Sophie Hackford

Sophie Hackford

Futurist, Technologist & Researcher

Synopsis

A first-hand witness to many of the latest innovations and the creative thinkers behind them, Sophie is a practiced translator between academia, technologists, corporates and governments. Rather than providing answers, she challenges organisations to question themselves and reassess their core business. If cheap satellite technology allows you to watch your competitors’ supply chain from space, how will that affect what you do? What questions can you now ask, using these new technologies? Today your competition doesn’t look like you, and Sophie helps to uncover where the new threats and opportunities lie.

Biography

Sophie Hackford is a futurist, technologist, researcher and anthropologist. She asks challenging questions about the accelerating technologies that are shaping the future. She travels the world visiting maker, hacker, science and space communities, from Shenzhen to Detroit, discovering emerging technologies off the beaten track. Sophie uses these insights to speak to corporate and government audiences about our global future, from AI to satellites to existential risk.

Previously Sophie launched WIRED magazine’s consulting business, bringing original thinkers and troublemakers into corporate boardrooms. Prior to WIRED, she lived and worked at Singularity University, the Nasa joint-venture exploring the cutting edge of everything from genetics to AI to engineering and their effects on business and society.

At Oxford University’s Oxford Martin School, Sophie helped grow it from an interdisciplinary research department to a world-famous academic community of experts on global challenges from pandemics to food insecurity to systemic risk.

Since then Sophie has worked with many companies from all sectors, helping them to understand and prepare for the future. Her ability to explain emerging technologies like supercomputing or gene sequencing, against a backdrop of global meta-trends like demography, economics and regulation, provides businesses with a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Sophie is also spinning out an AI company from Oxford University, and is a co-founding architect of timecoin.me – a concept of valuing time in cryptocurrency. She is the CIO at Not Just A Label, working on the future of retail and cities, and is a contributor to World Economic Forum, Google, and Victoria & Albert Museum publications.

A first-hand witness to many of the latest innovations and the creative thinkers behind them, Sophie is a practised translator between academia, technologists, corporates and governments. Rather than providing answers, she challenges organisations to question themselves and reassess their core business. If cheap satellite technology allows you to watch your competitors’ supply chain from space, how will that affect what you do? What questions can you now ask, using these new technologies? Today your competition doesn’t look like you, and Sophie helps to uncover where the new threats and opportunities lie. With access to a global network of technologists, scientists, investors and inventors she helps any business start to prepare for an uncertain future.

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