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Keynote Speaking | Q & A | Panel Discussions

Hey, I’m a millennial obsessed about bringing together the two biggest levers for changing people’s lives at scale – technology and cities. My interdisciplinary projects range across a multitude of skills, weaving together digital tech, regulation-innovation, human-centered design, viral storytelling, biospheric consciousness and much else besides. I’ve trained my mental models to think exponentially and my worldview is shaped through experiential insights. Armed with my first-hand explorations of hundreds of cities worldwide, I’m bursting with surprising stories and lessons learned.

I’ve worked with top global executives and government leaders in North America, Asia, and Europe, including the governments of Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto, Tianjin, Jakarta, Fuzhou, Vilnius and more.

I’m honoured to have my work featured in thousands of media publications, including the BBC, Time, National Geographic, CNN, Washington Post, The Creators Project, Al Jazeera, Mashable, Quartz, China Daily, The Guardian, etc.

If you are interested in inviting me to your event, please fill out this form. I’m always down to mind jam. 😉

  • Talking Topic 1

    Mega-scalable emerging tech to transform city living.

    This conversation will help you:

    -Understand the rate of urban transformation and how to prepare for where it’s going. (Its intense and may hurt your brain.)

    -Understand the new breed of digital technologies transforming cities from: community platforms, real-time sensors, digital mapping, IoT, autonomous systems, 3D printing, energy storage and more.

    -Understand the emerging characteristics of urban populations and how they are influencing the next stage of urban living patterns.

    -Visualize the emerging range of change-makers that are hell-bent on reshaping a smarter and sustainable urban planet.

    -Identify the wealth of emerging business opportunities for improving the quality of life and sustainability for cities through tech and non-tech.

    -And much more…

  • Taking Topic 2

    The Art & Science of creating sticky cities: How cities can strategically orchestrate their global magnetism.

    This conversation will help you:

    -Understand the crucial differences between a ‘city brand’ and ‘city branding’. This is important.

    -Gain perspective of the intensity of global competition between cities for talent, investment and a range of increasingly mobile economic activities.-Understand the micro and macro factors that influence the reputations of cities.

    -Understand “talent kryptonite”. For example, how inadequate urban infrastructure such as slow, inefficient, unreliable transport networks damage businesses, tourism, quality of life and a city’s overall urban reputation.

    -Learn actionable strategies and tactics for up-leveling urban attractiveness with emerging approaches.

    -And much more…

  • Taking Topic 3

    I don’t know you tell me…

     

"Digital innovation is ready to transform city living. A wave of geeks, techies and designers are entering the urbanization services cluster, and aggressively reinventing everything from logistics, housing, transportation, access to healthcare, education, government services and basically everything that civilization is based on." - JT Singh

"Digital technology is now repurposing every major touchpoint of our urban lives. Master resources such as energy, critical services such as healthcare and education, public constructs such as telecommunications and mass transit - all of it will go from heavy infrastructure to light infrastructure or even infrastructure gadgets. Agile market players that are far more quicker and effective than big-resource companies or government agencies are at the centre of this urban revolution." - JT Singh

"The divisional concepts of so-called 'developed or developing cities' are over-simplistic as they imply that there is a kind of technological end to societal/urban development. Digital tech has only scratched the surface for transforming city life, and as we're already seeing, tech is enabling entire new patterns of urban experiences to become possible. This literally means that every city on the planet is in hyper development mode. Ironically, it is the so-called 'developed world' that has to play major catch-up in urban innovation, because now poorer cities can leap frog ahead of richer ones since they can easily skip the fixed-line tech of the 20th century and move straight to digital tech of the 21st. The biggest example being China's high-speed rail system that makes America's look ancient..." - JT Singh