.

      What lessons do the successful nations have to teach about what to do and what not to do in managing national digital transformations? How do we keep from making mistakes and wasting billions? How do we keep the digital world from balkanizing and to the extent this cannot be prevented, how do we minimize the impact?

      Opening: Keynote
      Miguel Carrasco

      Global Practice Leader for
      Digital Government, Boston
      Consulting Group
      Moderator: Andrew Wyckoff
      Director for Science,
      Technology & Innovation,
      OECD
      Panelists: Hakob Arshakyan
      Minister of High Tech
      Industry, Republic of Armenia
      Mariyana Nikolova
      Deputy MInister of Bulgaria
      Zunaid Ahmed Palak
      Minister of State for
      Information & Communication
      Technology, Bangladesh
      Amr Talaat
      Minister of Communications
      and Information
      Technology, Egypt
      Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi
      Minister of Communications and Information
      Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran

      Vadim Brinzan
      Minister of Economy and
      Infrastructure, Moldova

      The Smart City: Utopia or Dystopia?

      Smart cities exploiting integrated information and communications technologies and the advent of IoT devices offer the promise of optimized public services and more harmonious societies facilitated by social credit schemes.

      But smart cities and social scoring are predicated on perpetual surveillance and can lead to near-total control over the activities of daily life. At what price to human freedom and dignity these promises of a brighter tomorrow? How do we ensure that these utopian solutions are not misused by governments and nongovernmental actors alike, whatever their motives? Would we want to live in a society in which individual autonomy, individual choice, and even individual personality are stifled in the name of expediency efficiency or social justice?

      We explore how to leverage technology to more efficiently and effectively provide city-dwellers with comprehensive public services such as transportation, security, education, and voter engagement while striking the balance between the technological promises of a brighter tomorrow and the freedom, privacy and dignity of people.

      Opening: Keynote
      Daniel Hulme
      Director of Business
      Analytics MSc, University
      College London & CEO,
      Satalia
      Moderator: Matthew Feeney
      Director, Project on
      Emerging Technologies,
      Cato Institute
      Panelists: Alexey Parabuchev
      CEO, Moscow Innovation
      Agency
      Michelle DeBella

      VP Finance Strategy, Lyft
      Daniel Hulme
      Director of Business
      Analytics MSc, University
      College London & CEO,
      Satalia
      Charles Lin
      Former Deputy Mayor of Taipei
      Aram Sargsyan
      Regional GM EMEA & CIS,
      Yandex Taxi

       

    • 10:45 am

      Break

    • 11:00 am

      Marketplace of Ideas
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Marketplace of Ideas
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Marketplace of Ideas
      We explore how decentralized technologies have democratized the worlds of entertainment, media, and journalism and revolutionized the manner in which we create and disseminate art and information, making new stars along the way, and what these developments mean for personal privacy, social relations, trust in institutions and new business models.

      Keynote:

      One-on-One
      Kim Kardashian West
      Activist, Entrepreneur,
      Beauty Mogul and Producer
      – & –
      Magdalena Yesil
      Founding Board Member, Salesforce & Author, Power UP: How Smart
      Women Win in the New Economy

      Moderator: Magdalena Yesil
      Founding Board Member, Salesforce & Author, Power UP: How Smart
      Women Win in the New Economy
      Panelists: Hovhannes Avoyan
      Founder, PicsArt
      Alex Chung
      Founder, GIPHY
      Kim Kardashian West
      Activist, Entrepreneur,
      Beauty Mogul and Producer
      Alexis Ohanian
      Co-Founder, Reddit and Initialized Capital

       

    • 12:15 pm

      Lightning Rounds
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Lightning Rounds
      UNIVERSE HALL
      Moderator: Mike Butcher
      Editor-at-large, TechCrunch
      Jury: Miguel Carrasco; Steve Chan; Nikhil Nayab; Mikayel Vardanyan,
      Arthur Vayloyan; and Caroline Winnett
      Presenters:
      Khachatur Badalyan
      Founder, Virtlo
      Sargis Karapetyan
      CEO & Co-Founder, Embry Tech
      Mikayel Khachatryan
      CEO & Co-Founder, Wirestock
      Armen Margarian
      CEO & Co-Founder, AppearMe
      Gagik Yeghiazarian
      Council Member & Co-Founder, PUBLIQ
    • 12:45 pm

      Lunch

    • 1:45 pm

      Distinguished Speakers Series
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Distinguished Speakers Series
      UNIVERSE HALL
      Speaker: Alexis Ohanian
    • 2:15 pm

      Defense, Information & Cyber Warfare in an Age of Disinformation / Bare Metal Innovators
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Defense, Information & Cyber Warfare in an Age of Disinformation / Bare Metal Innovators
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Defense, Information & Cyber Warfare in an Age of Disinformation
      Technology has worked a revolution in the ways we communicate and manage society. It has democratized access to mass communication and empowered individuals to influence their fellow citizens and the world in unprecedented and genuinely transformative ways. At the same time, complex and open technological networks form the backbone of our infrastructure facilitating structural efficiencies in distribution, power transmission and other critical systems.

      But this confluence of historical developments has rendered open societies uniquely vulnerable to manipulation by adversarial powers. It has also made civil societies, even in peacetime, a theatre for competition or even low intensity warfare in the information battlespace. Social media has become a powerful tool to influence not just populations but also national security decisionmakers, civilian and military. The management of critical infrastructure over open public networks exposes those systems to attack or manipulation as well.

      We explore what intelligence, information technology and cyber warfare capabilities are needed in an age of sophisticated tactical and strategic disinformation that operates not just in the military space but increasingly in the political, economic and social spaces.

      Opening :

      One-on-One
      Richard Clarke
      National Security Expert &
      Author, Chairman of the
      Middle East Institute, Global
      Change
      – & –
      Vago Muradian
      Editor-in-Chief, Defense &
      Aerospace Report

      Moderator: Vago Muradian
      Editor-in-Chief, Defense &
      Aerospace Report
      Panelists: Richard Clarke
      National Security Expert &
      Author, Chairman of the
      Middle East Institute, Global
      Change
      Steve Chan
      Former Vice President and CIO/
      Chief Strategist for the IBM Safer
      Planet and Smarter Cities Division

      Robert Griffin
      Managing Partner, DVI Equity
      Partners
      Avetik Kerobyan
      Chairman of the MilitaryIndustrial Committee, Ministry of
      Defense, Republic of Armenia

      Bare Metal Innovators
      Meet some of the tech leaders who make the physical machines that power the revolution without whose imagination, creativity and grit the disrupters would have no hardware on which to run their dreams. Hear their thoughts about the current state-of-the-art, what's coming over the horizon, and how they plan to address the rising challenges of big data, blockchain and AI, miniaturizing process technology, and more.

      Opening: Keynote
      Cecilia Metra

      President, IEEE Computer
      Society
      Moderator: Mike Butcher
      Editor-at-Large,
      TechCrunch
      Panelists:

      Brian Lillie
      Former CPO, Equinix and
      Board Member of
      Lumentum & Talend

      Cecilia Metra
      President, IEEE Computer
      Society
      Kirill Oparin
      Head of CIS Office, ITU
      Enno Wein
      Co-Founder and President,
      Instigate Design
      Yervant Zorian
      Chief Architect, Synopsys

       

    • 3:30 pm

      Distinguished Speakers Series
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Distinguished Speakers Series
      UNIVERSE HALL
      Speaker:

      Arkady Volozh
      Founder & Chairman, Yandex

       
    • 4:00 pm

      Break

    • 4:30 pm

      Black Swan / Business, Interrupted
      UNIVERSE HALL / SKY HALL

      Black Swan / Business, Interrupted
      UNIVERSE HALL / SKY HALL

      Black Swan

      Expediency and technological path dependence have led us to place substantial portions of the critical infrastructure that we depend upon to make contemporary civilization possible on complex and open technological systems such as the public internet. Just-in-time distribution and smart logistical chains built on complex technological infrastructures all offer and are delivering on the promise of efficiency and expediency never before imaginable.

      We take for granted that these technological systems will continue to function without interruption. But they have never been as exposed and vulnerable as they are today, posing an existential threat to every level of society, from national, provincial and local governments to business enterprises to institutions of civil society to private individuals. Yet this fragility is inexcusably underappreciated. And just as we prepare to double down on “smart cities” and “smart nations,” which will place even greater reliance and stress on these networks, we have chosen to dispense with “analog” backups and fail-safes in favor of technological ones, becoming even further reliant on automated systems.

      The time has come to ask: are we doing the kind of hard-nosed vulnerability assessments that are necessary of our increasingly complex and fragile infrastructure systems? How do we build fault-tolerant technological and human systems that can withstand or help us better recover from catastrophic failures caused by “black swan” and “perfect storm” events? How do we do smart risk management in a world of sudden, unseeable and unforeseeable threats?
      Opening:

      Keynote
      Peter Beshar
      Executive Vice President and
      General Counsel, Marsh &
      McLennan Companies, Inc.

      Moderator: Peter Beshar
      Executive Vice President and
      General Counsel, Marsh &
      McLennan Companies, Inc.
      Panelists:

      Richard Clarke
      National Security Expert
      and Author, Chairman of the
      Middle East Institute, Global
      Change
      Bob Griffin
      Managing Partner,
      DVI EquityPartners

      Dirk Haussermann
      Head of Platform &
      Database Managment,
      Middle & Eastern Europe,
      SAP
      Curt Hebert
      Former Chairman, U.S.
      Federal Energy Regulatory
      Commission

      Business, Interrupted
      Advances in technology are shifting the way in which companies reach their markets and interact with customers. Indeed, the scale and depth of reliance by business on technology has even begun for some to blur the line that distinguishes "tech companies" from traditional, nontech companies. We explore the integration of technology into business models, how these implementations have transformed industries, and what it takes to use technology to respond to the needs of business customers and constituencies.

      Opening: Raffi Krikorian
      Managing Director,
      Emerson Collective
      Moderator: Mike Butcher
      Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch
      Panelists:

      Mike Eissele
      CTO, TeamViewer
      Armen Kherlopian
      Chief Science Officer, Genpact
      Ara Ohanian
      CEO, Systech Inc.
      Galip Onar
      Strategy, Innovation &
      Commercial Solutions Director
      at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling
      Company
      Mikhail Romanov
      Partner, CIS Advisory Leader, EY
      Artak Tovmasyan
      Chairman of Board of Directors, 
      all.me Group
      Mikayel Vardanyan
      Chief Product Officer
      PicsArt

       

    • 5:30 pm

      Disruption Delusion
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Disruption Delusion
      UNIVERSE HALL

      “Disruption” is the mantra and governing ethos of the tech industry whose imagination and audacity have changed the world, bringing efficiencies, conveniences, and for many prosperity, never before known.

      But disruption has upended the lives, livelihoods and expectations of the people who inhabit the existing order, and threatens to render millions in the world economy redundant, not just their jobs but even their occupations and professions replaced by automation. That future is already here, and the pace of change will only increase in the coming years. Many in our governing elites are convinced that this revolution will be like the ones that came before; that it will create enough new jobs and opportunities to replace or even outpace the old. But where is the evidence for that? And what if they are wrong and those new jobs never come?

      Populations the world over, sensing this, are increasingly convinced that they are ruled by technologically empowered elites that are out of touch and unaccountable. The growing crisis of legitimacy is already fueling a populist backlash across the world. Left unaddressed this is the kind of change that leads to violent revolutions.

      Is disruption ever truly justified when human expectations, livelihoods and happiness are at stake? Isn’t evolution over revolution the more legitimate and appropriate approach to change in human systems? Are we ready to deal with the social and political consequences of rapid technological change, such as mass unemployment on a scale never before imaginable? How can we mitigate the negative externalities of the next “killer app,“ and ensure that disruption gets done right by minding the human factor?

      Opening: Keynote
      Martin Ford

      Author & Futurist
      Moderator: Monty Munford
      Tech Jounalist, Forbes, The Telegraph & other publications
      Panelists:

      Venky Balakrishnan Iyer
      Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Intent. ai
      Martin Ford
      Author & Futurist
      Tigran Khudaverdyan
      Deputy CEO, Yandex
      Vahe Kuzoyan
      Co-Founder & CEO, Service Titan
      Vartan Sarkissian
      Co-Founder & CEO, Apomatix
      Magdalena Yesil
      Founding Board Member, Salesforce & Author, Power UP:
      How Smart Women Win in the New Economy

       

    • 7:00 pm

      Reception & Gala Dinner at Dvin Reception Hall (Ticketed Event)

    • 8:00 am

      Breakfast

    • 9:30 am

      Blockchain & Digital Assets / Miseducation, Technology & The Individual
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Blockchain & Digital Assets / Miseducation, Technology & The Individual
      UNIVERSE HALL

      Blockchain & Digital Assets

      The conjoined concepts of blockchain and digital assets have captured the imaginations of de-centralizers the world over and dominated mainstream media coverage of the technology space. The proponents of these technologies believe them to be universal; there is no use case that they do not believe can be accomplished by their implementation. Yet all of this talk of promise remains just so much unrealized potential.

      Beyond the slogans and evangelism what are the true uses of blockchains and are they all they are imagined to be? Is blockchain even necessary or sustainable? Will nation-states tolerate digital assets used as currencies outside the control of the established international monetary and financial system? Should they in a world in which consequential externalities can be generated by a teenager in his parents’ basement and travel around the world in hours? Are dark web criminal activities and terrorist financing a price worth paying for an abstract promise? And what about living under 24-hour surveillance by all the seen and unseen devices that surround us?

      Opening: Keynote
      Arthur Vayloyan
      CEO, Bitcoin Suisse
      Moderator: Tim O'Regan
      Co-founder & Managing
      Director, Point Blank Intelligence
      Panelists:

      Henri Arslanian
      FinTech & Crypto Leader, PwC
      Nikhil Nayab
      Global Head, Payments
      Innovation and Blockchain at
      Conduent
      Tom Trowbridge
      Co-Founder, Hedera
      Hashgraph
      Ott Vatter
      Managing Director, e-Residency of 
      Estonia
      Arthur Vayloyan
      CEO, Bitcoin Suisse

      Miseducation, Technology & The Individual
      The immersive technologies we are surrounded by are certainly transformative and empowering. At their best they facilitate learning by lowering the transaction costs of amassing and accessing information and help to bridge the time and distance between continents and cultures, past and present.

      Yet smartphones, social media and online search have rewired our brains, affected our ability to make sense of the world, challenged our decision-making, and reordered our relationships with one another and society at-large. Anecdotal evidence of societal maladies is legion: distraction, superficial thinking, academic scandals, anti-social behavior, arrested social development, addiction, depression, suicide, cultural fragmentation and societal division, and susceptibility to rumor, myth, superstition and manipulation. Scientific inquiry is beginning to confirm the disturbing correlation of these phenomena with the rise of smartphones, social media, online search, virtual reality and other intimate technologies. Meanwhile tech companies are increasingly willing to put an editorial finger on the scale, sanitizing social media, managing search engine results and engaging in censorship verging on thought control.

      Do we truly understand the potential dark side of the technologies we depend on to manage every aspect of our lives? Do we want to live in societies in which individual autonomy, individual choice, and even individual personality are mere illusions, stealthily manipulated by multinational business enterprises in the name of expediency, efficiency, commerce or social justice? How we can better rule these technologies rather than letting them rule us? We explore the consequences of technology on learning, education, epistemology, and knowledge?

      Opening: Keynote
      Mary Papazian
      President, San Jose State
      University
      Moderator: Evgeny Morozov
      Columnist, The Guardian
      Panelists:

      Etienne Delacroix
      Artist
      Larisa Hovannisian
      CEO & Founder
      Teach For Armenia
      Yeva Hyusyan
      Co-founder & CEO,
      SoloLearn, Inc.
      Larisa Hovannisian
      CEO & Founder,
      Teacher for Armenia
      Mary Papazian
      President, San Jose State
      University

      Marie Lou Papazian
      Managing Director, TUMO
      Center for Creative
      Technologies
      Maia Sharpley
      CEO, Learn Capital
      Anya Shaykhutdinova
      Co-founder PROFILUM,
      Ed.M.

       

    • 10:45 am

      Break

    • 11:00 am

      Prometheus Bound? When AI Meets Genomics / Financial Technology & Innovation
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      Prometheus Bound? When AI Meets Genomics / Financial Technology & Innovation
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      Prometheus Bound? When AI Meets Genomics
      AI and genomics will soon fundamentally transform healthcare, agriculture and even, most controversially, human reproduction. At their best, these technologies offer the promise of helping mankind prevent and cure disease and live healthier, longer, more robust lives. Yet the same technologies carry with them the peril of grave and irreparable harm, whether they are intentionally misused by terrorists or eugenicists, or unintentionally by thoughtless dabblers who accidentally unleash deadly pathogens or freak mutations.

      The prospect of designer babies and mad scientists tinkering with gene-editing technologies is no longer the stuff of science fiction. For practical purposes, that future is already here. And so is the time to time to engage in serious and ongoing conversations about what to do about it. These technologies are poised to undermine our collective safety and common humanity tomorrow, if we don’t act immediately to impose controls over them today.

      How do we imbue our values into the decision-making relating to these technologies, at every level? How do we enjoy the benefits from their intelligent and judicious application, while managing the risks of rogues and renegades bringing humanity to grief?

      Opening:

      Keynote
      Jamie Metzl
      Genomics and Geopolitical
      Author & Commentator

      Moderator: Jamie Metzl
      Genomics and Geopolitical
      Author & Commentator
      Panelists:

      Rouben Aroutiounian
      Academician & Secretary of
      Natural Sciences Division,
      National Academy of Scienes
      of Armenia, Prof. & Head of
      Genetics & Cytology of
      Yerevan State University
      Stephen Hsu
      Senior Vice President for
      Research and Innovation,
      Michigan State University
      Laxmi Parida
      Fellow, Computational
      Genomics, IBM Watson
      Research Center

      Financial Technology & Innovation

      Financial technology promises to revolutionize cross-border money transfer and financial intermediation, creating the possibility of practically frictionless transactional networks.

      Yet systemic and technological path dependence, the threats of money laundering and terrorist financing, heavyhanded regulatory responses by governments, the reflex to defend competitive advantage, culture and habit, all remain stubborn obstacles to delivering on that promise.

      What is the financial services industry doing to meet these challenges? Talk aside, is the industry truly harnessing the power of the tech ecosystem and its
      startup ethos?

      Opening: Keynote
      Jules Miller

      Partner, IBM Blockchain
      Ventures and Co-Founder/Partner, Prose
      Ventures
      Moderator: Neil Bansal
      Head of Digital Transformation
      Americas, BNP Paribas
      Panelists: Hans Fleming
      Vice President, Amex
      Ventures
      Jules Miller
      Partner, IBM Blockchain
      Ventures & CoFounder/Partner, Prose
      Ventures
      Gilbert Verdian
      CEO and Founder, Quant
      Network

       

    • 12:35 pm

      Lightning Rounds
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      Lightning Rounds
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      Moderator:

      Carolin T. Seward
      Vice President, General Manager
      Datacenter Group
      Intel Corporation

      Jury: Hovannes Avoyan;  Neil Bansal; Jenny Bofinger-Schuster; Robert
      Griffin; Ulili Onovakpuri; and Katherine Sarafian
      Presenters: Davit Baghdasaryan
      CEO & Co-Founder, Krisp
      Armen Danielian
      CPO & Co-Founder, Local Express
      Bagrat Safaryan
      CEO & Co-Founder, Local Express
      Karen Khachikyan
      CEO & Co-Founder, Expper Technologies
      Armen Sargsyan
      Co-Founder & Director Hardware Development, Soraytec
      Armin Saidi
      CEO & Co-Founder, viciniti by wicastr
    • 12:45 pm

      Lunch

    • 1:45 pm

      Technology, Society & Democracy
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      Technology, Society & Democracy
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      For most of history, political power was centralized in the hands of a narrow class of elites. Even in nominally democratic systems, the concentration of power in such elites rendered political structures unresponsive and resistant to change, engendering cycles of resentment and cynicism. The principal instrument of control for these established elites was their monopoly over the tools of mass communication.

      But quite suddenly the rules have changed. Technology has democratized access to mass communication. It has enabled the outsider, the dissident and the dreamer to become instantly relevant, to organize and to effectuate real change. No longer dependent on the outlets of the established order for access to the conversation, the political entrepreneur can ensure not just that his voice be heard, he can now challenge the order itself.

      The same technology has empowered people at large, unleashing the youthful energy of entire populations to nimbly organize and reorganize politically, revolutionizing political dissent and the act of protest itself. The meaningful opportunity to be heard has also effectuated a revolution in the minds of people, giving them the sense – many for the first time – that their participation matters, and that true change is not only possible but achievable.

      Now these technological “revolutions” have worked real revolutions that have achieved what only yesterday was unthinkable, displacing governments and even entire regimes in the blink of an eye. We have seen such revolutions take place throughout the world, not just in new democracies but in the oldest democracies of all.

      But for all the good these technologies have done for the democratic project, they have not come without a price. They are routinely used as vehicles to transmit misinformation, rumor and innuendo. They have coarsened civic discourse and made many intolerant of dissenting viewpoints, highlighting and deepening political and cultural divisions and ushering in a new kind of tribalism in which people isolate themselves in bubbles of the like-minded.

      At worst these technologies have divided societies against themselves along increasingly intractable and unbridgeable political and cultural lines that complicate if not threaten the possibility of democratic compromise and civil governance, all while exposing these societies to manipulation by adversarial foreign powers. We explore these big ideas and talk technology, revolution and democracy.

      Moderator: Evgeny Morozov
      Columnist, The Guardian
      Panelists: Eric Brende
      Yale-MIT Technologist
      turned Technoskeptic
      Author and Commentator

      Matthew Feeney

      Director, Project on Emerging Technologies, CATO Institute
      Christopher Markou
      Leverhulme Early Career Fellow & Affiliated Lecturer, Jesus College,
      University of Cambridge
      Serj Tankian
      Musician & Activist
    • 3:00 pm

      Distinguished Speakers Series
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      Distinguished Speakers Series
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      A conversation with Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan and UCom! CEO Alex Yesayan moderated by Dr. Jamie Metzl, followed by CEO of UATE & Armath Labs Karen Vardanyan.

    • 3:30 pm

      Break

    • 3:45 pm

      How Green is Silicon? / Healthcare: Impact in Two Hemispheres
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      How Green is Silicon? / Healthcare: Impact in Two Hemispheres
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      How Green Is Silicon?
       
      It is taken by many as an article of faith that the sunny and windy new world of high-tech is cleaner and greener than the gritty old world of carbon and steel. But powering our high-tech infrastructure of data centers and switches demands the generation of staggering amounts of electrical energy. And those demands area about to explode even further. Blockchain, AI and Big Data are here; the ever-more-data-hungry cryptography-based economy, 5G and IoT are on the near horizon.

      We ask just how sustainable is high-tech? Is such massive growth of data consumption really sustainable? Do we have enough water and resources to power and cool the data centers and technological infrastructure necessary to support this brave new world? Is it even possible and at what cost? And what about the environmental impact of extracting and disposing of the toxic materials that go into the manufacture of high-tech? What measure can the technology industry take to contain and wisely manage its own use of energy and resources?
       
      Opening:

      Keynote
      Curt Hebert

      Former Chairman, U.S.
      Federal Energy Regulatory
      Commission

      Moderator: Andrew Blum
      Author
      Panelists:

      Jenny Bofinger-Schuster
      VP of Sustainability and Cities,
      Siemens
      Curt Hebert
      Former Chairman, U.S.
      Federal Energy Regulatory
      Commission

      Brian Lillie
      Former CPO, Equinix and
      Board Member of
      Lumentum & Talend
      Ulili Onovakpuri
      Partner, Kapor Capital
      John S. Shegerian
      Founder & Executive
      Chairman, ERI

      Healthcare: Impact in Two Hemispheres

      Technology is delivering significant and broad-reaching impact in healthcare. ICT offers the promise of superior patient experiences, treatments and outcomes at
      lower cost the world over. While in the developing world, ICT promises to liberate billions from lack of access to healthcare by bringing specialty medicine to even the most remote corners of the world.

      Yet digitization exposes the most sensitive and private health information to potential misuse by healthcare companies, governments and criminals. The widespread use of healthcare AI systems risks reducing healthcare decision-making to a cold exercise of data manipulation minimizing the human element everywhere. Meanwhile, in the developing world cultural roadblocks stand in the way of the good even the most sophisticated ICT-based health systems can do.

      Where will we draw the line in the application of ICT medicine, where compassion and morality are as important as clinical statistics? How can ICT help the developing world overcome the cultural barriers that stand in the way of better health outcomes?

      Moderator: Ashkhen Kazaryan
      Director of Civil Liberties and
      legal research fellow, Tech Freedom
      Panelists:

      Georgi Chaltikyan
      Founding President of Armenian Association of Telemedicine (AATM)
      Armen Kherlopian
      Chief Science Officer, Genpact
      Levon Hovhannisyan
      Director of Englineering, Sensogram Technologies, Inc.
      Vahram Mouradian
      Founder and CEO,
      Sensogram Technologies, Inc.
      Laxmi Parida
      Computational Genomicist, IBM Watson

      Ott Vatter
      Managing Director, e-Residency
      Estonia

       

    • 5:00 pm

      Closing Ceremony
      Followed by WCIT All-Guest After Party!
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      Closing Ceremony
      Followed by WCIT All-Guest After Party!
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      Official closing of WCIT 2019 Yerevan and handover to the host of WCIT 2020

      Speakers: James Poisant
      Secretary-General, WITSA
      Yvonne Chiu
      Chair, WITSA

      Lightning Rounds Awards Ceremony


      Alexander Yesayan

      Co-founder, UCom!, Chairman of UATE & Chair of the WCIT 2019
      Yerevan Planning Committee

      Low Ngai Yuen

      CEO, WCIT 2020

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