Technology Futurist, Innovation Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Telecoms Expert
Keynote speaker Shara Evans is internationally acknowledged as a cutting edge technology futurist, commentator, strategy advisor and thought leader
Shara is one of the industry’s leading commentators on telecommunications and technology issues, and is regularly sought by print, online, radio and television media, conference producers and clients to provide insight on a broad spectrum of issues.
Fusing an engineering background with an intuitive understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies, Shara is widely regarded as one of the world’s top female futurists, and is available to speak at your event.
Check out Shara’s dedicated futurist website for full length keynote speeches and a comprehensive future technologies blog, featuring in-depth interviews with top scientists and global thought leaders. Shara’s latest speeches are listed here.
Shara Evans is a globally acknowledged technologist, futurist, keynote speaker and opinion leader, as well as the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm that provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of emerging technologies. Under Shara’s leadership Market Clarity developed extensive databases, forecast models and geospatial tools for tracking and analysing the deployment Australian telecommunications infrastructure and services, allowing for the presentation of highly complex information in an intuitive geographic (map) format.
Shara’s latest research is the Future Tech series — based on ongoing interviews with thought leaders in research labs, vendor labs, telcos, futurists and others — covering a very wide range of topics, such as: new form factors for phones/devices, wearables, implantables, sensors, wireless technologies, holograms, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, home automation, the Internet of Things, robotics, drones, cars of the future, artificial intelligence, security and privacy, cloud services, and the next wave of innovation.
Shara has a long history of working with top scientific research organisations. She was a member of the CeNTIE (CSIRO Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy), Advisory Board from 2002 – 2007, as well as being an Advisor to the Director of the Networking Technologies Laboratory within CSIRO’s ICT Centre. Most recently she served as a member of the Expert Review Panel for the Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI), a collaborative research initiative by the CSIRO in partnership with NICTA, with foundation funding provided by the NSW Government.
In her Future Tech talks, Shara brings together the latest research lab innovations with her life-long passion for science and science fiction — and ties it into strategic insights for a wide range of industries.
Shara takes the time to work with you and your team to tailor her presentations to directly address the issues directly relevant to your company and industry.
The Future of Aged Care — Cutting Edge Technologies that will Improve Older Citizens’ Quality of Life
Gone are the days of computers that took up an entire room, brick-size mobiles and Walkman stereos, futurist Shara Evans will explore the cutting edge technologies that will improve the quality of life for our aging population. With ground breaking advancements in augmented reality, ingestible devices, smart homes, 3D printing of body parts and food, artificial intelligence and robots, Shara paints a picture of how these technologies will evolve over the next 10-years and beyond, where older Australians’ will harness the power of innovative technology to retain their independence for increasingly longer periods of time.
In this keynote speech, futurist Shara Evans explores the cutting edge technologies that will improve the quality of life for our aging population. Painting a picture of how these technologies will evolve over the next 10-years and beyond, Shara paints a compelling picture of the future, where older citizens harness the power of advanced technologies to retain their independence for increasingly longer periods of time.
Topics covered include:
- Augmented reality, virtual reality, facial recognition, voice interfaces, biometrics + 3D cameras — Enhancing the way we interface with our environment
- Wearable, Implantable and Ingestible Devices — Enablers for a new of Generation of Healthcare Services
- Smart Homes — How connecting to the Internet of Things will enable elderly citizens to stay home longer, and remain socially engaged
- Robots! Get ready for the robot assistant — everything from robot cleaning appliances, to beds that transform into wheelchairs, hair washing robots, personal trainers and even driverless cars will help elderly citizens stay mobile longer
- Mind controlled prosthetics — Opening up new opportunities for elderly patients with physical disabilities
- 3D Printing — In the not-too-distant future everything from spare parts to body parts will be printable on demand. Get ready for 3D printed orthotics, exoskeletons, bionic ears and much more!
- Artificial Intelligence / Digital Avatars – How smart software will assist aged care management
Health: Will Technology Let Us Live Forever?
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans talks about how the latest technology advances are likely to significantly disrupt the traditional model of providing healthcare and services. She’ll cover evolving topics such as new wearable sensors that can be used to provide ultra-individualized healthcare, technologies that will allow us to live longer and healthier, the convergence of biotech and ICT, and how nanotechnologies and augmentation of our bodies may change what it means to be human.
Cities of the Future
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans shares her vision of the “Cities of the Future” and the collaboration between government, industry, start-ups and researchers that will be required to create a future that we want to live in.
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 + 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.
Topics covered include:
- Smart Cities — Bringing infrastructure to life with sensors, IoT connections and robots
- Self Driving Cars + Cars of the Future
- The Drone Revolution — Will our cities have highways in the sky?
- Inside the Home of the Future — Connecting Gadgets, Appliances and Robots to the Internet of Things
Life in the Software-enabled World of Tomorrow
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans paints a vision of the future in a software enabled world, where Robots as a Service are offered by innovators in a range of industries, autonomous vehicles + drones communicate with each other and the cloud, where anything can be 3D printed on demand, and humans become increasingly integrated with the ‘net.
Unlocking the Future: Opportunities and Risks for the Telco Sector
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans paints a vision of the future in a software enabled world, where Robots as a Service are offered by innovators in a range of industries, and where autonomous vehicles + drones communicate with each other and the cloud.
Emerging technologies such as advanced wearables, sensors, augmented and virtual reality, and biometrics will generate massive amounts of data that can be leveraged into real-time context based information. As our cities and infrastructure comes alive, these applications will consume more and more bandwidth, and generate a range of new business opportunities. Will telcos take advantage of these trends by developing new, innovative services? Are there hidden risks for telcos? Find out more in this keynote session.
Investing for Tomorrow – Hot Industries of the Future
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans paints a picture of emerging technologies that will create the industries that will shape the world over the next 10-20 years, along with creating new investment and finance sector opportunities and disrupting the status quo. Topics include:
- The convergence of Nanotech, Biotech, Info Tech and Cognitive Science — Creating the world of tomorrow
- Automation — Understanding how Robotics and Artificial Intelligence will change the employment landscape, create new opportunities and industries, as well as raising huge challenges for businesses that don’t embrace disruption
- 3D Printing — Mass customisation, on-the-fly product fulfilment and exploring the potential of smart materials
- Combining Biotech and ICT — Will tomorrow’s programmers have degrees in computer science, chemistry and biology? What kinds of new products, services and industries will emerge?
- Nanotechnologies — Miniaturising our interface with the world: the latest research in medicine, electronics, and augmenting the human body
- The implications of living longer — Will retirement still be an option?
From SciFi to Boardroom Threat – Where the challenges lie in the digital future!
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans describes how emerging technologies can be leveraged by cybercriminals in new and inventive ways, including examples that may seem straight out of a science fiction movie, but are eminently do-able with technology available now or in the very near future.
By showing how and where sensitive business and personal information may be compromised in the future, from spying drones to connected cars to mobile apps, Shara will provide you with insights that will help you navigate the new world of ubiquitous connectivity and how these lessons can relate to securing your most valuable information.
Topics covered include:
- Current State of Play: Data Security, Hacking Targets, Privacy and Social Media – The bottom line impact of data breaches
- The Next Generation of Wearables: Augmented Reality, Facial Recognition, and over the horizon technologies
- Health Services + Embedded Technology
- Connecting to the Internet of Things
- Cities of the Future: Sensors, Next Generation Vehicles, Drones and Robots
- Artificial Intelligence: The next wave of Big Data, Expert Systems, Machine Learning and Digital Avatars
The Next Big Thing — Future Industries, Services and Products
There are an amazing number of new technologies on the horizon, which will create a world 10 years from now that may – in many ways – be unrecognizable, and in 20 years seem straight out of a SciFi movie.
Not only will these technologies change the way we live our lives, but they also have the potential to completely transform industries such as manufacturing, transport and logistics, healthcare, agriculture and many others. Along the way, they’ll create new investment opportunities, new product categories, completely new jobs, and disrupt business as usual.
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans explores emerging technologies and trends that will shape the world over the next 10 years. Topics covered include:
- Setting the Scene — The Current State of Play: Mobile Apps, Social Media, Hacking Targets, Wearables
- Augmented reality, facial recognition, voice interfaces, biometrics + 3D cameras — Changing the way we interface with our environment
- Wearable, Implantable and Ingestible Devices — Enablers for a new of Generation of Healthcare Services?
- 3D Printing — In the not-too-distant future everything from spare parts to body parts will be printable on demand
- Home automation — Connecting to the Internet of Things
- The next generation of shopping — The technologies underpinning mass customisation (will we still need shopping centres?)
- Sensor Networks — Instrumenting the Environment: A Key Enabler for Smart Cities
- Air, Land + Sea: Expect to see Robots everywhere!
- The Next Wave of Big Data — How Digital Avatars / AI will Transform Information Silos
By showing how cutting edge technology developments can be leveraged by a wide range of industries, as well as identifying increasing risks in the area of data security and privacy, Shara will provide you with insights that will help you navigate the new world of ubiquitous connectivity.
Disruptive Technologies — New Ways of Managing Risk
In this keynote speech technology futurist Shara Evans talks about the latest advances in automotive technology, and the flow-on impact to the economy, as well as the many new technologies that will impact the commercial property segment. Technologies like augmented reality, sensor networks, drones, robots and 3D printing provide many new ways of mitigating property risks, as well as creating brand new high value asset classes.
Disruptive Technologies — Implications for the Finance Industry
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans paints a picture of the FinTech disruptors that are already appearing on the market, as well as emerging technologies that will create or disrupt business across a wide range of industries, along with their potential for creating new investment and finance sector opportunities.
Topics covered include:
- FinTech State of Play — New Banking and Finance Options (P2P Lending, Robo-Advisors, Big Data Analytics), Crypto Currency, NFC (smart cards, digital wallets / phone payments, new form factors for ATM machines), FinTech Hubs
- Emerging Technologies — Profound changes in the way we live (augmented reality, virtual reality, holograms, 3D scanning, 3D facial recognition) — cross-industry impacts and opportunities
- 3D Printing set to shake up the supply chain — In the not-too-distant future everything from spare parts to body parts to houses will be printable on demand
- The next generation of shopping — The technologies underpinning mass customisation (will we still need shopping centres or retail stores?)
- Home automation — Connecting to the Internet of Things, Smart Appliances and Robot Shoppers set to make financial transactions
- Air, Land + Sea: Expect to see Robots everywhere! Examples include driverless cars (impact on financing, insurance, individual car ownership, car parks), drones popping up everywhere, and robots as a service
- Artificial Intelligence — In a world where Digital Avatars conduct transactions, what is the impact of automation on jobs?
Flying Robots – Friend or Foe?
In this fun talk, technology futurist Shara Evans presents her latest research on the use of flying robots (aka drones), looking at both the incredible benefits and challenges we face as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) take to the sky.
Topics covered include:
- Industrial use of drones: mining, agriculture, surveying, healthcare
- Massive disruption coming to the transport and logistics industries
- Whimsical uses of flying robot technology
- The Yin and Yang of video camera equipped drones
- Safety issues: What can go wrong?
3D Printing: A Truly Disruptive Technology
3D printing is set to disrupt business as usual across a wide range of industries. Rather than shipping and storing spare parts in depots around the world, vendors and manufacturers will soon be printing parts on demand. Shipping complex CAD files around, rather than parts, will require both network capacity and high-speeds, as well as security measures to protect valuable intellectual property. Could 3D printing be the “killer app” for the telecom networks?
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans describes a wide range of 3D printing applications — many of which are already available, along with a futuristic look at food production, organ printing, DNA modification, robots and the potential for mass customisation.
Technology: A Double-edged Sword
In this keynote speech, futurist Shara Evans discussing the amazing potential of the latest technological innovations, along with cautionary concerns about security, privacy, ethics. Will early adopters be on their way to becoming super-human? Are we about to see the emergence of a new species, what Shara calls “homo-technica”?
Emerging Technologies: New Data Sets to Interpret and Monetize
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans paints a picture of the emerging technologies that will shape the world over the next 10-20 years, along the way creating new investment opportunities, as well as huge new data sets that can be used to increase our understanding of real world situations. The analysis and real-time interpretation of this data tsunami will present both challenges and opportunities — opening up new ways to make money, save money or solve a problem.
Some of the concepts that Shara will explore in her speech include:
- Emerging technologies such as advanced wearables, augmented and virtual reality, and biometrics — all of which will generate massive amounts of data that can be leveraged into real-time context based information.
- Smart Cities — Bringing infrastructure to life with sensors, IoT connections and robots
- Self Driving Cars + Cars of the Future — Exploring the latest in automotive technologies, robot vision, vehicle sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, along with the ripple effect driverless cars will have on the economy
- The Drone Revolution — looking at both the incredible benefits and challenges we face as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) take to the skies with high definition cameras and sensors. Will our cities have highways in the sky?
- The Next Wave of Big Data — How Artificial Intelligence will transform information silos, perform advanced voice recognition, facial recognition and emotion detection
- A Look Into the Future — How the convergence of biotech, ICT, nanotechnologies and augmentation of our bodies may change what it means to be human.
Join Shara for a ride into the future where humans are increasingly integrated with the ‘net.
Privacy: Will it be gone forever? What every Company Director, Executive, Business Owner and Consumer needs to know
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans spills the beans on some very disturbing trends that will impact every business and consumer. Namely, there are a range of emerging technologies and business practices that are impacting our privacy, as well as increasing the risk of security breaches — including identity theft.
For instance, we’re glued to our smartphones, and putting more and more financial information on them. But, have you considered whether or not your phone is really secure? Or, how apps might use your information? By collecting big data about individuals, are governments and corporations putting us at risk? Are companies exposing themselves to massive revenue loss because of data breaches?
Technologies like facial recognition, emotion recognition, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, drones, robots and the Internet of Things will radically change our world over the coming decade, but will these same technologies open up new attack vectors for cyber criminals?
Shara also talks about the future of humanity, and how nanotechnologies and augmentation of our bodies may change what it means to be human, and along the way destroy our privacy forever.
By showing how and where your sensitive business and personal information may be compromised, Shara will raise your risk awareness and provide you with insights that will help you navigate the brave new world of ubiquitous connectivity.
We’re Losing Our Privacy — It’s Time To Do Something About It
Future Tech: Your Roadmap To New Opportunities
Wearable, implantable and ingestible devices, massive changes in the automotive sector, sensor networks, new form factors for phones and tablets, home automation, drones, the Internet of Things, cloud services, security and privacy, and the latest telecom technologies may seem loosely connected.
But if you look more closely, you’ll see a common pattern of communications technologies underpinning new markets, along with new service and product segments targeted at both consumer and business customers. Future service opportunities are already unfolding, you just need to know where to look.
One way to do so comes from spotting technologies and trends early, and translating them in to viable business strategies.
Future Tech is your roadmap to understanding and accessing the growth potential of tomorrow’s world. In this talk Shara describes:
- The technologies and trends that are creating new service and product markets
- Leading edge innovation in transport and logistics, whitegoods, agriculture, and many other industries that require ubiquitous communications networks
- Six new service sectors that any company offering telecom-related services should consider
- Consumer and technology trends that will be essential for the global growth of your business
- Cutting edge research on the wide range of gadgets, technologies, and trends that will impact telecom services (and everyone that uses these services).
Available as a high impact 30-60 minute keynote or a half-day workshop with interactive facilitated discussion, Shara’s Future Tech talks provide insights into the technologies that are shaping new service sectors, and how these emerging trends will effect businesses and consumers.
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.
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans explores emerging technologies and trends that will shape leisure and business travel in the year 2025. 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 2025 — 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?
Emerging Technologies — Challenges and Opportunities for the Public Sector
In this keynote speech, technology futurist Shara Evans describes an amazing array of emerging technologies, and how they will pose both opportunities and challenges for the public sector. Emerging technologies will create industries that will shape the world over the next 10-20 years, along with creating new opportunities to integrate disparate datasets – coming from many different sources.
Geospatial datasets underpin this brave new world of robotics and smart cities, and can be augmented with sensor data and advanced AI-based image recognition. Challenges and opportunities for the public sector include breaking down silos between departments, balancing open data and privacy, public / private collaboration, leveraging technology advances, and understanding the implications of technology on the future tax base.
Technology topics covered in this speech include:
- Technology Mega-Trends — An intro to the world of emerging technologies (augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D visualisation, biometrics and the Internet of Things)
- Smart Cities — Bringing infrastructure to life with sensors, IoT connections, robots and drones
- Self Driving Cars + Cars of the Future — Exploring the latest in automotive technologies, as well as the ripple effect driverless cars will have on the economy
- The Next Wave of Big Data — How Artificial Intelligence will transform information silos, perform advanced voice recognition, facial + object recognition, and emotion detection.
By showing how cutting edge technology developments can be leveraged to provide a new generation of government services, as well as identifying increasing risks in the area of data security and privacy, Shara will provide you with insights that will help you navigate the new world of ubiquitous connectivity.
The Next Wave of Mobility — Integrated Mobile Connectivity in Everything
In this talk, leading telecoms futurist Shara Evans explains how the emerging Internet of Everything provides new opportunities for enterprise mobility, as well as enabling completely new lines of business. For example:
- Radio chips embedded into everything will enable a phone or tablet to remotely access parameters like temperature, humidity or flow rate to control a wide range of processes and devices — ranging from simple consumer gadgets to complex machinery or scientific instruments.
- Completely change the way that asset management is done using a combination of embedded GPS chips, RFID tags and mobile SIM cards.
- Reduce field staff site visits by remote evaluating (or diagnosing and fixing) equipment before the first truck roll — and where required, arriving onsite with the correct parts.
- How wearable, implantable and ingestible devices are set to revolutionise the health care industry, opening new business opportunities such as remote patient monitoring.
Along with amazing opportunities, the Internet of Everything also comes with increasing risks in the area of data security and privacy — from an expanding number of attack vectors — a topic also explored in this talk.
Shara has a proven track record for accurately predicting the impact of emerging technologies.
In this prescient video from 2011 (at the NetEvents APAC Press Summit in Langkawi, Malaysia), Shara described four mobile trends that she saw shaping the near-term future of mobile apps and services:
- Location-based services — now used by thousands of apps
- Integration with cloud services — now part of mobile operating systems
- Easy access to social networks — such as signing into apps with Facebook
- The impact of front and back cameras in mobile devices — feeding the huge growth of YouTube content
This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to learn how your business can leverage ubiquitous mobile connectivity, Shara’s “Next Wave of Mobility” is must-see talk.
Measuring Mobile Network Performance
One of the major focus areas of Shara’s research in 2013 was mobile broadband network performance measurement, and in particular the power of crowd sourcing performance tests in an automated manner.
This talk explores the ways in which consumers gain information about mobile network performance and coverage, examines the factors that impact mobile performance, and the challenges affiliated with representing results, which are highly influenced by transient events.
Shara then discusses the role that mobile speed test apps and crowdsourcing initiatives can play in measuring mobile broadband performance, and provides an analysis of how the features and methodologies of eight major speed test applications compare and contrast.
Lastly, Shara provides a brief review of the US Government’s Broadband Mapping Program; and some closing thoughts on lessons for Australia.
In November 2013, The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) convened a Mobile Network Performance Forum. Shara was invited to present a paper on “Mobile apps as one possible solution” for measuring mobile network performance.
This video was filmed by the ACMA as part of their live webcast of the Forum, and Shara is introduced by Rosemary Sinclair, ACMA Member and CEO of Immediate Solutions.
Inspiring Women in Technology — The Role of Mentors in Fast-Tracking Your Career
In this talk, Shara shares her personal story — her journey from a newly minted university graduate with a bachelors degree in Political Science to following her new found passion for technology, software engineering and designing telecommunications protocols. Rising through the technical ranks to become a lead software architect, and having fabulous business mentors who encouraged her to become involved in international computer associations. Sharing the triumphs, trials and tribulations along the way, Shara will talk about her path to founding and running two successful professional services firms, the first of which (Telsyte) she sold to publicly-listed UXC. She also talks about her recent transition to becoming an internationally known futurist and keynote speaker, and the mentors she’s surrounded herself with to make this a reality.
A list of Shara’s public speeches can viewed here.
“Shara Evans has now delivered two keynote plenary presentations at CeBIT in 2015 & 2016. Shara’s 2016 session on “CyberCrime: From SciFi to boardroom threat – Where the challenges lie in the digital future” was fantastic. We had excellent feedback from our delegates and media representatives. Shara is a valued participant in CeBIT proceedings having also delivered a superb keynote in 2015 on the implications of drone technology “Flying Robots: Friends or Foe” which received wide coverage by mainstream media. Shara is easy to work with, and is happy to tailor her presentations to our exact requirements. I’d highly recommend Shara as a keynote speaker for any technology themed event.”
— Bruce Ewan, Project Director – CeBIT, Hannover Fairs Australia
“I have worked with Shara for many years on our annual industry events where she has participated as a expert speaker and chair. I have always found Shara to be most professionally competent and personally charming, as well as liked and appreciated by our hundreds of client delegates. She has been a key driver of the success of our events”
— Grahame Lynch, Founder and Managing Director, CommsDay
“Shara’s vast network of industry and enterprise contacts, coupled with her technical knowledge, was incredibly useful throughout CSIRO’s CeNTIE project – which introduced very high speed fibre-based broadband to Australia. Shara was also instrumental in publicising CeNTIE’s work through her speaking engagements, publications and client assignments.”
— Dr Terence Percival, Director Broadband and the Digital Economy Business team, NICTA former Chief Research Scientist (Telecommunications) at the CSIRO, and co-inventor of WiFi
“As Founder and Managing Director of Internode, I worked with Shara and the Market Clarity team on wide range of projects over the course of many years. Shara is always a pleasure to work with, and has a long-standing track record of bringing innovative new research to the Australian telecoms community.”
— Simon Hackett, Founder of Internode, Non-Executive Board Member at NBN Co Limited
“Shara’s warm personality and engaging speaking style is an asset to any event and FirstPath would gladly recommend her to host or MC. Her deep understanding of the evolving Telco marketplace and strategy is equally impressive and adds to the occasion.”
— Stephen Carter, Director, FirstPath
“I engaged Shara to speak at the ACMA’s Mobile Network Performance Forum at Melbourne’s Federation Square in November 2013. Shara is an engaging speaker and her presentation truly informed the discussion on the day.”
— Darren McClelland, Project Manager, Australian Communications and Media Authority
“Whilst attending an investment briefing with both investment bankers and VC members, there was a need for strong and insightful telecommunications industry information that provided solid facts on the competitive arena and where the technology trend is moving to. From fourteen people in the room, four mentioned Shara Evans and she was additionally supported by five others. I was intrigued to find Shara’s work and meet her. I was impressed with the great work that Shara and her company – Market Clarity – provide. They have a substantial edge on anything else available that I have come across both here and many years abroad.”
— Chris Lira, Finance & Business Professional
“We’ve been working with Shara Evans for about ten years now, and I’ve seen her speak over many years at many conferences. Her predictions about what’s happening in the future have been spot-on on so many occasions. Shara is now a futurist specialising in telecommunications and technology, and we’re proud to be able to work with her.”
— Skeeve Stevens, CEO and Founder, eintellego Networks
“I’ve known Shara for many, many years. I’ve seen her present at numerous conferences. I’ve seen her emcee and run various conferences, and in my mind there is no one better that could run a conference and help keep it running smoothly, talk knowledgeably with all of the presenters, and always ask intelligent questions when the audience can’t seem to think of one.”
— Paul Brooks, Head of Network Architecture and Technology, Trident Subsea Cables
“Shara, thanks a lot for today. It was a great session and I’ll share some of your insights and thought-starters with the marketing team here at amaysim. I’ll definitely be showing people the Netflix video!”
— Ged Mansour, Head of PR & Social Media, amaysim Australia
“A well presented and in-depth explanation of conducted research into future technologies.”
— Ray Larkin, General Manager – Telecommunications, BSA
“Shara has showcased the future in an interesting and concise seminar that has opened my eyes to a world of opportunity.”
— Tony Paul, Principal, PicoNet Consulting
“Great! All should come and listen.”
— Mike Elliott, Account Director, STEP Electronics -Communications & Mobility Group. Hills Holdings
“A realistic ‘here and now’ presentation for business and the end-user. Shara is an excellent presenter, clear, precise and engaging. The presentation had excellent content.”
— Beth Mackenzie, Business Development Manager, National Infrastructure Services
“Shara left me feeling inspired and thinking the future is bright.”
— Kasia Gospos, Senior Commercial Analyst, Vocus + CEO, Leaders in Heels
“Excellent and worth attending with many interesting insights.”
— Martyn Taylor, Partner / Head of Telecoms Group (Asia-Pacific), Norton Rose Fulbright
“Very well researched and well presented session. Shara hit all the key future opportunities for IOT and definitely got the room thinking.”
— Anthony Stewart, Practice Manager M2M, Optus
“Shara draws on extensive research to present an interesting overview of the latest technology innovations. She draws together the threads of different technology streams to provide valuable insight into the future impact of technology on various industries. Informative and entertaining.”
— Robyn Elliott, Former CIO, Foxtel + Non-Executive Company Director
“We asked Shara to present to our quarterly Creator Tech Industry Dinner, on a subject of her choosing. Her talk was which was entitled “Flying Robots – Friend or Foe” was thoroughly engaging, well researched and perfectly targeted, to our select group.”
— Frank Zeichner, Director, Creator Tech
“Thank you for your talk at the ICT Trends 2014 – Celebrating the Technology of Tomorrow event. Your presentation was absolutely brilliant, interesting and engaging. I actually heard gasps in the audience they were so engaged:) Lots of verbal feedback around the preso as well, and as you probably saw our Twitter feed went wild today — although I think during your presentation people were trying to keep up/peel their jaws off the table let alone look at their phones:) Thanks again and I really look forward to the next one!”
— Valeria Ignatieva, Events Lead at Females in IT & Telecommunications (FITT)
“Your presentation at the ICT Trends 2014 – Celebrating the Technology of Tomorrow event was fantastic (very thought provoking and engaging). The guests I brought along today loved it.”
— Sasha Jensen, State Manager – NSW, Launch Recruitment
“Shara Evans is the modern day Melisandre, high priestess of tech. Fantastic presso! Feeling frightened but excited about future!”
— Leigh Angus, Director, Industry and Investment at NICTA and Co-founder at www.jnrengineers.com
“The speaker series provided in Australia by The Data Warehouse Institute offers our members a range of topics to cater to their diverse interests and specialisations. In light of growing interest and demand for insights into data privacy and emerging technologies we approached Shara about a speaking engagement to cover the topic from an Australian and international perspective. Shara’s session was a resounding success. She is one of the best presenters we have ever had, drawing on real experience and examples with high quality presentation materials and a fantastic speaking style. Shara’s deep knowledge of a broad range of topics was very impressive and she really engaged our members in an interesting and challenging session. I would very highly recommend Shara as a keynote speaker for similar events.”
— Jo Gurry, President, The Data Warehouse Institute (Australian Chapter)
“Shara tailored her content/expertise to our audience and it was a perfect fit! She put so much effort into her presentation and it truly showed off.”
— Dr Catherine Rymsha, Program Manager, PCI Security Standards Council Asia-Pacific Community Meeting
“ACCAN invited Shara Evans to facilitate a session at our last Annual Conference in September 2014. The aim of the session was to update the audience of consumer representatives, telecommunications industry delegates, bureaucrats, academics, media and others about the progress of major infrastructure projects such as the NBN and the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spots Programme. The session consisted of two presentations, followed by a facilitated discussion including questions from the floor. There was some sensitivity amongst some of the speakers at potential hostility from the audience.
Shara navigated the potential difficulties with great competence and skill. She kept the flow of the session at a lively pace, added relevant questions as appropriate, put the panellists at ease, while allowing for plenty of audience participation. Feedback from panellists and the audience was very positive — in fact in a post-conference delegate survey this session scored amongst the highest in terms of it being the most interesting and enjoyable.
Shara has a strong understanding of the telecommunications sector so had a sound grasp of the context. She has a polite and courteous manner but is prepared to tackle more difficult issues. She was easy and professional to deal with leading up to the event, and we were very pleased with the way the session turned out. I have no hesitation in recommending Shara for future roles of this nature.”
— Una Lawrence, ACCAN, Director of Policy
“Shara provided a thought provoking and challenging presentation. She is a skilled presenter and clearly an expert in her chosen field.”
— Michael Krasny, Exec Manager Strategic Projects at Commonwealth Bank Group
“Fantastic presentation. It is always so refreshing to listen to a speaker who is really informative and entertaining.”
— Alison Macfie, Marketing Manager, BusinessMinds Australia
“Shara obviously knows her space extremely well, and is a world authority on this changing landscape.”
— Julian Day, CEO, Consensus
“I found it to be a very thought provoking and interesting presentation that makes you think about our daily lives, but also the career and business opportunities of the future.”
— Kylie Bullock, Senior Manager, Customer Performance Research & Insights, IAG
“Shara gave a great talk that was interesting, entertaining and eye opening. You should go and hear her talk about the future.”
— Chris, Attorney-General’s Department
“I suggest privacy being put on the agenda of every CIO/CTO of every company out there.”
— Emily Gao, Data Architect, Commonwealth Bank Group
“I had the pleasure of working with Shara at the Australia Finance Conference, an annual student run conference for students from universities all over Sydney. Shara was very gracious to volunteer her time to be the opening keynote speaker and educate students about emerging technology and its impact on the financial industry. She was eager to share her expert insights in the technology industry, and spoke passionately at the conference.
Her preparation and attention to detail was impeccable. Shara understood the student body and engaged them throughout her keynote. We received a great deal of verbal feedback praising Shara and her keynote speech. Many students were eager to speak to Shara after the conference, and she kindly returned for our networking evening to answer their queries.
Shara has been an honour and joy to work with. She has played a key role in the success of this year’s conference and we would love to work with her again in the future.”
— Vivien Chau, Co-President, Australia Finance Conference (AUSFIC) 2015
“I have hosted a number of events where Shara has presented and she has always delivered an engaging and thought provoking talk. Her talk at the Australian Computer Society on the current and future impact of drone technology on our society was extremely well received.
Shara is an expert both in her field and as a speaker. I know I can rely on her for advice and, when organising an event, a professional who is reliable and will deliver.”
— Tristan Gutsche, Project Solution Architect at Stockland and Special Interest Group Convener, Australian Computer Society (ACS)
“A very dynamic and motivated presentation, inviting creative thought into the possibilities of flying robots large or small.”
— Ken Cregan, Cregan Consult
“A very interesting and scary topic (Flying Robots — Friend or Foe)”
— Mui Lee, Test Analyst, Suncorp
“The Fraud and Cyber Crime Group, State Crime Command were very privileged to have futurist Shara Evans as a keynote speaker at our Fraud, Cyber and Identity Crime symposium “Triumph Through a Changing World” at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sanctuary Cove, Australia. Shara has a deep understanding of the global landscape and an intuitive ability to identify where technology will lead us in the future. Her thought provoking presentation gave organisations a valuable insight of the future benefits, risks and threats they face as the impact filters through all levels of society. Shara’s captivating presentation was an event highlight and the impetus for discovery, learning and adapting by the delegates as they participated through the symposium.”
— Kylie Rigg, Senior Sergeant and Senior Operational Support Officer, Queensland Police, State Crime Command Fraud and Cyber Crime Group
“Shara’s opening keynote was a fantastic kick-off for our Fraud Focus Group Forum. Her insights into emerging technology trends and future cybercrime threat vectors set the scene for a great event. We received excellent feedback from our clients, who found Shara’s presentation extremely thought provoking.”
— Chris Timmer-Arends, Product Manager – Fraud, Veda
“My first encounter with Shara was in the mid-1990s, through my consulting with CSIRO. By 1999 she and I, together with Dennis Cooper, constituted the Steering Committee for CSIRO’s Center for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy (CeNTIE). When Dennis took over running the project in 2003, Shara and I made up the Steering Committee ourselves. I sure enjoyed that. I had long looked to Shara for keen insight as an industry analyst in networking and telecoms. When we got to work closely together steering this program her expansive knowledge provided valuable context to guide the program to maximum relevance. She helped the projects avoid dead ends by pointing out where others had gone before, either successfully or unsuccessfully, and identified gaps where the projects could make a difference. Her feedback was methodical and well documented, and she delivered it in a constructive and inspirational manner. She was always open to my ideas and often asked for my opinions and the Silicon Valley slant. I was sad when the program came to its conclusion in 2006 but I have kept in touch with Shara ever since. I read her newsletters and learn from them things I did not even know I was ignorant about.
Now, as a futurist, Shara demonstrates an uncanny grasp of a broad range of technology (her technical background proving to be an essential asset) along with an understanding of society and its capabilities to absorb new technologies. In 2015 some colleagues at CSIRO/NICTA/Data61 and UNSW and I organized a symposium on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in Sydney, called SDN Down Under, and Shara was one of the first speakers we recruited. Her talk centered on smart cities, which are widely enabled by SDN, but her focus was on how we as urban residents will experience and benefit (or otherwise) from what smart cities can bring us. Some of the ideas were shockingly novel, but not far-fetched. That evening, at the symposium dinner, Shara’s presentation dominated the conversation. Shara does her homework, is meticulously prepared, and speaks with conviction and credibility. I felt privileged that she agreed to speak at the symposium, and she raised its take-home value for attendees. Absolutely first-rate.”
— Dr Dan Pitt, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation, Palo Alto
“Fabulous presentation! I’m now completely terrified of someone stealing my identity! You had a great message, to always consider the security of new technologies and we loved all the examples and case studies that you used.”
— Laura Valentine, Account Manager, Zadro (Official PR Partner for CeBIT 2016)
“I absolutely love that Shara Evans discusses security and emerging technology using the DC Comics TV shows as examples! She truly speaks my language! More speakers should take her example on this. There’ll be a few more references in my own talks now!”
— Patrick Catanzariti, Founder, Dev Diner
“Shara Evans provided an extremely insightful keynote presentation at the official launch of Queensland Privacy Awareness Week 2016. Shara captured the audience’s attention and held it the entire time by using real world examples with a taste of what the future holds of the challenges and risks facing governments and citizens. Shara’s presentation style is engaging and very easy to listen to. The Office of the Information Commissioner received feedback from attendees, indicating the event was highly effective. One attendee emailed, ‘My colleague and I attended the Privacy Week Launch this morning it was both startling and informative, the keynote speaker was absolutely fantastic’.”
— Rachael Rangihaeata, Information Commissioner and Phil Green, Privacy Commissioner – Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland
“Thank you for your presentation at the recent Avaya event in Melbourne. I enjoyed your view out to 2050.”
— Wayne Shaw, Owner, Comlinx
“I was completely inspired and energised by Shara Evans at the InfoComm International Women of InfoComm Network Group. Shara shared her story and engaged a room full of both men and women, discussing the role mentors play in fast-tracking your career. Shara was both engaging and inspirational.”
— Yasmin Grigaliunas, AV Technology (avt)
“Shara was a guest panelist at a recent event I co-organised to celebrate the launch of a new book on Robots and Art. This public discussion on the theme of robotics was aimed at bringing in to attention the latest trends, implications and directions of robotics by a number of experts. I was impressed by Shara’s broad understanding of the field and the topic, and was very appreciative of the consumer focused, futuristic perspective she brought to the discussion. Her contributions to the discussion certainly helped keep the conversation lively and enjoyable to a well attended crowd.”
— Damith Herath, Roboticist, University of Canberra and Robological
“I had the pleasure of meeting Shara at one of her keynote speeches. From the first moment I was captivated by her metal preparation and attention to detail before she was about to approach the stage. Once onstage she was full of energy and vibrant, talking about an amazing set of new opportunities that are a reality now, and could be gold mines for leaders / visionaries if actions are taken. I was so impressed that I invited her to a one-on-one meeting. Once again I was fascinated by her business insight and magnetic personality. In a few minutes she gave me valuable personal and business advice that I am now pursuing. I would recommend and work with Shara in the blink of an eye, any minute. She is a lovely lady, full of beauty and passion for a better future world.”
— Rafael Montano, Senior PM, Westpac Group
“I attended the annual CGU Benchmark Awards on Thursday 1 Sep 16 in Sydney (Cleanaway was a proud winner!), and the keynote speaker was Technology Futurist, Shara Evans. Shara introduced herself to our little group before the event and within few minutes, we were all looking forward to hearing her speak; Shara is engaging and knowledgeable, and the remarkable technological insights she provided were captivating. I’m quite sure that most, if not all, people present left the awards ceremony with minds blown! Shara has been ahead of the curve her entire working life, and in the sci-fi movie field of technology, that is something in itself. We were all speaking to everyone we came across for the next 2 days about her keynote address. Commendable.”
— Jason Swemmer, Head of Audit & Risk at Cleanaway Waste Management Limited
“Just wanted to extend my thanks to you for attending and speaking at the Benchmark Awards last Thursday. You were so easy to work with in the lead up to the event and took the time to tailor your content to our audience. I have had many glowing reports on how you were the best speaker that we have ever had and even had one request from a broker for your details to be sent through. Thanks for everything and I look forward to working with you soon.”
— Samantha Seeto, Marketing Specialist – Event Solutions, CGU
“I heard Shara’s excellent and very insightful presentation at the Queensland Police Fraud and Cyber Crime Symposium 2016 held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Shara demonstrated a clear grasp of the global technology landscape, with penetrating insights into the major emerging technology trends. Her pattern of thoughts provided the audience with insights on how to leverage these emerging trends to their advantage, along with the risks and rewards that come with them. Shara’s presentation anchored a solid foundation stimulus and served as a compass for participants to navigate their learning and discovery journey throughout the Symposium.”
— Andrew Koh, Deputy Chief Manager, Risk Management, China Construction Bank