It is a sincere
privilege to announce the sponsors of the Accelerating
Change Conference 2003. We are grateful to these dynamic, change-aware
organizations for their support of our conference and growing community,
and look forward to developing a strong relationship with all of
them in the coming years.
If your organization
would like to lend your support and make its message known, both
at and after ACC2003, there are still opportunities available. See
our sponsorships page for more
– 30 Years in the Business of Helping Businesses Grow
Million Users, 60,100 Installations, 1,500 Partners, 23 Industry
Founded in 1972,
SAP is the recognized leader in
providing collaborative business solutions for all types of industries
and for every major market. Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany,
SAP is the world's largest inter-enterprise software company, and
the world's third-largest independent software supplier overall.
SAP employs over 28,900 people in more than 50 countries. Their
professionals are dedicated to providing high-level customer support
SAP has leveraged
their extensive experience to deliver mySAP Business Suite, the
definitive family of business solutions for today's economy. mySAP
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to work together successfully – anywhere, anytime. It is open
and flexible, supporting databases, applications, operating systems,
and hardware from almost every major vendor. By deploying the best
technology, services, and development resources, SAP delivers a
business platform that unlocks valuable information resources, improves
supply chain efficiencies, and builds strong customer relationships;
and through SAP
Corporate Research, SAP introduces new ideas for future solutions.
Development is building CCortex™, a complete 20-billion
neuron emulation of the Human Cortex and peripheral systems, on
a cluster of 500 computers – the largest neural network created
will be able to perform a number of tasks previously unavailable
to traditional computing by recreating the complexity and functionality
of those cortical regions that are most likely responsible for processing
higher-level functions of human intelligence.
Development plans to deliver a wide range of commercial products
based on artificial versions of different parts of the human brain
that will enhance business relationships globally.
Fisher Jurvetson –
Information Technology Venture Capital
is the leader in seed and early stage venture capital, typically
serving as a startup's first outside source of financing. Founded
in 1985, DFJ has created a global network of affiliated venture
funds with approximately $3 billion in capital commitments and offices
in the major technology centers around the world. Headquartered
in Silicon Valley, the firm has proven expertise in identifying
and helping extraordinary entrepreneurs who want to change the world.
Institute - Preparing for Nanotechnology
Institute's goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve
the human condition. Foresight focuses its efforts upon nanotechnology,
the coming ability to build materials and products with atomic precision,
and upon systems that will enhance knowledge exchange and critical
discussion, thus improving public and private policy decisions.
recognizes that nanotechnology – like all pivotal technologies
– brings both potential perils and benefits. To help achieve
the advantages and avoid the dangers, Foresight's policy is to prepare
for nanotechnology by:
understanding of nanotechnology and its effects;
the public and decision makers;
an organizational base for addressing nanotechnology-related issues
openly about them; and,
pursuing beneficial outcomes of nanotechnology, including improved
economic, social and environmental conditions.
will allow control of the structure of matter within the broad limits
set by physical laws. Other limits will be necessary to prevent
abuses by individuals, groups and nations bent upon undesirable
ends. Global competitive forces and continuing progress in molecular
sciences will lead ultimately to the realization of nanotechnology.
Foresight seeks to ensure that nanotechnology, when developed, will
be used to improve conditions in the broadest sense, rather than
for destructive or narrow purposes. Nanotechnology must be developed
openly to serve the general welfare and the continued realization
of the human potential.
visions of the future from Ray Kurzweil and over 100 other "big
thinkers" come to life at KurzweilAI.net.
The site features the ideas, writings, and technologies of leading
visionaries who are examining the confluence of accelerating revolutions
that will shape the future and their impact on all aspects of our
Topics range from current breakthroughs in AI, pattern recognition,
electronics, computation, communications, biotechnology, robotics
and virtual reality to long-range forecasts of brain scanning, nanotechnology,
life extension, reverse-engineering the brain, and brain augmentation.
KurzweilAI.net explores ideas from Ray Kurzweil’s latest best-selling
book (formerly No. 1 in “Science” on Amazon.com), The
Age of Spiritual Machines, which focuses on exponential
growth in knowledge, computation, telecommunications, biotechnologies,
miniaturization of technology, and other revolutionary areas; and
from his upcoming book, The Singularity is Near.
KurzweilAI.net’s extensive resources include a free daily
newsletter, conferences, hundreds of articles, visual glossary/idea
hierarchy, interactive avatar site guide, and bios of big thinkers.
“Famed AI researcher Ray Kurzweil’s vast megacomplex
of Singularity-related material. Probably the largest Singularity
resource on the Web, and certainly the one with the coolest website
(including the famed 'Ramona' spokesbot).” – Google
“Ray Kurzweil has a knack for spotting the next new thing;
he’s best known for guerrilla assaults on conventional wisdom.
His new website KurzweilAI.net is a futurist’s portal where
essays from big thinkers are hosted by a cybernetic rage rocker
named Ramona.” – WIRED
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your image from your location to a meeting,
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You will appear in the room live, life-size, within an apparent
3-dimensional environment as if you are actually there and have
eye-to-eye contact with those present. Natural face-to-face interaction
can now take place without traveling across the world, saving your
business time and money and enhancing your internal and external
communications network. This really is the closest thing to being
there – the only thing you can't do is shake hands!
With no visible
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training, and can be installed to suit your individual requirements.
The technology is compatible with standard video conferencing equipment
and can use a range of connectivity options including ISDN, T1 and
IP. Teleportec upgrades are now also available for existing video
conferencing users. Group-to-group and multi-site communication
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Technology - Wireless Everywear
Angeles-based Charmed Technology
is an MIT Media Lab spin-off and is poised to be a world leader
in affordable, wearable Internet products, services and technologies.
As part of its strategic business plan, the company has established
strategic partnerships with companies such as CTIA Wireless I.T.
& Internet 2001, Red Herring, MIT's Media Lab, the University
of Rochester Center for Future Health, Motorola, and others. With
these partners, the company is working to develop miniaturized devices
with Internet connection and powerful computer capabilities. The
Charmed Technology vision is to incorporate the unwired Internet
into fashion, lifestyle and health applications by creating inexpensive
wireless mobile devices that will allow individuals to access the
World Wide Web anywhere and anytime through wireless technology.
With enabling technologies already in place, Charmed Technology
plans to completely penetrate the market, revolutionizing the way
people interact with each other through wireless Internet communications.
The unique transportal (TM) system provides multiple user access
to a global computer network.
Arlington Institute is an internationally respected non-profit
research organization that specializes in thinking about global
futures in order to influence rapid, positive change. Arlington
believes that we are living in an era of global transition, to a
degree that our species has never seen before. We have made it our
mission to help facilitate this transition and to connect and associate
with like-minded people so that together we may embrace the opportunities
of this future. Arlington encourages systemic, non-linear approaches
to planning and believes that effective thinking about the future
is enhanced by applying newly emerging technology. To that end,
one of Arlington's major projects is developing a revolutionary
new information system designed to track global trends and anticipate
surprises. In the broadest sense, we help leadership from all sectors
chart the most direct course to preferred futures.
Vision Consulting Ltd.
Vision Consulting Ltd. helps organizations understand and respond
effectively to the challenges of change.
and traumatic shifts in the business environment have triggered
a Red Queen response in the economy, with companies innovating and
adapting continuously in order to survive. The cycle of change frequently
appears to be spinning out of control, in a quickening exchange
of thrust and counter-thrust.
In such a turbulent
environment, reaction time is critical. Companies must be more adept
than ever in sizing up competitive dynamics, choosing a strategy,
recreating their business model, and implementing rapid change.
Execution is key, since they must mobilize their resources again
and again to implement repeated transformational change, in a never-ending
and ever-accelerating cycle.
helps organizations understand the forces of change and uses scenarios
to clarify their options. We help clients refine their business
model and create actionable strategies.
We use outcome
mapping to create transformational change programs that integrate
all of the required initiatives, aligned with corporate strategy
– creating a laser-sharp focus on strategic outcomes, and
managing these outcomes to ensure that the desired strategic objectives
are actually being achieved. Creating such a coherent, integrated
and manageable plan of action dramatically increases an organization’s
success in implementing strategy-driven change.
have worked throughout North America and internationally with leading
private sector, public sector, and non-profit organizations. The
majority of these clients – whether business start-ups, companies
in deregulated industries, government agencies, or industry leaders
– are confronting the formidable challenges of accelerating
Company powers Predict Wall Street, the collective intelligence
engine generating financial information for the future.
Street’s patent-pending technology allow investors to exchange
individual information for qualified group forecasts in real-time.
Through independent trials in 2000, 2002 and 2003, investments based
on system information consistently outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial
Average, NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500. To discover tomorrow’s
prices today, visit http://www.predictwallstreet.com.
Associates is a privately held R&D company that develops
and uses sophisticated agent technology to build artificial intelligence
applications for securities analysis and stock ranking. They were
founded in June 1993, and have engaged in continuous software research
and development of securities analysis software. To learn more about
the commercial applications of their technology, visit http://www.investbyagent.com.
InvestByAgent is now the exclusive commercial representative for
all Korns Associates research.
of Profesional Futurists
Association of Professional
Futurists (APF) is a thriving community committed to professional
excellence in applied futures/foresight. The purpose of the Association
is to elevate professional futurists, their work, and the futures
field and to serve the professional needs of its members. The APF
is professionalizing the field by providing members with networking
and professional development opportunities, and educating consumers
about the value of integrating a futures dimension into their endeavors.
comprised of three levels: Full, Provisional and Student. Full members
must qualify according to rigorous criteria. Provisional and Student
level are aspirational with most members seeking to eventually fulfill
the requirements for Full membership.
a website providing timely and actionable intelligence to members,
a listserve that fosters debate on important issues relevant to
the profession, an online member directory, communities of practice,
and intense conferences.
2002, the APF has 100 members from the corporate sector, the consulting
arena, academia and government. Its members live and work globally.
- Create the Future
people to the future so that they can create it, Betterhumans
explores and advocates the use of science and technology for furthering
human progress. Betterhumans produces accessible editorial that
helps people achieve a full awareness of issues and developments
affecting the future, licenses its editorial for syndication in
order to reach the broadest possible audience, runs an online portal
for forward-thinking people at Betterhumans.com, connects advertisers
with its Betterhumans.com audience so that they can market relevant
products and services and organizes and promotes events to support
the growing community of people who are creating the future.
FUTURIST is a bi-monthly magazine published since 1967 by the
World Future Society and is a principal benefit of membership, read
by 30,000 members worldwide.
by Edward Cornish, president of the World Future Society, THE FUTURIST
takes no stand on what the future will or should be like. The magazine
strives to serve as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas. Each article
and department item includes the name and address of an author or
source to contact for more information and expand your network.
issue contains feature articles written by outstanding experts in
a wide range of fields: business, creativity, education, economics,
environment and resources, values, and more. In addition, several
departments offer shorter news briefs, book reviews, and other items
of interest from a variety of sources.
the many influential futurists and experts who have contributed
to THE FUTURIST include: Gene Roddenberry, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore,
Alvin and Heidi Toffler, Buckminster Fuller, Isaac Asimov, Margaret
Mead, Robert McNamara, Nicholas Negroponte, and Arthur C. Clarke.
is professional speaking and consulting company owned by Glen Hiemstra.
The web site is designed to acquaint you with Hiemstra’s services.
These services include keynote presentations, seminars, long-range
planning retreats and consultation, and scenario planning. All of
what Hiemstra does is focused in one way or another on the development
of the preferred future. Since 1980, Hiemstra has assisted hundreds
of private, public and non-profit enterprises in thinking about
and planning for the long-term future. The web site offers information
about his programs and presentations, speaking schedule, and the
projects, interviews, CD’s, books, and articles that he is
currently involved with.
At the same
time, Futurist.com is intended to be much more than a publicity
brochure. They are also a Portal to the Future, a website focused
on the dissemination of information about the future and how to
create it. They provide information about many future related topics,
and add to this information all the time. Most of the information
is at the introductory level and provides an overview of a subject
and some useful links. Their commitment is to a greater understanding
of and enthusiasm about the future and future-related subjects.
has aimed to be at the forefront of AI since its inception in 1998.
Community-oriented, Generation5 deals with all AI topics, including
robotics, neural networks, genetic algorithms, AI programming, philosophy,
cognitive science, home automation, and much more.
serves over 350,000 page-views a month and contains hundreds of
articles, interviews and reviews of the latest AI software, robotics
kits, games and books.
was launched by David
Forrest in 2001 as a creative experiment – to start an
online conversation with those who are thinking deeply about cosmic
origins and evolution, the emergence of consciousness, the human
journey, and the accelerating forces of change.
draws on the concepts of complex systems science to explore these
subjects, and to speculate on the future that is emerging from the
of a creative universe in continuous change.
on these underlying concepts, Innovation Watch focuses squarely
on the issues of today – examining the forces of change; following
developments in science, technology, business, society, and the
environment; and assessing their implications for the future.
provides news feeds; links
to weblogs; book
and resources of interest to futurists, consultants, researchers,
and others who are seeking to understand the forces of change and
where they may be taking us.
provides links to material on emerging
trends, and identifies developments
that could destabilize the status quo and produce sudden, unexpected
and discontinuous change. It includes links to scenarios
showing how the forces of change could combine in different ways
to tip the future in very different directions.
includes extensive references to relevant
books, and visitors can subscribe to a newsletter
that reports on new developments. A special business section –
Enterprise Ecology – provides resources
for leaders who must cope with the unprecedented competitive pressures,
instabilities, and discontinuities that are now being created by
- The Future of Computing
has been published monthly since May, 1984. INTELLIGENCE was the
third newsletter to appear covering AI (artificial intelligence)
and robotics, and was the first publication to report on commercial
and research trends and developments in neural networks.
1992, INTELLIGENCE initiated a monthly column covering nanotechnology
as well as nanotechnology-related developments in computing and
electronics (e.g., molecular computing and quantum computing). In
1993, INTELLIGENCE began a monthly column reporting on the Internet.
covered in INTELLIGENCE include: acceleration, chips, code, convergence,
design, display, DNA & RNA computing, hardware, interface, invisibility,
molecular computing, nanotechnology, nets & grids, neural nets,
pattern recognition, power, privacy, property/IP, quantum computing,
robots, simulation, software, standards, storage, telephony, and
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Now - The Gateway to Everything Nanotech
Now has been created to serve the information needs of everyone
in the business, academic, and public communities – to become
the most informative and current free collection of Nanospace material.
Nanotechnology Now covers: related future sciences, issues, news,
events, and general information.
Like a white
paper, Nanotechnology Now seeks to provide a forum and format that
helps clarify nanotech and nanoscale sciences to laypersons, business
professionals, non-specialists, highly skilled technicians, and
academics. Other goals are: to provide an introduction to these
new technologies; to describe the basics of technical, business,
and social issues; to educate the general reader; and to contain
in one site all relevant information, and/or links, for free.
Now's most basic intentions are to stimulate public debate and to
provide the best resource for information regarding Future Sciences
such as nanotechnology (a.k.a. molecular nanotechnology), MEMS (microelectromechanical
systems), NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems), nanobiotechnology,
nanoelectronics, nanofabrication, computational nanotechnology,
artificial intelligence, extropianism, transhumanism, and the Singularity.
is a news service for the future studies community edited by independent
researcher Ole Peter Galaasen. The initial idea behind Plausible
Futures was to use the internet to collect and present news and
analysis on different management topics. Throughout the years the
site has grown in complexity and the coverage today spans diverse
science and humanistic topics.
of Plausible Futures is to help organizations and individuals discern
the news and background information available on the internet related
to the future. The key topics include: new technology, management
theory, and long term (large scale) social change.
supports organizations in research for strategic thinking and environmental
scanning. Information processing for clients within special industrial
sectors can be done externally or entirely off-shore through electronic
collaboration or in-house and integrated with existing research
has an increasing amount of users from all over the world –
approx. 10.000 visit the site each month. The subscribers of the
email newsletter represent international corporations, universities
and governments. Advertising opportunities include advertising your
book, seminar, conference, product, or company.
Times - Big News in Small Tech
Times Media is the leading source of business news and information
about the small tech industry, which includes nanotechnology, MEMS
and microsystems. The company offers full news coverage through
its bimonthly magazine, daily news Web site, and weekly e-newsletter.
Small Times is free to
qualified individuals in the U.S. and Canada. It details technological
advances, applications and investment opportunities to help business
leaders stay informed about this rapidly changing business. http://www.smalltimes.com/subscription.
daily small tech news coverage from around the world, including
breaking news, in-depth analysis and patent listings.
- Small Tech Business
Directory™ guide. This guide to small tech organizations
and service providers is published yearly and distributed free
to Small Times® subscribers. Be sure your company
is included; complete Small Tech Census™ at http://www.smalltechcensus.com.
Basic listings are free.
- Custom research. Provided
on demand for companies and government agencies, research is based
on Small Tech Census™ data, which built the most
extensive and accurate database in the industry.
- Small Tech Advantage.
This daily paid news service collects, analyzes and categorizes
small tech stories from around the world. Summaries are delivered
via daily e-mail. http://www.smalltechadvantage.com.
- Small Tech 101™
primer series. Small Tech 101: An Introduction to Micro and
Nanotechnology and Small Tech 101: A Business and Investor’s
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