Agenda Day 1

*Subject to change.

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 – 09:15


Presented by: Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Address

Presented by: Gustavo Nader, VP of Strategy, Thales Avionics

9:45 – 10:15

Invest In The Guest: How Spirit Airlines Is Using Technology To Enhance The Guest Experience

Presented by: Bobby Schroeter, VP of Sales and Marketing at Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines will discuss the importance of Wi-Fi and connectivity for LCCs to enhance the guest experience.

10:15 – 10:50

Presented by: Mike Bergman, Consumer Technology Association
The Consumer Technology Association will present the detailed analyses in trends and market forces driving the aviation field.

10:50 – 11:20

Networking Break

Sponsored by: Encore Inflight Limited

11:20 – 12:30

LSE’s Sky High Economics

Moderated by Professor Alexander Grous
Panel: Mary McMillan, VP SOS Inmarsat Aviation; Captain Jonathan Lee, Hawaiian Airlines
LSE’s Sky High Economics Chapter Two shines the spotlight on how connectivity, an important aspect of the digital transformation within the aviation industry, delivers powerful economic benefits and efficiencies to airlines across operations, safety and environmental areas. This panel will unveil Sky High Economics Chapter 2 and discuss the importance of connectivity to operations and safety from different stakeholders.

12:30 – 1:50

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: Inmarsat

1:50 – 2:20

Air China on Passenger Experience and Wi-Fi

Presented by: Dr. Zhihang Chi, PhD, VP & General Manager North America Air China
Dr. Chi will underline the benefits and concerns of in-flight connectivity solutions for Air China.

2:20 – 2:40

Cloud-based Wi-Fi Network Optimization

Richard McKinney, President, US Operations, RebelRoam
This session will discuss cloud-based Wi-Fi network optimization technology that can work to filter, shape and accelerate data traffic.

2:40 – 3:00

Connectivity Working Group: Status Update and Group-Achievement Highlights

Moderated by: Stephan Schulte, Connectivity Working Group Chair
CWG Chair Stephan Schulte will review the working group’s connectivity survey results and highlight the achievements of the past six months.

3:00 – 3:30

Networking Break

3:30 – 3:50

Future Outlook: The Market Value of the Cabin Scene after Connectivity

Presented by: Yong Li, CEO TD Link
This session will highlight how to use IFEC operations to turn a profit in a connected environment. Insights will include the application of these ideas in the Chinese market.

3:50 – 4:15

Requirements to Fully Capture Metrics for In-flight Connectivity

Presented by: Bernd Knobe, Managing Director P3 aero systems

4:15 – 5:00

APEX Awards Ceremony

5:15 – 6:45

Networking Recpetion

Sponsored by: Global Eagle

Agenda Day 2

*Subject to change.

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:10

Welcome & Introduction

Presented by: Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems

9:10 – 10:30

IFE in the Cloud

Moderated by: Michael Childers, Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX, Lufthansa Systems
Panelists: Mark Stephens, Amazon Web Services Partner Solutions Architect; Michael Stattman, castLabs CEO; Fereidoon Khosravi, SVP Business Development Venera Technologies
Discover the opportunities of cloud adoption for IFE with a panel of representatives from Amazon Web Services, studios and labs discussing their perspective on security, delivery and efficiency of IFE in the cloud. *Press Restrictions will apply*

10:30 – 11:30

Next Gen Content Protection Challenges for IFE Panel

Presented by Eric Diehl, VP Media and Content Security at Sony Pictures Entertainment
Panelists: Bryan Rusenko; Phil Watson, PAC; Juraj Siska, Ideanova
This panel will introduce APEX’s newest working group, the 0415 Part 2 Working Group. Challenges discussed will include security requirements for local license servers and security requirements for HD and UHD content. *Press Restrictions will apply*

11:30 – 11:50

Networking Break

11:50 – 12:20

Consumer Technology Association: Content Management and WAVE

Presented by: Mike Bergman, Consumer Technology Association
Mike Bergman will give an overview of content management and WAVE, breaking down the issues in the current system and how the Web Application Video Ecosystem can help to address these challenges.

12:20 – 12:40

Cyber Security Solutions In-flight

Presented by: Alex Cowan, CEO, RazorSecure
Traditional security approaches use passive and fixed mechanisms (firewalls, authentications) However, these are no longer effective methods to fight evolving cyber threats. Once intruders are “over-the-wall” they are in the system and can no longer be detected. On the other hand, anomaly detection software can detect unusual -potentially threatening- behavior before and after a successful intrusion.

12:40 – 1:40

Networking Lunch

Provided by APEX

1:40 – 2:00

From Korean Air to Flow Futurist: The Airline Passenger Experience of 2038

Presented by: Dr. Dante Dionne
Dr. Dante Dionne led innovation at Korean Air and will leverage his expertise in neurosciences to discuss the future application of artificial intelligence and human connected devices into the airline passenger experience over the next 20 years to 2038. The format for the futuristic discussion will be an interactive engagement with APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader whose Ph.D research focused on accelerating aviation adoption of new technology by passenger.

2:00 – 2:45

Ad Delivery Working Group

Presented by: Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX, Lufthansa
Systems; Andy Rosen, Chair Ad Delivery Working Group; David Griggs, Server-side Ad Insertion and
Packaging Solution, Amazon Web Services
This session addresses the integration of advertising into the content delivery workflow, including the use of the Cloud as discussed in the earlier session on Cloud-based content delivery, including spot time sales and ingestion of ad cues. The ADWG objective of drafting a unified impression-reporting schema will be discussed.

2:45 – 3:00

Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00

Aeromexico Insights: Making One-To-One Airline Passenger Experience a Reality

Presented by: Andres Castaneda, SVP Marketing & E-commerce at Aeroméxico
An APEX TECH exclusive an industry first will be revealed in a CEO to CMO/CXO interactive illustrated discussion! Aeromexico has broken down the silos between marketing, passenger experience, and e-commerce under the leadership of Andres Castañeda. The singular view of airline passenger experience starts with a customer’s first search for a flight and continues through every step of the journey. The technology from digital to reality has arrived with future applications for biometrics and blockchain.

4:00 – 4:30