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Government Matters interviews Brian Forde on emerging technologies to watch

brian-forde-gov-matters-sept16Brian Forde, director of digital currency at the MIT Media Lab and former senior advisor for mobile and data innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, was interviewed this week by Government Matters TV on the latest emerging trends and tech priorities for agencies during a presidential transition.

In a concise Tech Matters interview, Brian expertly outlined the biggest and latest emerging technologies that are shaping our world and discussed how big companies already using these technologies have met with unexpected results thanks to that same early adoption.

Brain’s expert insights into the common perception that technology is unbiased and here to make the world a better and fairer place, or if it poses a threat and could make some of the biggest gaps in our society wider are highly topical and useful. And all are excellent food for thought whilst we wait for the next president of the United States to be decided.

 

Keynote Speaker Brian Forde:

Brian Forde speaker“A creative and dynamic entrepreneur, with extensive experience in both the private and public sector, Brian has clear insights into how businesses can use emerging technologies to their advantage – rather than seeing it as a threat. He shows how firms can leverage their core assets to support government initiatives, achieve strategic social goals and become a leading corporate citizens in their industry.”

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Dr Nerina Ramlakhan to speak at WELLNESS16 conference

Nerina Ramlakhan conference speakerWellbeing expert and popular Chartwell speaker, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan will be appearing on September 19th at WELLNESS16, hosted at Deloitte, a fascinating keynote talk “Sleep, Rest and Productivity at Work (and Life)” exploring how organisations may be underestimating the effects of poor sleep on their staff and bottom line.

WELLNESS16 is a unique one day event encompassing all aspects of wellness including Mind, Body & Spirit and addresses some of the most interesting and challenging subjects such as the stigmatisation of mental health, taming technology, nutrition, design and much more.

Join 150 senior professionals responsible for wellness initiatives within the workplace to discover new strategies, listen to expert speakers & authors, hear new trends supporting wellness at work. See the agenda for full programme details >

More About Nerina:

Nerina Ramlakhan PhD is a physiologist who has specialised in maximising individual and organisational performance for over two decades. In today’s fast-paced world, filled with technology and deadlines, good sleep is becoming harder and harder to achieve. Nerina uses her academic background in physiology, philosophy and psychology to guide her teaching, but her approach is highly practical.  She has a strong belief that everyone can live a healthy and more fulfilling life by tapping into and nurturing their deepest inner resources – even in these hectic, technologically driven times that we live in. Read more >>

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ISIS: A History – LSE public lecture with Professor Fawaz Gerges

In a fascinating LSE public lecture, expert speaker on the Middle East Professor Fawaz Gerges traced the emergence of ISIS as a political force. You can listen to a podcast of Fawaz’ talk here. Below are some of the key points that stood out for me: ISIS speaker

  • ISIS was born out of the remnants of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
  • But unlike Al Qaeda, its strategic focus until recently was the “near enemy” rather than the “far enemy”.
  • The failure of the Arab Uprisings, very high levels of corruption, poverty and unemployment (of the 320m people in the Middle East, c. 30-40% are unemployed) have made it possible for ISIS to recruit in such large numbers.
  • ISIS has used the political vacuum created by the collapse of the state system and political institutions in the Middle East to its advantage.
  • ISIS will be physically defeated, but the real danger is that their ideology continues to live on.

You can purchase ISIS: A History by Fawaz Gerges now.

To find out more about Fawaz and to book him for your next event, email me at raleigh@chartwellspeakers.com or call me on 0044 (0) 7809609529.

Technology speaker Paul Markillie on how carbon fibre is revolutionising manufacturing

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Advances in materials science is one of the key drivers re-shaping the global manufacturing industry. And who better to tell us all about the latest trends in this area than Paul Markillie, The Economist’s Innovation Editor and a brilliant technology speaker? I caught up with him the other day and we got talking about one of his favourite new materials – carbon fibre.

You can listen to our conversation on the link above, and see the key points in my brief summary below. And if you’re interested in having Paul speak at your next event, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy listening!

Leo

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Some Key Stats on Carbon Fibre

  • 50% lighter than steel
  • 30% lighter than aluminium
  • Requires 70% less water and 50% less energy to make than steel
  • It doesn’t corrode
  • It’s immensely strong


Great Benefits…

This has obvious big advantages, for example when manufacturing airplanes and cars – travelling the same distance requires a lot less fuel.


But…

  • It’s expensive to make, hence it’s mainly used in high end industries at the moment, such as aerospace, Formula 1 racing and expensive cars.
  • So the critical question is whether it can be economical to mass produce. It is already starting to be used in cheaper cars, but it’s not yet clear how far down the value chain it will be efficient to use.
  • Some companies, such as BMW, are trying to re-invent the production process to make it cheaper, using their own formula which they produce through a series of joint ventures.


Environmental Impact

  • As per the above, the environmental benefits of using carbon fibre are clear.
  • And potentially carbon fibre cars could last a lot longer than their metal equivalents. Their lightness, and the fact that they’d have far fewer inter-locking parts that might break (especially electric cars that use technologies such as regenerative breaking), means they are less likely to need replacing.
  • But it’s not yet clear how we’d best dispose of them. One idea is to turn the used carbon fibre into lower grade carbon products for use in other objects.

Tapas with Charles Adler, Kickstarter co-founder and keynote speaker on digital trends

It was a pleasure discussing the latest in tech trends with Charles Adler, Kickstarter co-founder, last week over tapas in London. We caught up with him while he was in town to deliver a keynote speech (for which he received dazzling reviews), and it was fascinating to hear his thoughts on where digital is taking us.

To book Charles as a speaker, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk, at leovbq@chartwellpartners.co.uk or on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

 

 

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