The IoT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC), the largest international event focused on innovation in the field of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), will bring together 300 international experts on technologies such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain as a key transformational tool for businesses worldwide. The fifth edition of IOTSWC, held from 29 to 31 October in Barcelona, will also host a dedicated series of sessions on the role of women within the IoT industry.

The event will hold over 200 sessions and among the speakers features American analyst, Joe Barkai, a global thought leader with over 30 years experience in the crossroads of business and technology and how to implement this new tech across a wide array of industries. Under the title The Age of Artificial Intelligence: What will the World look like in 10 years? Barkai will shine a light on the potential of two technologies –AI and Machine Learning– that are transforming businesses at breakneck speed, what they can and cannot do, and discuss the opportunities and threats of autonomous machines in a future dominated by AI.

Among the line-up of speakers are also directors from companies who are using IoT such as Hugo Boss, McLaren Group, Airbus, Sanitas, Carrefour Group, Daimler Motors, Ibercaja, Roca, SNCF Réseau, Maersk GTD and Brussels Airport, and major technology companies such as ABB, Dell, Ericsson, Google Cloud, Huawei, IBM, Hitachi, Microsoft, SAS, Wipro, Fiware, Honeywell, Amazon Web Services, and Thingstream.

IOTSWC will also make the case for women’s roles in the industry. Recent reports prove that companies with more women in leadership are more likely to have sustained, profitable growth, and are better prepared to handle digital disruption, and IOTSWC will organize the Women and Diversity in Industry program to address this topic. Among the participants are Helena Lisachuk, Global Lead, IoT, Deloitte Consulting; Leila DillonShannon Lucas, EVP, Head of Emerging Business Global Customer Unit, Ericsson; Kimberly Kerr, Senior VP, Sprint Business Solutions; and Teresa Tung, Managing Director at Accenture Labs.