Vision: Moving Forward Together

From the founders of Europe’s premiere Mobile Marketing Innovation Day, comes Moving Forward, a conference celebrating innovation, thought-provoking conversations, and meaningful connections.

Following it’s inaugural 2017 event in Vienna, Moving Forward will bring executives, tech founders, startups, creatives, and industry leaders together in New York City on February 22, 2018 for a one-day, intimate event that will cover the most important tech, business, and cultural trends of our time.

Move Forward in 2018 with insight and inspiration to shape the future, instead of being determined by it.


Zuma NYC
261 Madison Ave
NY 10016, USA


February 22, 2018
8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Let's move forward together!

Get your ticket for the Moving Forward conference now!

Our Speakers

The story of our future is an interdisciplinary one. Moving Forward brings together diverse speakers and perspectives for one day of thought-provoking presentations covering the most important tech, business, and cultural trends of our time. Be inspired by these leading minds from across industries, fields, and schools of thought. Learn what they envision is coming, and how you can be a part of and help shape the future.

Conference Schedule

Be energized instead of exhausted at the end of our presentations!
This is our current program of the moving forward conference including national and international top speakers.
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  • Program


  • 8:50 - 9:00

  • 8:55

  • 9:00 - 9:25
    Do you ever wonder why there is so much difference in the world between people/cultures/race/religion/politics? Our ability to communicate with others via text, voice and visuals is severely limited because those modes of communication do not transmit emotion/sentiment/cognition. Furthermore, the ability of humans to sense the world is severely limited because our senses operate at a fraction of the animal kingdom. What if we could use technology to break down barriers between people/cultures/race/religion/politics? What if we could use technology to augment our senses and effectively create a 6th sense to enable greater perception of the world around us, to make visible the invisible signals that allude us and to enable empathic communication between people so as to deepen interpersonal understanding? In this talk I will share how we are collaborating with the artistic/creative community to create a new language of empathic communication to break down these barriers. I will share examples of these collaborative works and share our vision for the future of art and technology.

  • 9:25 - 9:50
    European Union data protection law requires the application of transparency to operators who use algorithmic decision-making in order to protect an individual’s private data. This talk clarifies the requirements in light of the new General Data Protection Regulation. Specific attention is paid to the so-called ‘right to explanation’ and how this affects businesses. I argue that the existence of a legally binding ‘right to explanation’ in the GDPR is doubtful and even if it came into being, restrictions and carve-outs severely limit its impact

  • 9:50 - 10:15
    What is machine learning? Why has it been getting so much attention recently? And what should we look forward to, and be worried about, as machine learning advances?

  • 10:35 - 11:00
    In 2015 Frederique Constant introduced the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch, powered by MMT SwissConnect and entirely displayed with an analog dial, thereby creating an entirely new watch category in the Swiss watch industry. In 2018, the Brand will introduce a revolution in Swiss Watch Industry, combining three unique technologies ever in Swiss watchmaking. The company continues to embrace innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value.

  • 11:00 - 11:25
    From good-looking bookstores and integrated wellness concepts, go on a tour of the trends affecting both the hospitality and retail industry today. Through inspiring photos and interesting facts, experience a global tour of game-changing design.

  • 11:25 - 11:50
    Utilizing PR to amplify your brand's reach and reputation is one of the most powerful tools in a marketers arsenal, yet many companies do not fully understand it's impact or how to properly implement it. Richard Lorenzen is the CEO of New York public relations firm Fifth Avenue Brands and will walk you through the power that a meaningful PR strategy holds and how to implement it in your company.

  • 11:50 - 11:55
    Find out more about the benefits of a flexible workspace solution

  • 12:45 - 1:10
    From ride-sharing apps to cloud-based productivity tools, we all depend on other people and systems to get things done. People with disabilities can contribute to our interdependent society when we have the right systems in place, and when the people we interact with become our allies.

  • 1:10 - 1:40
    We as a society are at the cusp of a truly global community. What will this look like and what does it mean? Over two billion people are already connected through Facebook, breaking new ground in human history; however, digital loneliness is rising and social trust is declining. The 2016 US election highlighted the impact of online echo chambers and how far we have to go to restore social unity. Join this lively fireside chat as the panelists will explore ways we can build meaningful communities on- and offline, and how we can build a better future, together.

  • 1:40 - 2:05
    Some say: Crypto, Crowd and Coins are the new secret keys to get rich quick. Some say: This is the New Wild West. Some say: Finally free from fancy funds. And Regulation. Some say: Fraud and Buyer Beware! At Moving Forward we will tell you what we know for sure, the key concepts to stay out of trouble and take full advantage of the real opportunities Crypto, Crowd and Coins present.

  • 2:05 - 2:30
    Win with partners … Big corporations have realized that proactively embracing innovation from partners is vital. While that applies to both, big strategic alliances and small POCs with Start-ups, the collaboration with the latter plays a very important role. Start-ups are not only a source for unconventional and often cheaper sources for solutions, but they also inject fresh blood in the giants venes. Yet, this is easer said than done. Like the majority of big mergers, also the big and small partnerships are often failing. Partnering is a very special discipline, from scouting via growth to the potential dissolving. I will talk about how Deutsche Telekom Group approaches its strategic conviction of “winning with partners” and show some successful examples and some, where we learned.

  • 2:50 - 3:15
    Felix will talk about the technical capabilities of modern smartphones applications, how companies can potentially abuse them, and how you can protect yourself. Amongst other things he'll talk about how hidden metadata like your physical location is stored on photos, allowing companies generate a precise path of your recent movements.

  • 3:15 - 3:45

  • 3:45 - 4:10
    Cognitive and AI: What's real, what's coming and what's in it for you Beyond buzzwords and hype, Bjorn will take you through specific applications of Cognitive and AI technologies in a number of domains from health to commerce to education. He will discuss the impact of AI on the workforce of the future and demonstrate live examples of cognitive technologies including visual recognition as well as deep linguistic and sentiment analysis. 

  • 4:10 - 4:15

Get your tickets now!

Join us in New York City on February 22, 2018. Buy your ticket now for this one-day curated experience which celebrates ideas, innovation, and creativity.

Help shape the future we will build together.

  • Early Bird

  • Until February 1 2018
  • Full access to Keynotes & Panels
  • Gourmet Complementary Breakfast, Networking Lunch & Cocktail Reception
  • Limited Edition (100)
  • $199
  • Student

  • Limited Edition (50)
  • Full access to Keynotes & Panels
  • Gourmet Complementary Breakfast, Networking Lunch & Cocktail Reception
  • Must present student ID
  • $79
  • Executive Package

  • VIP Conference Pass
  • Full access to Keynotes & Panels
  • Gourmet Complementary Breakfast, Networking Lunch & Cocktail Reception
  • VIP Speakers Dinner & VIP Service
  • $499

This is what you can expect at the Moving Forward Conference NYC!

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