I was sent to Lisbon by PANTHEON.tech, in order to attend the annual 2020 Vision Executive Summit. Here are my experiences and insights into this event.
The 2020 Vision Executive Summit, presented by Light Reading, was focused mainly on the pending revolution of 5G networks, automation, Edge Computing, IoT, security, etc. It hosts a variety of vendors and service providers, who provide insights into the telecom industry’s current trends and emerging topics.
Themes of the summit
In case of 5G, we have seen a huge opportunity in discussing PANTHEON.tech’s future involvement and plans in this revolution. The challenges surrounding 5G were discussed by industry leaders with hands-on experience, which was beneficial since we were confronted with the harsh reality of 5G. Due to it being a technology in-progress, many questions are still open. What will be the use-cases? What should we prepare for and when?
Nobody really knows how it may turn out, when it will become widely available for consumers, or if the world is even prepared for it. But it was a great opportunity to meet the people, whose bread and butter consists of building the future 5G network. It was an invaluable experience, to see a realistic view from industry-insiders and their perception of the future. It was a collective of equally-minded individuals and companies in the fields relevant to PANTHEON.tech’s vision.
Another heavily discussed topic was security. While it is no secret that technology is successfully becoming an important part of our lives, companies have to heavily rely on a defense against potential security threats and cyber attacks. Panels were held regarding the importance of security measures in expanding networks and the need for flexible and agile security solutions.
Subsequently, Edge Computing, which brings the distribution of data closer to the consumer, was also mentioned and discussed, in regards to its vulnerabilities and future. In this case, it was said with certainty that if you are the type of parent that plans your child’s future for them, make them study cyber security – the investment will return sooner than you could imagine.
Our vision in attending this summit was to find out, if this summit is the right fit for us (spoiler alert – it was) check on the newest trends in our field and in which direction are they developing. The discussions were open and involved the real thoughts and views, without the PR and marketing stuff.
Lisbon is an interesting city, since it is more hidden from the eye of a classic tourist. It reminded me, in a way, of San Francisco. This was mainly due to trams riding uphill and the many uphill roads one has to take, in order to get somewhere. It was surprising though, that the city is making it a point to keep the original architecture of the city in tact and without major reconstructions.
As for the venue itself, the Intercontinental Hotel in Lisbon was nothing short of wonderful. Another highlight was the gala dinner. It was the perfect opportunity for casual networking, in the pompous and spectacular setting of Palacio de Xebregas. I have also experienced my first tuk-tuk ride, where I had to consider whether my life was worth the visit.
In conclusion – it was. I am looking forward to the new business-partners and connections PANTHEON.tech has made at the 2020 Vision Executive Summit.
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