Immersion program

The Digital Future of the Oil & Gas Industry Executive Program

A one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover directly from Silicon Valley insiders how the Oil & Gas industry will be forever changed by the most disruptive technologies. Designed specifically for the industry executives the program offers a unique format combining education, inspiration and new business opportunities. You will visit the most innovative Silicon Valley companies, meet with executives, hear presentation by industry experts and see the showcases of the latest innovations by the disruptive startups.

Note that final agenda, final list of participating companies and activities is subject to change and will be finalized closer to the date of the event.

  • 5-day immersion
  • Quarterly
About the host

Since 2012, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) has been empowering senior-level executive leaders from around the world to uncover business growth opportunities behind the threats of disruptive technologies.

Emerging Technologies Covered

Artificial Intelligence

Discover the power of artificial intelligence for the Oil & Gas business, aiming to optimize processes in upstream, midstream and downstream for increased efficiency and profitability.

Industrial Internet of Things

Explore how IoT enables Oil & Gas business to integrate information, data, people, and processes across the whole supply chain. Find out how IoT analytics is utilized to monitor asset performance and avoid accidents.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Gain understanding of the new applications of AR technology in the Oil & Gas industry, from simulation-based training to AR-enhanced onshore-offshore communication processes allowing to quickly identify and solve equipment problems in real-time.

Drones Technology

See how drones are reshaping the Oil & Gas industry with next level of real-time automated inspection and its impact on operational performance, information accuracy and improved safety.

Cognitive Systems

Learn about how Cognitive Systems can enhance human expertise, speed up decision-making and training capabilities, how it can streamline and automate business processes at a completely new level.


Find out how Oil & Gas industry could benefit from blockchain technology in a number of ways including greater process efficiency, security and compliance benefits, and advancement of the entire supply chain.

Program Outline


Digital Revolution: Drivers, Players, Best Practices

Learn from the digital transformation leaders in Oil and Gas industry such as Chevron, GE Oil and Gas, and PG&Ehow to approach digital transformation as an ongoing evolution to become agile, responsive and adaptable organization. Evaluate main reasons, challenges and outcomes of becoming digital, using examples of leading oil & gas players and other producing industries. Find out what companies are best positioned to win in the revolution driven by the world of digitization, increasing automation and new business models.

  • Digital Revolution – View from Silicon Valley
  • New Generation of Digital Technologies and Their Impact on Industries
  • Best Practices in Digital Transformation: Application to Oil & Gas
  • Best Practices in Digital Transformation: Strategic Focus On Data Digitization and Analytics, New Infrastructure, Cross Functional Collaboration


Applying Next Generation Technologies to Oil & Gas: AI, IoT, Blockchain

How Internet of Things can improve monitoring and maintenance of O&G facilities, reduce downtime and increase productivity and safety? Will Artificial Intelligence help you get the competitive edge by moving away from the traditional business models based on access to reserves and capital to the ones based on access to information? Can Blockchain increase efficiency of the digital supply chains by boosting productivity and reducing costs? You will hear from the most innovative Silicon Valley start-ups bringing to the market applications leveraging these next generation technologies.

  • The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: Leveraging Industry 4.0 Smart Solutions
  • The New Frontiers of Connectivity: Internet of Things, Sensors, Data Integration
  • Cognitive Systems: The Next Evolution of Enterprise Intelligence
  • Panel Discussion: Blockchain for Industries. Evolution, Timeline, Trends, Players.


Applying Next Generation Technologies to Oil & Gas: Drones, Self-Driving Cars, AR

What is the next frontier in real time monitoring and surveillance that have already been improving visibility and safety of operations and processes in the oil & gas industry? What are new possible applications of self-driving technology such as “The Rig of the Future”, how self-driving cars and trucks are affecting the supply chain processes and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-anything communication? Is Augmented Reality a game-changing technology that can unlock the potential of both, physical working environments and the people who work in them? Brainstorm with Silicon Valley’s insiders from companies in these field on the applications and impact of the technologies on Oil and Gas.

  • Advancing Real-Time Monitoring and Surveillance with Industrial Drones and Imagery Solution
  • From Automation to Autonomy: A drill without a driller, self-driving trucks – how autonomous machines will impact Oil & Gas companies in the future.
  • Using Breakthrough Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology to Improve Safety
  • Cybersecurity solutions for Industrial IoT and industrial control systems

Day 4

Clean Energy of the Future

Meet with the energy industry experts from such companies as Gogoro, Bloomenergy, IceEnergy to learn about the recent trends in solar and wind energy market, main players and opportunities for traditional industries. Hear about the most recent trends and technologies in biomass, biofuels and fuel cell sectors.

  • Solar and Wind Energy: Innovation Beyond Fossil Fuels
  • The Next Generation of the Energy Storage Solutions
  • New Disruptors in Bio Fuel and Fuel Cell Technologies: What’s Next
  • Waste Heat to Power as a Source of Energy: Opportunities for the Industrial Sector

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How To Lead Digital Transformation: from Theory to Practice

Hear from Silicon Valley visionaries and futurists from companies such as Institute For The Future, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Schlumberger Software Innovation Center how to recognize disruptive threats to the Oil&Gas industry and turn them into business opportunities for your company. Learn how to avoid profits erosion and a loss of market share to the new technology companies. Get introduced to innovation tactics, metrics and approaches to advancing your company’s digitally transformation agenda.

  • Visualizing the Future of Your Industry
  • Developing a Strategic Digital Transformation Plan
  • Creating Innovation Culture
  • Strategic Investment: Chasing the Next Big Thing for Digital Oilfield

More tour details


Get privileged access to the offices of the most innovative Silicon Valley companies typically not open to the public. Get first-hand account on best practices of digital transformation from the corporate innovation leaders.

Where we'll be

The journey will start in San Mateo, at Silicon Valley Innovation Center’s office. We’ll tour offices of innovative Silicon Valley companies, listen to presentations and network. Transfers, food and guide services are provided.

What's included
  • Executive Program: 5 full days of educational sessions, meetings and company visits
  • Transfers between company visits
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Lunches
  • Program support with a representative accompanying the group

Open pathways to new business opportunities with Silicon Valley companies. We handpick hosting companies to closely match your expected outcomes from the program. Our executive meetings are small to allow for extensive face-to- face interactions.

What you'll learn

Learn directly from Silicon Valley insiders, trendsetters creating solutions with the potential to disrupt entire industries. Discover how the Oil & Gas industry will be transformed by emerging technologies such as mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain and others.

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