TEX LA will feature five CEO Roundtables. These roundtables are an opportunity for key CEOs to share their predictions for tech and telecom’s future and to participate in casual Q&A sessions moderated by industry analysts and journalists.

CEO Roundtable 1

VIRTUAL REALITY & THE COMMUNICATIONS ECOSYSTEM

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

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Robert Powell

Editor & Creator

Telecom Ramblings

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Wes Hanemayer

Vice President – Video Services

Hibernia Networks

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Mark Wachtmann

Chief Information Officer

IO

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Roger Goodman

Vice President of Sales

NTT America

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Ian Forester

CCO/Co-founder

VR Playhouse

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With all the hype about Virtual Reality (VR) - and ok, Pokemon Go - what’s next for the technology innovation? Predicted by Deloitte Global to have its first billion-dollar year in 2016, the VR industry should see about $700 million in hardware sales and the remainder from content, with video games as the primary commercial activity. With VR on a rampant rise, and as the next platform shift for media, how will this continue to shape the tech and telecom ecosystem? Will VR really be the next big computing platform? What kind of impact will it have on networks and data centers? How can the communications infrastructure prepare? This roundtable will explore all of the exciting buzz around Virtual Reality, including the impact, risks and opportunities on the communications ecosystem.

CEO Roundtable 2

IOT & THE DATA CENTER: TALKING CLOUD, POWER & PERFORMANCE

11:20 AM – 12:05 PM

Rich Miller

Rich Miller

Founder & Editor

Data Center Frontier

Moderator
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Peter Gross

Vice President of Mission Critical Systems

Bloom Energy

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Simon Lee

Director, Centeris

Managing Director, Sapience Capital Partners

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Jonathan Martone

Jonathan Martone

Director, Data Center Engineering

CenturyLink

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Tony Lin

Director

GI Partners

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Rob Barlow

Chief Executive Officer

WireIE

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IoT, cloud computing and advanced networking technologies have changed the old data center model and have pushed legacy data center operators to be more than interconnection landing points...to become more technology partners. This panel discussion will explore: how today's data center operators are enabling IoT and cloud; the keys to managing technology advancements; the effects on the networks colocated within; and what the new game rules are or should be moving forward to ensure the highest quality performance. We will hear from data centers and tech companies alike as to the rising new needs of the end-user in the new IoT world and the necessary next steps to keep pace.

CEO Roundtable 3

SMART MACHINES: CONNECTED CARS, ROBOTS & THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Jeremy Kaplan

Jeremy Kaplan

Editor in Chief

Digital Trends

Moderator
Doug Junkins

Doug Junkins

Chief Technology Officer

NTT Innovation Institute

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Arthur Lozinski

Chief Executive Officer

Oomnitza

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Ilter Canberk

Ilter Canberk

Chief Technology Officer

Skurt

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Frank Tobe

Co-founder, ROBO Global

Owner & Publisher, The Robot Report

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Smart machines are no longer science fiction. Machine-to-machine technology, including robots, self-driving cars and other cognitive computing systems that are able to make decisions and solve problems without human intervention, is now here and growing in capabilities daily, and will soon be engrained in our daily lives. This includes: bots and drones competing to be the most productive; predictive algorithims defining our next moves; crowdsourcing solutions; and tracking and transporting anything in one connected world. How does this constant connectivity work on the same tired Internet pipes? What are the necessary next infrastructure steps to ensure our sci-fi world of tomorrow becomes a reality? What are the market opportunities, risks and challenges that we face in this Brave New World?

CEO Roundtable 4

SILICON VALLEY AND ITS TELECOM PARTNERS: INNOVATION; TIMELINES AND TRANSPARENCIES

1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

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Liz Kerton

President

The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley

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David Meredith

David Meredith

SVP and Global GM Data Center Hosting

CenturyLink

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KUMAR RAMACHANDRAN

Kumar Ramachandran

Chief Executive Officer

CloudGenix

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David Walsh

Chief Executive Officer

GENBAND

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Craig Farrell

Chief Technology Officer

IBM Global Telecom Industry

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Dan Meltzer

Vice President Sales & Leasing – New York

Sabey Data Centers

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Colleen Gallagher

Regional Director of Business Development

XKL

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With the two biggest OSes, the biggest Internet companies, and the full ecosystem of partners, professionals, and talent readily available, Silicon Valley is known worldwide as an innovation powder keg. And with this forever daunting sprint towards innovation, the need for strong telecom partners has never been greater. In order to be the first to market of the latest technology, tech cos today are either forced to drive their own bandwidth and connectivity (a very expensive and sometimes impossible option) or bring in key telecom partners who are adept at delivering tomorrow's speed, security and performance quickly. This panel will explore partnership expectations, including predictable processes for performance evalutions, reasonable timelines and tracking and support transparencies. The question that we will try to answer: what do we need to do to work better together.

CEO Roundtable 5

IOT & CYBERSECURITY: RISKS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN, PRIVACY & DEFENSE

2:10 PM - 2:55 PM

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Ronald Gruia

Director of Emerging Telecoms

Frost & Sullivan

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Matthew Pley

Vice President, Carrier & Service Provider Group

Fortinet

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Amitava Mukherjee

President, CEO & Co-Founder

RedShift Networks

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Rob Barlow

Chief Executive Officer

WireIE

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Leon Kuperman

Chief Technology Officer

ZENEDGE

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Cisco predicts that 50 Billion 'things' will be connected by 2020. As the number of connected devices and networks grows exponentially, so too does the need for new measures to safeguard this technology. Privacy is a serious concern not just in IoT, but in all the applications, devices or systems where we share information. Even when users take precautions to secure their information, there are conditions that are beyond their control. Hackers can now craft attacks with unprecedented sophistication and correlate information not just from public networks, but also from different private sources, such as cars, smartphones, home automation systems and even home security. This panel will discuss the risks inherent to IoT, the need for security standards, and how we can better defend our privacy and our countries in the ever looming threat of cyber attacks.