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Futurist and strategist on big data and blockchain


Dr Mark van Rijmenam

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Big data expert, top 10 big data influencer, and speaker on the impact of the future on businesses and organisations

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Keynote speaker Mark van Rijmenam is a recognized global top 10 big data influencer and an authority on big data, blockchain technologies and disruptive innovation. Mark is also the founder of the big data platform Datafloq, which offers information, insights and opportunities to drive innovation with emerging technologies.

Data-savvy speaker Mark van Rijmenam has the belief that when doing business or creating a company, being sustainable and socially and economically responsible is paramount. By using the latest technologies and practices, including big data, robotics and virtual reality, the possibility exists to create organisations that can positively impact the world.

As an entrepreneur, Dr van Rijmenam has a drive for disruptive innovation and to make a difference and inspire others. His objective is to be a catalyst for global innovation and to enable organisations and societies to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. He has been named a global top 10 big data influencer as well one of the most influential blockchain people. Mark also holds a PhD in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. 

Mark’s research is centred around big data, blockchain and A.I. He is also a faculty member of the Blockchain Research Institute in Toronto, Canada. To share his knowledge on the topic, Mark van Rijmenan wrote the book “Think Bigger – Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for your Business” as well as “Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World”. His most recent book “The Organisation of Tomorrow” is a must-read for anyone looking to get ahead of their competitors and focus on tomorrow. In this book, Mark discusses how AI, blockchain and analytics turn businesses into data organisations. Mark is also a strategic advisor for several blockchain startups, and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping others through his informative and interesting presentations.

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    Big Data is changing how we work and live

    • Big Data is completely changing how we work and live. This keynote on Big Data includes inspiring examples that will explain why Big Data is more important than ever. Speaker Mark van Rijmenam will give his audience an insight in the way that Big Data will dramatically change your business!

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    The Future of The Internet of Things is Distributed

    • With the emergence of Blockchain the Internet of things started to radically change our society. Connected devices can suddenly be used in completely new ways. This enables us to automate more and more tasks. In this keynote Mark van Rijmenam shows us how the Internet of Things revolutionizes! Providing many examples Mark gives a valuable insight on the role of Blockchain and other Automatisation.

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    The Collaboration Era – How to Thrive in an Exponential World

    • Mark van Rijmenam will talk about the role of big data, blockchain and AI within the networked society. Our digital strategy is focussed on continuous innovation. In order to keep this high level of innovation and growth we need to transform our way of organisation. More than ever before, new technologies need to to focus on bringing together the different stakeholders in order to co-create the future. Building a secure and rewarding networked society is increasingly becoming key.
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22. 05. 2019

Interview with Mark van Rijmenam

What recent innovation surprised you the most?

I came across recently with an AI-driven toilet! For around $8000, you get a toilet with sensors and LED lights that change dynamically. You also get Alexa integration, so if you are bored, you can always talk to her! AI is really used everywhere now – whether if the toilet is the best use, I don’t know yet. However, I do see that AI offers enormous opportunities for all industries: it is high time for organizations to start working with AI.

As an international speaker, you come to different companies and different countries. What could one learn from each other?

Digital transformation is difficult but also very necessary. I always say that AI is just like Lego: you have to start small and make sure that different AIs fit well together. With enough creativity and money, you can build beautiful things. Many existing organizations can learn a lot from startups, who have a much more data-driven approach. In China, where I speak regularly, many organizations are ahead of European organizations.

Innovation requires the ability to constantly change: a huge challenge for many companies. What advice would you give them?

In the age of exponential changes, standing still is going backwards. To help organizations with their digital transformation, I have developed the D2 + A2 model: this helps organizations to collect data, distribute data via the cloud or blockchain, analyze data for insights and automate the organization. In my latest book, The Organization of Tomorrow, I explain how this model works in detail.

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