According to a research by Talent Garden, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Immersive Technology are three emerging technologies that are able to modify the production processes and the organisation of many industrial sectors, creating competitive advantages for companies. Their growth prospects will reach an estimated value of over 200 billion dollars in 2021. In fact, in 2016 the blockchain market was worth 210 million dollars and, by 2021, it is expected to reach 2.3 billion (source: Markets & Markets).

The turnover of Artificial Intelligence in 2016 is estimated to reach 12.5 billion of dollars with a growth expectation over the next three years of 46 billion (source: IDC). Meanwhile, the value worldwide of the Immersive Technology market is estimated to double, growing from 9 to 17.8 billion. Then, it is estimated to carry on an exponential growth, reaching 170 billion dollars in 2021 (source: IDC).

To understand and deepen the many practical applications of these technologies, Talent Garden, Europe’s leading innovation platform and coworking network for digital innovation, organises, with the support of its main partners Be, Eni, Fastweb, Randstad, MSD, A2A, Lavazza, Alkemy and Digital Magics, the next edition of “Futureland”. The international tech conference is hosted in Milan, at Talent Garden Calabiana campus, on 15 and 16 November 2018.


Two full days of conferences, debates, workshops and applied demonstrations to different sectors such as manufacturing, retails, logistics, pharmaceuticals, finance, insurance and media, to discover the benefits and changes that these emerging technologies can generate on the management of businesses, production and organizational processes. The programme will have for the first time an Experience Area: a dedicated space where participants can experience innovation, get to know new entrepreneurial realities and participate in panel discussions. Some of the main topics that will be approached are: Smart Life, the impact of emerging technologies on daily life, both from a consumer and personal perspective; Smart Leader, which includes content for managers and C-level, with the necessity to embrace new skills to develop business strategies, and tools to orient their organisations towards digital transformations; Smart Company, which considers how emerging technologies are growing and becoming fundamental instruments to guide businesses.

On the stage of Talent Garden, international speakers will include, such as: Tom Lyons, Executive Director of Consensys, co-founder of the Crypto Valley Association in Switzerland and well-known expert of Blockchain technology in the world; Tom Emrich, Investor and Community Builder of Super Ventures and specialist of AR / VR in the industrial and wearable technology sectors; Raffaele Mauro, Managing Director at Endeavor Italy, among the most quoted investing structures in the world; Dmitry Parilov, founder of DxFeed, a data visualization tool for financial trading in Virtual Reality, integrated with voice recognition, Henrik Landgren of EQT Venture Capital, founder of Spotify’s Analytics team. Mauro Rubin, CEO of Joinpad, one of the most advanced Italian companies for Augmented Reality; Marleen Evertsz, CEO of Nx’change, a decentralised new generation stock exchange for direct exchange between companies and investors; Bob Clint, co-founder and CTO of Spiritus, one of the most innovative companies in data analytics solutions for enterprises.

“Reaching the second edition of Futureland with such an outstanding presence of speakers and participants demonstrates the strategic importance of these technologies for the business community” – declares Fabio Sferruzzi, Connect Unit Managing Director of Talent Garden -.” It’s an innovative format that offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves for two days to discover company case histories and insights of the world’s leading experts, in order to explore the business opportunities of these fields. In two years, Futureland has acquired the identity we desired, which fully reflects the mission of Talent Garden: to nurture digital culture, and offer valuable network opportunities”.

The research: revenues and fields of application of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Immersive Technology.

· By 2024, according to data from the Transparency Market Research, the revenues from the Blockchain sector will reach 20 billion dollars, an exponential increase compared to the 315.9 million dollars in 2019. Blockchain is becoming more popular with wide fields of applications such as digital identifications, smart contracts, and data exchange in a safe and fast way. Nowadays, finance is the most popular sector for Blockchain applications, followed by logistics, payments, healthcare and energy.

· Artificial Intelligence revenues, instead, will grow from $634.7 million in 2016 to $36.8 billion in 2025 according to the IDC. The ability to process Big Data in a short time seems to be the major application for AI to forecast consumer behaviours, manage processes and for recruiting (workforce analysis).

· The business sector will be the most popular for Immersive Technologies applications. In 2017, 30% of the total revenues were mainly composed of gaming, media and entertainment. Although, thanks to the several and rising applications of Immersive Technologies, the business sector will increase by 98.8% in 2021. Thanks to the ability to convey perceptions and sensations through AR and VR, the quality of communication and marketing will therefore improve dramatically.

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