What is the pulse of the publishing industry in the face of disruption brought about by new technologies and business models? How are publishers and authors changing their strategies? What are the new tools and platforms enabling new entrants, models and customers? We'll talk to our panelists, many of them Chicago based, to understand the changing landscape of publishing.
Ever wanted to put a RoboCop statue up in middle of Detroit, produce a documentary or start the world's next great tech venture? Today, all these things are being accomplished through crowdfunding. More than just a hot new buzzword, crowdfunding is creating a fundamental shift in the way we raise money for our businesses, support our loved ones during medical emergencies and even elect our national politicians. In this session a panel of experts will discuss this trend in micro-giving and how it will disrupt the funding landscape for years to come.
Major factors such as social sharing, product data, customer engagement, hardware technologies, and real-time analytics are reshaping how we buy. How can businesses take advantage of the new commerce right now? Are we driving towards a convergence of 'augmented shopping' online and off-line? Are the challenges to advancing retail technology around user behavior or more advanced technology?