Multicore World 2014 panels 

Tuesday 25th February 16:50 – 17:30

“Billion Dollar Startups powered by Multicore Technologies”

The Wall Street Journal published in January 2014 “The Billion Dollar Startup Club”, tracking companies that are valued at $1 billion or more by venture-capital firms. Today there are more than 30 such companies in the U.S., Europe and China.

In mid-February 2014, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for USD$ 16 billion. Another shocking figure -apart from the price, is that WhatsApp has only 32 engineers to support its 450 million user base. The language behind this success is Erlang

How are these young companies empowered by technology? Are all these startups leveraged by Multicore Technologies? If so, how? And if not, can they keep growing in a sustainable way by incorporating them?

John Gustafson

Gernot Heiser

Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat

Manuel Chakravarty

Alex St. John


Wednesday 26th February 16:25 – 17:10

“Can multicore based technologies launch a new industry and trigger an Innovation Economy?”

In 2011 Marc Andreessen wrote an essay “Why software is eating the world” on how new software based companies are “building real, high-growth, high-margin, highly defensible businesses” -transforming industries that were well established for decades (i.e. photography).

In January 2014, The Guardian (UK) predicted the rise of new open-source software (that) will bring more innovation and more ways of understand data” while Forbes (US) calls 2014 “the year when big data adoption goes mainstream in the enterprise”.

If we observe these trends -together with hardware and software evolution, are we witnessing a scenario where a novel combination can be established to provide new platforms for these trends? Is this an opportunity for a country -like New Zealand, to bring together certain variables and trigger an Innovation Economy? Could a “smart economy” grow at 10% per year as Ian Foster imagined in Multicore World 2013?

John Bancroft

John Gustafson

Shaun Hendy

Nicola Gaston

Alex St. John