KEYNOTES

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

THE SIXTH WAVE: SURFING THE MAVERICK ECONOMY

Monica Deza

Monica Deza, founder and CEO of the innovation and marketing firm Bendit Thinking, will discuss the new wave of innovation that is transforming societies, cultures and businesses, and how to successfully navigate within the “Maverick Economy.”

We are at a key moment in which we are already witnessing the creation of a new wave of innovation that will revolutionize the world economy, which will no longer be based on the simple transformation of inputs into outputs, and technology will not be seen as a functional optimizer of processes and costs. We are at the dawn of redefining the relationship between machines and people and a new dimension of understanding the world through Artificial Intelligence and cognitive computing.

Discover the five keys that will allow you to surf the Maverick economy, the era whose epicenter will be PEOPLE.


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MONDAY MORNING GENERAL SESSION

How to Remember Anyone and Anything

Boris Nikolai Konrad, PhD, CSP

Learn how to remember more names and faces than you ever thought possible.

In his TED style talk, neuroscientist (and current Guinness World Record holder for remembering names and faces) Boris Nikolai Konrad, PhD, CSP will demonstrate the memory techniques that anyone can use to improve her or his memory for names and faces. Using five, distinct steps and incorporating interactive examples for you to join in and train on the spot, Boris will show everyone how to remember any name they want. As one of the world’s foremost memory experts, he brings unrivaled experience on this topic, and after his keynote you will begin using his memory techniques right away.


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MONDAY GENERAL SESSION

Pitch Perfect

Great Ideas Need a Great Voice (and a Great Pitch)
David Beckett

As a business professional, you present yourself in short, sharp pitches again and again—to potential customers, investors and partners; anyone that could help you reach your goal. But pitching is human work, and causes many individuals to freeze, get nervous or tell too much. It is a widely held belief that great pitchers, who are certain and speak compactly and to the point, are born with the gift of public speaking. Yet making a great pitch is not about being born with a certain skill: it’s about following a process.

In this inspirational talk by Startup Pitch coach David Beckett, you’ll get an introduction to what that process is and how you can get your message shortened and sharpened. His talk will be followed by several LIVE pitches where individuals like you present themselves with their best pitch. You will be the judge on who delivers the winning pitch!

Attention: Do you want to win a “wild card” and have the opportunity to pitch your service or product in front of the EMEC audience from the main stage? Then make sure to make yourself known and we’ll send you all details. Wild card submissions can be sent until January 31st 2017 to mpispeakers@mpiweb.org.


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CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

Extraordinary Experience Design

Claus Raasted & Paul Bulencea

The economy has changed. Products, services and even experiences are becoming commoditized, and only the truly remarkable stand out from the crowd. Crawl inside the mind of Larp Guru Claus Raasted and the memorable experience designer Paul Bulencea as they share their secrets of how to thrive in the Experience Economy. This keynote is an immersive experience in itself, where you get challenged and get yanked out of your comfort zone and where focus isn’t only on learning-by-listening, but also on learning-by-doing.


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