Monday General Session Replay: Technology Superpowers

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, VMware CTO Ray O’Farrell, and their featured guests share how to push past the boundaries of what’s possible.

Tuesday General Session Replay: Pioneers of the Possible

Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware Customer Operations, finds out firsthand how several customers bravely took the digital transformation path and prepared their organizations for the future.

Monday, August 27

Technology Superpowers


At the VMware 20th anniversary celebration, Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, and Ray O’Farrell, VMware CTO, discuss the superpowers needed to navigate the disruptive world of technology. VMware is shaping the future of cloud, mobile, networking, and security – as well as innovating in emerging areas like IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, edge computing, and containers. Pat, Ray, and additional guest speakers explain how to innovatively build and navigate the digital infrastructure that powers digital business.

Tuesday, August 28

Pioneers of the Possible

Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware Customer Operations, kicks off the second day in conversation with several customers who have bravely taken the digital transformation path. He shares how enterprise warriors like you have transformed the business by embracing the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud, cloud native, and digital workspace solutions – preparing their organizations for the future.

Sanjay then hosts Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education, Oxford student, and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the author of the international bestseller I Am Malala and was named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by TIME magazine. As co-founder of Malala Fund, she is building a global movement of support for girls’ education. Malala shares her perspective on the challenges that girls face in their communities as well as the bright opportunities to create greater access to education for them across the globe.

Thursday, August 30

The Frontiers of Reality

When your brain generates an experience of the world – and yourself in that world – what does that mean? And what types of uniquely human invention does that process make possible? Three extraordinary innovators explore the essence of creativity, technology, and behavior, and even show you how you can harness your potential for happiness and connection.



Pat Gelsinger

Chief Executive Officer, VMware

Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, nearly doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings more than 35 years of technology and leadership experience.

Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.

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Ray O'Farrell

Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, VMware

Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and currently serves as executive vice president and chief technology officer. His role includes responsibility for VMware’s Global Services and Customer Advocacy, giving O’Farrell purview over VMware’s entire customer product experience.

Prior to this role, O’Farrell co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution.

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Sanjay Poonen

Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations, VMware

Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013, and is responsible for worldwide sales, services, alliances, marketing and communications.

Previously, Poonen held the role of executive vice president and general manager for the End-User Computing business unit at VMware. In this role, he was responsible for strategy, products, engineering, marketing and sales across all of VMware's End-User Computing offerings.

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Andy Jassy

Chief Executive Officer, Amazon Web Services

Andy Jassy is CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. Having led AWS since its inception, he’s managed an inventive and nimble team that has delivered more than 90 cloud infrastructure and application services that are used by millions of startup, enterprise, and government customers around the world. Jassy joined Amazon in 1997. Prior to founding AWS, he held various leadership roles across the company. He has an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Malala Yousafzai

Activist, Oxford Student, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Born in 1997, Malala Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan with her parents and two brothers. From the age of 10, Malala has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education.

In October 2012, the then 15-year-old Malala was shot by the Taliban while traveling home from school on the bus with her friends. Following the attack, Malala was flown to Birmingham to receive treatment at the specialist Queen Elizabeth hospital, and by March 2013 she had made a remarkable recovery and was well enough to return to school.

Now studying at the University of Oxford, Malala continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Since the attack, she has become internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continuing her fight for the right of everyone to receive an education.

Malala’s bravery and unwavering dedication to her cause has seen her honored throughout the world, including one of the world’s highest honors: the Nobel Peace Prize. She became the youngest recipient of the prestigious award in 2014, alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Malala was also named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by TIME magazine. She is the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and Conscience, the International Children’s Peace Prize, the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award, the Premi Internacional Catalunya Award of Catalonia, the Simone de Beauvior Prize, The Oklahoma City Reflections of Hope Award and has been honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award and Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award 2013. She is also the author of the international bestseller I Am Malala, which has been published in over 27 territories.

Following the outpouring of support that Malala received throughout her ordeal, she set up an international fund – the Malala Fund – which is dedicated to help promote education for girls throughout the world.

The Frontiers of Reality

Thursday’s innovative and forward-thinking general session featured these three extraordinary technologists: Raffaello D’ Andrea, Dr. Laurie Santos, and Anil Seth.

Raffaello D’Andrea

Founder, Verity Studios
Co-Founder, Kiva Systems

Spanning academics, business, and the arts, Raffaello’s career is built on his ability to bridge theory and practice. His founding of Kiva Systems was instrumental to the development of modern industrial robotics. His flying machine designs have fronted performances by Cirque du Soleil and Metallica. And his new media art has been featured at the Venice Biennale and the National Gallery of Canada. One never quite knows what new creation or invention Raffaello will bring to stage on a given day.

Laurie Santos

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
Primary Researcher, CapLab

Psychologist Dr. Laurie Santos is an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too-imperfect life choices. She is also knowledgeable in how behavioral change through positive psychology can lead to a happy and fulfilling life. Her course in human well-being, based on her research into essential animal behaviors, is the most popular course that has ever been taught at Yale in its 316 years.

Anil Seth

Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, University of Sussex
Co-Author, 30-Second Brain

According to Anil, billions of neurons in your brain are working together right now to generate a conscious experience – and not just any conscious experience – your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? In this talk, you’ll learn how we are all hallucinating all the time. It’s just that when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality." Join Anil for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning a lot of your assumptions.