A technology & innovation guru, Scott Bales is a global leader in the cutting edge arena known as “The Digital Shift”, encompassing innovation, culture, design, and mobility in a world gone digital.

As a thought leader, Scott thrives on the intersection between cultural and behavioural changes in the face of technology innovations. With over ten years of international experience in innovation and implementation strategy, Scott has built a reputation as a sought after consultant and speaker with the ability to communicate unorthodox ideas with insightful passion.

Previous Chief Mobile Officer for Moven, the world’s first ever digital everyday bank, Scott has successfully meshed his fascination with people and what motivates them, with a raw enthusiasm for technology. Currently based in Singapore, Scott runs successful advisory firm, Innovation Labs Asia partnering with organisations as they embark on their own innovation journey.

He is the former Vice President of Visa Company Fundamo, former Head of Technology for ANZ subsidiary WING Money, founding member of Next Bank, a mentor to entrepreneurs across the world, sits on the Board of Care Pakistan and holds advisory positions at Startup Bootcamp Fintech, Hub Singapore and Apps 4 Good.

Scott is also author of best selling book ‘Mobile Ready: Connecting With The Untethered Consumer’ and ‘Innovation Wars’ due for release in 2019 a essential guide for any corporate to drive successful innovation programs with impact.

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The Future Consumer

We have witnessed an accelerated rate of adoption of technology both as organizations and as individuals. With that our proficiency with technology has also grown. But we are quickly approaching a large behavioral and cultural gap that will change the way we think about technology forever.

In this keynote we will explore what makes a digital native, a person born during or after the general introduction of digital technologies and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater understanding of its concepts. This generation is commonly referred to as the Millennials or Generation Z, those born around or after the turn of the millennium.

What will I takeaway from this keynote?

  • An in-depth understanding of the realities that shape the modern consumer including TRANSPARENCY, AUTHENTICITY and UTILITY ANYWHERE
  • Actions that you and your organisation can take today to ENGAGE and SERVICE this generation and measure your impact

Smart Cities & Citizens 

The world around us is changing every single week as new apps and technologies reshape the landscape in which we live, move, eat, socialize, educate and create communities. Our challenge is to figure out how this will evolve as IoT, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles become a part of everyday life.

Countries like Singapore, Hong Kong & Dubai have heavily invested in Smart City technology but what does it actually mean? Where do we look for the technologies that are going to reshape society, reshape transportation, systems, utilities and the infrastructure in which we live.

What will I takeaway from this keynote?

  • We take a look at how smart cities will evolve through the eyes of a digital citizen. Someone whose biases and preferences are shaped by the smartphones and Spotify’s of the world. Learn their daily habits and how they are different to their parents.
  • Understand the trends that are reshaping our nation’s and build a framework to demistify the technological buzzwords.

The Future of Work

Over the past 10 years, where and how we work has radically changed. Whether you work for a multinational corporate, or a small business, the tools at your disposal have dramatically changed. The way you run your business, interact with your customer, monitor business performance, and optimize for either local focus or global scale has changed.

New technologies are evolving everyday - IoT, cloud, artificial intelligence and blockchain, are at our fingertips ready to empower a whole new way of operating. Learn about these technologies and how they will shape your outlook on the market.

What will I takeaway from this keynote?

  • We will explore the HUMAN element of work, yes there will be robots and artifical intelligence around us but humans will still play a critical role in the creative and strategic direction of almost every business on the planet.
  • A framework to use in your business to document and understand the trends and customer preferences that are changing your business so you are not the next Borders or Blockbuster. 
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