Shaping the connected future for people, society and the planet

Welcome to the NTT Innovation Summit 2020, which this year is virtual. Specifically designed for business and technology leaders, the summit will provide you with the opportunity to hear about how NTT’s innovation ambitions and investments are shaping the connected future for people, society and the planet. Explore innovation from across the NTT Group – from Tokyo to the Silicon Valley and gain insights into our latest disruptive technologies, innovations and market trends from now, through to 2030.

NTT Innovation Summit 2020 agenda 

Watch our subject matter experts discuss technology innovation insights and trends

17 November / Day one

Innovation: the only sustainable form of differentiation

Presented by: Jason Goodall, Group CEO, NTT Ltd.

2020 has been a highly challenging year for many organizations. While clients’ needs are evolving, many business leaders have needed to maintain highly fluid environments in order to respond and recover as best as they can. However, it also pays to be on the front foot by continuing to differentiate and adapt. That's the key role we believe innovation plays for clients to be successful and gain a competitive advantage in today’s volatile environment. In his keynote, Jason will discuss the increasingly critical role that innovation plays in helping global organizations rebound and differentiate to win in their own markets.

Disruptive technologies – five key trends for 2021 and beyond

Nadeem Ahmad, Senior Vice President, Technology Strategy, NTT Ltd.

The world is amid a major transition. Faced with the limits of our current social, economic, technological and cultural systems, people everywhere are searching for new ways of doing things. In addition, in a few short months, the spread of the novel coronavirus has upended the world and dramatically changed people’s values in the process. As has happened with previous pandemics, transformation of society will result. In this session, as sort of a preview of what we’ll see during the week, we’ll take a look at new and emerging technologies that have the potential to disrupt existing business models and help us realize the ultimate in safety and security, support sustainable growth and reduce environmental loads in the future, while creating an optimized society in the coming years.

 

Infrastructure insights and 2021 technology trends

Presented by: Rob Lopez, Executive Vice President Intelligent Infrastructure, NTT Ltd. and Muna Khurshid, Vice President, Intelligent Infrastructure, NTT Ltd.

The past year has seen some challenging times as well as some compelling opportunities in the infrastructure space. In this session, we’ll make sense of the insights gathered from the recently released NTT Ltd. 2020 Global Network Insights Report and give you a sneak preview into the findings from our Hybrid Cloud Report due for release in early 2021. These reports analyze how networking and hybrid cloud trends, pre- and post-COVID-19, will impact your organization. In addition, we will review technology trends that will drive the future state of the infrastructure market, and key recommendations for you to factor into your business decisions about your global infrastructure requirements. This session is aligned to NTT R&D Forum’s Networking and Cloud themes.

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Keynote Jun Sawada, President and CEO, NTT

18 November / Day two

How innovation is helping businesses to survive and thrive

Presented by: Andrew Briggs, Chief Global Business Officer, NTT Ltd.

2020 continues to be a difficult year as we learn to adapt and understand the new normal. Business models have changed, transformation projects have been redefined and flexible working practices accelerated. In this session, we’ll be exploring the challenges and issues that global businesses, including NTT Ltd, have faced and how through innovating together, we’ve been able to help clients not only survive but thrive. We’ll help you to understand how innovation and exploring new technologies can lead to unexpected results.

Customer Experience Insights & 2021 technology trends

Presented by: Rob Allman, Senior Vice President Customer Experience, NTT Ltd. and Rachael Broughton, Senior Customer Experience Consultant, NTT Ltd.

The past year has seen some challenging times due to COVID-19 and also some compelling opportunities in the customer experience space. In this session, we’ll make sense of the insights gathered from our 2020 Global Customer Experience Benchmarking Report pre- and post-COVID-19 and how they’ll impact your organization with a focus on delivering an effortless experience for the connected customer. In addition, we will review technology trends that will drive the future state of the customer experience market in 2021 and key recommendations for you to factor into your business decisions when it comes to your global customer experience requirements.

Creating a Bio Digital Twin: How do we get there?

Presented by: Drs. Joe Alexander, Yasuyuki Kataoka, and Kenji Sunagawa, NTT Research

Thanks to a wide range of technologies, yet the idea of a non-biological digital twin has moved rapidly into production. The idea of a biological digital twin, still seems futuristic. The potential benefits in terms of diagnosis and treatment at the patient level and drug discovery on a wider scale are compelling. But how do you get there? This session will help to answer that question. Given that the bio digital twin is a model, a fundamental requirement is data; and some of that data will need to be acquired through a new class of nanoscale, implantable electrodes with enhanced functionalities. The bio digital twin will also need to be built in stages. To make the twin more reasonable and clinician-friendly, it makes sense to start with a single physiological system. The cardiovascular system is a good target. We are aiming to achieve a cardiovascular digital twin within five years.

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Keynote Katsuhiko Kawazoe, Senior Vice President, Head of Research and Development Planning, NTT

19 November / Day three

NTT Ltd’s Digital Transformation Strategy and Digital Infrastructure Trends

Presented by: Mark van Bavel, Executive Vice President, Digital Platform Architecture, NTT Ltd.

In this keynote, Mark will discuss our overall digital transformation strategy and journey to integrate 34 companies into NTT Ltd., with a focus on digital infrastructure and wholesale migration to cloud services. Based on the insights gained during our platform transformation journey, Mark will review the technology trends driving the future state of the digital platform market in 2021, along with key recommendations for you to factor into your global digital platform decisions. 

Cybersecurity Insights & 2021 technology trends

Presented by: Matt Gyde, CEO, Security Division NTT Ltd. and Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT

The past year has seen some challenging times due to COVID-19 and also some compelling opportunities in the cybersecurity space. In this session, we’ll make sense of the insights gathered from our 2020 Global Threat Intelligence Report pre- and post-COVID-19 and how they’ll impact your organization with a focus on a drive for businesses to be secure by design and cyber-resilient. In addition, we will review technology trends that will drive the future state of the cybersecurity market in 2021 and key recommendations for you to factor into your business decisions when it comes to your global cybersecurity requirements. This session is aligned to NTT R&D Forum’s Security theme.

Attribute-Based Encryption: From a Theory to Real-World Applications

Presented by: Dr. Brent Waters, Distinguished Scientist at NTT Research, Dr. Tatsuaki Okamoto, Director at NTT Research and Kazuhiro Gomi, President and Chief Executive Officer at NTT Research and member of the Board of Directors

NTT Research is engaged in basic research, which sometimes translates into building core tools. To become application-ready or deployable, they would require a later, second pass. In 2005, while addressing a theoretical problem, two cryptographers introduced a concept called attribute-based encryption (ABE), in which policies, rather than individuals, determine access. The notion became influential in academic circles. It was used, for instance, to construct a broader category called functional encryption (FE).

In 2018, with 5G and new regulations in mind, a European Standards body released specifications codifying requirements for applying ABE for personally identifiable information (PII) and personal data protection. In one scenario, a user ID would be encrypted according to an ABE scheme, and standard 3G/4G/5G authentication procedures would follow. This session will cover ABE and how today, NTT is looking to make ABE product-ready to boost both security and functionality.
20 November / Day four

From R&D to Co-Innovation to Sustainable Business Solutions

Presented by: Debra Bordignon, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and Technology, NTT Ltd. Australia

Technology R&D is full of possibilities heralding the next era of business and our future society. But how do we translate from emerging technologies to viable solutions that can accelerate your business transformation, provide early mover competitive advantage or enable disruptive industry models? In this session we’ll discuss our approach to co-innovation partnership. We’ll share the successes through bringing NTT R&D together with client and industry opportunities, as well as our own learnings.

Workplace insights and 2021 technology trends

Presented by: Alex Bennett, Senior Vice President Intelligent Workplace, NTT Ltd. and Marilyn Chaplin, Chief Human Resources Officer, NTT Ltd.

In this session, we’ll make sense of the insights gathered from our 2020 Intelligent Workplace Report, pre- and post-COVID-19 and how they’ll impact your organization, with a focus on shaping employee experiences for a world transformed. In addition, we will review the technology trends driving the future state of the workplace in 2021 and key recommendations for you to factor into your business decisions as part of your workplace requirements.

Coherent Ising Machines: Conceiving a New Field of Study

Presented by: Dr. Hideo Mabuchi, Professor of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Dr. Yoshi Yamamoto, Director PHI-Laboratories, NTT Research and Dr. Surya Ganguli, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University

A coherent Ising machine (CIM) is a network of optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) that can be leveraged to solve extremely difficult problems. Prototypes are reaching levels of powerful computational performance, however, we do not really understand how they work. A basic problem of the CIM is that when the laser pump rate is increased from below to above threshold, the machine may be prevented from relaxing to its true ground state in some cases.

In this session, we will cover two proposed solutions: the first involves coherent spreading over local minima via quantum noise correlation; the second, implementing real-time error correction feedback. In assessing these solutions, we touch upon connections between the CIM and foundational concepts spanning the fields of statistical physics, neuroscience and computer science, including dynamical systems theory, bifurcation theory, chaos, spin glasses, belief propagation and survey propagation. One effect is that we are also creating a new field of study.

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