Technology Acceleration Program

Make Disruptive Technology Your Advantage

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

October 14, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

US$2,600 US$2,392 or get US$260 off with a referral

Course Information Flexible payment available

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About the Technology Acceleration Program

Wharton’s Technology Acceleration Program offers a dynamic introduction to emerging technologies, such as machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), and explores their implications for various industries. You will discover that technology is not a threat to the workforce, but it does require organizations to create processes for humans and robots to coexist. At the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the growth potential and evolution of disruptive technologies.
  • Compare successful and unsuccessful disruptive technology business ventures.
  • Identify current and future machine learning, deep learning (DL), and artificial intelligence applications.
  • Examine how using robots for automation will transform organizational operations.
  • Identify potential applications of blockchain technology within various industries.

Are You Ready for Next-Generation Technology?

To be prepared for the future, you must understand the technology that will drive it. The faculty experts at the helm of the Technology Acceleration Program have scanned the horizon to evaluate how today’s emerging technologies—Non-Fungible Token (NFTs), artificial intelligence, and smart devices—could transform into the technologies of the future. You will take in a broad scope of technologies from robotic process automation to smart contracts, exploring their potential impacts on how you organize, finance, and operate your enterprise. The goal is not to turn you into a specialized technologist. It is to help you become a leader who creatively collaborates with disruptive technology to drive business value and growth.

According to Deloitte, 51% of CIOs say there is a significant mismatch between today’s skill set and the needs of tomorrow. Staying one step ahead of next-generation technology is the place to start. The next step? Building a business model embedded with, driven by, and carried out in collaboration with emerging technologies.

$87 billion

Global Market for Advanced Robotics by 2025

SOURCE: BCG

$267 billion

Global Market for AI by 2027

SOURCE: Fortune Business Insights

$39.7 billion

Global Market for Blockchain by 2025

SOURCE: Statista

Program Modules

This program is an introduction to emerging technologies, such as AI, DL, NFTs, and the Internet of Things (IoT). You will explore how disruptive technology challenges the status quo and how your enterprise can adapt and adopt to new processes, spurring your own disruption in the marketplace.

Module 1:

Introduction to Disruptive Technologies (Two weeks)

Disruptive technologies enable organizations to design and create innovations that produce real business value. Learn to develop a technology adoption strategy by devising a go-to-market strategy, assess the value of the technology ecosystem framework, and explore organizations with disruptive technology embedded in the business model.

Module 2:

Artificial Intelligence (Two weeks)

Discover how current and potential applications of AI, ML, and DL could be a game changer for your organization, explore the advanced decision-making potential of reinforcement learning, and compare the pros and cons of generative artificial intelligence technology.

Module 3:

Automation Using Robots (One week)

As autonomous robots, self-driving cars, and robo-soldiers become a reality, consider the managerial challenges for workers to coexist with robots, learn how to adjust facilities and processes for Robotic process automation (RPA), and explore the benefits and challenges of collaborative robots (cobots).

Module 4:

Blockchain (One week)

Understand not only why blockchain technology is a disruption that seems to be sticking, but also how your organization can benefit now and in the future, examine the privacy and security mechanisms within blockchain, and explore cryptographic techniques, such as NFTs, IoT, Development Assistance Database (DADs), and decentralized governance.

Module 1:

Introduction to Disruptive Technologies (Two weeks)

Disruptive technologies enable organizations to design and create innovations that produce real business value. Learn to develop a technology adoption strategy by devising a go-to-market strategy, assess the value of the technology ecosystem framework, and explore organizations with disruptive technology embedded in the business model.

Module 3:

Automation Using Robots (One week)

As autonomous robots, self-driving cars, and robo-soldiers become a reality, consider the managerial challenges for workers to coexist with robots, learn how to adjust facilities and processes for Robotic process automation (RPA), and explore the benefits and challenges of collaborative robots (cobots).

Module 2:

Artificial Intelligence (Two weeks)

Discover how current and potential applications of AI, ML, and DL could be a game changer for your organization, explore the advanced decision-making potential of reinforcement learning, and compare the pros and cons of generative artificial intelligence technology.

Module 4:

Blockchain (One week)

Understand not only why blockchain technology is a disruption that seems to be sticking, but also how your organization can benefit now and in the future, examine the privacy and security mechanisms within blockchain, and explore cryptographic techniques, such as NFTs, IoT, Development Assistance Database (DADs), and decentralized governance.

For full details about the curriculum, including the session schedule, please download the brochure.

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Program Experience

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Live Faculty Lectures

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Bite-Sized Learning

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Real-World Examples

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Reflective Journals

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Polls & Discussions

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Knowledge Checks

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Application-Based Learning

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Peer-Based Learning

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On-Demand Video Sessions

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Capstone Project

Who Should Attend?

Strategic in focus, this program offers a comprehensive approach to the challenges every organization must consider when adapting to and adopting disruptive new processes and technologies, such as AI and ML. It is particularly relevant for the roles listed below.

Mid- to Senior-Level Tech Managers seeking to build a technology road map based on emerging technologies and gain an understanding of the future of work—the progression, scope, and challenges of technological development. Representative roles include:

  • Director of Technology
  • VP of Technology
  • Director of Information Services
  • IT Director
  • Tech Lead
  • IT Project Manager
  • Director of Engineering
  • Engineering Manager
  • Tech Manager
  • IT Manager
  • Systems Manager

Senior Leaders and C-Suite Executives seeking to leverage disruptive technologies to create business value and gain an understanding of the potential in autonomous robots, blockchain technology, and smart contracts. Representative roles include:

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Product Officer
  • VP of Marketing
  • VP of Business Development
  • VP of Product Development
  • Executive Director
  • Managing Director

Consultants seeking to offer innovative solutions using emerging technologies to prepare client organizations for the future of business and technology, such as process optimization and decentralized finance. Representative roles include:

  • Consultant
  • Senior Consultant
  • Principal Consultant
  • IT Consultant
  • Digital Transformation Consultant
  • Technology Consultant

Entrepreneurs seeking to develop businesses around emerging technologies by identifying untapped potential in ML, AI, DL, RPA, and blockchain.

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Rahul Kapoor, PhD, MSc, MBA

Rahul Kapoor, PhD, MSc, MBA

David W. Hauck Professor; Professor of Management, the Wharton School

  • Expertise: Management of industry disruption and ecosystems related to new technologies and business models
  • Education: BASc, materials engineering, Nanyang Technological University; MBA, National University of Singapore; MSc and PhD, management, INSEAD
Faculty Member Sonny Tambe, PhD, M.Eng

Sonny Tambe, PhD, M.Eng

Information

  • Expertise: The economics of IT labor, technological change and reskilling, and algorithms in HR and management
  • Education: BS and M.Eng, electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PhD, managerial economics, The Wharton School
Faculty Member Lynn Wu, PhD, M.Eng

Lynn Wu, PhD, M.Eng

Associate Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, The Wharton School

  • Expertise: How emerging information technologies, such as AI and analytics, affect innovation, productivity, and business strategy
  • Education: BS, finance, BS and M.Eng, computer science and electrical engineering, PhD, management science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Faculty Member Kevin Werbach, JD

Kevin Werbach, JD

Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School

  • Expertise: Internet policy, ethics of artificial intelligence, blockchain, and gamification
  • Education: BA, University of California at Berkeley; JD, Harvard Law School

Certificate

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a digital certificate of completion from the Wharton School.

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Note: After successful completion of the online program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org,and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email learner.success@emeritus.org with your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enroling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrolment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrolment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrolment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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