Industrial Transformation Takes Center Stage at Cognite’s Global “Ignite Talks” October 27-29

Bernard Looney (CEO, BP), Ahmad A. Al Sa’adi (SVP of Technical Services, Saudi Aramco) and Øyvind Eriksen (President and CEO, Aker ASA) will open virtual event with session on “What’s Next for the Global Energy Transition.”

Cognite, a leader in industrial innovation, will host its third annual global conference “Ignite Talks: Industrial Intelligence Augmented: Reimagining How Minds and Machines Work Together” from Oct. 27-29, 2020. The free virtual event will feature global leaders and innovators who are driving industries and supply chains toward a more innovative, data-driven, sustainable future.

“The world is at a technological, economic, and environmental crossroads like never before, and we are looking forward to discussing pressing issues among some of the industry’s best,” said John Markus Lervik, Cognite CEO.

The full agenda for this free online conference can be found here and at www.cogniteignite.com.

Day-by-day overviews and panel highlights are listed below:

October 27: Igniting Industrial Transformation: Europe & Norway’s Leading Role

Opening day spotlights how leaders in Europe are melding minds and machines, and inspiring a transformation of heavy-asset industries and supply chains. Panel highlights:

October 28: America’s Industrial Transformation

The technology prowess of the United States and raw innovative capacity is unmatched, and its heavy-asset industries are taking steps to leverage technology at scale in order to jump-start digital transformations. What will it take to succeed, what role does technology play? Panel highlights:

  • America’s Energy Transition – in partnership with Axios: A live, virtual event, featuring in-depth 1:1 discussions with industry leaders and policymakers on the development of renewable energy in the US, how the coronavirus pandemic has affected energy patterns, and what’s next for the US oil & gas industry. This panel will be hosted by Axios energy and climate change reporter Amy Harder.

October 29: Driving a Global Transformation from

With Equal Access to Internet, Native Creators Could Take Center Stage

“Hey you. Let me teach you something about braids.” Tiktok user @the_land sits facing the camera, brushing his hair and calmly plaiting three strands on either side of his head. He speaks softly and confidently, while words flash on the screen highlighting parts of his speech. “When braiding our hair, we’re supposed to have good thoughts, because we’re connecting with our body, mind, and spirit. That’s what the three strands are for.”

The video, tagged with #nativetiktok and #indigenous, has been shared more than 28,000 times. It’s one of the most popular videos that comes up when you search those hashtags on Tiktok, and @the_land is one of the app’s most prominent Native American creators.

But if everyone had universal internet – and not just access to pricy data plans from their phones, or patchy connections that take forever to load, but clear, high-speed, robust internet access – we would see these TikToks (and Instagram influencers, and YouTube personalities) multiply. As it stands, American Indian reservations and tribal lands have some of the worst internet connectivity in the country. Earlier this year, some tribes weren’t even able to apply for free FCC broadband licences because, ironically, they didn’t have good internet connections, so they couldn’t submit all the application materials online.

And those tribes aren’t just tiny, or rural and isolated. The White Mountain Apache Reservation spans about 2,600 square miles, just a few hours from Phoenix. More than 16,000 people are members, with the majority living on the reservation. About half of those people don’t have reliable internet access, estimates David Fish, the WMAT IT director.

“If you’re willing to pay enough, you can get decent speeds. We have pretty good internet service for the tribal offices, but we pay almost $3,000 a month for it,” Fish said. Residents

Rokt appoints new CTO to accelerate technological innovation in the next stage of growth

E-commerce tech company continues to invest in strengthening the executive team with appointment of new CTO, Corey Bertram

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rokt, the global leader in e-commerce marketing technology, has been actively expanding its leadership team – and today announced that Corey Bertram has joined the executive team as Chief Technology Officer. Bertram brings to the team deep technical experience – with a background in chaos engineering, infrastructure, and software architecture- as well as a new energy to propel Rokt into its next phase of growth.

Rokt welcomes Corey Bertram as Chief Technology Officer.
Rokt welcomes Corey Bertram as Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to Rokt, Corey oversaw Datadog’s Infrastructure & SRE teams through its extensive multi-cloud growth in its lead-up to IPO. Bertram also led the engineering division of Timshel, building the underlying platform technology for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. In his time at Netflix, Bertram oversaw the expansion of the company’s Chaos Engineering functionality as its customer base grew globally to over 75 million customers. Bertram will be responsible for inspiring and growing Rokt’s engineering team, driving forward the technical vision for the business, and delivering the world class technology Rokt has become renowned and awarded for.

CEO Bruce Buchanan commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Corey to the executive team. Corey’s true visionary mindset, combined with our suite of innovative technology, will lead our continued investments in tech and further solidify our commitment to creating world-leading solutions for e-commerce brands.”

“The vision and opportunity to scale at Rokt captured my attention from the very beginning. I’m excited about solving complex issues that will help the business deliver on our core mission with transformative technology,” said Bertram of his new role. He continued, “Rokt has a great culture and great culture brings great people – I’m looking forward to leading