Learn from Disruption & Innovation Speakers and Spark Change

We are living in an era of disruption. Companies are being displaced at an alarming rate by new technologies that are disrupting entire business models. In today's world, where the new corporate model is "disrupt or be disrupted," the key to success is innovation, and an innovation keynote speaker can bring your organisation the insight it needs. Whether your group is looking for a keynote speech on disruptive new ideas, the keys to creating a culture of innovation, or ways to incentivise breakthroughs, our innovation speakers know what works and why. Take a look at our top disruption and innovation speakers before your next event.

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Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution; Stanford University Adjunct Professor; Futurist; Neuroscientist; and Technologist

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Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world. Poppy serves as the Chief Technology Officer at NextSense and is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, as well as its Symbolic Systems Program. She is formerly the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories. She is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies.

Legendary Tech Pioneer & Operating Executive; Founding Executive Director, Stanford Program for Disruptive Technology & Innovation

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Michael (Mike) Steep is the founder and former executive director of Stanford Engineering School's Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities and the former senior vice president of global business operations at innovation mega-hub, PARC Xerox. He draws on first-hand experience and anecdotes from time spent with the biggest names in Silicon Valley to instruct audiences on how to get ahead of disruptive innovation. Viewing new technology as opportunity, Mike highlights the importance of allowing innovation to trump company culture and legacies—and not the other way around.

Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine

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Greg Williams is a leading authority on technology trends and how those impact business and society. As Editor at WIRED UK, Greg meets the innovators, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs and creatives who are changing the world and writes on a variety of subjects, including innovation, technology, business, creativity and ideas. As a journalist and author of five novels, Greg possesses a unique combination of storytelling expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the future of technology and entrepreneurship. This enables him to transform complex information into entertaining and accessible insights that prepare audiences for what’s coming next.

Renowned Business Leader, CEO of EXOS the Performance Coaching Company, Former President of Equinox, Former Global President of Gatorade, Former Marketing Director at Nike and the Virgin Group

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Described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to “The Pied Piper of potential,” Sarah Robb O’Hagan is an executive, activist, entrepreneur, and founder of Extreme Living — a content platform designed to help individuals, teams, and organizations play to their highest potential. Currently, she is the CEO of EXOS, the leading performance coaching company that gets people ready for the moments that matter most in their work, sport, and daily lives. EXOS clients range from NFL players and Olympians to corporate executives, military personnel, and every day people looking to manage stressors and thrive in the new normal of fast-paced modern-day life. Drawing on her decades experience at some of the world's most influential brands, she shares practical takeaways including how to make failure your fuel, discover your most competitive playing field, get out of line rather than always following conventional wisdom, and bring out the “extreme" in others.

Co-Founder and CEO of Axios; Co-Founder and Former CEO of POLITICO

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Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and expert on American politics. He is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Axios, a new media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country's most influential readers and across social platforms.

Head of Global Communications & Marketing at Google Deepmind; Former Communications Executive at SpaceX & Facebook

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With more than a decade working at the heart of the technology industry, Dex Hunter-Torricke has managed communications for some of the most-influential and admired Silicon Valley leaders and corporations of our day. He is the head of global communications and marketing at Deepmind, one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence companies and a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Deepmind is playing a critical role in writing the next chapter on science, tech, the economy, and society across the globe, and Dex spearheads efforts to bring the stories of how the organization is moving the world forward to light. From 2012-2016, he led the executive communications team at Facebook and served as personal speechwriter for Mark Zuckerberg. He then went on to join SpaceX as senior director of communications. He later served as the VP Global Communications & Public Engagement for the Oversight Board for Meta, the independent body that makes decisions on Facebook and Instagram’s most challenging content issues.

Entrepreneurial Disruptor, Co-founder and former CEO of StockX

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A business trailblazer and industry disruptor, Josh Luber combined his passion for entrepreneurship and sneakers to co-found StockX, the world’s first “Stock Market of Things,” with partners Dan Gilbert (co-founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers), Greg Schwartz, and Chris Kaufman in 2015. As CEO, Luber led StockX’s rise from idea to billion-dollar company and cemented its status as the leading marketplace for sneakers, apparel, and collectibles in under three years.

Former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc.

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An award-winning innovator and disruptor, Reggie Fils-Aimé is a proven expert on transforming companies, re-vitalizing brands, and reshaping industries to solve daunting challenges and achieve ‘the impossible.’ Most recently, he was the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America – the first American and African-American to hold this position. Revered by business leaders and gaming fans alike, Fils-Aimé helped bring Nintendo’s greatest successes – including the Nintendo DS, the Wii, the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and the Nintendo Switch – to the global marketplace. Using his personal story as an example, he shares with audiences his principles for effective and innovative leadership, including defining a vision, courage in decision-making, and “irrefutable integrity.”

Innovator and CEO, Uncharted

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Jessica O. Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Uncharted, an award-winning energy and data technology company that develops infrastructure solutions for communities, facilities, and Internet of Things. The company was founded by Jessica when she was only 22 years old. Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19.

Millennial Entrepreneur & CEO of thriving business Inkpact

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Millennial, award-winning entrepreneur, CEO of Inkpact and women-in-tech ambassador. Charlotte is an inspiring and motivational speaker whose mission is to bring delight and connection to the heart of business communications. Using innovative and disruptive tech, Inkpact, successfully transforms digital email campaigns into beautiful, handwritten notes at scale. The letters are written by hand, by a freelance community of scribes - The Scribe Tribe, who make up the heart of the business. The thriving community of over 100 UK and US based creative freelancers leverage the flexible working hours and equal opportunity employment to earn in their spare time whilst doing work they love. Inkpact has recently launched a successful salesforce app allowing businesses to scale thoughtfulness at the touch of a button. Charlotte is a passionate and energetic leader who leads with heart. She has built a flexible and collaborative culture internally, provides work to those who prefer flexibility and has revolutionized the depth of connection companies can experience with their customers, through the power of innovative tech and human heart. Expertise: Charlotte is on a mission to connect the head and the heart of business and to drive innovation in the way humans and technology co-create meaningful experiences and lasting business relationships.

Co-Founder & Exec Editor of Axios, Frmr POLITICO Chief WH Correspondent

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Mike Allen is one of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, a disruptive media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country’s influential readers and across social platforms. Axios has been recognized for its forward-thinking approach to the way people consume news in the 21st century. The approach is chronicled in Allen’s book Smart Brevity: Saying More with Less, which he co-authored alongside Axios co-founder, Jim VandeHei. In addition to starting Axios, Allen was a co-founder at POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. He not only reported on but also drove the day’s conversations in and around the Beltway. His sharp journalistic experience and coveted insider status make him an ideal choice to discuss the latest political happenings. In presentations, he offers his nonpartisan, energetic and up-to-the-minute insider perspective on the political issues of the day, the current administration, Congress, and building a business in an unsteady economy.

First British Astronaut to the International Space Station

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Tim Peake is a former Apache pilot, flight instructor, test pilot and current European Space Agency astronaut. A veteran of 18 years military service, Tim has flown over 3,000 hours on operations worldwide. In December 2015, Tim became the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station and conduct a spacewalk during his six-month mission, Principia, where he captured the hearts and minds of millions. Tim’s mission engaged more than two million students in outreach activities. He has a background as a test pilot and a British Army Air Corps officer, and he is also a best-selling author. In addition to his achievements, he ran the London marathon from space. He is an ambassador for STEM Education, The Prince’s Trust, and the Scout Association.

Record-Breaking Explorer & Repeat TED Speaker

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Polar explorer, TED speaker, and record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders fuses the spirit of adventure with impressive technical ingenuity. He has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and is best known for leading one of the most ambitious expeditions in a century. Humble and self-effacing, he is an explorer of limits and his message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential. He explores the dichotomy between ideas and action and urges audiences to consider carefully how to spend the “tiny amount of time we each have on this planet.”

"People Hacker" and Social Engineer

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Jenny Radcliffe is a “people hacker” — or a mix of shrewd behavioral scientist, master negotiator, and actor. Known for talking her way into high-security banks and even the Tower of London, Jenny is a world-renowned coach, consultant, and speaker who brings something different to meetings focused on culture, social intelligence, sales, negotiation, and interpersonal relationships. A regular keynote at major security events — including Infosec, Rant, DISA, Nordic IT Security, ICS2, Trend Micro, Cisco, NTT, Bright talk, and Cyber Security Week — and a multiple-times TEDx contributor, Radcliffe has been a guest expert on security, scams and social engineering for various television and radio shows as well as online media. She helps clients understand how to better read people and social cues, use subtle tactics of persuasion, open up avenues of conversation previously shut, and understand and shield against their own vulnerabilities.
What is Disruption in the Workplace?

Disruption, according to The Balance Small Business, is innovation that radically changes the way something operates. Specifically, disruption in the workplace refers to innovation that enhances and improves the way things are typically done. Being able to identify anything from simple, everyday tasks to big-picture, future-focused ideas that have the possibility of being performed better, are good candidates for disruptive innovation. Disruption scares some people, especially those that have been involved in organizations for a long time and have the mindset “we’ve always done it this way and we will continue to do it this way.” Disruption in the workplace is not something to be feared, rather, it should be embraced.

WHY ARE INNOVATION SPEAKERS SO POPULAR?

What are disruption and innovation speakers? They’re some of the most popular types of speakers—and interest among audiences is only growing as technology advances. Speakers on disruption and innovation talk about the impact of emerging technology on business models and how innovation can help you get ahead of it. Additionally these innovation keynote speakers can cover topics such as emotional intelligence, workplace culture, social innovation, business creativity, and how to lead, innovate, and disrupt in today's work environment.

Why are our keynote speakers on disruption and innovation the most qualified for this topic? Some are emerging technology, disruption, and innovation experts while others have led companies that needed to adapt to counterbalance the impact of technology on their business model.

WHY ARE OUR INNOVATION KEYNOTE SPEAKERS THE BEST?

Consider how Apple pioneered the streaming music game, or how Buzzfeed built itself on the rise of social media’s role in news. Our speakers were a part of these innovative companies and more, including Gatorade, Nike, and Trader Joe’s. And these innovation keynote speakers can be a part of your event.

TECH ENTREPRENEURS

Tech entrepreneurs are paving the way in how the world operates. Rapidly improving technologies make day-to-day tasks easier and allow humans to focus on big-picture projects that technology can’t do. Although technology may be capable to do the things we want it to do in the future, we need tech entrepreneurs to visualize and make these ideas come to life. Additionally, lots of the technology that we have today is thanks to other projects that has evolved to benefit the greater human good.

Nichol Bradford, a futurist and the founder of Transformative Tech, ignites new ways to use technology to expand beyond our perceived limits and reach our fullest potential. Poppy Crum, an expert in technology-driven innovation and human evolution, builds innovative technologies that leverage human physiology to improve the ways we interact with the world. These tech entrepreneurs and innovators are challenging businesses and organizations to analyse their current relationships with technology and determine new ways to utilise everyday technology.

WORKPLACE INNOVATION EXPERTS AND BUSINESS STRATEGISTS

Workplace and business innovation is what most people typically think of when they hear the word disruption. Workplace innovation experts are those that see the way their current work environment functions and believes that work can be done better or more efficiently through a different process. On a broader scale, business strategists look at an entire company or organization and see a way that business can be greatly improved by being performed a different way. Jessie Hayes-Stallings, a beauty industry leader and founder and CEO of Skinphorea Facial Bar, is a business disruptor. She noticed a gap in the market for the on-the-go client with limited time for professional skincare services and created an express service that offers women a faster, best-in-class facial spa experience. Another example of a business strategist is co-founder and former CEO of StockX, Josh Luber. Luber turned his passion for sneakers into a billion-dollar industry by creating the world’s first “Stock Market of Things."

LEADERSHIP EXPERTS

Leadership experts are key to ensuring that disruption and innovation happens successfully. A good idea is only as strong as the way that it is executed. Leadership expert Reggie Fils-Aimé, former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc., knows this better than anyone. As an award-winning innovator and disruptor, Reggie helped bring the Nintendo DS, the Wii, the Nintendo Switch, and other products to the global marketplace. Leadership experts within the world of disruption empower innovators and disruptors to come up with new ideas and trust that they can get the work down. A strong leader believes in its employees and trusts those within their organization.

Other key leadership experts that are beneficial in sparking change within an organisation are Jessica O. Matthews, Innovator and CEO of Uncharted; and Sarah Robb O'Hagan, a legendary business leader and disruption expert known for shaking up legacy products at big brands. Both of these speakers saw current products and practices that had the potential to be done better, and executed on these beliefs.

DELIVER INNOVATION WITH THE BEST SPEAKERS ON DISRUPTION

With the experience and know-how of our team of industry experts, we’ll help you find disruption and innovation speakers that meet your budget, theme, goals, intended audience, and other key factors. We’ll also take care of bundling event extras into your packages as desired and handle your speaker’s logistics.

Explore our curated list of leading disruption and innovation keynote speakers above and click on any of the speaker's names to see their individual speaker profile pages, find out more about their expertise and speaking topics, and watch their speaker video footage to see them in action.

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