University of Southern California

Recent Events

  • Bitcoin: Unlocking the Potential of Digital Payment Systems – June 23rd, USC Campus– Bitcoin is a powerful, disruptive platform that may ultimately transform the business lanscape. USC's Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) and TalkTech hosted an evening forum exploring trends, regulatory environment and product innovations likely to engender a tipping point for the mainstream adoption of Bitcoin. For more information, see:

  • Spring 2014 Advanced Management Program – May 5-9, USC Campus – AMP is CTM’s signature educational program. The course is attended by roughly 25 industry executives and led by Steve Shepard, our Resident Director of Education. See here for more details.

  • THE CONNECTED FUTURE: USC CTM Spring 2014 Executive Roundtable - March 6, 2014 – Luxe Hotel, Los Angeles - The Executive Roundtable is an exclusive gathering of industry leaders in technology, communications, data, and content. Our Spring 2014 Roundtable focused on network-enabled devices and what they mean for the industry. Presenters included Larry Downes, author of Big Bang Disruption, and explored issues that drive our market with an emphasis on business models, content, and technology. To see presentations from this event, see:

  • Learning to Win: Driving Innovation with Big Data & Analytics – Feb 19, 2014 - Learning to Win focused on a number of the key concepts that are fundamental to launching a big data initiative. Andrew Claster’s presentation on the analytics team for the Obama campaign illustrated how powerful an analytics team can be when the organization questions assumptions, focuses on data, runs experiments, and marries its activities to the larger organization’s strategy. Both Sid Mohasseb and Dr. Leslie Saxon showed how analytics can be applied outside of traditional industries by providing examples in automotive and healthcare. And Jon Penn and our panelists shared a number of insights regarding how analytics can be applied to the entertainment industry. To see presentations from this event, see:

  • “Innovation: Forging New Frontiers” 2014 Evolution of Entertainment Conference feat. Bruce Rosenblum – Feb 7, 2014 – USC Campus – E2: Evolution of Entertainment Conference is an annual event hosted by the Business of Entertainment Association at USC’s Marshall School of Business and co-hosted by CTM. It is designed to allow students to interact with media and entertainment industry professionals and to hear about the most relevant issues facing these industries today. For more information, see:

  • Special Event: USC CTM & Ogilvy Partnered Event – October 24, 2013 - New York City – USC CTM partnered with Ogilvy to host Verge: a fall event in New York City on October 24 focused on connected life. We hosted a gathering of roughly 200 thought leaders and practitioners from the worlds of technology, media, entertainment, mobility, communications and marketing to explore how the digital has changed behavior, what the future of entertainment is, and the impact of global mobility on our lives. For interviews, video highlights, and more see:

  • Silicon Beach @USC– September 17th and 18th, 2013 - USC Campus – CTM and our partners at USC hosted our second annual Silicon Beach @ USC conference: a two-day event highlighting innovation in digital media and technology. On Sept. 17 we hosted a venture competition where USC-related startups competed for $50,000 in prize money with cash awards going to the top 3 finalists. On Sept. 18, we convened a conference for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, faculty and students focused on the intersection of technology and digital content. For more on the event, and plans for Silicon Beach @ USC 2014, go to

  • Connected Future Forum – April 29, USC Campus – CTM is hosting a "Connected Future Forum" roundtable discussion on Infrastructure, Mobility and Los Angeles. The invitation-only forum will feature academics, industry leaders and policy makers in the technology, communications, and media sectors. Areas of focus will include the intersection between our "digital future," its infrastructure and the challenges in creating policies for a 21st century communications network.

  • Spring 2013 Advanced Management Program – April 29-May 3, USC Campus – AMP is CTM's signature educational program. The course is attended by roughly 25 industry executives and led by Steve Shepard, our Resident Director of Education. More information at:

  • "Future of Media": CTM Spring 2013 Executive Roundtable – April 10, USC Campus – The Future of Media will convene 100 industry leaders to share insights and to engage about the FUTURE OF MEDIA, at USC's Town and Gown ballroom, on April 10th. The "FUTURE OF MEDIA" forum will include speakers and panels such as:
    • Rio Caraeff, the dynamic and innovative CEO of VEVO, the number one YouTube music channel backed by top record companies, has re-invented the ad model for the music business.
    • Rob Chandhok, head of innovation and of Qualcomm Internet Services, who'll share his thoughts on Qualcomm's extraordinary present and future work in mobility and other areas.
    • Eric Berger of Sony, Shawn Strickland of Verizon/Redbox, and Tom Fuelling of Hulu, all industry leaders in the Over the Top (OTT) arena, will debate how media will evolve in future.
    • More information at:

  • USC CTM Spring 2013 Board Meeting & Research Sessions, April 9, Omni Hotel, Los Angeles

  • Transforming Business: Emerging Technology & the Enterprise – March 21, USC Campus -- "Transforming Business" is based on the book of the same name (see: and is going to cover key megatrends that are transforming corporations – including mobility (and bring-your-own-device, which IT is wrestling with), cloud, big data & analytics, and enterprise social networking, collaboration, and knowledge management. Featuring Jerry Power, Vice President at Alcatel-Lucent, and co-author of "Transforming Business", and Russ Kaurloto, USC's Associate CIO. More at

  • USC E2: Evolution of Entertainment Conference 2013 – February 22, USC Campus -- The Evolution of Entertainment Conference (E2) is a can't miss event for all who are interested in or currently working in the field of entertainment or new media. E2 is focused on the evolving changes that have made a tremendous impact on the business of entertainment. This event is an excellent educational and networking opportunity that will help industry newcomers and veterans alike understand the latest changes in the industry – as described by the decision makers themselves! For more information, see