!nnovate Milan 2019 Client Connect

We are excited that you will be joining us onsite and look forward to having you here to:

  • Join 200 industry-leading technologists, innovators and thought leaders, as well as guests from Accenture and Microsoft for two days of innovation and excitement.
  • Learn from industry leaders and peers how to embrace digital ethics frameworks to avoid unintended consequences resulting from innovation and algorithm-based technologies.
  • Gain insights and practical tips on how to future-ready organizations and people in an interactive workshop moderated by Dr. Nils Fonstad of the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • Experience the final round of the Global Innovation Contest and cast your vote for the best of the best solutions, straight from our consultants, to complex real-world business challenges.
  • Engage in small group and 1:1 discussions with Avanade Corporate and Market Unit Executives.
  • Hear about future trends directly from leading experts in the Microsoft ecosystem.

Client Connect Experience

Hotel-photoAs guests of Avanade’s !nnovateMilan 2019 client connect program, you will be staying in the heart of Milan's city center at the Excelsior Gallia Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, we will host a private check in for you and provide you with everything that you need to have an enjoyable few days with us.



Dr. Rana El Kaliouby

Pioneer of Artificial Emotional Intelligence; Technology Evangelist, Inventor and Research Scientist; Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva

Rana el Kaliouby, chief science officer and co-founder of Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spin-off, is on a mission to humanize technology with artificial emotional intelligence, or what she calls “Emotion AI.” She envisions and works to create a world where devices and technologies that once separated us will bring us together. It’s the next frontier in artificial intelligence, with commercial applications across industries – and it’s closer than we think.

Dr. el Kaliouby has the ability to simplify and translate complex science and make it accessible to any audience. Her credentials as a popular spokesperson for science led to her acting as co-host to the PBS Nova Series, “Nova Wonders,” which premiered in April 2018. A founder of her own technology company, accomplished inventor, and one of few women to have successfully transitioned from academia to business, Dr. el Kaliouby – and her work – receive considerable recognition.


Dr. Nils Fonstad

Research Scientist, Europe and LATAM MIT Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR)

Nils researches competitive digital innovation. Specifically, drawing on both in-depth qualitative data and survey data from over 200 firms, he is studying what investments and innovation practices distinguish the most competitive firms. The research has identified distinct competitive portfolios for a variety of performance outcomes and practices that amplify the impact of investments.

Nils also studies how organizations build digitized platforms that enhance and sustain competitive business agility, as well as how they define, access and foster new skills and leaders for operating and innovating digitally. In 2010, he co-founded with CIONET the annual European CIO of the Year Awards to raise awareness of the expanding strategic roles of digital leaders.     

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