A Future Vision
Day one provides a future vision of how technology and innovation will reshape the world with themes such as green telcos, Robotics as a Service (RaaS), and 6G, and speakers that include Christel Heydemann, CEO, Orange Group; David Sabow, Head of Technology & Healthcare, Silicon Valley Bank; Hugues Foulon, Executive Director of Strategy and Cybersecurity, Orange Group; and Erica Orange, EVP & COO, The Future Hunters.
It’s time! Orange Silicon Valley’s annual Hello Show from November 15-17 brings together top executives, thought leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs for three half-days of technology, innovation, and exploration. Join Orange leaders Christel Heydemann, Hugues Foulon, Philippe Ensarguet, and Michaël Trabbia plus notable guest speakers like Director of Global Business at NVIDIA Greg Jones, CEO & Founder of Pollen Anthony Levandowski, and Head of Wireless Innovation at DISH Network Chris Ergen.
Sessions: Day 1
Keynote with Christel Heydemann, Orange CEODescription: Orange CEO Christel Heydemann opens the Hello Show with a welcoming address highlighting how innovation is transforming our workplaces, partnerships, and responses to climate change and other global challenges.
Session 2The state of venture capital investment Description: Where are VC investors planning to invest in the coming cycle? David Sabow, Head of Technology & Healthcare, North America for Silicon Valley Bank, gives an in-depth presentation about the state of the venture market’s encounter with the tech sector.
Session 3Demonstrations: Startups helping telcos decarbonize Description: An inside look at innovative software and hardware solutions for the telco industry being deployed by visionary start-ups. New approaches to decarbonization will be demonstrated by Paul Schneider of Aradatum, an infratech tower company providing self-powered macro cell towers that can be placed literally anywhere for 5G; Rob Guyton of Encell, a green energy storage company offering clean batteries with the lowest levelized cost of storage (LCOS); and Serge Rigori of the Orange Fab France company Predictive Layer, whose AI / ML-powered platform enables customers to build and operate accurate and reliable forecast models.
Session 4Fireside chat with Hugues Foulon, Orange Executive Director of Strategy and Cybersecurity Activities Description: A lively interview of veteran Orange Group cybersecurity thought leader Hugues Foulon by Guillaume Dussubieux, Directeur Event Factory for Orange Business Services, introducing Orange Cyberdefense and key priorities for 2022.
Session 5Reimagination in a time of change Description: What emerging trends will shape and impact our future? How can we adapt and innovate quickly in a changed world? Erica Orange of The Future Hunters uses macro technological, sociocultural, and economic trends as a catalyst to talk about the opportunities of tomorrow and how the current landscape will be transformed in the years to come. She will also address how best to develop future-proofed and actionable strategies to capitalize on where change is moving.
Session 6Industry 4.0: Decreasing the risk of automation with Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) Description: Explore Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS), an emerging Industry 4.0 business model enabling organizations to hire robots by the hour at competitive wages. Along with a deep dive and Q&A on this new concept there will be a presentation by Saman Farid and Malcolm Kerr of Formic, an RaaS provider of wide-ranging robotic capabilities and one-stop shop automation partner for small- to medium-sized manufacturers.
Session 7Panel discussion: Is it time for 6G? Description: 6G efforts are already well underway and lessons are being learned from 5G and its ongoing deployment. Professor Colleen Josephson, Senior Research Scientist at VMware, will moderate a panel of leading thinkers including Mike Nawrocki of Next G Alliance, Jan Soderstrom of Ericsson, and Professor Sanjay Shakkottai of University of Texas at Austin. The group will examine the road ahead and which applications can benefit from 6G and advance the user experience in evolving cyber worlds and the metaverse.
Speakers: Day 1
Jeff Rogers, Host
What do Stanford, MIT, and The Second City have in common? Jeff Rogers!
Jeff is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author, an award-winning Television & Live Event Host, and sought-after public speaker with 25+ years of experience engaging and delighting audiences. Jeff uses curiosity and humor to thread together engaging moments into an impactful and successful event. He has studied Design Thinking at Stanford and MIT.
Corporate clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Major League Baseball, IBM, HP, Microsoft, Red Hat, ConvergeOne, Forsythe, Motorola Solutions, RedHat, SUN, Pepsi, 7UP, GM, Ford, Chrysler, International, Waste Management, Bank of America, CNA, Chase, and Discover Card, just to name a few. Jeff’s latest book is the Amazon and international bestseller: The Playmaker Mindset, which explores the intersection of Innovation and Mission. He is an alumnus of The Second City, where he performed with Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and countless others. He is also an owner of The Players Workshop, the oldest school of improvisation in the country, home to alumni Bill Murray, Bonnie Hunt, Harold Ramis, Amy Sedaris, Matt Walsh, and many more.
CEO, Formic TechnologiesSaman Farid is the CEO of Formic Technologies. Prior to founding Formic, Saman was one of three General Partners in a $600m AI & Robotics investment fund – Baidu Ventures (BV). During his tenure at BV, he made investments in 50+ companies, built the US team, joined 15 boards, and helped bring a variety of technologies to market ranging from sensors to neuromorphic chips, from computer vision systems to full-robotic systems. He has a passion for the intersection of bleeding edge technology and the physical world. He also founded Comet Labs – a $50m AI fund with an attached robotics incubator and venture studio, where he assembled teams and invested in nearly 100 companies and built partnerships with companies like Bosch, NVIDIA, John Deere, Honeywell, Baidu, Lyft and many more. Prior to his investing career, Saman built and sold two technology companies (eCommerce & IPTV), and worked at a variety of companies including Microsoft, Honeywell, Verizon & Deloitte Consulting. Saman has an MBA from MIT Sloan & Tsinghua University, as well as an undergraduate degree in control systems engineering from The Cooper Union, which he attended on a full-tuition scholarship.
Executive Director of Strategy and Cybersecurity Activities, Orange Group
Hugues Foulon is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA). He is also author of the 66th “defense policy” session of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN).
He began his career in 1994 at Générale des Eaux (Veolia Group) where he became Director of a drinking water plant then Director of the companies “Monégasque de Télédistribution” and “Monégasque des Eaux”. In 2000, he entered the world of telecoms when he joined Monaco Telecom (part of Vivendi Group) as Deputy CEO in charge of support functions.
In 2005, he joined the Orange Group as Finance Director for the consumer mobile sales division. He stayed for two years before leaving for Maghreb where he was Director of Financial Control for Maroc Telecom. Returning to Orange in 2007, he held several positions including Financial Control Director for the Marketing and Innovation division, Director to the Group’s Deputy CEO in charge of Finance, and CFO of Orange MEA. He was then appointed Head of the Chairman & CEO’s office for Stéphane Richard and Secretary of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Effective 2 May 2018, he took on the role of Director of Strategy and Cybersecurity activities of the Group and CEO of Orange Cyberdefense.
Chief of Staff for the Technology and Healthcare Banking Division, Silicon Valley Bank
Lindsey Guinn is the Chief of Staff for the Technology and Healthcare Banking Division for Silicon Valley Bank, which supports the financial needs of SVB clients across the US and Canada. In her role, she has a focus on strategic business initiatives and drives project coordination on behalf of the department heads.
Prior to her current role, Lindsey held several roles at Silicon Valley Bank primarily supporting venture-backed Enterprise Software companies in New York. This support included advising and implementing banking and venture-debt solutions and curating networking events and resources that Founders and CFOs can leverage to support the growth and success of their businesses.
Chief Executive Officer, Orange Group
Christel Heydemann is Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Group since 4 April 2022.
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, she began her career in 1997 at Boston Consulting Group. In 1999, she joined Alcatel where she was entrusted with a range of roles and responsibilities, specifically in the context of the merger of Alcatel and Lucent. In 2011, she was appointed to Alcatel-Lucent’s Executive Committee as Director of Human Resources and Transformation. In 2014, Christel Heydemann joined Schneider Electric as the Director of Strategic Alliances. In April 2017 she was appointed as Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric France and subsequently Executive Vice President Europe Operations in May 2021. She was also member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric.
Head of Growth and GTM Strategy, Formic
Malcolm Kerr leads go-to-market strategy, sales operations, marketing, at sales development Formic.
Prior to joining Formic, Malcolm worked in Corporate Strategy, Go-To-Market, and Sales Enablement at Yext in New York City. He had an active role in many business transformation initiatives and product launches as the company scaled rapidly and went public, including but not limited to market research, product marketing, beta programs, and competitive analysis. He is a recent transplant to the Bay Area, and holds a BA in Sociology and Economics from Colby College, where he spent a semester abroad in Cape Town and ran the campus radio station. Outside of work, Malcolm enjoys playing soccer, camping, watching basketball, music (both listening to, and creating), traveling, and investing. He is originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is a die-hard but constantly disappointed Timberwolves fan.
Larry is a business-adventurist and technology enthusiast. Known for building and launching disruptive companies and P&Ls, he successfully created and developed six brands over the past 17 years, including contract office furniture, energy controls, and wireless technology businesses. Earlier in his career, Larry worked for global organizations such as Steelcase, General Electric, and Legrand.
Vice President – Technology & Solutions, ATIS
As Vice President of Technology and Solutions at ATIS, Mike focuses on strategic initiatives to advance ATIS members’ business and technology priorities related to next generation networks. Mike also serves as the Managing Director of ATIS’ Next G Alliance, an initiative focused on advancing North American 6G (and beyond) leadership.
Prior to joining ATIS, Mike had over 30 years of telecommunications experience at Verizon and AT&T. Since joining ATIS six years ago, he has led a number of ATIS’ strategic initiatives including Smart Cities, 5G Supply Chain, Context-aware Identity Management and Evolution to Content Optimized Networks. Mike currently represents ATIS as a member of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC).
Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering – Communications from the George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Future Hunters
Erica is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic, and environmental trends – and identifies the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and public sector clients. Erica’s ability to identify patterns, think critically and analytically, and translate that into actionable strategies is what has made her an invaluable asset to clients. Erica frequently speaks to a wide range of global audiences about the macro trends that are shaping and impacting today’s landscape. She has spoken at TEDx and keynoted over a hundred conferences around the world, including across Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She has authored numerous articles and industry white papers on a variety of future-focused topics, and has been featured in news outlets including NPR, Time, Inc, Yahoo Singapore, WWD, Bloomberg, and CBS This Morning. In 2020, she was named by Forbes as one of the world’s 50 Top Female Futurists.
Head of Technology & Healthcare Banking, North America, Silicon Valley Bank
Dave Sabow leads the North American Technology and Healthcare Banking Division for Silicon Valley Bank, serving the financial needs of SVB’s clients across the US and Canada. In this role he manages the North American sales force, underwriting teams, investor coverage, and relationship advisory teams supporting client onboarding and servicing across the Technology & Healthcare portfolio.
Over the course of his ten-year career with SVB, Dave has held several roles including running the Life Science & Healthcare business, managing the Bank’s client funds business (consisting of both on- and off-balance sheet capital), playing a leadership role in SVB’s move into investment banking with the acquisition of Leerink Partners, facilitating the creation of SVB’s Institutional Leveraged Finance business, and helping to establish the first-line Know Your Customer team.
Dave currently serves on SVB’s Asset & Liability Strategy Committee, the Client Review Committee, the Board of SVB’s Asset Management Business, and is a member of the Bank Leadership Committee. Dave previously served on the Credit Risk Policy Committee, the Canada Steering Committee, and the Asset Liability Committee.
Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Dave spent approximately nine years as an investment banker with Canaccord Genuity, where he focused on both domestic and international transactions across the life science and healthcare sector. Prior to Canaccord, Dave worked as a relationship manager with U.S. Bank.
Dave graduated with honors from Santa Clara University and completed the executive program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, focusing on Leadership and Strategic Impact. Outside of work Dave also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Kelly Brush Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering people with spinal cord injuries to lead active and engaged lives.
Dave, his wife Alexis, and three children live in Mill Valley, CA where they take full advantage of the trails and waves of Marin County.
VP Marketing and Business Development, Aradatum
During his 15-year career in marketing, Paul has developed a knack for building brands and developing unique business models to drive them. In the past decade, his career has focused on renewable energy companies and non-profits. Paul studied marketing, design, and video production at Madison Media Institute and has received multiple awards and national recognition for his work.
Professor, Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering No. 15, Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Sanjay Shakkottai received his Ph.D. from the ECE Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. He is with The University of Texas at Austin, where he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering #15. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2004 and was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2014. He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize in 2021. He is currently the Editor in Chief of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. His research interests lie at the intersection of algorithms for resource allocation, statistical learning and networks, with applications to wireless communication networks and online platforms.
Vice President and Head of Advanced Technology and Industry U.S., Ericsson Group
Jan Soderstrom is Vice President and Head of Advanced Technology and Industry U.S., based in Silicon Valley, California and reporting to Ericsson Group’s CTO. In this capacity he drives technology leadership work in 5G, Cloud, and IoT including co-creation with ecosystem partners. He has built up the Ericsson D-fifteen Lab network platform for use case innovation and testing. Jan is also engaged in the quest for American leadership in 5G and 6G – he serves as the Vice Chair of the NextG Alliance and as a board member of ATIS. Jan is also a member of the Board of Trustees for University of California Merced.
From 2013 to 2017, Jan was driving the NFV and cloud transformation program at Ericsson. Prior to this, Jan had a decade-long engagement at Ericsson Research heading the research in IP and Cloud, including three years in San Jose building up the Ericsson lab there. Jan has a PhD in Applied Physics from Chalmers University of Technology and spent his early career working with optoelectronic devices and optical networking.