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Kate O'Neill, Talks at Google, October 2018
Kate O’Neill, Talks at Google, October 2018

Today’s business and tech leaders look to Kate O’Neill, the “Tech Humanist,” for “optimism about the role of technology in the world along with a firm reality check,” according to one Google executive. A dynamic and bright speaker, Kate O’Neill has spoken at hundreds of events and meetings all around the world on digital transformation and the impact of technology on humanity. She delivers thought-provoking, energizing, high-concept ideas about topics at the intersection of data, emerging tech, strategy, meaning, and human experience.

Whether working directly with event organizers or through top-tier speakers bureaus such as Washington Speakers Bureau and Leading Authorities, Kate speaks to the decision-makers and experience-shapers of the most influential companies and organizations from Coca Cola to the United Nations, at industry conferences and private events, providing :

  • GALVANIZING CONFERENCE KEYNOTES for UX Australia in Sydney; zee Melt in Mumbai; DevLearn in Las Vegas; API Strategy in Nashville, and many, many others
  • CORPORATE KICKOFFS & EVENTS, such as the keynote at Cisco Partners global corporate event in Barcelona as well as strategy workshop exclusively available to Cisco top partner executives; the keynote for Lowe’s annual all-hands meeting; the keynote for Etsy‘s Engineering Day; Kelly Services corporate leadership annual summit; other clients such as IBM, Comcast, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, and more
  • BRAND-SPONSORED EVENTS, like a future of education keynote at Bett UK sponsored by Zoom, or a digital transformation keynote at an event hosted by Charles Schwab
  • ORGANIZATION & ASSOCIATION EVENTS, such as the keynote for Public Radio Program Directors association annual conference; the keynote for Boston CIO Summit; keynote for Franchise Business Network annual meeting; CIVSA, others
  • CITIES / CIVIC ORGs, like the keynote for the city of Amsterdam as part of future-readiness initiative to prepare for their 750th birthday in 2025; as well as keynotes at events for Vancouver Island, Austin, Nashville, Palm Beach, and more
  • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP / LECTURES such as the Talks at Google speaker series, described as “the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers and doers;” guest lectures at Cambridge and Yale University; the House of Beautiful Business; etc
  • LIVELY PANEL DISCUSSIONS as a facilitator, such as at the United Nations COP25 climate change summit in Madrid, or as a participant
  • TRANSFORMATIVE EXECUTIVE BOARD STRATEGY SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS, AND RETREATS, such as for YPO Innovation Week in Hong Kong; Cisco Partners in Barcelona; Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America in Washington D.C.; etc
  • with audiences including senior leaders and doers from IBM, GE, Apple, Google, Ford, Intel, etc

“I definitely recommend Kate as a keynote speaker at any type of professional event. Her experience creates an arsenal of expert subjects she can share to inspire a variety of audiences.” — event organizer

Signature Talks & Program Information

Each of these talks blends forward thinking, an overall optimistic outlook, and insightful takeaways for the audience through Kate O’Neill‘s breadth of experience and bleeding-edge thinking.

Also, you can dig further into Kate’s Future of Work topics or Human-Centric Digital Transformation topics.

Tech Humanist: How Business Can Succeed By Making Technology Better for Humanity

IDEAL FOR: corporate leaders, technology leaders, business audiences

  • considers data analytics, connected devices and the Internet of Things, wearable technology, geo-tagged and geo-targeted social media, surveillance, sensors and beacons, and so on
  • provokes thinking beyond the customer context to a holistic human experience that blends online and offline interactions
  • advocates building lifetime value through relevant and respectful use of data
  • advocates strategic purpose as an aligning tool for the organization in modeling data and deploying technology for digital transformation
  • explores the relationship between meaning, intention, data tracking, and human experience
  • offers practical insights on how businesses can harness data and technology to create innovative experiences that form the basis of more meaningful and profitable relationships with customers

Pixels and Place: Connected Experiences and Integrated Human Experience Design

IDEAL FOR: IoT conferences, corporate events, integrated design events

  • considers that there is no “online” and “offline” anymore
  • argues that whether you’re offering a product for purchase, a travel destination, a healthcare service, an education, or just about anything else, what you’re really offering is an experience – and your customers increasingly expect these experiences to be integrated, contextually relevant, and meaningful
  • describes an approach to serving people relevant digital interactions while meeting them in the context of their physical surroundings – for more memorable, more meaningful, and more integrated digital and physical experiences
  • applies that approach to the needs of your audience
  • content may focus more on brands as placemakers or on digital user experience, exploring digital placemaking and strategy: the meaning of place, and how digital “place” creates context for behavior, reactions, and experience and what marketers and designers can do to harness that
  • covers real-world, current examples from a variety of industries and review action-ready ideas for implementing integrated experiences

The Design of Meaning for the Future of Humanity

IDEAL FOR: web/interactive designers, developers, strategists, practitioners

  • considers interactive experiences increasingly becoming automated, algorithmically optimized, and driven by artificial intelligence
  • asks how we ensure that we don’t accidentally create absurd, out-of-proportion, or even harmful interactions
  • proposes that the experiences we create for humans are as meaningful as possible
  • advocates that we do what we can to make our work matter, because our every design decision has a chance of reaching massive scale
  • examines how to bring meaning to even the smallest design decisions, to every interaction and every system, and ultimately, through this focus, how to bring more meaning to our work

And don’t miss Kate’s Future of Work topics or Human-Centric Digital Transformation topics.

Kate is proud to belong to:

professional speaker & NSA member
Professional member of the National Speakers Association and Global Speakers Federation

Representation and Booking

Kate is proud to be represented by:

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If your company has an existing relationship with any of these leading bureaus, you’ll find it simple to work with Kate through them.

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