About the Event

Hundreds of senior industry professionals across technology sectors will once again gather in Las Vegas for the HARMAN Technology Forum, 2022 edition. At this exclusive invite-only event, attendees will hear from business leaders, technology pioneers and industry visionaries as we explore the key technologies and trends that are shaping tomorrow’s entertainment, mobility, commerce, enterprise and consumer experiences, through insightful, experiential keynote, fireside and panel sessions.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Robert Herjavec, CEO & Founder Herjavec Group and Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank
Paul C. Zikopoulos, VP of Big Data Cognitive Systems at IBM

Read about the 2019 HARMAN Tech Forum in this story from Fast Company and see below for images from the event.

2019 Agenda

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 | Aria Las Vegas Hotel & Casino | Networking Breakfast: 9:00 AM | Event: 10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Opening Keynote

Is the World Ready for Intelligent Technology?

In a trillion-sensor and socially connected economy, how can you make sense of all that data? We’re going to need some help… enter the world of AI. Purpose built data-first decisions create new potential for businesses and insulate organizations from risks around privacy and security. Collaboration among partners and even competitors will unlock the full value of data. Welcome to the mysterious world of a thinking business.

Mobility Panel

Can the Connected Car Keep Up with its Driver?

For a connected vehicle to address driver needs effectively, it must be a seamless extension of its driver. Automakers must leverage cutting-edge technology to provide the kind of intuitive and immersive driving experiences that these customers have come to expect, or rather demand, from their vehicles.

Retail AI Panel

Is Retail AI Creating an Insatiable Consumer?

Convenience and immediate gratification provided through retail technology innovation has resulted in incredibly challenging, almost impossible, expectations for brands and retailers to meet consumer demands. How can brands create deeper experiences for consumers that are meaningful, and aren’t just satisfying hollow desires or enabling excessive convenience?

Closing Keynote

Past Speakers

Learn more about who offered insights, expertise and inspiration at HARMAN Technology Forum in 2019. Stay tuned for information on 2022 Speakers.

Robert Herjavec, CEO & Founder Herjavec Group and Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

In 2003, Robert founded Herjavec Group, a leading global cybersecurity firm. He has served as Cybersecurity Advisor for the Government of Canada and is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity. His views on the emerging threat landscape are regularly profiled across various media platforms.

Paul C. Zikopoulos, VP of Big Data Cognitive Systems at IBM

As a Top 100 Global Influencer in AI & Big Data (Analytics Insights), Paul is an award-winning writer and speaker who has consulted for many global corporations and media, including CBS’s 60 Minutes. Paul has worked in a variety of roles for IBM over the past 25 years, and currently serves as VP of Big Data Cognitive Systems.

Krishna Motukuri, CEO and Co-founder of Zippin

Krishna Motukuri is CEO and Co-founder of Zippin, a leading provider of checkout-free retail technology. Prior, he served as CEO of Naspers Group, where he built multiple e-commerce businesses in India and South Africa. Earlier in his career, Krishna spent seven years at Amazon leading search, marketing, global expansion and supply chain teams.

Abigail Bassett, FastCo Works Contributing Editor

Abigail Bassett is an experienced journalist, writer and video producer with more than 15 years of diverse experience in writing, video production and editorial management. A winner of numerous awards, including two Emmys, Abigail has worked with Fortune 500 companies & start-ups to raise brand awareness through compelling storytelling and partnerships. She previously was the Executive Producer for auto site Edmunds and a senior producer at CNN.

Nicholas Parrotta, Chief Digital & Information Officer at HARMAN International

Nicholas Parrotta is the Chief Digital & Information Officer at HARMAN International leading strategic vision, execution and adoption of digital solutions to drive business transformation and profitable growth. He oversees HARMAN’s enterprise-wide strategy and execution around digital and IT endeavors, working closely with the divisions and functions to optimize HARMAN’s technology capabilities, infrastructure, digital architecture, IT services and cyber security practices

Chris Smith, National Leader of Grant Thornton’s Strategy & Transformation

Chris Smith leads the Growth Advisory practice at Grant Thornton. His perspective on emerging technology and its impact on consumers, employees and society has come from two decades of working in the retail, software, and food & beverage industry. He has been published in HBR, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes and WSJ.

Joanna Peña-Bickley, Head of Design, Internet of Things at Amazon AWS 

Propelled by her multidisciplinary acumen in design, data, media and technology, Joanna strives to develop market making experiences for the connected era. Joanna has designed and invented with the world’s most recognized companies and brands, such as IBM, General Motors, John Deere, American Express, Boeing, MTV and Pepsi.

Jeffrey S. Hannah, Director, North America, SBD Automotive 

Jeffrey Hannah has eighteen years’ experience working with global automakers and their partners to successfully implement effective connected mobility strategies. A former leader at General Motors, and now a leading industry analyst, Jeff is an innovator, thought leader, and advocate for the development of a successful and vibrant mobility ecosystem.

Liane Yvkoff, Senior Contributor to Forbes Transportation

Liane Yvkoff has been writing about automotive technology and transportation since 2007. Her work has appeared in several digital and print publications, including CNET, TheDrive, Popular Mechanics, and many others. Currently she is a Senior Contributor to Forbes Transportation focusing on the changing mobility landscape and ecosystem.

Robin Chase, Leading Pioneer of the Sharing Economy, Founder & Former CEO of Zipcar

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud.

Ameen Kazerouni, Lead Data Scientist at Zappos

Ameen Kazerouni is from Mumbai, India and currently leads the Data Science and Machine Learning platform team at Zappos, where he uses his education and passion for machine learning and AI to find new and innovative ways to move the company forward using data.

Shibani Joshi, Host, Lecturer and Author

Shibani Joshi is a national journalist covering business and technology, most recently for ABC News and Yahoo! Finance. Shibani previously anchored a markets show and was the tech reporter for the FOX Business Network. Prior to this, Shibani worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and digital media strategy at ABC Networks. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Juliet Noland, Senior Director of Strategic Planning at TracyLocke

Juliet Noland is passionate about consumer behavior and the relationship between humans and technology. Her role as a senior director of strategy for TracyLocke places her at the intersection of that evolution and shopper marketing. She has also provided strategy for brands like SCJohnson, Pepsi, Audi, T-Mobile and AT&T.


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