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Blade running gold-medallist and AI specialist

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Liam Malone is nothing short of inspiring and truly knows how to WOW an audience.

Liam speaks on the fascinating movements in AI, digital disruption, innovation and more. Unlike many futurists, Liam is working with these technologies and seeing their advances daily, thereby offering a unique insight into the industry, what’s ahead and what it means for doing business as we know it.

From technology for shopping assistants to customer service agents, Soul Machines creates life-like digital humans for business to employ to humanise online self-service, it’s a concept Air New Zealand, among others have already trialled.

Well received among all audiences, Liam’s story will surprise and delight; an authentic and vulnerable delivery covering everything from overcoming adversity to AI.

Current work

The retired blade-running Paralympian has followed his passion for technology and innovation to work with Auckland-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Soul Machines, known for their cutting edge, world leading AI technology.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Liam hasn’t stopped running completely; he has set himself a challenge more difficult than sprinting and has begun training for marathon running.

Previous experience

Headlines: Liam is widely known as the world number one bladerunner, hitting the headlines when after less than three short years in the sport he broke the previous Paralympic records held by Oscar Pistorius. His story of hitting rock bottom while at university to turning it all around and receiving two golds and a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games is nothing short of incredible. His times on the track make him New Zealand’s second fastest 400m sprinter ever, legs or not!

Awards: Liam’s awards also include the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Athletics, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 54th Halberg Awards, and winner of the Sovereign Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ start up competition in 2015.



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What an incredible young man Liam is. He made an impact with the audience across every generation and there was not one person in the room who wasn’t in awe of how authentic and honest he was. He models resilience and determination and I can’t tell you how impressed I was with his ability to convey his message. Liam went the extra mile to connect with our Invictus Athletes and that left an overwhelming feeling of support with them. He uplifted them and their journey and showed real respect to their stories. What a great ambassador for our country. Royal New Zealand Navy
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