Agenda: Rackspace Technology Solve Conference 2021

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The Rackspace Technology Solve Conference 2021 – August 3-4

With rapid changes in technology across industries, your business is likely facing new challenges. And while it remains important to keep looking to the future, your current challenges need to be resolved, as well. The theme of the Solve Conference 2021 is real technology solutions, today, and our goal is to help technologists, CxOs and business leaders solve real business challenges with technology.

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Engage with global thought leaders on the real world technology solutions that can solve your business problems, today.

Get insights into the trends in technology that can help your business today, not in the future.


August 3-4, 2021


Learn more about our pre-conference activities on August 3, 2021. 

Conference Agenda

On August 4, 2021, our conference will take place across four stages:

  • Main stage for Keynote Speakers
  • Breakout Sessions for different persona – Technologists, CxOs, and Business Leaders

Time Main Stage Technologist Sessions CxO Sessions Business Sessions
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM CT Welcome - An Elastic Approach to IT
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM CT Keynote - Bernard Marr: The 9 Technology Trends That Will Shape Our Future
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM CT An Elastic Approach to Engineering is Key to Your Cloud Success The Making of a Modern Private Cloud Cybersecurity Talent Crunch: Tips for bridging the gap
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM CT Break - Visit our Expo Hall or join our Wellness session
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CT Using MLOps when Failure Is Not an Option Overcoming the 'Cloud Innovation' Challenge in a Highly Regulated Industry Better Customer Experience = Better Bottom-Line
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT Fireside Chat – Work: Here, There and Everywhere
12:00 PM CT - 1:00 PM CT Break - Visit our Expo Hall or join our Wellness session
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT Keynote - Guy Kawasaki: The Art of Innovation
2:00 PM CT - 2:30 PM CT Break - Visit our Expo Hall or join our Wellness session
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM CT A Cloud-Native Approach to IoT Crowdsourcing Corporate Innovation:The Rackspace Technology Approach to Innovation Iʼve got 99 problems and my data is all of them
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM CT Fireside Chat – Arlan Hamilton & Brandon Gayle: Combining Business with Purpose

Mainstage Session Details

The Nine Technology Trends That Will Shape Our Future​

What: A talk about some of the most innovative technology trends and their impact on business and society.  In this talk, Bernard covers big data, the internet of things, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, blockchains, and platform businesses. 


  • Bernard Marr, world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the field of business and technology
  • Moderator: Jeff DeVerter, Chief Technology Evangelist, Rackspace Technology

When: August 4, 2021 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am CT

data center connectivity and infrastructure

What:  It's clear that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated an evolution of workplace operations across many industries. From more relaxed attire to increased remote work, companies must recognize and adapt, or risk being left behind without a loyal, highly skilled workforce.​

Join three technology leaders from Rackspace for a discussion about the future of work, including:​

  • Where — working at an office or from home​
  • When — choosing one’s own schedule​
  • (Any)Where — living anywhere in the world


  • Josh Prewitt, VP Solutions​
  • Taylor Bird, VP Technology Strategy​
  • Andrew Recinos, President & CEO, Tessitura​y

When: August 4, 2021, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT

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The Art of Innovation

What: The Art of Innovation explains how to create innovative services and products using tactical and practical techniques. Guy uses examples from ice making to telephony to digital photography to expose the truths of innovation. ​

Key principles include: ​

  • jumping to the next curve​
  • breaking down the barriers​
  • thinking digitally and acting analogically


  • Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast
  • Moderator: Jeff DeVerter, Chief Technology Evangelist, Rackspace Technology

When: Aug 4, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

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What: While businesses in all industries create mission statements to define their goals, it is less common for them to turn these statements into reality. However, some companies, like Backstage Capital, have been founded on the idea of being purpose-driven.

Join Arlan Hamilton and Brandon Gayle to discuss:
* What it means to be purpose-driven
* Technology's affects on purpose-driven businesses
* How being driven by purpose can generate profitable outcomes
* Transitioning into a purpose-driven business


  • Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital​
  • Brandon Gayle, EVP Revenue, Brand & Communications, Spurs Sports & Entertainment​
  • Moderator: Casey Shilling - Chief Marketing Officer​, Rackspace Technology

When: August 4, 2021, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM CT

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