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Shara
Evans

Technology Futurist

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Shara Evans shows organisations how to take advantage of the opportunities underpinned by emerging technologies. As one of the world’s top female futurists, Shara is one of those rare individuals who merge incredible technical skills with an innate understanding of the social and economic impact of new technologies.

Current Work:

Regarded as a leading expert on emerging technologies, cybersecurity, digital privacy and the future of health, humanity and work, Shara is regularly featured on broadcast television. She’s appeared on Sky News, ABC’s Q&A, The Project, Weekend Sunrise, Lateline, and more. She’s currently appearing on Fox and CW Network’s new Life 2.0 science documentary series in the USA, and, in March 2020 was named by Forbes as one of the World’s Top 50 Female Futurists (one of the few technology futurists featured in the Forbes list.)

An accomplished entrepreneur Shara is the founder and CEO of leading technology analyst firm Market Clarity and previously founded Telsyte, a strategic telecommunications and technology consulting group.

As a keynote speaker, Shara Evans weaves a narrative of a near-future radically different from our current world… but clearly recognisable as the result of today’s newest technological leaps. By contextualising and humanising the research and technology that will shape the next 10-20 years, Shara assists organisations to create and commercialise the products and services of tomorrow.

Expertise
Talking Points

AI, Robots and the Future of Work

In this short showcase speech, Futurist Shara Evans describes how artificial intelligence and robots are set to have a major impact on the workforce, as well as presenting new security and privacy challenges. But rather than doom and gloom, Shara talks about new business opportunities and some of the many new Jobs of the Future that will emerge as these technologies become more prevalent in our society.

Technology & the Future of Humanity

In this mega session, delivered at the Society of Women Engineers November 2019 event in Anaheim, CA, futurist Shara Evans talks about how technology will impact jobs, security, and privacy as well as providing incredible business opportunities to commercialize these concepts into innovative new products and services.

Topics covered in this speech include smart cities, future modes of transport, space travel, artificial intelligence (in its many forms), examples of jobs of the future, and the future of humanity - including brain implants, stem cell therapies, nanobots, and genetic engineering - along with the many new jobs and challenges that will emerge as we adopt these technologies.

This session was designed for delegates to be able to:

- Recognize the changing world of 2030 and identify how technology will impact jobs, security, and privacy as well as providing incredible business opportunities to commercialize these concepts into innovative new products and services,
- Capitalize on the future, now - thinking outside the box, imagining the world in 10 - 20 years.
- Avoid futuristic dystopia - addressing business threats associated with emerging technologies such as AI and Robotics.

Technology, Cutting Edge Health Innovations & the Future of Work

In this speech, Futurist Shara Evans takes audiences into the world of Technology, Cutting Edge Health Innovations + The Future of Work. Topics include:

- A big picture view of the world in 2030
- Cutting edge healthcare
- New Jobs: The impact on HR and Healthcare

In this keynote, Shara describes how AI, robotics, drones, AR, VR and 3D printing can be used by healthcare organisations, a variety of cutting-edge MedTech devices, and amazing new advances in regenerative medicine, stem cells, brain-machine interfaces, nanobots and genetic engineering.

Shara also shows audiences how these technologies will underpin a range of new jobs, along with the ongoing need for the “human touch” in healthcare delivery.

Jobs of the Future

We’re living in a time of massive changes to our society, which are impacted by geopolitical events, population growth, climate change and rapidly accelerating technological advancements. On top of this is the convergence of medical research and technology - where we’re on the cusp of humans not only living much longer than we do today but also being enhanced by technology.

Technological change is going to have a massive impact on the job market in Australia and around the world. Yet, somehow there seems to be a major disconnect between the acceleration of technologies such as AI and Robotics, and their impact on the workforce.

In this speech, technology futurist Shara Evans will provide you with state-of-the-art information on technologies such as AI and robotics, then take you on a journey into the job market of the 2030s and beyond. While many jobs may disappear or change in fundamental ways, emerging technologies will also bring about many new opportunities.

In this speech, Shara lays out a wide range of new job categories that will need to be filled and will start you thinking about the skill sets required for these jobs, as well as providing thought-provoking insights and a roadmap for kick-starting the transition process in your firm.

A Look into the Future: What to expect in 2030

Talk about robots, automation and AI is all the rage - but how is this likely to impact the workforce of the 2030s and our everyday lives? Technology won’t just impact jobs by combining tech advances with cutting edge medical research it will fundamentally change what it means to be human.

In this speech, technology futurist Shara Evans will take you on a journey into the job market of the 2030s based on her extensive research of projects that are already being worked on / contemplated in research labs around the world. Starting with a look at today’s state-of-the-art-developments, Shara will then extrapolate how the evolution of technology will impact life in the 2030s and beyond.

Topics covered include:

- Smart Cities - how might they evolve in the 2030s?
- 3D printing - a game changer for lots of industries, including examples of new job categories that don’t exist today
- Robots + Jobs: What job categories are subject (or not) to automation? What will robots of the future be capable of?
- The drone revolution: a look at some of the latest innovations, and a preview of the many new job categories that will be required to support the drone industry in the 2030s.
- Artificial Intelligence: How smart will AIs get? Will we have personal AI-based digital avatars? What does this mean for the workforce of the future? (Including some examples of how FinTech will impact the banking/superannuation industry.)
- New Job Categories of the 2020s and beyond: By extrapolating the impact of advancing technology Shara will share her insights on some of the key job opportunities that will emerge in the corporate space.
-Technology + Humans: Will we merge our minds with machines? How the convergence of biotech, ICT, nanotechnologies and augmentation of our bodies may change what it means to be human.
-Genetic engineering: Advances in genetic engineering will not only create completely new job categories but imagine the impact of genetically-modified humans in the workforce (the 2040s and beyond)!

Please note: The actual topics covered will depend on the time allocated to Shara’s keynote speech.

AI, Robots and the Future of Education

Rapid advances in AI, robotics and automation will have a profound impact on the workforce of tomorrow. What do educators and human resource professionals need to know to plan for this transition? And, how can these technologies be harnessed to personalize the learning process?

In this speech, technology futurist Shara Evans will take you on a journey into the job market of the 2030s based on her extensive research of projects that are already being worked on / contemplated in research labs around the world. Starting with a look at today’s state-of-the-art developments, Shara will then extrapolate how the evolution of technology will impact life in the 2030s and beyond.

Topics covered include:

- What’s hot, what’s new and what’s coming in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics
- AI and robotics in use - the hype, the experience and the evidence
- Transforming how people learn at work, and how AI and other technologies such as Augmented and Virtual reality can be used in the Learning and Development function
- Understanding some of the new job roles that will emerge, and how educators and workplace training departments can leverage technologies to assist in the reskilling of today’s workforce.

The Future of Articifical Intelligence

How will AI affect the future?

From big data and analytics, to image recognition, voice recognition, emotion recognition and robots, AI is set to be part of our daily lives in new and unexpected ways. AI is being woven into almost every emerging technology on the near and long-term horizon.

In this keynote speech, Futurist Shara Evans has specifically designed this talk to give you a snapshot tour into the world of AI, covering important key points such as; its history, key milestones and a range of products that already take advantage of machine learning and deep learning capabilities. Shara also discusses some of the key ethical considerations that need to be considered, such as designing ethics into driverless vehicles and the use of autonomous lethal weapons, as well as the upper limits of AI intelligence and how humans and AI’s are likely to work together in the future.

The World of Tomorrow

With the rapidly increasing pace of technology innovation, the World of Tomorrow may look radically different in as little as 10 years. We’re on the cusp of seeing innovations such as driverless cars, flying taxis, hyperloop, as well as flying and land-based delivery ‘bots become mainstream.

With the advent of reusable rockets, science fiction concepts such as colonizing other planets, mining asteroids and even inter-planetary trade are quickly becoming a reality.

Back on planet Earth, smart city infrastructure is being rolled out all over the globe, starting with simplistic sensors that measure and report on specific things to clusters of sensors that can literally take the pulse of micro-neighbourhoods by combining measurements of temperature, pollutants, pedestrian and vehicular traffic, ambient noise and much more. Our cities are becoming “alive” with infrastructure that provides us with actionable insights.

With almost every technology being developed connectivity is key, so is fast data processing either onboard a device, in the cloud or both + huge data sets requiring massive storage will be generated by all kinds of devices.

And, artificial intelligence - in all its forms, including robots - is a key technology that will impact businesses and individuals around the globe. Along with the many benefits that AI and other technologies will bring are cybersecurity, ethical and privacy issues undreamt of even a few short years ago.

Add in the challenges and opportunities affiliated with MedTech innovations, genetic engineering, brain-machine interfaces and nanobots - and it’s clear that our near-term future is going to be radically different than the world of today.

In this wide-ranging speech, that is customised to fit client briefs from many vertical industry segments, futurist Shara Evans takes the audience on a ride into the future, along with providing practical advice that audience members can implement right away - as well as sharing many thought-provoking ideas on what the World of Tomorrow will mean for humanity.

3D Printing: Truly Disruptive Technology

3D printing is set to disrupt business like no other across a wide range of industries. Imagine Manufacturers being able to prints parts on demand, rather than shipping and storing spare parts in depots around the world.

The follow on from this would mean shipping complex CAD files around, rather than parts, which will require both network capacity and high-speeds, as well as security measures to protect valuable intellectual property. Could 3D printing be the “killer app” for the telecom networks? Futurist Shara Evans helps us decipher this and what it means along with explaining a wide range of 3D printing applications - many of which are already available, along with a futuristic look at food production, organ printing, DNA modification, robots and the potential for mass customisation. Are you ready and prepared to be disrupted by 3D Printing in your Industry today?

Technology: A Double Edged Sword

With the amazing potential of the latest technological innovations, Futurist Shara Evans also highlights cautionary concerns about security, privacy, and ethics. Does this also pose an important question: will early adopters be on their way to becoming super-human?

Are we about to see the emergence of a new species, what Shara calls “homo-technica”? In this keynote session be prepared to be enlightened, excited and made aware of potential risks all at the same time. Shara helps us understand what this means and what part we can play to navigate our way successfully into the future.

Topics covered Include:
- Latest cutting edge Innovations
- Security, Privacy + Ethics

Flying Robots: Friend or Foe?

In this engaging keynote session, futurist Shara Evans presents her latest cutting edge research on the use of flying robots (aka drones), looking at both the incredible benefits and challenges we face as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) take to the sky.

Shara outlines the potential scenarios from a Futurist perspective and the audience will be left with a greater understanding and be able to make impactful decisions based on this session.

Topics covered include:

- Industrial use of drones: mining, agriculture, surveying, healthcare
- Massive disruption coming to the transport and logistics industries
- Whimsical uses of flying robot technology
- The Yin and Yang of video camera-equipped drones
- Safety and privacy issues: What can go wrong?

Future Tech: Your Roadmap to New Oppurtunites

Future Tech is your roadmap to understanding and accessing the growth potential of tomorrow’s world. In this keynote session, futurist Shara Evans helps you understand what this means for your business.

Wearable, implantable and ingestible devices, massive changes in the automotive sector, sensor networks, new form factors for phones and tablets, home automation, drones, the Internet of Things, cloud services, security and privacy, and the latest telecom technologies may seem loosely connected.

But if you look more closely, you’ll see a common pattern of communications technologies underpinning new markets, along with new service and product segments targeted at both consumer and business customers. Future service opportunities are already unfolding, you just need to know where to look.

Shara elaborates on how to do this, for example spotting technologies and trends early, and translating them into viable business strategies. Providing these insights into the technologies that are shaping new service sectors is essential to your success in the future.

Topics covered include:

- The technologies and trends that are creating new service and product markets
- Leading-edge innovation in transport and logistics, whitegoods, agriculture, and many other industries that require ubiquitous communications networks
- Six new service sectors that any company offering telecom-related services should consider
- Consumer and technology trends that will be essential for the global growth of your business
- Cutting edge research on the wide range of gadgets, technologies, and trends that will impact telecom services (and everyone that uses these services).
Media
Feedback
Shara’s session was a resounding success. She is one of the best presenters we have ever had, drawing on real experience and examples with high-quality presentation materials and a fantastic speaking style. Shara’s deep knowledge of a broad range of topics was very impressive and she really engaged our members in an interesting and challenging session. I would very highly recommend Shara as a keynote speaker. The Data Warehouse Institute (Australian Chapter)

We’ve been working with Shara Evans for about ten years now, and I’ve seen her speak over many years at many conferences. Her predictions about what’s happening in the future have been spot-on on so many occasions. Shara is now a futurist specialising in telecommunications and technology, and we’re proud to be able to work with her.

eintellego Networks

“The Fraud and Cyber Crime Group, State Crime Command were very privileged to have futurist Shara Evans as a keynote speaker at our Fraud, Cyber and Identity Crime symposium “Triumph Through a Changing World” at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sanctuary Cove, Australia. Shara has a deep understanding of the global landscape and an intuitive ability to identify where technology will lead us in the future. Her thought provoking presentation gave organisations a valuable insight of the future benefits, risks and threats they face as the impact filters through all levels of society. Shara’s captivating presentation was an event highlight and the impetus for discovery, learning and adapting by the delegates as they participated through the symposium.”

Queensland Police - State Crime Command Fraud and Cyber Crime Group

Shara Evans has now delivered two keynote plenary presentations at CeBIT in 2015 & 2016. Shara’s 2016 session on “CyberCrime: From SciFi to boardroom threat - Where the challenges lie in the digital future” was fantastic. We had excellent feedback from our delegates and media representatives Shara is a valued participant in CeBIT proceedings having also delivered a superb keynote in 2015 on the implications of drone technology “Flying Robots: Friends or Foe” which received wide coverage by mainstream media. Shara is easy to work with, and is happy to tailor her presentations to our exact requirements. I’d highly recommend Shara as a keynote speaker for any technology themed event.

Project Director - Cebit, Hannover Fairs Australia

I attended the annual CGU Benchmark Awards on Thursday 1 Sep 16 in Sydney (Cleanaway was a proud winner!), and the keynote speaker was Technology Futurist, Shara Evans. Shara introduced herself to our little group before the event and within few minutes, we were all looking forward to hearing her speak; Shara is engaging and knowledgeable, and the remarkable technological insights she provided were captivating. I’m quite sure that most, if not all, people present left the awards ceremony with minds blown! Shara has been ahead of the curve her entire working life, and in the sci-fi movie field of technology, that is something in itself. We were all speaking to everyone we came across for the next 2 days about her keynote address. Commendable.

Head of Audit & Risk, Cleanaway Waste Management Limited

CPA Australia recently engaged Shara Evans to speak at 6 locations across Australia at our flagship event CPA Congress. I have never come across a speaker who is as diligent as Shara, and took the time to piece together her presentation to ensure it fit the brief to such exacting standards! Shara has a natural stage presence and great ability to clearly explain complex issues and topics. Consistent feedback from delegates was they really appreciated her insights and how she so expertly dissected the topic and unpacked the repercussions for our audience. If you are after a very exacting speaker that overlooks nothing Shara Evans should be on your shortlist!

CPA Australia

The Victorian Water Industry Association (VicWater) would like to express its most sincere gratitude on behalf of our Board, our team and the Victorian water industry as a whole for your involvement in the recent VicWater Annual Conference. Although our formal feedback process has not been completed, the informal feedback I have received from delegates in attendance has been very positive. Many personally commenting to me on the strength and calibre of the presenters over the two days, the synergy in the messages presented and the fact that the event inspired them for the future of the sector. Your specific presentation provided high quality information and raised thought provoking questions that will no doubt influence the delegates thinking and approach into the future.

VicWater

I engaged Shara Evans as a keynote speaker for a recent event for over 400 senior leaders to share her insights on technology, it’s impact to our customers, and future opportunities for our company. She delivered an outstanding keynote address, which since has created a buzz amongst our leaders. She is highly professional, and her delivery is first class. Shara spent several hours working with us to ensure that the content that was delivered was perfect for our audience - and it was!

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