Vertical Markets2017-12-22T11:22:22+00:00

Vertical Markets

How can industries in a range of vertical segments harness the power of emerging technologies? What will our society do if we double the years of retirement and almost halve the workforce to support it? What does the future hold for industries as diverse as travel, agriculture, water treatment, and property?

What will tomorrow’s cities look like? How will emerging technologies such as 3D printing. AI and robotics impact construction methods, precision agriculture and healthcare? What’s the likelihood of people living longer, healthier lives? What role will telecommunications networks play in the world of the 2030’s and beyond?

The Future of Travel — Business and Leisure Travel in 2030

The emergence of the world wide web was a game changer for the travel industry — spawning airline websites with online booking portals, price comparison sites for flights and hotels, social reviews of tours, hotels, and anything travel related.

This is just the beginning. Emerging technologies are set to have an even more profound impact on travel in the future.

Understanding the impact these will have on your business, futurist Shara Evans deep dives further into these emerging technologies and trends that will shape leisure and business travel in the year 2030 and leaving you be better equipped to make informed decisions for your business.

Topics covered include:

  • Augmented reality — Changing the travel experience
  • Virtual reality — Will VR replace physical travel?
  • AI / Digital Avatars – How smart software will impact travel planning
  • Travelling in 2030 — How technology such as smart tags, facial recognition, biometrics, wearables, avatars and self driving cars/taxis will change your travel experience
  • Hotels of the future — A hotel experience in 2030
  • Peer-to-peer accommodation booking — The impact of sites such as Airbnb
  • Next generation travel gadgets (smart glasses/contacts, translators, sensors, implants, drones)
  • Space and underwater tourism — Will these become a mass-market opportunities?
  • What’s next for travel agents?

Will our Future be Digitally Disrupted or Digitally Enhanced?

Despite a barrage of dire predictions, it’s important to recognise that the onslaught of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics has the capacity to add as much good to the human condition as it does to destroy it.

In this engaging keynote session, Futurist Shara Evans takes your audience on a journey into the many ways that life in the future will change, including:

Topics covered include:

  • Life in tomorrow’s cities; examining the many ways that technology will enable smart cities – including the use of sensors, augmented reality, virtual reality, driverless vehicles and robotics.
  • Advances in GPS precision that will enable a wide range of applications including precision feeds from SCADA systems — arming tomorrow’s workforce with enhanced information for maintenance activities, autonomous robotic city maintenance and vehicle-to-vehicle communications networks.
  • The use of artificial intelligence techniques ranging from deep learning to advanced image recognition to aid in applications as diverse as facial recognition to water usage forecasting to chatbot-based home loan advisers.
  • The impact of automation on today’s workforce, along with a preview of some of the many new futuristic jobs enabled by technology, such as AI + robot trainers, chief ethics officers, privacy guardians and many more.
  • Insights into the convergence of medical research and technology that have the capacity to change what it means to be human.

Changes and Possibilities in the Property Market: A Technological Look at the Future

What will our society do if we double the years of retirement and almost halve the workforce to support it? Where will the housing market go with a contraction in the base of local and overseas buyers due to massive job losses? How will our economy react as we move from the mechanised era to the automated era?

Are sports cars a status symbol of the past as automation not only takes over the production of cars but the driving of them?

Leading us through the potential minefield of the future will be Shara Evans, futurist, engineer, social commentator and thought-provoking speaker.

Topics covered include:

  • Smart Cities / Cities of the Future: What will tomorrow’s cities look like? What’s the impact of driverless vehicles and how soon might changes occur? What’s on the horizon for long distant transport? How will drones fit into city life? Will we have flying taxis?
  • Automation and the impact of AI / Robotics: Around the world leading think tanks are forecasting that 40-50% of employed people will be out of a job within the next 10-15 years if this pans out, how many people will be able to get into the housing market? What kind of accommodation might be feasible if people are earning a ‘living wage’? What happens to the housing market if there is a withdrawal of international money due to automation overseas? What kind of jobs might be displaced, and why both in Australia and overseas? Where are the new jobs of the future? What is the impact of low job growth, lower consumption, and higher welfare?
  • The Impact of People Living Longer: Find out about some of the latest technology-based health innovations. In the short term we’ll need more aged care facilities, but eventually people will live longer and still be healthy. What are the flow-on impacts for the property market of people living longer, healthier lives?

Unlocking the Future: Opportunities and Risks for the Telco Sector

Futurist Shara Evans understands only too well the impact that emerging technologies such as advanced wearables, sensors, augmented and virtual reality, and biometrics will have on the Telco Industry.

With the potential to generate massive amounts of data that can be leveraged into real-time context based information, and as our cities and infrastructure comes alive, these applications will consume more and more bandwidth, and generate a range of new business opportunities. The question for you in this session is – will telcos take advantage of these trends by developing new, innovative services? Are there hidden risks for telcos? Don’t be a laggard and get left behind, book in this keynote session now!

Topics covered Include:

Emerging Technologies – wearables, sensors, augmented and virtual reality

  • Biometrics — understanding the latest advances in biometrics and how they can be used to secure networks and customer data
  • The impact of the Internet of Things on Cities: Exploring opportunities to provide network infrastructure for the range of sensors that will be deployed across smart cities, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communications, drone air traffic control, and real time robot applications
  • Understanding AI and robot-based services that telcos can offer
  • Risk factors — Your reputation is your business, what do telcos need to be aware of?

A New Era of Precision Agriculture

In this keynote speech, technology Futurist Shara Evans takes the audience on a journey into the world of precision agriculture where sensors, robots, drones and cloud based analytics transform agriculture into a high tech business. There are massive opportunities to leverage these technologies with ubiquitous connectivity platforms to provide Drones-as-a-Service and Robots-as-a-Service coupled with cloud-based advanced analytics.

In this engaging keynote session, Shara shares many examples of cutting edge agricultural robots being developed around the world that are capable of doing everything from on-the-fly soil analysis, autonomous weeding and crop picking, applying pesticides and herbicides (or using lasers to zap pests for organic farming) to herding animals.

Underpinning all of this are continuing advances in communications technologies (satellites, mobile and terrestrial networks), as well as advances in GPS precision that will enable ubiquitous mass-market measurements down to the 3-5 cm level.

Technology has become an indispensable part of doing business for every farmer, rancher, livestock handler, agricultural retailer and agronomist. If you’re involved in the agricultural sector this is a speech that you won’t want to miss.

‘Shara’s an absolute delight to work with! Shara presented a whole lot of new ideas which are going to really impact the property area down the line, in terms of technology but also biotechnology, ageing and a whole bunch of different areas.’
Deborah Upton, Property Funds Association

Looking For a Dynamic Speaker?

Get in touch now to check Shara’s availability to speak at your next event. Shara works closely with her clients to ensure all her presentations are tailored to your event – ensuring maximum impact for your business.