Closing keynote: Cities of the future
Shara Evans shares her vision and takes us on a journey into the cities of the future and the collaboration between government, industry, startups and researchers that will be required to create a future that we want to live in.
Focusing in on technology, be prepared to have your mind blown by the possibilities that lie ahead. Imagine in the software enabled world of the near future, robots as a service will be offered by innovators in a range of industries, autonomous vehicles and drones will communicate with each other and the cloud, all kinds of things will be 3D printed on demand, and humans will become increasingly integrated with the net.
Shara is widely regarded as one of the world’s Top Female Futurists. Fusing her engineering background with an intuitive understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies, Shara weaves the implications of technology innovations into powerful narratives that can be applied to every industry.
Shara is a regular media commentator on technology issues - appearing on shows such as Sky News, The Drum, Lateline, 7:30 and is regularly quoted in publications such as the Financial Review, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and many others.
Shara is also the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm that provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of the telecom and emerging technologies markets, as well as the Founder of Telsyte (which she sold to publicly listed UXC), and has been providing innovative research and strategic consulting on telecoms and technology throughout her successful career.
Shara helps her clients understand new product and service opportunities that are being underpinned by emerging technologies. Frequently working with executive, strategy and product teams, Shara gets organisations to think outside the box of what's available today to imagine the world in 10-20 years, and assists them in commercialising these concepts into innovative new products and services.