Sebastian Thrun

Founder & CEO of Udacity. Founder of Google X

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    Sebastian Thrun

    Founder & CEO of Udacity. Founder of Google X

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: San Francisco, USA

    Sebastian Thrun is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Sebastian Thrun Speaker Biography

    Sebastian Thrun is a sought-after technology speaker and one of the most brilliant innovators in the world. He is working, through robotics and artificial intelligence, to change the way we understand the world.

    Formally a fully tenured professor at Stanford, Sebastian left in 2007 to become a Vice-President and Fellow at Google. There, he founded Google X, Google’s secretive R&D laboratory, to create a factory for moonshots. At Google X. Sebastian worked on almost science-fiction projects like the self-driving car, the Google Glass, the Loon project, medical contact lenses, indoor localization, and it was also the original home to the Google Brain Project which leverages the best in AI and machine learning to understand the world.

    Besides his work at Google, Sebastian led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and is exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. His team also developed a vehicle called Junior, which placed second at the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007. This led to the development of the Google self-driving car, as a means to solve future transportation problems, and is the reason why Sebastian Thrun is considered the ‘godfather’ of the self-driving car.

    At Stanford, Sebastian remains a research professor who works on using AI to improve people’s daily lives. He is also the CEO of Udacity, which he co-founded in 2012, and has been called the “University of Silicon Valley”. Here, his aim is to democratize education by building a totally new university from scratch, which teaches students the latest and hottest technologies in Silicon Valley. He created the notion of “nanodegrees”, which empowers people from all traits and ages to find employment in the tech industry.

    Sebastian is the recipient of many notable accolades, including being named fourth on Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012, and the 2012 recipient of Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Award in the Education category. Fast Company also selected Sebastian as the fifth most creative person in business in the world, whilst The Guardian recognized him as one of 20 “fighters for internet freedom”. He is one of the youngest individuals ever to be elected into the National Academy of Engineering in the USA.

    For all of that, Sebastian Thrun is a popular technology speaker who can often be seen at the most prestigious corporate events and large conferences around the world. He speaks on the future of education, the future of AI in business, disruptive innovation and creativity, and on entrepreneurship.

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    Sebastian Thrun Keynote Topics

    Thrun is known as the godfather of AI and machine learning. In 2005, his team won the DARPA Grand Challenge with their robot “Stanley.” He also founded Google X in 2010 and led its self-driving car team. Thrun truly believes that AI has limitless applications, and is set to disrupt many industries in the next years. In this fascinating session, Thrun will talk about these limitless applications and how he envisions a near future in which AI powers every business and industry.

    Sebastian Thrun — the scientist and inventor, educator and serial entrepreneur, Google moonshot factory chieftain and self-driving car architect — is trying to disrupt yet another industry. His latest passion project: Kitty Hawk, the electric flying car company led by himself and backed by Google’s Larry Page. In this talk, Sebastian will talk about the future of flight and how this startup aims to free people from traffic. He will also talk about he started, and led, Google's autonomous-car project and is now building a self-driving car at his online-learning startup Udacity.

    Sebastian Thrun is pioneering online education at his online-learning startup, Udacity. Udacity has been called the “University of Silicon Valley.” as it provides Nanodegrees in programming, data science, artificial intelligence, digital marketing, and more. Sebastian has long advocated for the future of education being online, and has disrupted already higher education with the Nanodegrees which significantly reduce the cost of a technical education, bringing the most innovative and latest skills that companies nowadays require, and makes it available all around the world. The purpose of Thrun is to fill the nationwide gap in skilled technology workers that are needed to handle the high-tech jobs of today and tomorrow.

    From the Google Self Driving Car to Google Glass to the education start-up Udacity, Sebastian Thrun has led remarkable teams in the creation of products that will truly change the way the world works in the future. Which is why we selected him as the 2013 winner of the ALVA Award, a special prize presented by Behance in partnership with GE to recognize remarkable serial inventors.

    In this talk, Thrun outlines his approach to making incredible ideas happen. Along the way he talks about the importance of setting wildly ambitious goals, embracing failure as an opportunity to learn, iterating as fast as you can, and giving your team members the autonomy they need to invent.

    Sebastian Thrun Speaking Videos

    Sebastian Thrun - What AI is - and isn't
    Sebastian Thrun - The Future of Flight