AMP was founded on a simple yet bold idea—that every individual should have the power and ability to control his or her life. For more than 160 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to making this possible. And while we’ve grown and changed over the decades, one thing has remained the same—our unwavering sense of purpose to help people own their tomorrow. Today we are a leading specialist wealth management company in Australia and New Zealand, helping more than four million customers

AMP is hosting the Sydney Future of Ageing discussion

 

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Future Agenda announces the launch of Future Agenda 2.0, the cross disciplinary programme which brings together experts from around the world to address the greatest challenges of the next decade. The aim is to gain a more informed view of the key changes facing society. Supported by a number of businesses, academic institutions and government organisations, it is the world’s largest open foresight initiative providing a platform for collective innovation at a higher level than has been previously achieved.   Future Agenda 2.0 builds on the results of the first programme that ran from 2010 – 2015.   It begins by offering 20 expert perspectives addressing everything from the future of energy, data and health to water, transport and privacy.  Over the next six months these points of view will be shared and challenged in over 100 workshops spread across five continents. Contributions will also be made through numerous online debates.…

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The Future of Connectivity – Impacts and Implications

More spectrum, high spectral efficiency and small cells will provide up to 1000 times more capacity in wireless access. In the world of wireless, Shannon’s law is the one fundamental rule that defines the physical limits for the amount of data that can be transferred across a single wireless link. It says that the capacity is determined by the available bandwidth and the signal to noise ratio – which in a cellular system typically is constrained by the interference.

Therefore the first lever to increase the capacity will be to simply utilize more spectrum for mobile broadband. In total the entire spectrum demanded for mobile broadband amounts to more than 1,100 MHz and a large amount (about 500 MHz) of unlicensed spectrum at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz can provide additional capacities for mobile data. Of course reaching an agreement on spectrum usage requires significant alignment efforts by the industry and is a rather time consuming process. Therefore it is also necessary to look at complementary approaches such as the Authorized Shared Access (ASA) licensing model, which allows fast and flexible sharing of underutilized spectrum that is currently assigned to other spectrum-holders such as broadcasters, public safety, defence or aeronautical.

A key challenge associated with more spectrum is to enable base stations and devices to utilize this larger and a potentially fragmented spectrum. Here technologies such as intra- and inter-band Carrier Aggregation will be essential to make efficient use of a fragmented spectrum.

The second lever for more capacity will be to address the interference part of Shannon’s equation. This can be achieved for example through beam forming techniques, which concentrate the transmit power into smaller spatial regions. A combination of multiple spatial paths through Coordinated Multipoint Transmissions (CoMP) can further increase the capacities available to individual users. We believe that with the sum of these techniques the spectral efficiency of the system can be increased by up to 10 times compared to HSPA today.

Advanced technologies and more spectrum will help to grow capacity by upgrading existing macro sites for still some time. However, a point will be reached when macro upgrades reach their limits. By 2020 we believe mobile networks will consist of up to 10…100x more cells, forming a heterogeneous network of Macro, Micro, Pico and Femto cells. Part of this will also be non-cellular technologies such as Wi-Fi, which need to be seamlessly integrated with cellular technologies for an optimal user experience.

Although the industry today has not defined what 5G will look like and the discussions about this are just starting, we believe that flexible spectrum usage, more base stations and high spectral efficiency will be key cornerstones.

The capacity demand and multitude of deployment scenarios for heterogeneous radio access networks will make the mobile backhaul key to network evolution in the next decade. The backhaul requirements for future base stations will easily exceed the practical limits of copper lines. Therefore from a pure technology perspective, fiber seems to be the solution of choice. It provides virtually unlimited bandwidth and can be used to connect macro cells in rural areas and some of the small cells in urban areas. However the high deployment costs will prevent dedicated fiber deployments just to connect base stations in many cases. Due to the number of deployment scenarios for small cells, from outdoor lamp post type installations to indoor, we believe a wide range of wireless backhaul options will coexist including microwave links and point to multipoint link, millimetre wave backhaul technologies. For many small cell deployment scenarios (e.g. for installations below rooftop level) a non-line-of-sight backhaul will be needed. The main options here are to either utilize wireless technologies in the spectrum below 7 GHz or to establish meshed topologies.

Besides pure network capacity, the user experience for many data applications depends heavily on the end-to-end network latency. For example, users expect a full web page to be loaded in less than 1000ms. As loading web pages typically involves multiple requests to multiple servers, this can translate to network latency requirements lower than 50ms. Real-time voice and video communication requires network latencies below 100ms and advanced apps like cloud gaming, tactile touch/response applications or remotely controlled vehicles can push latency requirements down to even single digit milliseconds.

The majority of mobile networks today show end-to-end latencies in the range of 200ms-500ms , mainly determined by slow and capacity limited radio access networks. Therefore the high bandwidth provided by future radio access technologies and the use of fast data processing and transmission will provide a major contribution to reduce the network latency. Due to the amount of data being transferred the user perceived latency can be much higher than the plain round-trip-time. Thinking of future ultra high resolution (UHD) real time video applications this clearly motivates the need for further technology evolution.

Equally important is the real traffic load along the end-to-end path in the network. A high traffic load leads to queuing of packets, which significantly delays their delivery. When attempting to solve this, it is not efficient to just overprovision bandwidth in all network domains. Instead latency sensitive media traffic might take a different path through the network or receive preferred treatment over plain data transfers. This needs to be supported by continuously managing latency as a network quality parameter to identify and improve the bottlenecks. In return, low latency traffic could be charged at a premium, providing network operators with new monetization opportunities.

One physical constraint for latency remainins: Distance and the speed of light. A user located in Europe accessing a server in the US will face a 50ms round-trip time due simply to the physical distance involved, no matter how fast and efficient the network is. As the speed of light is constant, the only way to improve this will be to reduce the distance between devices and the content and applications they are accessing. Many future applications such as cloud gaming depend on dynamically generated content that cannot be cached. Therefore the processing and storage for time critical services also needs to be moved closer to the edge of the network.

The introduction of additional radio access technologies, multiple cell layers and diverse backhaul options will increase complexity and bears the risk that network OPEX will rise substantially. This is why the Self- Optimizing-Network (SON) is so important. SON not only increases operational efficiency, but also improves the network experience through higher network quality, better coverage, capacity and reliability. Extending the SON principles now to a heterogeneous network environment is a challenge and opportunity at the same time.

Fortunately, big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have matured in recent years, mainly driven by the need to interpret the rapidly growing amount of digital data in the Internet. Applied to communication networks, they are a great foundation for analyzing Terabytes of raw network data and to propose meaningful actions. In combination with AI technologies, actionable insights can
be derived even in the case of incomplete data; for example machine-learning techniques can find patterns in large and noisy data sets. Knowledge representation schemes provide techniques for describing and storing the network’s knowledge base and reasoning techniques utilize this to propose decisions even with uncertain and incomplete information. Ultimately we believe that both, big data analytics and AI technologies will help to evolve SON into what we call a “Cognitive Network”, one that is able to handle complex end-to-end optimization tasks autonomously and in real time.

Customer Experience Management (CEM) can provide insights that will enable operators to optimize the balance of customer experience, revenues and network utilization. Cognitive Networks will help to increase the automation of CEM enabling network performance metrics to be used to govern the insight/action control loop, as well as experience and business metrics. This again increases the operational efficiency and at the same will be the prerequisite to deliver a truly personalized network experience for every single user.

The big data analytics and AI technologies introduced with the Cognitive Networks will be the foundation for advanced customer experience metrics. The ability to deal with arbitrary amounts of data in real time will allow a much more detailed sensing of network conditions and the resulting user experience in real time.

It also will be the foundation for large-scale correlations with other data sources such as demographics, location data, social network data, weather conditions and more. This will add a completely new dimension to user experience insights.

Cloud technologies and being able to provide computing and storage resource on-demand have transformed the IT industry in the last years. Virtualization of computing and storage resources has enabled the sharing of resources and thus their overall efficiency. Virtual cloud resources can also be scaled up and down almost instantly in response to changing demand. This flexibility has created completely new business models. Instead of owning infrastructure or applications it is possible to obtain them on-demand from cloud service providers. So far this approach has mainly revolutionized IT datacenters. We believe that similar gains in efficiency and flexibility can be achieved when applying cloud technologies to Telco networks. Virtualization will allow decoupling of traditional vertically integrated network elements into hardware and software, creating network elements that consist just of applications on top of virtualized IT resources. The hardware will be standard IT hardware, hosted in datacentres and either owned by the network operator or sourced on-demand from third party cloud service providers. The network applications will run on top of these datacentres, leveraging the benefits of shared resources and flexible scaling.

Also user plane network elements such as base stations will be subject to this paradigm shift. Over time, the migration of network elements in combination with software defined networking will transform today’s networks into a fully software defined infrastructure that is highly efficient and flexible at the same time.

Efficient radio technologies, high utilization and network modernization will reduce the network energy consumption, another important cost factor for operators. Having the forecasted traffic growth in mind, reducing the network energy consumption must be a major objective. The focal point for improving network energy efficiency will be the radio access, which accounts for around 80% of all mobile network energy consumption. Ultimately the energy efficiency that can be achieved depends on the pace of network modernization. Efficiency gains materialize only when the new technologies are introduced into the live network. Determining the right pace for modernization requires careful balancing of CAPEX and OPEX. We believe that energy efficiency can beat the traffic growth – which makes keeping the network energy consumption at least flat a challenging – but achievable goal.

Anthesis is a specialist global environmental and social sustainability consultancy founded on the belief that commercial success and sustainability go hand in hand. We bring together pioneering “thinkers and doers” from across continents, to offer  a unique combination of commercial relevance, technical depth and global reach. Our approach is based on commercial relevance, technical depth and experience, and a specialist and global service. Wherever you are on your journey towards sustainability, we provide passionate, creative and committed teams who proudly offer exceptional client care.​​ ​
Anthesis is hosting the UK Future of Resources discussion

 

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Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.​
Ashoka is hosting an India Future of Health discussion

 

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Biomin a leader in animal nutrition and health, develops and produces feed additives, premixes and services for the improvement of animal performance, in an economically viable way. Its products cover solutions for mycotoxin risk management, holistic approaches towards promoting growth naturally as well as specific solutions that address dietary requirements for swine, poultry, dairy and beef cattle as well as aquaculture. Biomin is part of the Erber group of companies that focus on improving the efficacy, quality and safety of food and feed products in a healthy and sustainable way

Biomin is hosting the Future of Food discussions in Singapore and Austria.

http://www.biomin.net 

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The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and builds trust between them worldwide. It calls this work ‘cultural relations.’ The organisation works in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom through programmes and services in the English language, the Arts, Education and Society. The British Council believes these are the most effective means of engaging with others, and has been doing this work since 1934. Its work in Education and Society helps transform national education systems, builds more inclusive and open societies and increases young people’s opportunities.

The British Council is hosting the global Future of Education discussions.

http://www.britishcouncil.org

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The Collinson Group is a global leader in shaping and influencing customer behaviour to drive revenue and add value for its clients. Its breadth of expertise in Loyalty, Lifestyle Benefits, Insurance and Assistance creates an unrivalled level of insight into affluent consumers and frequent travellers. Together the company leverages this to develop and deliver market-leading products and services that create engagement, value and loyalty for hundreds of the world’s leading companies with millions of end customers across the world.

The Collinson Group is hosting the global Future of Loyalty discussions.

http://www.collinsongroup.com

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Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (CSR Turkey) is an independent NGO formed in 2005 by the efforts from academics, businesses and other civil society organisations. CSR Turkey aims to promote CSR notion within international standards in Turkey and to increase CSR awareness which already exists with foundations, associations and guild culture in Turkey. CSR Turkey operates with an approach based on sustainable progress, corporate governance, public-civil society & private sector partnership.

CSR Turkey is hosting the Istanbul Future of Education discussion.

http://csrturkey.org

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De Baak is a training and knowledge institute in the field of leadership and entrepreneurship. We focus on the ‘Human Side of Enterprise’ – on the development and effectiveness of people in organisations. At De Baak learning means: discovering unexpected talents, identifying surprising opportunities and combining intelligence with creativity. De Baak develops open and custom programs in Dutch and English, supports sustainable business practices and contributes to many social learning and development projects. De Baak is affiliated with the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, the VNO-NCW

De Baak is hosting the Netherlands Future of Learning discussion.

http://www.debaak.com

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Frank Bold is a purpose-driven law firm using the power of business and non-profit approaches to solve social and environmental problems. Headquartered in the Czech republic, it launched the Purpose of the Corporation Project with the aim of creating a safe and apolitical platform for developing a coherent vision for a new paradigm of corporate governance that will be more beneficial for society.

Frank Bold is hosting the global Future of the Company discussions.

http://frankbold.org/en/

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Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader.

Herman Miller is hosting the UK Future of Work discussion.

http://www.hermanmiller.co.uk

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International Association of Privacy Professionals

The world’s largest global information privacy community: Data powers the information economy and the risks associated with it continue to skyrocket. Data breach, identity theft, loss of customer trust—these are the threats to organizations of all sizes, in all sectors, in today’s marketplace. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is a resource for professionals who want to develop and advance their careers by helping their organizations successfully manage these risks and protect their data. In fact, we’re the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community. The IAPP is the only place that brings together the people, tools and global information management practices you need to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving information economy.

The IAPP is hosting the global Future of Privacy discussions.

https://privacyassociation.org

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IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,700 hotels and 697,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline.

IHG is focused on innovation and uses consumer insights to strengthen its existing brands, and to inform the launch of new brands (HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts & EVEN™ Hotels) to capture more of the growing demand than its existing brands can achieve.

IHG is hosting the global Future of Travel discussions.

http://www.ihgplc.com

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The Jade Club is a social enterprise dedicated to improving the well-being of the elderly and to promote “Active, Happy & Socialized Ageing”. We devote ourselves to providing high quality, affordable and self-sustainable elderly care services through civic participation and innovative operational models. We are a platform that provide innovative, fun and effective elderly program in both government subsidized NGOs and private elderly care providers.

The Jade Club is hosting the Hong Kong Future of Ageing Event

http://www.thejadeclub.com.hk

 

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Les Clefs d’Or (UICH) association is an international network of professional hotel Concierge with common interests and goals. They have their own mystique, a combination of their expertise sources of inside information, intelligence and communication. The association is non-political, non-religious and definitely not a trade union of any sort but is based on friendship between members to assist international travellers and tourists. The 62nd UICH International Congress is taking place in Mendoza, Argentina, from April 9th to the 15th 2015

Les Clefs d’Or is hosting a Future of Travel event in Mendoza, Argentina on 13th April.

http://www.uichlesclefsdor.org

 

 

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Manchester Business School is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK. We’re ranked first in the UK for business research, but world-class research alone is not enough. Our original thinking is applied for impact across business and management, government and communities. The 2015 Financial Times survey ranks our MBA 5th in the UK, 12th in Europe and 35th in the world. We have an extensive global network, with on-the-ground presence in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE and the USA. Internationalism means much more to us than the number of international students studying here. It means becoming immersed in the world of international business, understanding different cultures, and achieving a truly global perspective as part of your business education.

Manchester Business School is co-hosting events in Singapore and Shanghai.

http://www.mbs.ac.uk

 

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MasterCard is a technology company and payments industry leader. For more than four decades, it has been a driving force at the heart of commerce, making the global economy safer, more efficient, more inclusive and more transparent for all. Consumers, merchants, business partners and governments in markets around the world use MasterCard’s innovative products and solutions that are designed to make life easier. MasterCard is working toward a world beyond cash.

MasterCard is hosting the global Future of Payments discussions.

http://www.mastercard.com

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Motivated by attention to questions surrounding future investment in transport, the New Zealand Ministry of Transport has recently conducted a future-focused project where the principal consideration is addressing uncertainty of future demand in the face of a changing society. The central question of this project was defined as: “How could or should our transport system evolve in order to support personal mobility in the future?” The project’s core element was a scenario planning exercise in which four plausible but divergent scenarios of possible futures were developed for the 2042 horizon.

The NZ Government is hosting a discussion on the Future of Transport.

https://www.govt.nz

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Nokia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. The company is focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Networks; location intelligence, which we provide through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, Nokia operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology.

Nokia Networks is hosting the global Future of Connectivity discussions.

http://networks.nokia.com

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The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), established in 1965 represents the research-driven pharmaceutical companies in India.  OPPI remains committed to supporting the nation’s healthcare objectives, collaborating with the Indian Government and other stakeholders to find sustainable solutions; solutions that balance the need for innovation with the necessity for more accessible medicines, within a robust IP environment. A holistic approach is needed to expand healthcare in India and OPPI believes the pharmaceutical industry can form part of the solution.

OPPI is hosting the Mumbai Future of Health discussion.

http://www.indiaoppi.com

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PriestmanGoode is a design consultancy that delivers exceptional brand experiences for a roster of leading international companies including Transport for London, United Airlines and Airbus. With a portfolio ranging from aircraft interiors, airports, public transport and high speed trains to hotels and consumer products, the London-based studio uses design as a strategic tool to transform businesses and delivers solutions that are tailored to place brands and cultures on the world stage.

Priestman Goode is hosting the UK Future of Transport discussion.

http://www.priestmangoode.com

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Saga is a leading provider of products and services primarily tailored for customers over the age of 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has been carefully developed over the past 60 years to become one of the most recognised and trusted brands among UK consumers aged over 50. Saga is synonymous in the UK with the over 50s market and is recognised for its high quality products and expertise in serving the over 50s market and excellence in customer service.

Saga is hosting the UK Future of Ageing discussion.

http://www.saga.co.uk

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The University of Warwick is globally connected, forward-looking and entrepreneurial. We create new ways of thinking and achieving: making us stand-out from our competitors and creating an inspiring place to study and undertake research. Consistently at the top of UK league tables, we topped the list of universities targeted by the leading 10 employers in 2013 and rank 7th in the UK for our research. With 24,000 students and 5,500 staff, in the most recent assessment of research quality, 19 Warwick departments were in the top 10 in the UK and, in just 40 years, Warwick Business School has become one of the world’s elite business schools providing top-class programmes for ambitious people.

Warwick University is hosting a number of UK events at its facility at The Shard in London.

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk

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From the very beginning, we have been driven by a simple idea: The more people are able to participate in the decisions made by the institutions that serve them, the better those decisions will be. At the heart of our company is a global online community, where millions of people and thousands of political, cultural and commercial organizations engage in a continuous conversation about their beliefs, behaviours and brands. We combine this continuous stream of data with our deep research expertise and broad industry experience, to develop the technologies and methodologies that will enable more collaborative decision-making.

YouGov is hosting the global Future of the Data discussions and will be providing access to consumer panels during the programme.

https://yougov.co.uk

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Volvo is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Without the type of products and services the Volvo Group provides, the societies where many of us live would not function. Like a circulatory system, our trucks, buses, engines, construction equipment and financial services are involved in many of the functions that most of us rely on every day.

Volvo Group is hosting the Indian Future of Transport event

 

http://www.volvogroup.com

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Vodacom is a leading African mobile communication company providing a wide range of communication services including mobile voice, messaging, data and converged services to over 61 million customers. From our roots in South Africa, we have grown our mobile network business to include operations in Tanzania, DRC, Mozambique and Lesotho. The mobile networks cover a total population of approximately 200 million people.Through Vodacom Business Africa, we also offer business managed services to enterprises in over 40 countries across the continent. Vodacom is majority owned by Vodafone (65% holding) one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies by revenue.

Vodacom is hosting several events in South Africa including the Future of Work.

http://www.vodacom.com

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