Top Five Tech Speakers
The ease and simplicity of the check-in process for a flight has increased drastically over the years thanks to the implementation of smartphone airline apps and stand-alone kiosks at the airport. However, if a problem arises during that check-in process, it must be handled by a living, breathing person- a ticketing agent.
Computerized telephone prompts that guide as through our banking needs are very efficient but if none of the prompts describe the sometimes very specific purpose of our call, we must inform our “guide” that we are in need of a customer service agent- a human being.
Though our world has been irreversibly changed, and very positively so, by great technological advancements the need (and sometimes even preference) for human interaction remains. As companies adjust to the rapid manner in which technology is infusing every aspect of daily operations, their leaders seek out those who would help them better understand and adapt to these changes.
Here are the top five technology speakers who teach about the necessity of instituting technological advancements and of maintaining a positive human presence in the process, causing a convergence that creates successful corporate environments.
Katie Linendoll shatters the mold of the typical on-air tech personality. In a few short years, she's garnered recognition as a go-to technology expert for CNN and CBS, as an Emmy-winning producer on ESPN's SportsCenter and as the Emmy-nominated host of A&E's We Mean Business. She earned a degree in Information Technology New Media from Rochester Institute of Technology and was honored with the 2011 distinguished alumni award at RIT. Sometimes referred to as the "Chic Geek" Linendoll is the resident tech expert for The Nate Berkus Show and has been featured in People Style Watch, Fitness, Journal News, the New York Daily News, Marie Claire the Chicago Tribune and on Forbes.com, amongst others. One of her favorite roles was as the co-host of A&E's Emmy-nominated series We Mean Business, where she teamed up with Bill Rancic and Peter Gurski to rehabilitate struggling small businesses with tech, business and style makeovers.Aaron Dignan
Aaron Dignan is a well-kept secret in the world of digital strategy, working directly with many Fortune 100 leadership teams to help their organizations succeed in a world where digital forces are disrupting decades of tradition. In 2007 he co-founded the internationally recognized digital strategy firm Undercurrent with partners Josh Spear and Rob Schuham. Clients past and present include GE, PepsiCo, JWT/Ford Motor Company, Virgin, AB/InBev, Disney, HBO, LiveNation, Don Q Rum and many others. The shared vision for Undercurrent is to build an organization capable of solving the world’s most complex and challenging problems with a digital worldview. While still a psychology student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dignan co-founded Brandplay, a brand strategy partnership that focused on early stage brand planning and naming with clients across the United States. It was during his time with Brandplay that he mastered the art of facilitation and consensus building. Dignan is known as a dynamic, humorous and strikingly honest presenter. He has invigorated and confounded audiences with topics like Digital as a Force for Cultural Change and Solving Problems With a Digital Worldview.Dr. Peter Diamandis
Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), a non-profit focused on designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. He is an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector. Diamandis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received his undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and graduate degree in aerospace engineering. After MIT he attended Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. and in 2005 was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the International Space University.Mike Walsh
Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Walsh’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500 and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. Rather than focusing on the distant future, Walsh takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, he spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.Dr. Daniel Kraft
Dr. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator. Dr. Kraft has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. He chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Founding Executive Director for FutureMed (now Exponential Medicine), a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees at Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Dr. Kraft was board certified in the Harvard combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.