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Visionary entrepreneur and happiness engineer Mo Gawdat has been helping forge our common future for three decades. At Google X, Gawdat cultivated technologies whose full promise is still unfolding. As a researcher on the science of human happiness, he brings a bracingly uplifting perspective to his many keynote addresses. Events that celebrate human potential will find no more spirited speaker than Mo Gawdat.
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As Chief Business Officer at Google X, speaker Mo Gawdat developed business ideas decades ahead of their time. Nowadays, Mo Gawdat is one of the most sought-after happiness speakers in the world. Gawdat’s 2017 bestseller Solve for Happy brings his analytical and creative skills to bear on the question of happiness itself.
After a successful career with IBM, NCR, and Microsoft, Gawdat joined Google as VP of Emerging Markets. This role turned on more than sales: he needed to find ways to truly empower communities with technology. Over the course of six years, Gawdat was responsible for launching nearly half of Google’s operations worldwide.
His success led to another role with Google: CBO of the company’s innovation arm, Google X. There, he led the division’s business strategy, planning, sales, and strategic partnerships. Google launched Google X to develop the self-driving car, and specializes in projects that promise radical improvements to the status quo. Project Loon, for example, seeks to provide global internet access through a network of high-altitude balloons. Project Makani aims to produce wind energy by means of carbon-fiber kites.
At the same time, Gawdat pursued his two other professional passions. As a serial entrepreneur, he founded more than 20 businesses in a variety of sectors. He also mentors dozens of startup companies and hosts a popular podcast, Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat.
He also made a serious study of human happiness. The results of his research were put to a grueling test in 2014, when his son died from an error committed during a routine medical procedure. Pushing through his grief, Gawdat continued his research and presented it in 2017 as Solve for Happy. The book represents Gawdat’s personal moonshot: a mission to deliver his message of happiness to one billion people.
In 2021, Mo published his latest book: Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World. The Times included it amongst the 12 Best Business Books of the year. In it, Mo presents a roadmap detailing how we can co-exist with AI when it inevitably becomes a billion times smarter than us.
Through his writings, podcast, and appearances as a public speaker, Mo Gawdat brings his unique perspective to an ever-widening audience.
Artificial intelligence is smarter than humans. It can process information at lightning speed and remain focused on specific tasks without distraction. AI can see into the future, predicting outcomes and even use sensors to see around physical and virtual corners. So why does AI frequently get it so wrong?
The answer is us. Humans design the algorithms that define the way that AI works, and the processed information reflects an imperfect world. Does that mean we are doomed? In Scary Smart, Mo Gawdat, the internationally bestselling author of Solve for Happy, draws on his considerable expertise to answer this question and to show what we can all do now to teach ourselves and our machines how to live better. With more than thirty years' experience working at the cutting-edge of technology and his former role as chief business officer of Google [X], no one is better placed than Mo Gawdat to explain how the Artificial Intelligence of the future works.
In this short 30 - 75-minute talk, Mo Gawdat aims to offer an Engineering approach to happiness based on his International bestselling book: Solve for Happy.
The talk discusses the biggest myth we believe about happiness in the modern world and how to overcome the reasons for unhappiness. It offers a solid model to work with, the 6-7-5 model, and takes the audience through practical actions they can take there and then to start their journey on a path to uninterrupted happiness.
This talk is suitable for general audiences of all ages preferably in large conferences, company internal events and company client events.
At the end of the talk the attendees will be left with a much clearer understanding of the steps they need to talk in order to find happiness even in the harshest of circumstances and with a clear call to action to invest in their own happiness and the happiness of those they love and will provide links to the resources they need to reach it.
In this short 40 - 75-minute talk, Mo Gawdat aims to offer solid research on how happiness affects productivity and performance at work, distinguish between employee happiness vs. satisfaction, and offer clear tips to managers and HR managers on how to build an environment that promotes employee happiness based on his International bestseller - Solve for Happy - and his 11 years experience at Google.
This talk is targeted Senior Executives, Managers of People and HR managers in small group or large conferences.
At the end of the talk the attendees will be left with a much clearer understanding of the value employee happiness bring to their company performance and clear steps to create a work environment that promotes happiness.
This is a light, fun (30 - 60 minute) talk about the basic guidelines set forth by Google at its inception which contributed to building the innovative culture that became the Google we know today and resulted in countless innovations that completely changed the world as we know it. Mo Gawdat offers various concrete examples of how those rules were deployed in action and which products they produced. Google’s innovative culture goes layers deeper than the public image of cafes and game rooms. It is easy to replicate when you know how.
The target of this talk is department and company directors as well as startup founders and anyone who aims to build a culture of innovation within a small to medium size team. It is fit for company management teams as well as public conferences interested in innovation, design, creativity and technology.
At the end of the talk, Mo aims to leave the audience with a light-hearted optimism about how feasible it is to create a happy, innovative culture within any team and leave them with the ten tools needed to get going once back at work.
This 40 - 60 minutes talk discusses with full openness the current rate of advancement of technology and the expected technological innovation that will follow in the next 10 to 20 years. The talk will openly address the ethical question this science fiction-like expected reality will bring and will offers unexpected, yet obvious solutions to ensure the continued success (and survival) of humanity in this brand-new world.
The target audience for this talk ranges from senior executives to government officials and the general audiences interested in the future of technology.
At the end of this talk the audience will be given a unique, accurate, insider’s view of the incredible wave approaching and will clearly understand the role each of us has to play to ensure our success as it materializes.
This 30-75 minutes talk will discuss in detail the insider’s view of technology development and will highlight the different technology development trends that are often missed or misunderstood by the investment community. It offers a clear set of tips on how to invest in the age of “Deliberate Innovation” and the SciFi age that is about to follow.
The target audience is chief investment officers, family offices, fund managers and others in the investment community.
This talk has been rated highly in events across the globe with clients such as Citibank, Invesco, Morgan Stanley and others.
At the end of this talk, the audience will be left with an improved understanding of the reality of the fast-moving innovation world and a concrete strategy on how to benefit from the coming revolution.
In this 30 - 75 minutes talk, Mo Gawdat plans—for the first time—to openly share the secrets of Google’s Innovation factory, [X]. A look at what worked and changed the world and what needed improvement. With a critical insider’s eye, he shares a step by step approach to building an innovation factory that can transcend the restrictive guidelines of any organization.
The target of this talk are decision makers, innovators and policy makers.
At the end of the talk, the target is to leave the audience with a clear understanding that the difference between the most innovative organizations and the least is a question of commitment, mindset and process. Mo aims to clarify at a top level the main differences and leave the audience with the confidence that they too can do it, and a call to action to make it happen along with a promise that they will get the support they need if they so elect.
This extremely valuable talk has been instrumental at affecting directional change for several major organizations and visionary governments as he started to offer it behind closed doors in 2017.
This light, optimistic, and entertaining 30 - 60 minutes talk will cover the major technological trends in the last 30 years which have completely shaped the way we develop technology today. Mo Gawdat will pin point what he believes has been the most important tipping point in our history as an innovative species and accordingly will point out what future innovations are expected to drastically shape our near-term future.
In this talk, Mo will share an insider’s view of his experiences at Google [X] labs and will aim to inform the audience about the subtleties of innovation that lead to breakthrough technologies.
By the end of the talk, the attendees will realize that the technological marvels we use every day and take for granted were truly some of the wildest dreams of SciFi authors not so far ago. They will develop an appreciation of the true pace at which technology development is progressing and will be able to envision how our near future and the future of our children has the potential to be like. Mo will also not be shy to discuss the ethical implications of this rapid pace and what an alternative, not so optimistic alternate reality may result if we fail to address them.
At the end of the talk, the illusions we build as the our image of ourselves will be busted and the reality of who we really are will set the audience free.
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