18 - 22 JUNE -2018

About The Program

In the days of a rapidly growing market of renewable energy resources, improved energy productivity and new energy storage solutions, more and more natural resources companies are proactively looking to update their business processes and undertake digital transformation in order to remain competitive. With reasons for going digital varying from improving customer experience to increasing operational efficiency, embarking on a digital transformation journey requires a good understanding of new technologies and a strategic company wide plan-to-action.

Our program "The Digitization of the Energy Industry" is specifically designed for industry leaders seeking to leverage emerging technologies to transform their businesses. The program agenda is built around visits to top innovative companies, presentations by industry experts and disruptive startups of Silicon Valley, vibrant Q+A and round table debates, and cutting-edge technology tryouts to illustrate the strategic, leadership, and innovation fundamentals of how established companies can adapt to digital transformation. Within only one week participants will understand all the relevant emerging technologies and the economic benefits for Energy companies.

By attending this immersion program participants will: 

  • Get to know the inspiring innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley and receive an expert view on the future of industries in the context of The Fourth Industrial Revolution and other breakthrough ideas.
  • Meet with Silicon Valley innovators who aspire to change the world and discover the latest technology breakthroughs. 
  • Discover how the Oil & Gas industry will be forever changed by the most disruptive technologies such as mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain. 
  • Learn from others what it means to digitally transform an organization, and discover the best practices for making it happen.
  • Develop a visionary perspective and identify opportunities for future growth by understanding the monetization gains and efficiency increase potential coming from new technologies, business models and partnerships. 

Program Overview

This Executive Immersion Program consists of five working days, each with a specific theme of the day.

Day 1. Digital Revolution: Drivers, Players, Best Practices

Day 2. Creating a Digital-Ready Organization: from Theory to Practice

Day 3.  Applying Next Generation Technologies to Oil & Gas: AI, IoT, Blockchain 

Day 4. Applying Next Generation Technologies to Oil & Gas: Drones, Self-Driving Cars, Augmented Reality

Day 5. Big Success Stories of Silicon Valley - Visits to Top Tech Companies

Day 6 (Optional). Clean Energy of the Future: Disruptive Business Models and Opportunities for Oil & Gas

Each day will consist of three to five meetings / sessions organized in one of the following formats: presentation and Q+A, a Q+A or round table discussion, panel discussion, a company visit that includes a presentation and / or Q+A and campus tour, and a startup showcase. 

The companies identified for each of the sessions below are known experts or leading startups in that specific technology domain.

Silicon Valley Experience

Un viaje que vale la pena.

El programa más allá del contenido

Sabemos que viajar a Silicon Valley puede ser toda una novedad, y el hecho de hacerlo allí, tiene que ver con la propuesta de valor de Latam Business School: desarrollar una nueva generación de Empresarios, Emprendedores y profesionales Latinoamericanos con un pensamiento más Global y Multicultural.

El Programa esta diseñado para ser mucho más que una propuesta académica, con visitas a empresas y actividades en Silicon Valley, usted podrá ver, sentir y aprender de la cultura local. Su percepción del Mundo, su forma de trabajo, su forma de planificación, comunicación, estilo de vida, valores, costumbres. Todos aprendizajes intrínsecos difíciles de transmitir si no es con la vivencia.

¿Y por qué?

Vamos hacia un mundo cada día mas interconectado, donde el talento no tiene nacionalidad, las empresas no tienen fronteras, y las oportunidades están por doquier.

Comprender e internalizar esas vivencias como aprendizajes, es sin lugar a dudas, un valor sustancial para cualquier profesional que apunte a contribuir a un mundo más integrado.

What Our Customers Are Saying

"The week in Silicon Valley exceeded my expectations! We were able to feel, touch and have a real look at what the future will look like. The people we met were so competent, transparent. The program was a unique opportunity for us to have a 360 degree of what is going on in our industry and what we can expect in the next 18-20 months." 

Denis Gorteman, CEO at D'Ieteren Auto, Belgium


DAY 1: Digital Revolution: Drivers, Players, Best Practices

Learn about the concept of digital transformation as an ongoing evolution to become a more agile, responsive and adaptable organization. Evaluate main reasons, challenges and outcomes of becoming digital, using examples of leading oil & gas players and other producing industries. Find out who will win and who will lose in the Oil & Gas and related industries revolution driven by the world of digitization, increasing automation and new business models. 

1. Program Kick-Off and Opening Remarks

The program will start with a welcome address by Silicon Valley Innovation Center - an innovation hub that has been helping global companies to innovate, and an introduction to the innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley.

2. Keynote Presentation: Digital Revolution - View from Silicon Valley

Learn about Silicon Valley’s role in accelerating the digital revolution. Get an introduction to the economic drivers and major players that fuel technological innovation and shape the future of the industries. Learn about the concept of digital transformation, key drivers, factors and best practices from Silicon Valley digital transformation experts. Leading expert - a representative of Radius Innovation & Development, a highly forward thinking Silicon Valley company advising corporations on growth strategy, new product design, development and realization. Alternative speakers may include Steve Blank (Entrepreneur, Author of Four Steps to the Epiphany), Ken Singer (Managing Director of Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at University of California, Berkeley), Brian Solis (Principal analyst at Altimeter Group, author of 7 books including "The End of Business as Usual") and others. 

3. New Generation of Digital Technologies and Their Impact on Industries

Learn about the 4th Industrial Revolution and how the new emerging technologies are transforming various industries. Discover breakthrough technologies, reflect on and learn about implications of these technologies on your industry and business. Leading expert - The World Economic Forum, Center for The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Additional speakers can include experts from Apple, Facebook, Microsoft - global tech innovators whose names speak for themselves. 

4. Best Practices in Digital Transformation: Lessons from Global Giants

Silicon Valley companies compete on innovation. Have an eye-opening experience comparing what established companies do to win the innovation race and maintain the pace of innovation. Get involved in highly interactive sessions with best corporate innovators. Leading experts for this session are representatives of Flex or Jabil Circuit - number 2 and 3 largest electronics manufacturers in the world that decided to go "digital" several years ago and has successfully enabled several major initiatives ever since. Alternative case studies might be presented by leaders of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development and Toyota InfoTechnology Center

5. Best Practices in Digital Transformation: Application to Oil & Gas

Visit leading Oil & Gas companies and learn about their approach to innovation as a tool to solve challenges, their approach to human-machine balance, and the most recent digital transformation efforts and outcomes. Leading speaker will be invited from Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information working with producing industries from automotive to tire and rubber, oil & gas and many other. Alternative case studies might be presented by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) or General Electric Ventures - tech investment arms of Chevron and GE championing the innovation, commercialization and integration of emerging technologies for their companies including in the areas of advanced materials, alternative energy, networking, oil & gas etc. GE Ventures is one of the 6th most active corporate venture entity in the world. Another alternative company to learn from is Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) - a leading utility company in the U.S. looking to use big data analytics to solve problems and challenges in utility companies.

DAY 2: Leading Digital Transformation: from Theory to Practice

New technologies and business models threaten to displace current market leaders and to erode their profits. How can decision makers recognize new threats and turn them into business opportunities? Learn what innovation tactics, metrics and approaches can help companies digitally transform and stay ahead of the curve. 

1. Visualize the Future of Your Industry 

Hear from thought leaders of Silicon Valley about the future of the automated world, how we are going to build it and how we can learn to manage the game-changing trends that are transform our world. Focus on the idea of the future as something very practical, as a thinking tool for innovating and building your digitization strategy, for getting things done in the present. Leading expert - representative of Institute for the Future (IFTF) - a research organization with a nearly 50-year track record of analyzing the industry trends and predicting the future. Alternative speakers will be invited from Foresight & Innovation research group at Stanford's MediaX Lab, who have been researching innovative ways for people to collaborate, communicate, and interact with the information, products, and industries of tomorrow, or Cognizant - a global thought leader helping companies bring the future of work to life - today. 

2. How to Develop a Strategic Digital Transformation Plan

Part 1: Establishing KPIs to Measure Digital Transformation Success 

Tracking success is critical. But what aspects of innovation need to be measured to reflect new processes and new types of value that go beyond traditional financial KPIs? Identify other vital KPIs that enterprises can use to measure their digital transformation efforts and degree of progress in becoming a digital business. 

Part 2: Building a Roadmap to Navigate the Digital Transformation Journey

During this hands-on strategic session start mapping a digital transformation journey for your company by identifying and analyzing key steps in launching a successful transformational initiative, such as answering tactical questions "Why?", "Who?", "When?", "How?" and building a strategic roadmap, based on established success metrics. 

Parts 1 and 2 will be delivered by an executive in charge of leading successful digital transformation efforts at Western Union Digital Ventures - a digital brunch of WU opened in San Francisco several years ago with a goal to integrate a digital business with the rest of the organization. Alternative expertise may be delivered by Wells Fargo - a leading US bank or Visa with its global HQ in Silicon Valley. Both companies have demonstrated tremendous success in their digital transformation efforts. One more suggested expert - representative of GE Oil & Gas, the world's first digital industrial company that it is currently helping customers optimize operations from reservoir to refinery. 

3. Strategic Investment: Chasing the Next Big Thing. Evaluating Tech Investment Risks vs. Reward

Learn about the biggest bets in Oil & Gas and related industries. Explore the secrets of successful investing in innovative natural resources startups from experienced  Silicon Valley investors. Discuss how to recognize new opportunities, how to evaluate risks vs. rewards of investing in new tech platforms. 

This strategic session will be facilitated by one of the successful Silicon Valley venture firms presented below. One of them, Andreessen Horowitz is a leading Venture Capital firm investing into artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, bitcoin, cloud computing, drones and other leading technologies. 

4. Startup Showcase

This exclusive startup showcase session will give you an opportunity to learn first-hand about some most recent high-tech products and services for oil & gas industry. The session will include presentations and Q+A of 3 to 4 startups, where each will have 15 to 20 minutes on stage. 

Sample List of Startups:

  • EcoFactor - a cloud-based home energy management platform providing energy-saving services to utilities and home service providers.
  • Glasspoint Solar - manufactures solar steam generators for the oil and gas industry.
  • Stem - employs intelligent energy storage, data, and predictive analytics to decrease energy use.
  • Yoshi - an on-demand fuel delivery service that brings the gas to its users’ parked vehicle and provides refueling on a scheduled basis or when needed.
  • FILLD - a smartphone application that delivers gas to your car at the touch of a button.

5. Internal Debrief Session

This session will give the participants time to discuss the knowledge and insights received thus far and run an improvised brainstorming or internal presentations session. 

DAY 3: Applying Next Generation Technologies to Oil & Gas: AI, IoT, Blockchain 

Oil & Gas companies and other industries have been experiencing a flood of new technical solutions, smart products and services. Take a deep dive into the technologies reshaping the Oil & Gas industry of tomorrow. Discover practical applications and learn how to turn the latest technology advancement into the business value.

1. The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: Leveraging Industry 4.0 Smart Solutions

The companies listed below are the leading startups applying Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Oil & Gas and other producing industries, aiming to optimize processes in upstream, midstream and downstream for increased efficiency and profitability. This session will provide a clear insight into the powers of artificial intelligence for the Oil & Gas business. One of the following well-established startups will be invited to present on this topic: 

Seven Lakes Technologies builds data visualization and data analytics solutions for the digital oilfield. Maana created a patented Knowledge Graph™ that expedites extracting knowledge from data silos, to reveal the relationships within the context of an asset or process companies wish to optimize in order to make faster data-driven business decisions. Tachyus - a machine learning technology developer that optimizes energy production for the oil and gas industry. OspreyData with its machine learning techniques harnesses the mass of sensor data generated by modern, high-value mechanical assets to predict and prevent failures, reduce downtime, and enhance operating efficiency. CrowdFlower helps customers generate high-quality customized training data for their machine learning initiatives, or automate a business process with easy-to-deploy models and integrated human-in-the-loop workflows. 

2.  The New Frontiers of Connectivity: Internet of Things, Sensors, Data Integration 

Learn more about the Internet of Smart Things and big implications for the industries and humanity that according to some tech experts might be bigger than applications of AI. How advanced is the technology? What are the promising new opportunities and threats from creating complex networks of interconnected devices? Find out directly from the source by meeting with companies leading the IIoT revolution. One of these companies will be invited to explain the use of IIoT in Oil & Gas and other producing industries. 

FieldLogix - an IoT company that offers fleet management and employee monitoring solutions. MTell has created smart solutions for managing the health of industrial equipment, deployed globally in the oil and gas, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. Davra Networks - an IoT application enablement platform. IoTium is a creator of an IIoT Network as a Service (NaaS) solution for building and industrial automation, oil & gas, manufacturing, transportation and smart city industries. CartaSite is leveraging realtime telemetry to streamline operations, reduce risk, enhance security, and ensure effective utilization of critical assets of natural resources companies.

3. Cognitive Systems: The Next Evolution of Enterprise Intelligence

Cognitive Systems use machine learning and natural language processing to enable humans to interact with the outside world and machines much more naturally. Their goal is also to enhance human expertise, speed up decision-making and enhance training capabilities. During this session you will learn about cognitive systems used in Oil & Gas and other producing industries, how to use cognitive technology to streamline and automate business processes at a completely new level. 

Leading experts will be invited from one of these seasoned startups: Automation AnywhereC3IoT and WellAware - creators of IoT automation technologies that transform the way businesses operate, delivering complex business and IT work across a range of thousands of front and back office processes. Additional points of view and case studies can be provided by subject matter experts of IBM - a world leader in cognitive computing, creator of a cognitive system IBM Watson, already helping oil & gas companies such as Woodside Energy (Australia), to transform the value of massive structured or unstructured data, bringing significant operational and strategic benefits beyond pattern identification, to deliver powerful real-time recommendations. 

4. Panel Discussion: Blockchain for Industries. Evolution, Timeline, Trends, Players. 

The blockchain technology or a distributed ledger system has the potential to radically reshape the way we do business way beyond currency exchange. During this panel discussion learn about the current and upcoming trends in the development of this breakthrough and very promising technology and discuss how the Oil & Gas industry could profit from the fundamentals of this system in a number of ways including security and compliance benefits, and advancement of the entire supply chain.

Experts may include representatives of Blockchain University - a Silicon Valley pool of experts knowledgeable in applications of blockchain technology to various industries, Blockchain Capital - a group of professional investors and entrepreneurs driving innovation in the blockchain sector, Abra - the world’s first digital cash, peer-to-peer money transfer network, and Chain - a well-funded San Francisco startup whose technology enables institutions to design, deploy, and operate blockchain networks that can power any type of asset in any market. 

DAY 4: Applying Next Generation Technologies to Oil & Gas: Drones, Self-Driving Cars, AR

Explore further advancements in real time monitoring and surveillance that have already been improving visibility and safety of operations and processes in the oil & gas industry, as well as cutting-edge ideas around a possible application of self-driving and augmented reality technologies. 

1. Advancing Real-Time Monitoring and Surveillance with Industrial Drones and Imagery Solution

You will learn how drones technology can be applied in producing industries and what business benefits can be achieved from utilizing this technology. You will discuss ideas around the next level of real-time automated inspection and its relevance for performance, accuracy and safety in oil & gas, construction and other industries.

Leading expert - a representative of DJI, San-Francisco branch. DJI is a Chinese developer and manufacturer of innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. Alternative speakers can be invited from Airware or Sharper Shape - creators of innovative drone-based automated inspection solutions, providing hardware, software and cloud services. General Electric subject matter experts can be invited to share their very recent experience testing aerial drones and robotic "crawlers" to inspect refineries, factories, railroads and other industrial equipment.

2. From Automation to Autonomy: A drill without a driller, self-driving trucks - how autonomous machines will impact Oil & Gas companies in the future. 

Share ideas around some new possible applications of self-driving technology in Oil & Gas like "The Rig of the Future" developed by Schlumberger, self-driving cars and trucks affecting the supply chain processes (with experts from Mercedes-BenzGoogle or Uber) vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-anything communication (startups Veniam and Savari). Discuss with an autonomous driving expert all the benefits and drawbacks these technologies can potentially bring to upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. 

Alternative to a presentation can be a hands-on experience of driving the latest model of Tesla, or trying out a self-driving simulator inside of one of the top research labs at Stanford University - The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) where researches, students and industry experts are running experiments how humans will interact with autonomous cars, and multiple other interdisciplinary projects that move vehicle human-centered mobility forward.

3. Using Breakthrough Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology to Improve Safety

Augmented reality (AR) complements the view of a real-world environment with the computer-generated input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It brings the components of the digital world into a person's perceived real world. A range of potential applications of AR technology for the Oil & Gas industry is relatively wide - from simulation-based training to AR-enhanced onshore-offshore communication processes allowing to quickly identify and solve equipment problems in real-time. 

One of these selected startups will present on the AR topic: Matterport makes it incredibly easy for anyone to create a realistic 3D model of the world around them that they can engage with and share over the Internet; DAQRI is the world’s leading enterprise augmented reality company powering the future of work through innovative hardware/software products. Emergent VR -  a technology startup building the next medium for communication using virtual reality and led by VR, game, and animation industry veterans from Disney, 2K Games, and DreamWorks Animation. ScopeAR is an augmented reality training solutions provider. Atheer is the pioneer of AiR (Augmented interactive Reality) computing. Lytro - a hub of a new technology ecosystem that extends the transformational power of Light Field imaging across industries.

4. Cybersecurity solutions for Industrial IoT and industrial control systems

The companies below develop cybersecurity solutions for Industrial IoT and industrial control systems (ICS). In this session you will meet with one of them to learn about how machine learning technology senses, identifies and localizes threats, providing security teams the ability to mitigate airborne threats that could pose a danger to network infrastructure.

ForeScout sees devices, including BOYD, IoT, the instant they connect to the network, controls them, and orchestrates system-wide response. PatternEx - an AI security company that has developed a platform to identify malicious user intent and predict and prevent cyber attacks in real time, anywhere across the enterprise. Bastille is a developer of a enterprise threat detection solution through software-defined radio.  Mocana and Nozomi Networks - cybersecurity solutions for industrial control systems. 

DAY 5 - Company Visits: Biggest Success Stories of Silicon Valley

Get introduced to the real life examples of the Silicon Valley companies to learn frameworks for successful corporate innovation and creating a corporate innovation culture. Discover how emerging technologies result in business challenges as well as growth opportunities for established companies while touring campuses of the world famous tech giants and unicorns. 

1 - 2. Biggest Success Stories of Silicon Valley

You will visit  2 of the most famous Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Apple, Ebay, Twitter, Oracle, LinkedIn, Facebook or Intel and discuss with their executives the benefits and downsides of growing business in Silicon Valley, as well as  lessons on nurturing the innovation culture. You will see for yourself how the leaders in technological innovation operate and nurture its talent to continue at the forefront of this technological race. 

3. What can big companies learn from startups that have quickly become world famous?

Silicon Valley's claim to fame is a birthplace of many companies that have redefined the industries and changed the rules of the game. Visit companies and meet entrepreneurs that are making it happen. Find inspiration from the personal stories of entrepreneurial success and Silicon Valley experience shared by our speakers. In this meeting, you will learn the lessons of creating and implementing industry leading solutions leveraging emerging technologies. 

4. How Silicon Valley Disrupts Itself: Visit to Incubators and Accelerators

Many great companies got a jump start in the incubators and accelerators of Silicon Valley. Explore the business  incubation model and meet the residents and alumni of the hottest Silicon Valley start-up incubators.

DAY 6 (Optional) Clean Energy of the Future: Disruptive Business Models and Opportunities for Oil & Gas

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles last year were 42 per cent higher than in 2015, growing eight times faster than the overall market (Forbes, May 2017). The storage capacity of big lithium ion battery systems more than doubled last year. At the same time, developed economies are becoming ever more oriented toward services that have less need for resources, whereas the global economy is using resources less intensively overall. These new trends together with low commodity prices over the past years, are making fossil fuel giants look for new business opportunities in new places like renewable and clean energy.

1. Solar and Wind Energy: Innovation Beyond Fossil Fuels 

In 2015 The State of California issued Renewable's Portfolio Standard Program, RPS is a market based policy requiring utilities to deliver 50% of their retail electricity from clean, renewable sources 2030. This new legal framework and other Silicon Valley ecosystem factors are already spurring significant investments in renewable resources, and the trend is only expected to accelerate.

Learn about the recent trends in solar and wind energy market, main players and opportunities for traditional industries, from the energy industry experts and energy consumers. Leading expert - an executive of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Alternative experts include: IntelApple or Walmart - 3 major US businesses 93% to 100% powered by renewable energy; BrightSource Energy that designs and builds utility-scale solar power plants to help companies lessen their dependency on fossil fuels; and SolarCity - the largest provide of solar energy in the US. 

2. The Next Generation of the Energy Storage Solutions

New smart energy storage solutions are poised to boost further development of the renewable energy market and bring the energy distribution and consumption infrastructure to the new heights.  Meet with Amprius - a leading manufacturer and developer of high energy and high capacity lithium-ion batteries. Alternative experts include competitors GogoroTesla MotorsImprint Energy - producer of “ZincPoly,” a zinc-based rechargeable battery designed at University of California, Berkeley; Imergy Power Systemsor Ice Energy - Californian developers of clean energy storage solutions. 



Este Programa limitado a 25 Plazas, pues las visitas a Empresas cuentan con esa restricción. Por ello le sugerimos planear con suficiente anticipación su participación.

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