Talent, Technology and the Search for a Better Model for Global Collaboration

Nexus 2017 is the only United States-based conference to take a singular look at the opportunities, risks and benefits of creating  technology services’ alliances across the Americas. 

Tackling the Big Topics

Nexus 2017 is the premier conference for professionals seeking to understand how to build powerful alliances across the Americas – in the area of IT and software development, business-process services, and customer care. 

Faced with an array of emerging technologies, such as automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, today’s services leaders face new challenges in balancing business value with innovation.

Furthermore, with political pressure increasing in recent months, are global technology leaders holding back and becoming more cautious, or instead seizing on opportunities to diversify their talent and operational portfolios?

At Nexus 2017, we will look to deep analyze these topics by bringing together a diverse mix of business, sourcing, software engineering, startup and cross-border investment experts. Expect to gain a great deal of knowledge and a great new set of well-informed contacts.

Our Nexus brand was developed seven years ago to encourage a better understanding of how Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada can continue to be vital partners in cultivating alliances across the hemisphere – encouraging both clients and providers to thrive by emerging together instead of separating apart.

An Established Reputation

The conference, now in its seventh year, has historically brought together senior technology and business investors seeking to enhance their enterprise teams through expansion and partnerships in the Nearshore region.

Whether managing IT, knowledge services, contact centers or back-office functions, Nexus has always been the main event for understanding how to work within the Americas region to meet the high-octane demands of your business for new talent, new ideas, and new partners.

Nexus Hotel Accommodations

Dinah’s Garden Hotel Palo Alto (five miles from the Google Quad) is providing an event rate of $295 for sleeping rooms on Tuesday, 5/23and Wednesday, 5/24. The “cut-off date” for reserving a room is 5:00 p.m. local time on May 1st.  After the cut-off date, sleeping rooms will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Individual Call-In: Please call the Reservations Department at 650-493-2844 to arrange hotel reservations and mention Nexus 2017 to receive negotiated rates

Use the following link to make your reservations online: Reservation

Where and When?

This year’s Nexus conference will be held at the Google Quad in Mountain View, California.

Nexus Opening Night takes place on May 23rd from 6pm to 9pm at The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

The Nexus Conference itself is taking place on May 24th from 08:30am to 5pm  at the Google Quad in Mountain View, California.

Speakers

Meet our power-packed speaker lineup

Keynote Speaker - Roy Geva Glasberg

Global lead Google Accelerator & startup program
Roy is the founder and global manager of Google Accelerator (Bangalore, Sao Paulo, Jakarta, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Hanoi, Manila, Bogota and Bangkok). His current role at Google also includes responsibilities leading Google’s Launchpad Startup program. He wa previously Head of Campus TLV, Developer Relations lead in Israel for Google Europe, Director business development at LivePerson, Head of Business Development and Business Solutions at Microsoft Israel, Senior consultant at Deloitte and at HayGroup.
Roy is a results-oriented executive with deep passion for problem solving and disruptive thinking.

Bismarck Lepe

Founder and CEO of Wizeline

Zhiyin Pan

VP of Engineering, Chartio

Owen Tran

CTO, Points International

Roberto Martinez

CEO, Nearsoft

Pablo Vittori

Managing Director Gaming and Technology, Globant

Dilawar Syed

President, Freshdesk and Special Advisor to Tech Stands Up

Steve Rudderham

Vice President Global Business Services Kellogg Company

Karl Rottmann

Senior Director, Cylance

Aaron Smith

Associate Research Director Pew Research

Gustavo Parés

Partner, Nearshore Delivery Solutions

Fabiano Rosa

Consultant, PwC Canada

Rajeev Gupta

Regional Vice President TCS Latin America

Daniel Greene

Partner, Gunderson-Dettmer

Alfred Lutter

Lutter Consulting

Lynne Bairstow

Managing Partner, MITA Ventures

Salil Dani

VP, Global Sourcing Everest Group

Steve Mezak

Founder and CEO of Accelerance

Steven Kirz

Pace Harmon Managing Director

Luis Alberto Muñoz Ubando

Chief Innovation Officer, Grupo Plenum

Hui Wu-Curtis

Senior Director Customer Care Strategy, Choice Hotels

Henry Han

Executive Director International Business Development, International Markets Ministry of International Trade, British Colombia

Priya Alagiri

Founder Alagiri Immigration Law Firm

Kirk Laughlin

Managing Director, NEARSHORE AMERICAS MEDIA, MARKETING AND CONSULTING

Agenda

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibition Networking

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Keynote:
Google’s Critical Connection to Emerging Market Entrepreneurs
Google’s launchpad accelerator builds bridges where they don’t exist – reaching into markets around the world to stoke the entrepreneurial fire for a new generation of technology company founders. The connection between these emerging ecosystems and the brain-trust of Google back in Silicon Valley is a vital link that is only growing stronger. Where do Latin America and the Caribbean fit into Google’s worldview, and how will the company work to cultivate stronger ecosystems in the Americas? Find out in this very special keynote presentation.

ROY GLASBERG
Launchpad Accelerator, Global Lead
9:45 AM – 10:40 AM

Navigating in the New Reality of the United States
The new U.S. administration’s position on immigration, trade and foreign policy is clearly having an impact on Silicon Valley talent acquisition, movement of employees and overall IT sourcing strategies, including more intense focus on Nearshore options, like British Colombia, Canada and Guadalajara, Mexico. In the most practical terms possible, the panel will address how business and technology leaders can sensibly navigate this new territory considering these new risks and, perhaps, new opportunities.

Moderator:
STEVE KIRZ
Pace Harmon Managing Director

Panelists:

PRIYA ALAGIRI
Founder Alagiri Immigration Law Firm

HENRY HAN
Executive Director International Business Development, International Markets, Ministry International Trade, British Colombia

DILAWAR SYED
President, Freshdesk 

10:40 AM – 10:55 AM
Exhibition and Networking

10:55 AM – 11:45 AM
The Unicorns of the Americas: Adapting to a New Model for Cross-Border Acceleration

Fast-growth companies are created all the time in the Americas, but what are the critical factors which cause regular startups to become disruptive superstars? What mix of mentorship, funding, acceleration, intellectual property, geography, talent and saviness enable these firms to stand on their own as global market leaders, and what level of third-party software support is necessary to fuel that growth? Find out from a panel of Silicon Valley insiders who have seen what really works.

Moderator:
LYNNE BAIRSTOW
Managing Partner, MITA Ventures

Panelists:
DANIEL GREENE
Partner, Gunderson-Dettmer

ALFRED LUTTER
Founder, Lutter Consulting

PABLO VITTORI
Managing Director, Gaming and Tech, Globant

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Preparing for Automation Inside and Outside the Enterprise

The business world may be speeding toward automation, but many business and technology leaders are struggling to determine who to partner with and how to build a sustainable plan for implementing automation solutions. Should they hire IT partners to build or just maintain solutions? How much intellectual capital should reside inside the company? And what are the smartest ways to compare vendors – whether in Europe, Asia, or North or South America?

Moderator:
FABIANO ROSA
Consultant, PwC Canada

Panelists:

RAJEEV GUPTA
Regional Vice President TCS Latin America
GUSTAVO PARÉS
Partner, Nearshore Delivery Solutions
STEVE RUDDERHAM
Vice President Global Business Services Kellogg Company

12:15 – 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch
1:10 PM – 2 PM
Lessons from the Frontlines
The Nearshore services industry continues to mature by scaling to meet new client demands, tapping new labor pools and applying new tools to fill requirements. Without question, the Nearshore is changing – and these changes are producing many new insights and lessons for both providers and customers. Find out what those lessons are and how the Nearshore stacks up against outsourcing delivery ecosystems around the world.

Moderator:
STEVE MEZAK
Founder and CEO of Accelerance

Panelists:

ROBERTO MARTINEZ
CEO< Nearsoft

ZHIYIN PAN
VP of Engineering, Chartio

KARL ROTTMANN
Senior Director, Cylance

OWEN TRAN
Chief Technology Officer, Points International

HUI WU-CURTIS
Senior Director Customer Care Strategy, Choice Hotels

2 PM – 2:30 PM

The State of Nearshore: Key Findings and Analysis
Last year saw the expansion of digital services across Latin America, but will this trend continue? Many leaders were bullish on Argentina, Costa Rica and Guadalajara Mexico, but what other regions are on the path to providing top notch talent? This presentation examines the relative cost of operations, the risk profiles and preparedness for digital of various regions across Latin America and who might be leading the way in offering cloud, mobile, big data and IOT.

SALIL DANI
VP, Global Sourcing Everest Group

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM
Afternoon Networking
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
How Nearshore Engineers Meets the Innovation Challenge: The Case of Yucatán

Latin America and Caribbean engineering studios are not only able to operate in today’s agile development environments, but are also preparing to vastly improve business processes through A.I., machine learning and data analytics. Hear how these needs are being provided with greater efficiency than ever before and how nearshore is being transformed.
LUIS ALBERTO MUNOZ UBANDO
Chief Innovation Officer, Grupo PLENUMSOFT

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
A.I., Robotics and the Future of Work
In a national survey by Pew Research Center, Americans expect that within 50 years robots and computers will “definitely” or “probably” do much of the work currently done by humans. In the case of knowledge services, how will this trend impact the delivery of enterprise solutions – from application creation to high-touch customer experience?

AARON SMITH
Associate Research Director Pew Research

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Reception: Poolside at Google Quad Recreation Area

TESTIMONIALS

All the rave about Nexus

“This was probably the best business conference I’ve been to ever”
Jaime YordánPridco
“It was an excellent conference regarding the content, logistics and the organization was impeccable. The who is who of near shoring in Latin America was there.”
Lourdes CasanovaEmerging Markets Institute
“Wonderful. Eye opening Forum. I was skeptical but now i am a believer”
Ernst GoldmanJ.P. Morgan Chase

Our sponsors

If you wish to inquire about our many sponsorship packages or if you would like to discuss a customized sponsorship opportunity please contact Kirk Laughlin Kirk@nextcoastmedia.com

Nexus: Through the Years

Nearshore Nexus was founded in New York City in 2011 and quickly established itself as the premiere conference for the thriving Nearshore services industry. The conference was relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016 to capitalize on the growing interest of Silicon Valley firms in expanding relationships with ICT partners across the Americas.

 

Here are some highlights from the past six years of Nexus conferences: