YPO, a premier global leadership organisation, recently held it’s annual Innovation Week in numerous cities around the world. The week provides YPO members with the opportunity to experience emerging technologies and breakthrough innovations not yet available to the public. Dany de Barros (CEO of Prommac) and Jason English (CEO of CG Holdings) attended the events in San Francisco and Moscow respectively.
In San Francisco, Dany participated in the Innovation Week Summit, which focussed on the 4th Industrial Revolution. During the conference, Dany attended presentations by a number of leaders in innovation and technology.  Notable presentations, to name but a few, were: Peter Schwartz, Chief Future Officer at Salesforce, presented on the 4th Industrial Revolution; Tim Draper, Founding Partner of VC Draper Associates, on the evolution of startups; Dave Abramson, Vice President of Upwork, on the decentralization of the workforce; Dr Daniel Kraft, Chair of Medicine at Singularity University, on the Longevity of Life.
In addition to the insightful presentations by industry leaders, Dany also attended a function at the top of the new Salesforce head office overlooking San Francisco. Former White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus spoke at the event, giving attendees insight into his role in public service.
“The world is innovating at a rapid pace and if we as a business do not look to innovate, not only from a technology perspective but from a process perspective too, we will not exist in the future. Prommac will continue to innovate and drive digitisation in every aspect of our business.” Dany de Barros, Prommac CEO.
In Moscow, Jason visited the new Skolovo Innovation Centre, an incubator for technology. From manned drone aircraft to agri robots, robotic coffee shops and autonomous vehicles, it was clear that Moscow is positioning itself as an innovative technology hub for the rest of the world. Discussions were held on the evolution of the e-sports and e-gaming world as well as blockchain, crypto-currencies and the whole world of mixed reality.
As part of the Moscow event, Jason had the privilege of flying the L39 Albatros fighter jet under the guidance of the Russian Air Force.
“No words can describe the sensation of flying in a fighter jet. This was a bucket list item which many people helped put together and I am forever grateful to everybody who pulled it off. As we pulled out of loops and rolls, the blood draining from my head was as real as it gets and flying in fighter formation alongside another air force plane was an experience of a lifetime.”
The IRIS Group is advancing its VR training platforms with the aim to provide training through simulators to various airforces around the world.

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