The first speakers and sessions of this year’s DIF have officially been announced alongside the launch of the new DIF website. 

Read on to find out more about each of the headliners and studio sessions. You can now also sign up to the DIF newsletter to get all the latest news, including new sessions and speakers and schedule details. 

Speakers:

John Maeda

John Maeda

John is an internationally recognised speaker and author who draws on his diverse background as an MIT-trained engineer, award-winning designer, and executive leader to help businesses and creatives push the boundaries of innovation in their markets and fields. Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries, and can be found on Twitter discussing technology, business and design at @johnmaeda - one of TIME Magazine’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds.

Sandy Speicher

Sandy Speicher

Sandy is a partner and Managing Director of Education at the global design and innovation firm IDEO. Her teams look to people’s unmet needs to inspire new solutions for a wide variety of challenges – from the ways people learn, to the ways systems operate. Working with organizations across the public, private, and social sectors, her work focuses on creating tools to help build creative confidence in students and teachers, so that they can be agents of change for how our classrooms evolve.

Tim Harford

Tim Harford

Tim is a world-renowned behavioural economist, award-winning Financial Times columnist, and BBC broadcaster. Whilst he’s a serious economist with a career spanning Oxford, Shell and the World Bank, Tim’s FT columns dwell on the economics of daily life and offer tongue-in-cheek solutions to readers’ problems. Tim looks at why it’s so hard yet so important to learn from mistakes, how to deal with uncertainty, how forecasting works and what to do when it doesn’t, and what innovation really means and why the wrong sort of innovation can be a distraction.

Sessions:

Maybe the robot invasion is a good thing

Maybe the robot invasion is a good thing 

23rd Nov, 17:00

Maybe the robots will round us up in internment camps, or maybe we'll be sipping cocktails by the pool while our gadgets sweep our streets and stock our shops. Find out why robotics researcher, Sub Ramamoorthy prefers to think the future will contain more of the latter than the former.

Preventing the next financial crisis

Preventing the next financial crisis 

20th Nov, 15:00

In the midst of the global financial crisis of 2007-08, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the US, Alan Greenspan, famously told a Congressional Committee that he had "found a flaw" in his economic ideology. Greenspan's flaw has not been addressed, and ten years after the start of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression we are poised to succumb to another. Our economic system cannot deal with complexity and sudden shocks. The [genuine] sciences have embraced complexity modelling for several decades now, but economics is still to catch up - tune into this session to uncover more... 

How to make the right decisions about investing in disruptive technologies

How to make the right decisions about investing in disruptive technologies 

Date & Time: TBC

If there *is* something new about the pace of technological change, then life is about to get way more complicated for those whose job it is to stay on top of the game. Companies of all sizes and goals are constantly bombarded with information about the next big thing and why they should embrace it. Join this session to explore the crucial question: how do organisations separate the wheat from the chaff and make their next investment in technology the one that really matters?

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