First came Enlightenment, then Romanticism, then Modernism. 

As we look back at history, we recognize the distinct eras that made the world what it is today. But those living in any era seemed oblivious to what they were experiencing.

Which is why an era’s end is only noticed by the beginning of another. 

These changes are made by leaders who sense that the world could be better if it were different. Those who affect change have a sense of the era they live in and how it can be significantly different. This valuable zeitgeist offers a perception of possibilities and the recognition of what might come next.

Eras are paced by the adoption or diffusion of ideas. These diffusion rates are sometimes rapid and sometimes painfully slow. Technological eras are notoriously short yet many still fail to notice them. 

At this summit we reveal research and methods of analysis which will help you answer the following questions:

  • What are the eras of computing?
  • What determines the rate of change?
  • What are the characteristics or the current age?
  • What causes an era to end and a new one to begin?
  • Why did consumers advance past enterprises at technology adoption?
  • What are the characteristics of the enterprises of tomorrow?
  • What will come next?

The result of this discourse will be an understanding of the spirit of this age and the ability to lead into the next.

Be one of the 30 leaders who will effect the change.


Summit: 10-5pm. 

Part 1. How ideas are created and how thinking changes
Looking at history shows a change in beliefs and thinking happens regularly. What changes, what doesn’t and what causes the change?

Part 2. Rates of technology adoption and how the rates are changing
Consumer technologies are a recent phenomenon. How are they adopted? What really drives adoption and how is that adoption changing?

Part 3. The story of micro computing
Computing technologies are even more recent. How are they different from other consumer technologies. What drives their adoption?

Part 4. The story of mobile computing
Mobile computing are contemporary to today. Are they yet again different than the preceding eras?

Part 5. The intimate computer
Intimate computing is foreseeable. What can we measure about it and what is the likely potential to change yet again how we think about computing?

Part 6. The fabric of computing
Can ubiquity be sustained with current business models. Who are the customers? How can usage be rewarded? 

Panel & Discussion: What are the right questions to ask?

Cocktail Hour: 5-6pm


June 4, 2014, 10am-5pm
425 Market Street, San Francisco
Sponsored by IBM

Registration: $2800 seating limited to 30.