Fujitsu World Tour
Fujitsu World Tour is Fujitsu’s largest event, which takes place in over 25 countries worldwide. The latest UK event took place in London on the 6th of July with over 1,000 people joining us for an action-packed day. Our theme for the day was Human Centric Innovation - Digital Co-creation. Digital Co-creation is Fujitsu’s approach to innovation in a digital world, which brings together ecosystems of diverse organisations, all with complementary expertise, to co-create the solutions that will accelerate your digital transformation. We are looking forward to the 2018 event, which will be even bigger!
Find out more about this year's event and register here.
Take a look at the highlights from last year’s event.
Fujitsu Forum 2017
This year’s event in Munich explored the ways in which digital technology can transform organisations and create a better future for business and society. Through a mixture of inspirational keynotes, expert talks, breakout sessions and a demonstration centre showcasing the latest in digital technologies, the event was Fujitsu’s largest in the European calendar. Re-live Fujitsu Forum here – then link through to the central Fujitsu Forum page. See event highlights.
GDPR event seriesGDPR Event 1
On Thursday, April 6th,our first GDPR TechFire event took place in Croke Park. With co-sponsorship from our partner Veritas, the event, “GDPR: What’s my exposure?” examined the regulation in its entirety and potential penalties for organisations that fall foul. Looking organisation-wide, this session also covered another major directive which coincides with the GDPR timeline, the Network Information Security (NIS) directive. There was a fantastic appetite for this event on the day with over 140 organisations present. In all, this highlights the impact of the subject for each and every company in the industry.GDPR Event 2
The last of our GDPR TechFire events took place on Wednesday 20th September 2017 in Croke Park. With co-sponsorship from our partners Symantec and Veritas, the event, “GDPR: from compliance to competitive advantage” covered everything from starting your compliance journey, practical tips from those who have begun to how to maintain compliance. The event also examined some of the benefits of being GDPR compliant such as the ability to gain critical insights through the better use of data. The event was a great success with over 145 people in attendance, clearly demonstrating the interest and importance in this topic. In addition, we achieved some fantastic results on social media in terms of reach, impressions and shares.GDPR - Changing Legalisation should be fine.
In November 2017 Caragh O’Carroll presented in Blanchardstown to 80 members of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce about GDPR. On May 25th 2018 there will soon be a number of changes to Data Protection legislation. Called GDPR (General Data Protection Legislation), it affects all our customers as well as Fujitsu itself. Partner Management & Marketing have been running an ongoing GDPR campaign to educate customers. This builds profile for Fujitsu and helps us position Fujitsu’s GDPR Gap Assessment plus Fujitsu’s technology solutions to GDPR. If you are aware of any customers / prospects that are interesting in understanding more about GDPR and how Fujitsu can support, please contact Caragh O’Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dublin 2050 event series
A series of four events in which Fujitsu Ireland co- sponsored in conjunction with Dublin Chamber. Each event covered a lively debate around the need for a long – term vision for Dublin. The series examined some of the key issues which challenge Dublin’s future.Destination 2.6m
On Thursday 13th April, our first Dublin Chamber 2050 event took place in The Westbury Hotel. The event Destination 2.6m examined how Ireland will cope with an additional 700,000 people living in Dublin by 2050. The keynote speakers were Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan, co – founder of Urban Agency Andrew Griffin and demographics expert Brian Hughes. The discussion centred on housing, transport, infrastructure, sustainability, quality of life and the impact of the expected additional 700,000 people in Dublin by 2050 will have on each.
The common census on the day was the need for creative people –whose main focus was working with our cultural content. ‘Build from inside out, not outside in’ to give citizens a sense of ownership.
Fellow architect Andrew Griffin painted a stark picture of the logistical challenges Ireland faces. Ireland is already one of the world’s most congested cities. Some 60 % of the Irish population live in urban centres, mostly in or around the capital. This is due to people needing to move for work.
Many questions arrived where would we put the rest of the people? What infrastructure can support them when the public transport system is already on the ropes.
The discussion on the day found that the main concerns were that housing and infrastructure weren’t been built in the correct areas. This is something that will need to be reassessed to combat this problem. The demand for living in Dublin is huge as three quarters of the country’s population growth is in Leinster and everyone agrees that we can’t force people to live where they don’t want to.
The main result on the day was that Dublin needs to plan ahead and ensure that Dublin can obtain the resources they need to combat this problem. If Dublin aren’t prepared, a situation of overcrowding could occur.Intelligent support: The Engine for Growth
New ways of thinking about transport are more important than ever. That was the core message delivered at our second Dublin Chamber 2050 event which was held on Tuesday 20th June at The Westbury Hotel.
The ‘Intelligent Transport’ event provided a fascinating insight into the future of Dublin’s transport systems.
Fujitsu’s CEO Tony O’Malley who opened the event, spoke about how unreliable the public transport system is in Ireland but the need for reliable public transport was becoming greater and that many people drive to work because of this. Laura Behan, head of climate change unit at the Department of Transport said there are over 74% of us who commute to work by car.
The second speaker on the morning Russell Goodenough, Client Managing Director for the Transport Sector at Fujitsu UK & Ireland emphasised the need for more ‘passenger – centric’ environment by using technology. He said that this could change the land that we use as people may live further away from work if they didn’t have to drive there.
By 2050 it is expected that cars will drive better than humans and there will be no hesitating when moving lanes.
Laura Behan delivered some pretty damning statistics about the impact that the current state of play is having on business and on the Irish economy, she estimated that the cost of congestion in the Greater Dublin area is close to €350 million per annum at the moment. If congestion isn’t combatted soon the cost could hit €2 billion within the next 15 years.
All speakers agreed that the warnings have highlighted new ways of thinking about transport are more urgent than ever but with the correct management and investment, Dublin will be able to overcome this.
Going back to the above figures on the costs of congestion, this collaboration truly needs to develop now to mitigate against future problems that may arise. Dublin’s growth should be celebrated, we need to grasp the opportunities available to us now and ensure that growth is maintained to develop a functioning, human-centric intelligent society for the future. Our transport is central to that and it is vital we can move our citizens around as efficiently as possible, in line with the positive movement in our capital’s economy.Security: Securing Our Future
Our third Dublin 2050 Event of 2017 in association with Dublin Chamber of Commerce took place on Thursday 21st September at the Westbury Hotel. The topic that was discussed covered Security- Securing our Future.
The key note speakers were MC Aebhric McGibney, Public & International Affairs Director, Dublin Chamber, Tony O’Malley, CEO, Fujitsu Ireland, Michael Gubbins, Garda Cyber Crime Bureau and Paul C Dwyer, Cyber Risk International.
On the day all our speakers agreed that technological advances had unlocked huge potential for businesses and consumers. Technology is ever changing and the audience agreed. The move from basic internet to mobile services, wearable devices, smart cars and the current transition into robotics, AI and automation this leads to everyone having access to information quicker than before. However with all these exciting developments there will be always negatives. The audience shared their concerns that the more we move into a digital world there is more chance of criminal activity.
This leaves us at a crossroads where security is a huge barrier and some members of the audience were sceptical about the safety of new technology. Many business leaders in attendance on the day stated that data breaches can crush a company’s reputation overnight. If there is an incident, ‘It’s going to get out there faster than you’d think because people talk; they’re going to go and put it on boards or Twitter said keynote speaker Paul Dwyer, Cyber Risk International.
Michael Gubbins, Garda Cyber Crime Bureau our second keynote speaker said the only way society will beat cybercrime, is through cooperation between’ the three pillars’ of law enforcement, industry and academia, at home and abroad. It’s a similar concept to community watch; to have each other’s back. He urged businesses to report incidents to the Garda. We need to get used to sharing information, because that’s exactly what the criminal’s do.
All speakers agreed that even though cyber security can be costly, it gives companies a competitive edge. If companies keep getting hit, what’s going to happen? People are going to go somewhere else, they will lose faith in you.Sustainability – Powering Dublin’s Next Generation
The final in a series of Dublin 2050 events for 2017 took place in the Westbury Hotel on Wednesday 15th November in association with the Dublin Chamber.
The topic of discussion was Sustainability – Powering Dublin’s Next Generation with keynote speakers - Juliet Silvester, Head of Responsible Business at Fujitsu, Jim Gannon, CEO at SEAI and John O’Connor, Chief Executive of Tynagh Energy each addressing the critical issue of sustainable energy.
Climate change mitigation is now in the mainstream, and few members of the audience argued with Juliet Silvester’s assertion that responsible, sustainable behaviour is vital to business success, attracting both customers high quality talent to a brand.
Changes currently afoot are going to transform our experience of energy provision. “One of the megatrends is the convergence of tech around the human and the level of control people want to exert in their day to day life, e.g. controlling all of the energy in their homes from their smartphone,” said Gannon. “In response, in the recent EU Clean Energy package you see people being given the right to generate electricity in their home, export that electricity and get a market price for it.
EU legislation will also have an impact, driving the creation of a Europe – wide liberalised electricity market. The Integrated Single Electricity Market (I- SEM) is due to ‘go live’ next May. “There will be more spot pricing, multiple targets in terms of where you can trade your electricity”, said O’Connor.
Suppliers will become traders. Traditionally we would consider ourselves as an electricity factory producing megawatts, now were becoming a generation service in supporting wind.
So what’s the catch of 2020, the EU requires 40% of Ireland’s electricity to come from renewable resources, we’re at about 25% at the moment but wind is volatile resource.
Business has to lead, said Gannon. It’s not good enough anymore to respond to regulation, to respond to consultation processes and to pivot and adapt. He said the upcoming National energy and Climate Plan provided a unique opportunity to influence direction. “Over the next 12 months to the end of 2018 it will determine, with a level of specificity you have never seen, the energy policy and regulation steps that will get us to our 2030 targets. There is a real chance here for businesses, and Dublin businesses in particular, to guide and shape that legislation.
All speakers agreed that change needs to happen now and consumers are demanding business “present solutions”. The main finding of the morning was our we going to lead to ensure that we remain a sustainable country on par with everyone else or are we just going to wait and see what happens. Consumers and business alike need to voice their concerns.
What's in it for you ?
Fujitsu’s corporate event programmes have been carefully designed to create opportunities for you to engage with your peers on the hottest topics affecting business and technology today. In the face of unrelenting change we are all coming to the realisation our organisations will look very different in a few years - different size, different shape, different ways of engaging with our customers and employees. But one thing seems clear - we all need to adapt and collaborate in order to survive.
Through industry subject matters and thought leaders, Fujitsu’s events explore how digital transformation is demanding business models to be changed and new thinking to be adopted if organisations are to survive. We explore in detail, how technology and co-creation are fundamental in exploiting the full possibilities of the digital era.
Across the programme, there are a wide range of events to suit everyone, across different locations. Take a look at the video to understand more about what you could experience at one of our events.
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