Creativity, stagecraft and beyond

- James Whittaker is the Microsoft TechDays 2019 keynote speaker

When it isn’t enough to just be successful … 
When you insist on having fun doing it …
Your home for reinventing your career, telling your story and hacking the world around you. 
Because those not busy being born are busy dying. There is much to accomplish before your time is up. 

The above is James’ own words, and we are extremely proud to present James as keynote speaker at Microsoft TechDays in Sweden.  

In 2017, James Whittaker was part of TechDays and his session about The 7 Stages of Creativity: Developing Your Creative Self was the most well attended session ever in the history of TechDays. This year, James Whittaker will close the conference in the afternoon October 24th with his talk on Future-Proofing Your Career: How to Thrive in a World of Ubiquitous Automation.  

Come and join the 10th anniversary of TechDays. A conference for inspiration, innovation, networking, upskilling and a lot more!

Future-Proofing Your Career: How to Thrive in a World of Ubiquitous Automation

This talk looks at the future world of AI from a uniquely human perspective and answers the question: How will the career economy work when humans are made redundant by AI. We look specifically for gaps in robotic dominance to find room for human intuition.  

We turn over every automated stone to find opportunities for lowly human ability. As we do this, a theme will emerge: humans have a key and crucial role to play, even in an economy of tireless, methodical machines.  

This talk is aimed at preparing you (and your children) to obtain the skills to thrive in the future world that is coming faster than any of us realize. 

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. James then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, and Cisco, specializing in test automation. He joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he established a prolific research and publication record in software testing and computer security. In 2002 his security work was spun out of the university into a startup which was later acquired by Raytheon.

James’ first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft and led the development of the Bing Information Platform and Cortana before becoming Microsoft’s first Distinguished Technical Evangelist. He is now teaching at MBA programs in England and the United States and keynoting conferences internationally.  

James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his eight books, two have been Jolt Award finalists and two are best-sellers. Follow him on Twitter @docjamesw and at his website