We brought together more than two hundred visionary speakers for this summit - and the topics they spoke about were equally ambitious. The overall event was divided into central themes based on the topics we covered.
Toward the Future Normal: Futurists Share Diversity Insights and Predictions About the World to Come
About This Session:
Despite market and cultural predictions for diversity and inclusion, we don’t have to be passive recipients of what the future brings. In this panel, a group of pioneering futurists discuss their predictions, along with the role we all need to play in carving out an equal future for everyone. [FT1]
TRENDWATCHING CO-AUTHOR, THE FUTURE NORMAL
About the Speakers:
Henry Coutinho-Mason, Evangelist-at-large TrendWatching; Author, The Future Normal - Henry is the former Managing Director of TrendWatching, author of Trend-Driven Innovation and now writing a new book, The Future Normal: The Ideas & Instigators That Are Creating A Fairer, Healthier and Greener Future For Us All. He is also cofounder of award-winning social enterprise, 3Space.
Lydia Caldana, Senior Consultant at WGSN - Lydia is a Brazilian-born, NYC-based foresight strategist and cultural researcher working with global consultancies to develop inclusive and sustainable societies. She is also an MA candidate at The New School, and a futures decolonizer at Future Resources (@future.recourses).
Tiffany Lung, Retail Analyst - Tiffany Lung is a retail analyst specialising in the Asia retail scene, with a focus on technology, innovations, and consumer behaviours. From covering rising DTC brands to unmanned stores, her analysis and insights are often shared at industry events and featured regularly in local and international media.
Nathania Christy, Head of Academy, TrendWatching - Nathania Christy is one of TrendWatching’s key speakers, who has delivered 90+ consumer trend keynotes and innovation workshops in major cities across 4 continents from Stockholm to Singapore to Sydney. An Indonesian based in Singapore, She currently leads the Academy team globally and is responsible for the conceptualisation and delivery of TrendWatching’s workshops and courses for clients across a range of industries.
Diverse City: How To Create More Inclusive Cities of the Future
About This Session:
How can we create more just, inclusive and welcoming cities for everyone? Meet the policy makers, change agents and city officials working to transform the places we live (and visit), and how you can support the effort toward more accessible and equitable living spaces for all. [FT2]
Hajj Flemings, Founder of Rebrand Cities - Hajj was featured on CNN's Black in America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley. He founded Brand Camp® University and Rebrand Cities, a global civic design initiative with the audacious goal to get 10,000 businesses online and eradicate the digital divide.
Courtney Harding, Founder and CEO, Friends With Holograms - Cortney Harding is founder and CEO of VR agency Friends With Holograms. She has created award winning VR training experiences for Accenture, DDI, PWC, Walmart, and Amazon, among others.
Janice Lintz, CEO/Founder Hearing Access & Innovations - Janice S. Lintz is an accomplished consultant/advocate across the hearing access, advocacy and related political spectrum. She is the CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations, which is the only company dedicated to helping the world’s businesses, cultural and entertainment institutions, government agencies, and mass transit organizations improve their accessibility for people with hearing loss. She is also a travel/consumer education writer. She has traveled to 194 countries, territories and unrecognized nations.
Felecia Hatcher has been honored at the White House as one of the Empact Top 100 Entrepreneurs under 30 in 2011, and honored as a 2014 White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and Diversity, Founder of National Conference to promote inclusive innovation and rid communities of innovation deserts Hatcher now serves as an advisor to startups and works extensively with government, foundations, schools and VC's to increase Inclusive Innovation in Miami and communities across the globe.
Stephen Green, COO, A Kids Book About Inc - Recovering banker & VC dedicated to helping Black and Brown founders to start, scale & prosper. Spreadsheets are my super power, sneakers are my kryptonite.
Leigh-Ann Buchanan, President & Exec. Dir, Venture Cafe Miami - Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq. is a writer, strategist, and a community facilitator. She supports leaders and ecosystems bridge systemic gaps in access, inclusion, opportunity and racial equity, with a focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Robot Citizens: How Artificial Beings Will Challenge Our Perceptions of Diversity
About This Session:
How will the arrival of "robot citizens" shift our perceptions of diversity and what connects us to one another and the world? In this future-driven session, the creators behind some of the most pioneering AI will talk about the implications of their creations and debate what the rise of robots might mean for how the rest of us will treat one another in the future. [FT3]
SIX THINGS IMPOSSIBLE
AUTHOR OF TURNED ON
About the Speakers:
Amy Kean, Founder, Six Things Impossible and Cultures Editor, shots magazine - Amy Kean is a sociologist, futurist and advertising strategist, dedicated to making industry creativity more creative and company cultures more cultural.
Kate Devlin is Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence at King's College London. Her research in Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence investigates how people interact with and react to technologies, both past and future, with a focus on design-led, human-centred AI. She is the author of Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots (Bloomsbury, 2018), which examines the ethical and social implications of technology and intimacy. She is a board member of the Open Rights Group, a UK-based organisation that works to preserve digital rights and freedoms, and is a campaigner for gender equality to improve opportunities for women in tech.
Yasaman Haghighat, Head of Customer Success, Bot-Hive - Yas is Head of Customer Success at Bot-Hive, an digital marketplace whose mission is to guide businesses who are looking to purchase robotics and automation solutions. Yas would like to break the stigma about 'robots taking over the world' and makes YouTube videos to help inform small businesses on the types of robot solutions available.
Kerry Harrison, AI Artist and Co-founder of Tiny Giant - Kerry Harrison is an AI artist and the co-founder of award-winning agency Tiny Giant – the creators of AI cocktails, the world's first AI gin and Cheltenham Science Festival's AI curator.