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Josh Klein

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Professional hacker and IT Security consultant on a mission to promote creativity and innovation in organizations

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Josh is not only a hacker of work; he’s a hacker of speaking. He ignores conventions that suck energy out of a room and turn listeners to zombies. He opens eyes. He boggles minds. He doesn’t just tippy toe up to the edge, he hits it going 100 miles an hour. Hire this deviant to speak to your group. I dare you.

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Hacking is often associated with something negative. Keynote speaker Joshua Klein successfully emphasizes the positive definition and outcomes of hacking. By taking apart and redesigning systems, hardware, instutions, etc he shows how hacking can be used to re-use or redesign a system to create new and surperior results and opportunities. Hacking can actually help your organization.

“Josh Klein is the quintessential hacker – a cross-disciplinary, pattern recognizing polymath who takes his greatest joy from combining the unexpected and seeing the result work in new and better ways.”

Speaker Josh Klein is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks everything. His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behavior, and many more. Josh knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations, or hacking; a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community.

Speaker Josh Klein started as a technology hacker in his parent’s basement and ended up working with leaders at the upper echelon of business, government, and internet security. Along the way, it became clear that a tipping point in new technology was changing commerce as we knew it in a myriad of ways.

From black market economies to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, from the radical departures in exchange and marketing enabled by Big Data to the as-yet-unrealized impact of 3D printing and the Internet of Things, Josh has specialized in translating technology insights into actionable strategies for business leaders.

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CYBERSECURITY - IT’S PEOPLE!

Cybersecurity has evolved from lone wolves duking it out in sparse online forums to massively parallel cyber industrial complexes manned by nation-states. As our attack surfaces shifted from individual servers to cloud infrastructures, from zero-day one-offs to massively
sophisticated media ecologies, corporations became the sacrificial lambs.

The reason for this is people. Because the arms race between state actors has driven the speed and scale of cyberattacks to unprecedented new heights, increasingly the easiest way “in” is the soft squishy middle – the human element.

Audience takeaways:

  • Come learn how evolving AI and analytical engines are producing insights into human manipulation at an incredible new level.
  • Speaker Josh Klein walks you through the frightening – and myriad – ways in which corporations, countries, and common thieves are exploiting your very nature to change your behavior and steal your stuff.
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THE END OF THE GREAT STAGNATION

Drawing on his personal experiences on the front lines of E-Commerce, Mobile, and Cloud Computing as they emerged, Josh Klein walks your audience through key identifiers of transformative tech.

Audience takeaways:

  • By providing a framework for spotting trends, identifying opportunities, and shaping strategy, listeners will emerge vastly better prepared to make astute choices around emerging technology going forward.
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THE FUTURE OF WORK

The pandemic compressed a decade’s worth of technology adoption into one short year, and nowhere has that been felt more keenly than at work – or home, depending on what you call it. As white-collar workers discover the benefits and costs of working from home
the majority of businesses are trying to reconcile what will be needed to keep them employed, satisfied, and growing.

Moreover, the question still remains of how best to take advantage of the increased flexibility and reach a distributed workforce might represent.

Audience takeaways:

  • Join Josh as he surfaces examples of how different technologies have prompted adaptation in the past and how they compare with the changes we’re working through today.
  • In creating a model for change, your listeners will be armed with a framework for forecasting, not just the threats, but also the opportunities unique to each organization.
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Normally I’m not captured by many keynotes but your presentation was awesome… and very scary. My attendees LOVED it! You were the talk of the conference. Thank you

Steven Stout

Organizer, HITEC

Josh Klein takes you on a journey that helps you escape the confines of traditional thinking and explore new ways of doing things that help you achieve results quicker and smarter.”

Marilyn Williams

Partnership Development Manager, Best Buy

Josh Klein is a natural born storyteller with a real knack for capturing -- and keeping -- an audience engaged. Authentic and irreverent, it’s always a pleasure to see Josh on stage

Melissa Withers

Executive Director, Business Innovation Factory

My brain is still splattered against the wall from this morning.

Nikole Yinge

Producer, Bloomberg TV
10.13.2014

Interview with Josh Klein

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

If it’s my presentation on cybersecurity, I hope it’s that they now realize that with a few manageable steps they can do an enormous amount to protect themselves. If it’s my presentation on innovation, I hope it’s that they realize it’s not only worth it, but is imperative to pursue their passions in order to succeed.

How are your keynotes unique?

Not many people have consulted on IT Security for the US State Department and emerged with their sense of humor intact. Translating deep technology concepts in a way that leaves you able to share them with your Mom sets my talks apart. I try to arm those of us that don’t do deep packet inspection of darknet traffic for fun (that’s an internet thing) with the ability to understand the capabilities and limitations of, and then to act on, new and emerging technologies.

How did you become a hacker?

When I was 11 a friend of mine showed me how to steal a pirated video game from a local university network. Once we’d played for a few hours he deleted the game and told me that if I wanted to finish it I’d have to figure out how to go get it myself. 18 hours later I had the game, but never did play it – it turns out figuring out how to get it was so very much more fun.

What are your thoughts on ‘destructive hackers’?

If by “destructive” you mean “malicious” I don’t much like them – being mean nets short term gains but never adds up to mutually beneficial actions in the long term. If by “destructive” you mean taking things apart to understand how things work so we can make them better, well, that’s what human beings are made for.

Can you give 3 tips for companies who wish to increase innovation and creativity?

  • 1.  Make it comfortable – and an avenue for advancement – for your employees to suggest improvements.
  • 2.   Accept that your business model is 3-5 years from failing due to some unknown outlier, and plan for pivots to accommodate.
  • 3.  Regularly bring in outside thinking. Bureaucracy is the plaque on your company’s sharp teeth, and if you don’t keep it off with regular infusions of insight and challenge you’ll be chewing toothless in no time.

What is the best experience you have had as a keynote speaker?

I gave a talk on my last book, Hacking Work (www.hackingwork.com) in Canada a year or so ago. At the end of the talk one gentleman waited in line to talk with me, and told me rather respectfully that he thought I was full of crap. He thought what I was suggesting was disrespectful to the trust relationship between employer and employee, and pointed out he’d been working for the same company for 26 years.

Two months later he emailed me and explained that a week after my talk – and two weeks before he was due to retire – his company had fired him in order to avoid having to pay his pension. After he’d gotten over the shock, he bought my book and implemented a bunch of the strategies, and eventually got hired at another company doing work he’d always dreamt of doing. Knowing that my work had helped someone not only cope with a betrayal like that but come out thriving made every bit of blood sweat and tears I put into it entirely worthwhile.

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5 out of 5 stars

Josh is not only a hacker of work; he’s a hacker of speaking. He ignores conventions that suck energy out of a room and turn listeners to zombies. He opens eyes. He boggles minds. He doesn’t just tippy toe up to the edge, he hits it going 100 miles an hour. Hire this deviant to speak to your group. I dare you.

Jim Ericson, founder, The Masters Forum See all references

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