Image: Olivia Kwok / FutureEverything

Image: Olivia Kwok / FutureEverything

Throughout the year, we speak at major conferences and private business events alike, provoking debate and discussion through keynotes, participating in expert networks, designing and running workshops, advising in private strategy sessions, engaging in controversial panels and even doing standup informal talks on a wide range of topics. In recent years we've given talks or chaired panels at Next (14, 15), Lift (07, 08, 14, Basel), Improving Reality, Media Convention/re:publica Berlin, FutureEverything (13, 14, 15, FutureEverything Singapore), Emerce Eday, SxSW Interactive, The Next Web Europe, Theorizing the Web, Open State, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, and more.

We've given recent talks on:

  • Artificial Intelligence Meets Real Intelligence — What the near future of AI portends for how we live, work, think, and communicate. 
  • Computational Economies — How emerging technologies and new economic behaviors collide to create innovation, but also impact traditional business and social structures.
  • Data-driven Living — About Big Data, algorithms, technology and sociality in the age of the technological black box.
  • Shaping a More Human IoT — Putting social and cultural needs back at the center of the Internet of Things. See our Thingclash project for more.
  • How to Future — How to spot and avoid one-size-fits-all, pre-packaged futures, and give people the tools to map and create their own. See our How to Future project for more.

Also, you can see recent project and research examples for additional topics for speaking engagements. 


If you have a speaking opportunity for which you would like to engage a member of Changeist, contact Susan Cox-Smith on +31 6 5265 2000 or email via To facilitate requests, please provide information on:

- Event and audience profile

- Speaking and travel budget

- Technical needs (if known)

- Any special event requirements

Internet Age Media, Barcelona, April 2016 | On Rethinking Futures


At CCCB in Barcelona | On futures, climate change and innovation. 


Media Future Week 2016, Hilversum, NL | On AI, media and activism.


FutureEverything Singapore — October 2015 | On making friction in smart cities.


Next 15, Hamburg — September 2015 | On big data in next generation retail.


Thingscon 15 Keynote — Berlin, May 2015 | On friction, human needs and the IoT.


The Next Web Europe 2015, Amsterdam | On self-generating media.


Media Future Week 15 — Hilversum, NL | On design and the future.


What's Next for Memory and Identity — FutureEverything 15, Manchester, March 2015


Thingscon, Amsterdam, November 2014 | On emotion and the Internet of Things.


Next Berlin, May 2014 | On the future of data and retail.


 Media Convention Berlin 2014 | On data-driven media.


Chairing The Secret Lives of Systems and Services — FutureEverything 2014, Manchester, UK, March 2014. 


Lift14 in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2014 | On the consequences of the sharing economy.


Keynote for Media Future Week 13 in Almere, Netherlands, May 2013 | On flat-pack futures.

Covered on and Boing Boing


FutureEverything 2013 Closing Keynote, Manchester, UK, February 2013 | On weird futures.


Informal Economies, Barcelona, Spain, October 2012 | On bottom-up technology, innovation and disruption.

Recent and upcoming speaking events:


  • UX London (Susan Cox-Smith / Natalie Kane) / May 26, 2017 / London
  • Media Future Week (Madeline Ashby) / May 16, 2017 / Hilversum, NL
  • Fiber Festival (Susan Cox-Smith / Sjef Van Gaalen) / May 13, 2017 / Amsterdam