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The ERA Digital Foundation presents The Soft Machine

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205 8 Avenue Southeast

Calgary, AB T2G 0K9

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The Soft Machine is a critical examination of Alberta's collective digital future.

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"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." - George Bernard Shaw

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Calgary, the historical heart of the Canadian oil and gas industry, is at a once-in-an-epoch inflection point that will determine our destiny for this next millennium and beyond. Traditional energy sources and technologies that have powered the creation of wealth and opportunity in Canada for multiple generations are now caught in an existential struggle between the past and the future. New energy alternatives promise a road to a utopian future but provide limited answers for the present. Transformational solutions brought to market by leading advocates are often not grounded in the reality of present-day economies, geopolitics or communities.

Perhaps the solution to this challenge lies in the same energy and pioneer spirit that hewed boreal forests into the world’s breadbasket and carved the Canadian energy economy out of the frozen tundra; the spirit of Calgary. When purposefully applied to solve this next challenge, this spirit of innovation can lead to a future that is both prosperous and equitable, and where economics and the environment are complementary objectives and not contradictory impulses as presented in popular politics and media folklore.

For us to compete, indeed, to survive, in the 21st century, all of us – oil and gas enterprises, governments, civic society organizations; must come together in a common purpose to define our universal future.

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The ERA Digital Foundation is proud to present the opening chapter of 'The Soft Machine' on April 30 in Calgary's Art Commons.

The main event will begin at 1:00 PM in Art Commons' Engineered Air Theatre and will conclude at 5:00 PM; with a cocktail reception to follow. Registration commences at 12:00 PM.

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The CAST.

Honorary Keynote Speakers.

Scott Gravelle, Founder and CEO of Attabotics I Amit Majithia, Vice President and Canadian Country Manager at Wipro I Joshua McKenty, Co-Founder of OpenStack and Piston Cloud; Former Global Field Chief Technology Officer at Pivotal and Chief Architect at NASA I Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary Economic Development

Roundtable Participants.

Michael Barr, Chief Information Officer at SAIT I Dion Dube, Director of Network Services at Enbridge I Terri-Lynn Duque, Director of Strategic Innovation at Enmax I Sofia Fairweather, SheInnovator I Mike Heinrich, Managing Director of DevOps at ATB Financial I Michael Loughlean, Director of Innovation at Suncor Energy I Mark Sombach, Head of Digital Technology at Syncrude I Brian Stewart, Deputy Chief Information Officer at University of Alberta I Sherrie Weaver, Associate Dean of University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business I Shelley Youens, Vice President of Strategic Delivery at Alberta Energy Regulator I Raynie Wood, Dean of Information and Communications Technologies at SAIT

Master of Ceremonies.

Stephen King, Co-Founder of The A100

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The TRILOGY.

12:00 PM - GENERAL REGISTRATION -

1:00 PM WELCOMING REMARKS by Stephen King, Co-Founder of The A100

1:20 PM AN HONORARY OPENING KEYNOTE by Scott Gravelle, Founder and CEO of Attabotics

1:40 PM A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION about the future of Alberta's digital cirriculum. Hosted by: Koleya Kerrington, Executive Director of Alberta Blockchain Consortium

Featuring: Michael Barr, Chief Information Officer at SAIT I Sofia Fairweather, SHEInnovator I Brian Stewart, Deputy Chief Information Officer at University of Alberta I Sherry Weaver, Associate Dean at University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business I Dr. Raynie Wood, Dean of Information and Communication Technologies at SAIT

2:40 PM A KEYNOTE by Amit Majithia, Vice President and Canadian Country Manager at Wipro

3:00 PM A ROUNDTABLE INTRODUCTION by Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary Economic Development

3:20 PM A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION about the role of digital transformation in advancing the energy industry. Hosted by: Brian Clendenin, Contributing Writer at IT World Canada

Featuring: Dion Dube, Director of Network Services at Enbridge I Terri-Lynn Duque, Director of Strategic Innovation at Enmax I Michael Loughlean, Director of Innovation at Suncor I Mark Sombach, Head of Digital Technology at Syncrude I Shelley Youens, Vice President of Strategic Delivery at Alberta Energy Regulator

4:20 PM A FIRESIDE CHAT between Mike Heinrich, Managing Director of DevOps at ATB Financial and Lucas Scheer, Managing Director of AltaML. Hosted by Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director of Alberta IoT

4:40 PM A CLOSING KEYNOTE by Joshua McKenty, Co-Founder of OpenStack

5:00 PM - THE NOVA EXPRESS COCKTAIL RECEPTION - Hosted by Wipro and The ERA Digital Foundation

- Featuring a presentation titled "The Simulation is the Message" and the hypnotic sound and visuals of Owen Brierley, Past President of Interactive Arts Alberta and Edmonton Digital Arts College -

6:30 PM - FIN -

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The END CREDITS.

The Soft Machine will be hosted by Robert Brennan Hart, Executive Director of the ERA Digital Foundation I Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director of Alberta IoT I Brian Clendenin, Contributing Writer at IT World Canada I Koleya Kerrington, Executive Director of Alberta Blockchain Consortium and Stephen King, Co-Founder of The A100.

A sincerest proclamation of gratitude to our corporate, community and media partners: Wipro, Alberta Blockchain Consortium, Alberta IoT, The A100, Canadian Blockchain Consortium, Calgary Chamber and IT World Canada.

Tickets are by invitation only and not transferable without prior consent from the organizer.

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