Thinking outside the box at IBM Think London


It was World Food Day on Wednesday, October 16: and the IBM Think Summit held in London on the same day aptly celebrated it by specifically concentrating on reducing food waste in our supply chains, along with a wide variety of means of optimising ethical food sourcing.

The event was opened by Bill Kelleher, Chief Executive UK and Ireland, with a discussion on the next chapter of digital reinvention, with a focus on introducing smart technology to the real world of business and protecting the planet.

Could this innovative technology be doing more to solve urgent environmental issues?

That was the question raised by the next speaker, multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.


As other keynote speeches, debates and hands-on experiences delivered throughout the day demonstrated, the answer is ‘Yes!’.

The IBM Food Trust, for example, was shown to reach all parts of the food ecosystem, promoting food freshness, safety and minimise waste. Through innovative use of blockchain technology, the IBM Food Trust has created a delivery mechanism for food that gathers data at every touchpoint to ensure increased visibility and accountability for consumers.

Along with this, IBM researchers are developing a new, fully degradable polymer in response to the multitude of problems that plastic is causing for our world.

The world’s most advanced quantum computing initiative, Project Debater, was also showcased. It’s the very first AI system that can debate with humans on complex topics.

For the first time, too, Think London hosted four campus areas that allowed delegates to focus on the topics they cared about the most; Cloud and Infrastructure, Security and Resiliency, Data and AI, and Shaping the Future.

There was even a time set aside for sports aficionados, when Johnathan Conn, RFU Technology Director, explained how IBM’s partnership with the RFU has helped engage fans around the world through the IBM TryTracker, while various data collection and cognitive solutions have led to better-informed decisions across the board.

All together it was a day of inspiring tech talks, topical debates, immersive experiences, and unique networking opportunities, all taking place under the roof of Olympia, London.

You can relive the event or find out more about the key points delivered at London and other Think Summits by accessing the links provided below.


Think Summit London 2019: In Pictures

Think Summit London 2019, IBM’s annual festival of innovation, took place on 16th October; welcoming business leaders, industry experts, innovators and technology enthusiasts to the iconic Olympia London.

Attendees explored how IBM is channelling cutting edge research and technology into protecting the future, helping to sustain not just business growth but also people and environments around the world.


How IBM’s Think Summit London focuses on the future of the planet

We are experiencing a time of rapid change. A movement led by people who are passionate about protecting our planet.

As many of us are looking for new ways to minimise our footprint while maximising our contribution, innovation and big thinking will help make a major difference.


Think Summit, London, England

Along with the agenda for the London Think Summit, this site will gradually be updated with videos taken at the event. It also contains key speeches delivered in 2018, allowing you to discover how organisations like yours are use cutting-edge technologies to transform their and their clients’ industries.


Revisit Think 2019

The conference may be over, but its innovation, inspiration, and insights live on. Access our collection of on-demand videos and session materials to continue learning how to build a smarter business.


Think 2019 Chairman’s Address: Building Cognitive Enterprises

IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty and some of the world’s top CEOs and leaders share their journeys to the Cognitive Enterprise.


5 take-aways from IBM Think 2019

Celerity, Craig Aston

Hybrid cloud was a running theme through IBM Think 2019, all flowing from stats such as “over 80% of data for enterprises still resides behind corporate firewalls”, which shows that although public cloud has become important and prevalent in the marketplace, most medium and larger organisations will have a combination of on-premise and a number of public cloud providers.


Seven significant announcements from IBM Think 2019

At this year’s Think 2019 the world was privy to many a critical lesson, inspiring story and valuable insight, and while the event of the year may now be wrapped up, journeys to becoming a more cognitive enterprise are almost certainly underway.


Virtual conference experience

A place where you can find a combination of IBM people, partners and clients all helping to drive innovation in business impacting the world in a positive way. Here you can listen in to important speeches you regretfully missed, an opportunity to catch up on valuable insights that could help boost your and your clients’ businesses.


Summit highlights

See how cities around the world are exploring the topics and technologies that matter most to them


IBM Live

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An unmissable event

In short, the event was an unmissable opportunity to sharpen skills, meet technologists and thought leaders, and get hands-on experience of the latest technology, while also taking part in new, extensive professional networks.

Did you miss a Think Summit you now wish you’d been able to attend?

There are still places available at Think Summits taking place elsewhere across Europe as well as globally.

There’s also next year to look forward to.

Think 2020 is set to be IBM’s largest ever global conference

Over four days from May 4th to the 7th, there will be a new Think Summit being held in San Francisco, California.

And you can sign up for the latest event updates, breaking news, exclusive announcements and more.

So make sure you join us at a flagship event being held in a city near you, and explore insights and innovations that are shaping the way the world works.

Then you can really begin to Put Smart to Work for your clients.

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