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Here’s to a little bit of everything at Society Summit

For a week in November, Dublin will be the tech capital of the world – Be there.

Code, Data, Design & Marketing are some of the better-known of the 21 Summits at Web Summit. One of the lesser-known, but incredibly interesting Summits is Society Summit. This Summit will bring a new depth of thought about the long-term future of the internet, technology and societal problems. Today we take a look at the intriguing & eclectic mix of speakers who will take to the stage at Society Summit.

Dan Brown – Author – The Da Vinci Code

Dan has sold over 200 million books, had his work translated into 52 languages, and is perhaps best known for his 2003 bestseller The Da Vinci Code.

Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor and Audrey Tautou have brought his characters to life in the blockbuster adaptations of Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code.

Dan’s 1998 novel Digital Fortress looked at the issue of governments spying on private citizen’s electronically-stored data. The book is based on cryptography’s history, and the novel’s antagonist is former NSA employee who – angered at the organisation’s intrusion into people’s private lives – goes rogue.

Nell Watson – Futurist – Singularity University

In 2010 Nell founded Poikos, the “Instagram for body measurement”. Nell’s patented technology “dematerialises” the 3D body scanner by providing accurate 3D scans of the body with only 2D camera hardware such as that found within smartphones or laptops. This may then be applied to a range of markets, such as fashion, mass customisation, and health.

Jamila Abass – Co-Founder & CEO, M-Farm

Coming to Dublin all the way from Kenya Jamila has an incredible story to tell. She is helping farmers trapped in subsistence agriculture move into commercial farming by leveraging available mobile technology to provide needed real-time information and incentivise collective action.

Jamila’s intervention links farmers to markets and creates an ecosystem of knowledge exchange, aggregation, and opportunity spotting that shifts them into productive commercial farming.

Thus, Jamila is creating a path out of poverty for these farmers and enabling them to meet the growing demands for produce across the region.

Jamila Abass Final

Marie Kondo – Author

Marie is a Japanese author who has written four books on organising which have sold more than two million copies and been translated into Korean, Chinese, French, German, and English. In particular, her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has been published in more than 30 countries. It was a best seller in Japan and in Europe and was published in the United States in 2014.

She was listed as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2015.


Also confirmed to speak:

Kevin O’Malley – US Ambassador to Ireland

Mary Aiken – Producer – CSI:Cyber

Rahul Chopra – CEO – Storyful

Chris Fabian – Senior Advisor on Innovation – Unicef

Emily O’Reilly – European Ombudsman

Anna Dickson – Director of Photography – Wall Street Journal

Sabrina Kay – Chancellor & CEO – Fremont College

Helen Dixon – Data Protection Commissioner

Scott Harrison – Founder – charity: water

Ismail Ahmed – Founder – WorldRemit

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