7 Futurists & Technology Forecasters For Your Next Meeting


Your annual meeting can provide an excellent opportunity for everyone from interns to your senior leaders and C-suite team to step back and think about getting ahead of the opportunities and challenges of the future. It should be every corporation or association’s goal to keep the pace of change and have a plan ready for the next wave of technological advancement.

Here are seven highly-respected technology forecasters and futurists who help organizations think through the ways that their organization and industry will be reshaped in the years to come so you can prepare and plan ahead for the future. technology forecasters and futurists help your organization think through the ways your organization will be reshaped in the years to come. Plus, they provide a fun and dynamic look at the incredible leaps being made in the worlds of robotics, quantum computing, AI, and much more, and what they’ll mean for the ways we live, work, and play: 

  • Ramez Naam, Leading Expert on Innovation & Disruptive Technologies
  • Neil Jacobstein, Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University
  • Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Trends & Futuring at Ford Motor Company
  • Farhad Manjoo,Technology Columnist at The New York Times
  • Vivek Wadhwa, Futurist, Emerging Technologies Expert, Author, & Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Fellow and Professor
  • Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, Former President and CEO Bloomberg LP, & Former Deputy Mayor of New York City
  • Anthony Foxx, Former United States Secretary of Transportation

Learn more about these top-booked futurists and technology speakers below:


Leading Expert on Innovation & Disruptive Technologies

Ramez Naam is a former Microsoft executive, entrepreneur, inventor, and one of the day’s leading voices on disruptive technologies. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams working on artificial intelligence, big data, and internet search. His software, including his work on early versions of Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer, has touched the lives of more than a billion people. He holds 19 patents—including several as co-inventor with Bill Gates. Dynamic and personable, Naam speaks around the world, captivating audiences as he illustrates “what disruption looks like” and shares the eight strategies incumbents should draw on to keep the pace of change. Learn more about Ramez Naam here.


Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University

For an entertaining and incredibly visual look at the specific AI algorithms and human-esque robot technologies being developed across the world now, Neil is a top choice. Jacobstein delivers a thoughtful, easy to understand, and up-to-date view of the future of technology. He addresses how it will impact a variety of tasks and industries. He explores technology innovation, disruption, and the real-world applications of AI and Robotics.  Learn more about Neil Jacobstein here.


Manager of Global Trends & Futuring at Ford Motor Company

Sheryl Connelly has served as the in-house futurist for Ford Motor Company for over a decade. In this role, she identifies and analyzes global consumer trends to aide in the discussion of long-term planning and strategy across the entire company, including design, product development, and corporate strategy and help anticipate and predict the needs and desires of consumers. Learn more about Sheryl Connelly here


Technology Columnist at The New York Times

Farhad Manjoo is a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice and a technology columnist for The New York Times.Tapped to write the Times’ “State of the Art” column after the departure of Yahoo Tech founder David Pogue, Manjoo reviews the latest devices and innovations in addition to a wide variety of tech-related topics including the emergence of new media, Silicon Valley and start-up culture, and the ways in which politics, society, and business are being shaped by the rapid emergence of new technologies. Learn more about Farhad Manjoo here


Futurist, Emerging Technologies Expert, Author, & Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Fellow and Professor

Called “Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice” for his ideas on technology trends, globalization, US competitiveness, and the future, Vivek Wadhwa’s work puts him at the heart of innovation. From tech entrepreneur and business owner to accomplished academic and widely published author, he served as a Stanford University research fellow and the Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, where he taught courses on the impact of technology. Vivek Wadhwa now serves as a Distinguished Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s engineering school in the heart of Silicon Valley. Learn more about Vivek Wadhwa here


CEO of Sidewalk Labs, Former President and CEO Bloomberg LP, & Former Deputy Mayor of New York City

Dan Doctoroff is the former president and CEO of Bloomberg LP, the former Deputy Mayor of New York City, and the current CEO of Sidewalk Labs, a visionary new project funded by Google parent company Alphabet. Alongside Google, Doctoroff developed Sidewalk Labs, which is focused on integrating technology into cities nationwide in the hopes of redeveloping decaying and struggling districts into booming city centers enhanced by 21st century technological capabilities. As the former New York City deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding, Doctoroff has the extensive knowledge required to help Sidewalk Labs build the smart cities of the future. Learn more about Dan Doctoroff here


Former United States Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Foxx is the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation and the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. As Secretary of Transportation, he led an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a budget of $70 billion. Sec. Foxx was responsible for overseeing American air, maritime, and surface transportation and ensuring that America maintained the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Sec. Foxx energized DOT’s embrace of innovation to help solve these problems by launching the Smart City Challenge, a national competition to implement bold, data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable in that city. Learn more about Anthony Foxx here

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