Don Tapscott | Executive Chairman & Co-founder | Blockchain Research Institute

Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored 16 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 25 languages. Don’s most recent and ambitious book was co- authored with his son, Alex Tapscott, a globally- recognized investor, advisor and speaker on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World was published in May 2016 and is, according to Harvard Business School’s Clay Christensen, “the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption.” The paperback version of the book, updated with new material covering recent developments in the blockchain industry, was published in June 2018.

In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, whose 80+ projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations. Don is a member of the Order of Canada and is ranked the 2nd most influential Management Thinker and the top Digital Thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD and Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario. It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound, and influential in explaining today’s technological revolutions and their impact on the world.

Each delegate will receive a copy of Blockchain Revolution.

CIO Peer Forum 2019, Day 1: Keynote speaker


The CIO in the Second Era of the Digital Age

For the last 40 years we’ve seen the rise of mainframes, mini-computers, the PC, the Internet, mobility,  the Web, the mobile web, social media, the cloud and big data.

We’re entering a second era where new technologies are infusing into everything, and every business process. Innovations as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, even technology in our bodies, drones, robots and new materials are enabling entirely new types of enterprises.  Foundational to these innovations is the underlying technology of crypto currencies. – blockchain.

The Internet of Information is evolving into the Internet of value — a new, distributed platform that can reshape business and fix the old order of human affairs for the better.  This new Internet can transform financial services; change the deep structures of the corporation; animate the physical world; recast the role of government, and help solve the crisis of legitimacy of democracy.

New business models will disrupt most industries.  This Second Era of the Digital Age has profound implications for IT strategy and architecture, and leadership as through it, every business can finally become a digital business.

In 1994 Don Tapscott introduced The Digital Economy in his seminal book of that name and since has been the most prescient theorist of the ever-accelerating changes around us. In this speech he outlines 7 new business models that will shake the windows and rattle the doors of traditional thinking about Modern IT and outline some clear strategies for winning in this new world. He also explains the new challenges facing the CIO.

Register here.

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