The NEXT 19 at Hamburg – what an event! Beautifully curated with the right mix of humor, creativity, seriousness and playfulness – the kind of thoughtful event required for the public to engage with important and timely subjects It was a brilliant move to connect this festival with the Reeperbahn Festival which basically mixed the crowd of tech people, creative industry folks -media, design, advertising…
I had a blast doing my keynote on my book The Next Billion Users. The audience really engaged and I am getting really into going back and forth with them during my talks these days. I always get the surprisely reactions of how come I am so optimistic in this time of the doom and gloom of social media killing democracy, our minds, our communities and more and of course, we have been here many times before. We fall in love and we fall out of love with tech – that which we love, we fear, we loathe and then it starts all over again. Like I said at the tail end of my talk – you cannot reform that which you do not love. We need to fall back in love with tech. Its like a marriage, not an affair. We are in for the long haul – for better and for worse.
Also was cool to gather around for a fireside chat on AI for Good with Lorena Jaume-Palasí, founder of The Ethical Tech Society, a non-profit organization researching processes of automation and digitization with regards to their social relevance and Astrid Maier, chief editor at Xing, who moderated this conversation.
To top it off, Hamburg is just such a cool city and I stayed in a water tower hotel which was a nice cherry on top. Cool crowd. Cool event.