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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 100s 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 Etsy‘s Engineering Day; Kelly Services corporate leadership annual summit; other clients such as McDonald’s, Coca Cola, and more
  • BRAND-SPONSORED EVENTS, like a digital transformation keynote at 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
  • 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.

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

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

A Tech Humanist Look at the Future of Work

From AI-enabled recruitment systems to virtual presence robots, even the workplace of the present can seem a little strange. But what do emerging and exponential technologies mean for the future of human jobs? It no longer sounds alarmist to say that at least some parts of our jobs are probably going to be replaced by automation or by cognitive computing. Depending on which forecast you consult, as many as half of all job categories risk displacement, if not complete replacement, by machines in the years to come. There will certainly be impacts on the economy, on production, on efficiencies of scale, and on innovation. But beyond the economic impacts, how will this shift our human understanding of meaningful work, of accomplishment, of achievement? And how can companies prepare for workplaces that increasingly blend human and machine contributions? This thought-provoking and ultimately inspiring talk from Kate O’Neill, author of Tech Humanist, offers clarity, encouragement, and a thoughtful approach for business leaders to adapt to the big changes ahead while grounding the discussion in the timeless fundamentals of humanity.educational / informative technical / specific Human Resources

Better Technology for the Future of Humanity and Why We ALL Need to Build It

IDEAL FOR: technology events wanting to emphasize diversity and inclusion; diversity and inclusion events wanting to emphasize technology

  • considers that emerging technologies and the technologies of the future are increasingly immersive, and the data about us that shapes our everyday experiences, both online and offline, will increasingly affect our surroundings, our opportunities, and our well-being in seamless, holistic ways
  • advocates for women, People of Color, and others who have historically had less input into the direction of technology to be able to lead the way forward
  • argues for building the best futures for the most people
  • offers encouragement, clarity, and practical steps for a more diverse and inclusive group of humans to influence the future of human experiences

Humanity At Scale: Data, Emerging Tech, and the Future of Meaningful Human Experience

IDEAL FOR: corporate audiences, industry conferences

  • considers the emphasis in business on artificial intelligence, automation of various kinds, and digital transformation
  • proposes that the future of human experiences – and even the future of humanity itself – can feel uncertain
  • explores the relationship between meaning, intention, data tracking, and human experience
  • presents the case for why the future of humanity is in creating more meaningful, dimensional, and integrated experiences
  • 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
  • demonstrates how emerging technologies like chatbots, wearables, IoT devices, and more can be included in this kind of human-centric strategy

Human-Centric Digital Transformation: Purpose, Alignment, Meaningful Experiences

IDEAL FOR: corporate leaders, technology leaders, civic leaders, cultural leaders, business audiences

  • intended to help companies, organizations, cities, museums, and entities of all kinds solve strategic problems arising from integrating data and emerging technology into their business model, operations, and experience strategy
  • encourages aligning the data model and technology deployment in these areas around human experiences meaningfully, respectfully, and profitably
  • makes the case that business can’t ignore the need for digitization, and humanity can’t ignore the need for purpose and meaning
  • provides a framework to align the entire organization, offer efficiencies, clarify priorities, uncover inconsistencies that hold back growth, simplify decision-making, and put resources where they matter most

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

Automation, Integration, AI, and the Future of Meaningful Human Experience

IDEAL FOR: industry conferences, corporate events, forward-thinking technology events

  • considers that every day our physical surroundings and our digital interactions converge more and more, through 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
  • posits that our human experiences create a targeted feedback loop, defining our opportunities, our relationships, our knowledge, and, ultimately, our selves
  • advocates thinking beyond the customer context to a holistic human experience that blends online and offline interactions, and building lifetime value through relevant and respectful use of data
  • 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

Meaningful Growth

IDEAL FOR: corporate leaders, cultural leaders, organizational leaders

  • considers that not all growth is meaningful
  • advocates creating relationships with customers based on an understanding of their motivations and what compels them
  • offers a framework for growth that adds value

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