As a Brit, I was a little surprised to find out that the state motto of California is a Greek word – ‘Eureka.’ Meaning ‘I have found it’, it’s actually a reference to the California gold rush and the prospectors of yesteryear who came to this part of the world in search of something truly valuable. And as HxGN LIVE gets into its swing with a packed programme of visionary keynotes, technical deep dives and solution demonstrations, I’m sure our attendees are going to come away from the conference with their piece of technology gold.
Tuesday morning saw visitors get their first opportunity to handle the latest Hexagon technologies as The Zone opened for its Anaheim debut. With over 55,000 square foot of innovative ideas and application demos, this huge technology expo was met with enthusiasm by delegates from all the conference tracks.
Following Ola Rollén’s Monday night keynote premiere, the track keynotes got underway on Tuesday with Process, Power & Marine kicking off the morning programme in the spectacular Anaheim Convention Center arena. During a wide-reaching presentation, Gerhard Sallinger welcomed special guest Johan Krebbers of Shell International to the stage to share his company’s experience and vision of project execution using cloud technology.
Next up was Safety & Infrastructure, discussing the changing path from vision to decision through six key technology trends and how they impact on public safety, utilities, communications and transportation organisations. Steven Cost also had company on the stage as he was joined by security patrol robot, RAMSEE. Finally, Juergen Dold rounded off the morning by taking a trip from deep in Earth to up in space with the Geosystems track keynote, which explored how we can improve the efficiency of our relationship with the natural resources of the world.
Back in the arena after lunch, the ideas kept on flowing as Norbert Hanke outlined the shape of progress for the Manufacturing Intelligence track, looking at ways that manufacturers can use data they already collect to add value throughout the product life cycle. Finally, Geospatial wrapped up Tuesday’s keynote series with an inspiring look at information and problem solving from the customer point of view. During Mladen Stojic’s presentation, the 20 finalists of the IGNITE contest were also announced as the $100,000 competition to create an innovative Hexagon Smart M.App that can change the world enters its later stages.
The keynote series as a whole emphasised the power and value of data, and the wealth that lies untapped within it. All five conference tracks showed how Hexagon technologies are helping customers unlock meaningful intelligence from data to make a difference in our world and looked ahead to a brighter future.
So is this just California dreaming? Not if the Innovation 360 evening event was anything to go by. Tuesday ended with all our attendees heading back to The Zone to network and discuss application ideas for the wealth of new technologies on show. Innovation 360 also saw our 2016 Shaping Change Honorees announced, recognising the companies that are already using technology to shape smart change. There was a real buzz in The Zone last night and as our guests departed to the various track events, you could tell that the great stories of tomorrow were already beginning to take shape.
With all these ideas on display, as HxGN LIVE continues I’m sure plenty of our intrepid attendees are going to have their ‘Eureka moment’ in California this week—now that’s shaping smart change.
Global Marketing Communications Manager
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
Kate Bailey is Global Marketing Communications Manager at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. She spent several years working as a creative agency copywriter before moving to Hexagon, where she gets to combine her job with her passion for technology.