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for the largest MBA tech conference in the world!
Sunday, November 4, 2012 @Harvard Business School
*Pre-sale tickets are sold out, but will be available for purchase at the door.
What is Cyberposium?
Held annually for the past 17 years, Cyberposium has been one of the most high profile events hosted by Harvard Business School, drawing some 700+ attendees from the tech/media industries as well as the VC and startup communities.
Participants include CEOs, CTOs, founders, entrepreneurs, VCs, Wall Street and tech analysts, a broad range of media and press representatives, and students from over 25 leading MBA programs around the world.
11 Panels With Industry Experts
Cyberposium 18 will include in-depth panels on the latest tech trends, strategies, and more. Panel moderators will include venture capitalists from Bessemer Venture Partners, Highland Capital, Sequoia Capital, and many others.
Digital Media: The Future of Music
We will discuss the evolution of content distribution models, the emergence of digital media, licensing issues, monetization, and how these new channels affect the content creation and value-sharing process.
This panel will discuss how technology is making educational resources more easily accessible to students, teachers and communities. From the Mooresian advancement of low-cost hardware, to the proliferation of digital content distribution and online learning, and the availability of new tools for teachers, we will examine how technology is advancing educational opportunities for its many stakeholders, and most importantly, whether and what kind of multi-lateral effort is required to coordinate the efforts of the many players in the space.
This panel will focus on how advertising is shifting to mobile and the effect on marketers, ad networks, publishers and users. How does mobile affect advertising strategies and associated ROIs for marketers? What is happening in performance based marketing?
The Impact of Big Data
Big data - the analysis of large data sets - has significant implications on the entire technology value chain, from infrastructure to end-consumer. At the core of this trend is the ability to provide businesses and consumers with analytical tools and applications that allow for more informed decision making. In our debate, we would like to explore business models that have emerged to serve this space, whether or not it is being commoditized and where are potential areas of remaining opportunities.
The Evolution of Payments
The payments space is evolving. An industry once dominated by credit card companies and traditional banks has been disrupted by innovation, and several new payments platforms across physical, online and mobile have emerged. Which new players are moving toward critical mass and which are not? How will partnerships contribute to a platform’s success, and who will extract the most value? Will there be a winner at the end of the day?
Subscription Business Models: Evolution or Fad?
We will debate the merits and flaws of the increasing proliferation of companies (not just cloud software+services) adopting a subscription-business model (i.e. subscriptions, usage, metering, etc.). For example, what consumer behaviors are driving this change? Or is the drive coming more from the investor community rewarding recurring business models with higher valuations? What are the challenges with this type of business model, specifically for each of the panelists and how it impacts their future strategy.
Social Media in the Enterprise
The key idea with an enterprise social platform is to shrink the distance between people, as well as between people and information. The ability to successfully drive business value by stimulating collaboration, innovation and awareness provides powerful competitive advantage goals and rewards at all scales. How are social media platforms forging new social relationships within companies, or between companies and their competitors, partners or customers? How do enterprises find value and validate spend on social media? How do enterprises use social technology (internally) to drive collaboration, business processes and knowledge transfer? Should it be content centric or people centric? What should an enterprise do to best position itself to benefit from social media to drive employee collaboration as well as customer satisfaction?
How is healthcare technology being used by providers and payers to lower costs across the US healthcare system. How will Obama Care affect technology usage in the delivery of healthcare? Will it increase or lower costs? How will it affect outcomes?
What are the emerging and fading global hubs for entrepreneurship? How do different cities vary in the type of startups and associated success rates? What can institutions — government or otherwise — do to promote entrepreneurship and attract talent?
Hardware & User Interface Design
How do the designs of tangible products influence customer experience? This panel will explore the role that physical products play in our appreciation of electronic and internet technology (i.e. how design affects customer interaction with technology, what products customers choose, and how easily users interact with the virtual world).
Cultural Entrepreneurship and the Arts
We will discuss how the time-honored, traditional world of the creative arts is being disrupted by technology. For example, what are the business models emerging in the creative arts? What are the implications for such a traditional sector? What are the unique challenges facing cultural entrepreneurs? What are the burgeoning ecosystems supporting these innovations?