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Keynote by Dr Stephen Hawking makes front page news in Korea

Professor Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking were guest speakers at Kyunghyang Forum in Seoul to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Kyunghyang Shinmun last week.

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Dr Stephen Hawking appeared as a hologram, as his health no longer allows him to travel, alongside his daughter, Lucy, on stage in Seoul for the event. Together they produced a keynote speech that delighted the audience and made the front page of Kyunghyang Shinmun, Korea’s biggest daily newspaper which attracts 1.3 million visitors daily. 

The event entitled, “The New Normal Era: Innovation & Insights,” took place at the Lotte Hotel Crystal Ballroom in Sogong-dong, Seoul on September 28th and explored the future of science and technology.

 

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The Hawkings’ keynote speech was organised by our very own, Raleigh Addington, Managing Director (APAC), who thoroughly enjoys helping event organisers bring Stephen and Lucy to the stage.

He said: “I’m delighted that we were able to bring Lucy’s enriching insights and Dr Hawking’s expertise to Seoul for such a important occasion.”

Stephen’s holographic image is broadcast from his own home in Cambridge, UK (see above), so that he can appear on stage next to his eldest daughter, Lucy. Watch the full keynote given by Dr Hawking at the Kyunghyang Forum.

Lucy’s keynote expanded on her father’s points but emphasied the need for science to remain a fundamental part of children’s education, highlighting “George’s space series,” that she co-wrote with her father, as an example of how stories can be used to engage children in space exploration and discoveries.

From all accounts, the event was a huge success and we’re thrilled to be working with Lucy and Dr Stephen Hawking on their speaking engagements worldwide.

If you’d like to book the same keynote, or something similar, for your next event anywhere in the world, please send us a quick email with your proposed dates and budget. Please note that due to his health Dr Hawking can only attend events via video link or as a hologram.

 

 

About Lucy Hawking:

Lucy Hawking uses story-telling to help audiences understand and engage with science. Lucy is the creator of the George Greenby books, a series of adventure stories which use dramatic story-telling to explain complex science to young audiences. Lucy has collaborated with several distinguished scientists on the George Greenby series, including her well-known father, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Translated into 40 different languages the books have each met with rave reviews. Lucy is currently working with Canadian animation studio DHX media to develop the series into an animated television series. Read more >>

 

About Stephen Hawking:

Professor Stephen Hawking is widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant theoretical physicists. His best-selling books for a general audience have given an appreciation of physics to millions, and have probed the origins of the cosmos, the nature of time and the universe’s ultimate fate.  Read more >>

 

 

 

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Nigel Cameron at ‘The unknown, 100 years from now’ predicts human life in 2115

Last December at ‘The unknown, 100 years from now’ conference, Nobel Laureates and internationally acclaimed figures from a variety of areas came together to think through the world our children and grandchildren will inhabit 100 years from now. Nigel Cameron, President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington and a leading futurist, shared his expert views on what the world could look like in the year 2115.

'The Unknown, 100 years from now: A voyage of discovery'

Nigel’s speech in particular covered the social, economic and political predictions of how humans may thrive or perish over the next three generations – but what impact will these shifts have on life as we know it?  Will life in 2115 resemble anything we know today? How will technology respond? Will inequality, war and poverty be things of the past? When will the A.I.s take over? How will wealth be (re)distributed? Nigel offers fascinating insights on these questions, and many more.

Watch ‘Nigel Cameron on ‘the human question’ in 2115′

Nigel Cameron, President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC

For more information, or to book Nigel Cameron as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Thinking Innovation? Think Emerging Markets

InnovationWhen someone says ‘innovation’, we instinctively think ‘Silicon Valley’, or perhaps ‘London’, ‘Berlin’, ‘Stockholm’, ‘Tel Aviv’.

Rarely do we consider the vast amounts of creative energy re-shaping economies and driving growth in the developing world.

On March 3rd 2016, over 55 startups from emerging tech hubs globally will compete at Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland, for equity investment of up to $1 million.

Last week I caught up with Alisée de Tonnac, Co-founder and CEO of Seedstars World, to talk about her entrepreneurial journey and the key startup trends in emerging markets. You can listen to our conversation above.

Alisée is a brilliant speaker on entrepreneurship, startup culture, tech trends and disruption in growth markets, as well as diversity issues in business.

If you’d like more information on how to book her for your event, please don’t hesitate to contact me at leo@chartwellspeakers.com.

Brian Forde, head of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, probes the future possibilities of blockchain technology

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Writing in WIRED magazine, ex-White House senior advisor Brian Forde explains how the technology underlying bitcoin, the blockchain, has taken own a life of its own, with institutional interest in blockchains almost reaching a frenzy.

Although bitcoin was initially thought of in narrow terms as an alternative currency to the dollar and other fiat currencies, Brian notes that experts in other fields are now actively looking at how the blockchain can be used for non-monetary uses. For example, entrepreneurs and developers are building applications on top of the blockchain that could publicly and immutably record everything from the birth of a child to a transfer of property ownership.

Brian points out that timestamps, ledgers and digital signatures have been around for many years, but this combination unlocks the opportunity for many new and consequential innovations. He argues that – in a similar fashion to the internet’s facilitation of instant, global communication – a combination of time-stamped and digitally signed transactions hosted on an accessible ledger could play an important role. They could help governments reduce friction and increase transparency associated with important transactions.

Since being brought in to head MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) in 2015, Brian has made great strides in highlighting the benefits of bitcoin and the blockchain to those both inside and outside of the prestigious university.

Click here for the full article.

For more information, or to book Brian Forde as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Jeana Webster at jeana@chartwellspeakers.com or call 972-385-1021. 

“Do you need a more balanced tech diet?” asks Tom Chatfield, best-selling author on digital culture

Tom Chatfield speakerWriting for the BBC, best-selling author Tom Chatfield argues that we should strive towards a more balanced tech diet, by reflecting on how much our phones and other digital temptations are ruling our thoughts and attention.

Tom notes that whilst the opportunity to collaborate, learn, share and create in ways is inconceivable to other eras, the temptation to be lured by technology is ever-present. This presents a problems, because your productivity, profit and mental wellbeing are entwined with machines whose agendas don’t always coincide with your own.

Tom reminds us that our “attention is valuable – and tech companies are lining up to turn your time into their money. Don’t make the mistake of pricing yourself too cheaply.”

The article and the associated images are inspired by “Live This Book!” (2015) – Tom’s latest journal asks the reader to put pen to paper, and consider what it means to spend time with the things that truly count in life, love, work and leisure.

Click here to read the full article.

For more information on how to book Tom Chatfield as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.


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“Your phone is seducing you, and you’re paying the price” warns leading tech speaker Tom Chatfield [video]

Tom Chatfield speakerWe all know that too much time with tech is bad for the mind, but even resisting temptation is taking its toll on us, warns Tom Chatfield, an expert speaker on the issues presented by the digital age.

Studies have shown time and time again that the very act of resisting temptation takes its toll, which matters a great deal when it comes to technology. Those phantom messages, where you imagine your phone vibrating – that’s your body trying to tell you something.

Tom explains that over half of us now suffer from nomophobia – anxiety of being out of phone contact – and our willpower and attention are suffering as a result. He asserts that to get the most out of your relationship with tech, which by its very design is calibrated to entice, you should therefore spend at least a little time apart.

Tom is interested in improving our experiences and relationship with the digital world. Check out his new paperback, “Live This Book!” (2015), which encourages readers to spend more quality time with the people, ideas and passions that matter most in their life, whilst imparting creative ideas on how to maintain a healthy relationship with technology.

For more information on how to book Tom Chatfield as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.


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