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Futurist Virtual Keynote, Saudi Arabia: The Future of Education and Entrepreneurship, MISK


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Firstly, thank you to the MiSK Foundation and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, for asking me to be this year’s MiSK Talks keynote – albeit virtually because of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.


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Held every year to promote entrepreneurship and futures thinking across the kingdom with a special focus on how new technologies can help the kingdom realise their Vision 2030 strategy, the events drive in format is one of the most unique I’ve experienced – and that’s saying something bearing in mind that in the past I’ve shared stages with everything from military helicopters and Abrhams tanks to big brass bands and self-driving cars.


See the keynote in full (in Arabic)


The English version (Post event edit)


Nestled between two of Riyadh’s busiest highways in the middle of a sand covered parking lot next to the Expo center the audience used their FM car radios to listen in to the speakers as they watched their presentations on the giant screens that straddled the giant stage, and as you can see from the video the effect is very distinctive.


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With over 800 people in the audience, all socially distanced in the comfort of their cars, and more people watching the live streams, I discussed the Future of Education and Entrepreneurship and the impact new technologies and thinking will help reform today’s industrial age education systems so it’s future fit, and how entrepreneurs will be able to develop and grow their businesses at a speed and scale that would have been almost unimaginable even just a decade ago.

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