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Author: Amanda Johnston-Pell, Chief Marketing Officer A/NZ

Think has packed up and left Las Vegas and is now heading down to Australia and New Zealand. We have speakers flying in from all over the world, and homegrown innovators and inventors, that will challenge you to think differently.

The theme of our one-day event in Auckland (1 May) and Sydney (4 May) is Where Technology meets Humanity. We’ll be exploring quantum computing, cloud and data, AI, blockchain, security solutions and business and technology services to gain better insights into how humanity and technology can work together.

Below is just some of the keynote speakers who have me counting down the number of sleeps before #ThinkAU and #ThinkNZ. I hope they inspire you too.

Commander Chris Hadfield

Astronauts say: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with complexity, when the decisions you make can mean life or death? There’s also the less complex to navigate, such as how do you brush your teeth? Is there such a thing as space jammies?Astronaut, best-selling author and YouTube sensation, Chris Hadfield, will share his unique and fascinating experience on earth and in space.

John Cohn

In Sydney on 4 May, IBM Fellow and Distinguished Agitator, John Cohn will share five innovations that will help change our lives in five years.

John is a big believer in the importance of play. “I think one of the biggest things that I try to bring to the organisation, is a strong sense of play,” he has said. “The idea that things are very hands on and maybe a little ad hoc, it’s important to try and demonstrate stuff to engage people and get them passionate about what we’re doing. I think that’s something I do, and it is very close to my heart.”

Below John shares an engineer’s perspective on fun and the importance of serious play.

John Smith

In Auckland on 1st May, John Smith will also be presenting the 5 in 5 research. John is an IBM Fellow and Manager of Multimedia and Vision at IBM Research.

His passion lies in the fusion of creativity and artificial intelligence. “It’s easy for AI to come up with something novel just randomly,” he says. But it’s very hard to come up with something that is novel and unexpected and useful.”

Natalie Gunn

What if our minds could help us in ways we don’t yet understand? Australian IBM Researcher, Natalie Gunn aims to change the way we treat disease by measuring symptoms that manifest in our minds.

You can watch below to learn more about her inspiring work and see her at Think in both Sydney and Auckland.

Chieko Asakawa

IBM Fellow Dr Chieko Asakawa has dedicated her career to developing technology that makes the world more accessible for people with disabilities. “AI is going to allow blind people to see the world” she has said.

Below she shares how new technology helps blind people explore the world. She will appear both in Auckland and Sydney.

Other highlights of the day I’m excited about include the inspiring sessions and engaging conversations to be had with our partners, which include:

In Auckland:

ANZ Bank

Air New Zealand

Mitsubishi

GRONADE

In Sydney:

Woodside Energy

Westpac

Telstra

Qantas

You can register for both events here:

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