Sunday, June 3, 3:00 pm

We live in a big data world. Every tweet, photo upload, “like,” and instant or text message is a piece of data, and the numbers and volume are growing exponentially. And, as Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, said in this session, our expectations of digitally communicating, posting, and connecting continue to grow too. We expect the near-instant ability to act and react. That’s where 5G technology will help expand the opportunities and uses of immersive experiences. Krzanich called it “edge computing,” but that, along with big data and AR/VR, is going to be the new “normal computing.”

Melissa Arnoldi, President of Technology and Operations at AT&T Communications, joined Krzanich on stage to talk about initiatives from AT&T’s perspective.

Highlights of the session included:

  • A short video explaining edge computing, including a discussion of the current hyper-growth in the amount of data being generated on an hourly and daily basis.
  • Arnoldi’s vision of the ways 5G can help in virtually every facet of daily life. Someday soon, you might be able to walk into a store and use a VR solution to scan your face, know your tastes, know your vacation plans, and present you with just the right sunglasses.
  • Krzanich’s visionary, inspiring talk about connected cars, HD media streaming, connected factories, and planes that can access and share information at lightning speed.

“These new media experiences and massive amounts of data are going to change the way we do everything,” Krzanich said. If the audience’s response was any indication, people can hardly wait.

You can watch the entire session below.

Brian Krzanich


Intel Corporation

Brian M. Krzanich was appointed chief executive officer of Intel Corporation and elected a member of the board of directors on May 16, 2013. Krzanich has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the chief operating officer (COO) since January 2012. As COO, his responsibilities included leading an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, supply chain operations, the NAND Solutions group, human resources, information technology and Intel’s China strategy.

His open-minded approach to problem solving and listening to customers’ needs has extended the company’s product and technology leadership and created billions of dollars in value for the company. In 2006, he drove a broad transformation of Intel’s factories and supply chain, improving factory velocity by more than 60 percent and doubling customer responsiveness. Krzanich is also involved in advancing the industry’s transition to lower cost 450mm wafer manufacturing through the Global 450 Consortium as well as leading Intel’s strategic investment in lithography supplier ASML.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from San Jose State University and has one patent for semiconductor processing. Krzanich is also a member of the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Melissa Arnoldi


AT&T Technology & Operations

Melissa Arnoldi, president, Technology & Operations, AT&T Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc., is responsible for technology development, network deployment and operations, and AT&T’s transition to a software-defined and future 5G network. Melissa currently serves as a board member of Nasdaq.

Melissa leads the company’s networks and technologies team, which has driven AT&T’s global leadership in the technological transition to software-defined networking—with a focus on virtualized or cloud-based network controls—as well as the company’s leadership in the move to 5G networks. Melissa oversees the company’s global information, software development, supply chain, network and cybersecurity operations, and chief data office organizations, as well as AT&T’s Intellectual Property group, Labs and Foundries.

Prior professional experience includes serving as President of Technology Development of AT&T’s products and services, digital experiences for customers, information and network security strategy, standards and platform development, and systems supporting the operations across multiple business segments, networks, and services. Previous to that postion, Melissa has served various roles in technology development and systems strategy organizations supporting AT&T’s Mobility and Home Solutions (U-verse and legacy voice, iPhone launches, high-speed broadband and TV) business units.

Melissa is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She has been honored as one of the National Diversity Council’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” and received a Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business for “Maverick of the Year” in 2015. In 2016, Melissa was showcased by FierceWireless as a woman leader to watch due to her key contributions in engineering and technology fields in the telecom industry.

Melissa came to AT&T from Accenture as Senior Executive, where she served in roles of increasing responsibility focused on IT merger integration, system consolidation and product development during her 12-year tenure. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis and a Master’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She lives in Dallas with her husband and their two daughters.

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