When the world’s most prominent leaders gather to shape the future, they do so at the World Economic Forum (WEF), which makes it a true honor for Upskill (formerly APX Labs) to be invited to this year’s WEF.

Upskill CEO Brian Ballard will be on hand for the annual summit, held Jan. 17-20 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. At the WEF, Ballard will share ideas, innovations and discoveries across the wearables and industrial space with some of the top corporate and political influencers in the world. Ballard’s time in Davos will also help shine a spotlight on our role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a term coined by WEF founder Klaus Schwab to describe the increasingly connected mix of technologies and capabilities that are fundamentally changing the way work is done across the industrial sector globally.

Defining the Fourth Industrial Revolution

As Schwab describes it, the Fourth Industrial Revolution involves a blurring of the lines between biological, physical and digital realms. The First Industrial Revolution started in the late 1700s with steam, water and mechanical production equipment. The Second Industrial Revolution began around 1870 with division of labor, electricity and mass production. Then, in 1969, the Third Industrial Revolution got under way with an explosion of IT, electronics and automated production.

The Third Revolution is essentially the phase we’re in now, but Schwab says we’re quickly headed for a coming fourth wave, and APX Labs is poised to take a major part in it. As the developers of Skylight enterprise software, we’ve created a leading-edge platform for wearable technology, delivering solutions to help upskill and modernize organizations globally by arming the hands-on workforce with assisted reality solutions.

Pioneering the connected workforce discussion in Davos

Upskill has been recognized as a WEF Tech Pioneer, an honor only given to 30 companies around the globe for their potential to significantly impact both business and society.

The speed of innovation is a hallmark of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and we are so proud that Upskill can be part of the movement to create empowered, connected workers. Every day we see the tremendous value of delivering critical information and allowing employees to collaborate like never before to rapidly create the transformative technologies, products and solutions of the future.

Brian Ballard

As 2017 dawns, some of the world’s largest enterprises, include Boeing (see case study), GE, Rio Tinto, Johnson & Johnson, and many others, are using our Skylight solution to to do their jobs with greater efficiency and fewer errors, leaving them hands free to focus on their tasks at hand, and their tools.

The WEF Annual Meeting remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year.