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Patrick Dixon

Morning Keynote: The Future of [Almost] Everything

Patrick Dixon
Influential Futurist, Author and Founder, Global Change Ltd

Patrick Dixon is often described in the media as Europe’s leading futurist. He is a dynamic, provocative and entertaining speaker who advises many of the world’s largest corporations on key trends, managing uncertainty, identifying risk and developing opportunities. Patrick has successfully identified hundreds of future business innovations and has been ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today.

Patrick began his career as a physician before setting up an IT business involved in artificial intelligence and medical technology. In 1988, he launched the AIDS charity ACET, following publication of his first book "The Truth about AIDS." Having seen how a rapidly written book can change how people think, alter decisions and facilitate an international movement, he decided to write many more. Today, Patrick advises the senior teams of many of the world's largest corporations and also serves as the Chairman of Global Change Ltd, a growth strategy and forecasting company.

Patrick has written 16 books that have been translated into 35 languages, and his newest book, "The Future of Almost Everything," examines more than 100 of the trends that touch every aspect of our lives. In the Morning Keynote, the man The Wall Street Journal describes as a "global change guru" will share the insights that help hundreds of multinationals in over 50 nations manage risk and seize opportunity.

Adam Steltzner

Afternoon Keynote: The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation

Adam Steltzner
Team Leader & Chief Engineer EDL,
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity and Author, NASA

With a rock star's presence, a storyteller's gift and a PhD in engineering physics, award-winning rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is simultaneously recognized as one of NASA’s most brilliant engineers and most unique individuals.

At 20, he was an aspiring rock star, on his way home from a gig, when he noticed that the constellation of Orion had shifted from where it was hours before. That was all it took to spark his curiosity and desire to know everything about the laws that govern the universe, leading him to return to school, earn a PhD, and by 35, he was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

For 10 years, Adam led a team of engineers inventing, designing, testing and retesting the revolutionary “sky crane” landing system that successfully placed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface in 2012. Five times heavier than its predecessors, Curiosity required an entirely new landing system for the perilous seven-minute phase when the one-ton rover — entering Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph — had to stop fully on the surface.

How did he keep the team focused and on task? What makes a team gel and enables truly innovative thinking? How do team dynamics drive that process forward or inhibit it? And how can organizational culture create an environment for sustained performance? The challenges Adam and his team faced and the lessons learned from those struggles can help you understand how to better lead their high-performing teams, manage innovation and drive towards excellence.

Adam has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, a master’s degree from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has also been awarded honors ranging from the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award in technology, to GQ magazine’s Spaceman of the Year.

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