Study Tour

Study Tour 2021: The Ways & Means of Industrialization

One form of disruption deals with product versus product, such as Apple vs Nokia. It is unpredictable and tends to change an industry. We call this substitution. Another form of disruption deals with the evolution of product to commodity or utility. Examples of this include Apple vs Android, servers vs cloud or runtime vs serverless. It is predictable and tends to change societies. We call this industrialization.

Wave After Wave of Disruption

Industrialization doesn't happen overnight. Compute had existed for 60 years before cloud started to change the world. But that didn't stop many of us from being unprepared.

Industrialization has a wide impact. Utility services for electricity enabled Hollywood, Ford and Radio. Industrialization of compute enabled Netflix, Uber and Spotify.

Our perception of rapid change is often because multiple things industrialize at the same time. We forget about the build-up and focus on the present. Virtual reality and 3D printing all started in the late 1960s, but are only now considered mainstream.

Between 2020 to 2030, our perception of rapid change is likely to skyrocket as multiple waves hit us, such as the industrialization of blockchain, sensor as a service, immersive experience, 3D printing, genetic engineering, intelligent agents and printed electronics. This is all becoming ready for the prime time that industrialization brings. And at the same time, society is itself facing drastic changes including climate. You are going to be in the middle of this.

The outcome of attending this tour is about becoming prepared for that future, by studying the industrialization of technology with the disruption of industries.

The following timings are all Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tue
9th March 2021

1630 - 1730: Pre Tour Meet up (Option 1 of 3)
1730 - 1830: Mapping Session (Optional)

Wed
10th March 2021

1630 - 1730: Pre Tour Meet up (Option 2 of 3)
1730 - 1830: Mapping Session (Optional)

Thu
11th March 2021

1630 - 1730: Pre Tour Meet up (Option 3 of 3)
1730 - 1830: Mapping Session (Optional)

Tue
16th March 2021

1600 - 1730: Tour Introduction
1730 - 1800: Break
1800 - 1930: Microsoft
1930 - 2030: Mapping Session (Optional)

Wed
17th March 2021

1600 - 1730: BrainCo, Rezillion & TBC
1730 - 1800: Break
1800 - 1930: A16z
1930 - 2030: Mapping Session (Optional)

Thu
18th March 2021

1600 - 1730: PlanetLabs, PreHype and Swim.ai
1730 - 1800: Break
1800 - 2030: End of Week Discussion

Tue
23rd March 2021 

1600 - 1730: Amazon
1730 - 1800: Break
1800 - 1930: Sixense, Virbela & TBC
1930 - 2030: Mapping Session (Optional)

Wed
24th March 2021 

1600 - 1730: TBC
1730 - 1800: Break
1800 - 1930: Makerbot, iRobot & TBC
1930 - 2030: Mapping Session (Optional)

Thu
25th March 2021

1600 - 1730: TBC
1730 - 1800: Break
1800 - 2030: End of Week Discussion

Thu
1st April 2021

1800 - 1930: Tour Reflection

Thu
8th April 2021

1800 - 1930: Changes Going Forward

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