Fred Stawitz

Award-Winning Author | Storymakers, Inc.

Session: Tuesday 3rd Sept @ 17:00
Type: Keynote
Topics: Digital Technology, Startups, Innovation

Why you didn't come here in a flying car!

In July of 1957, the cover of Popular Mechanics Magazine featured an illustration of a flying car hinting that it represented the wave of the future. So, why don’t we see flying cars everywhere? And why didn't you come to this event in a flying car?


Now we’re engaged in the midst of the Digital Tech Revolution. How much of what we hear about the new digital technologies is hype, like flying cars? And, how much is a realistic expectation of the future? Implementing new technologies into society and business doesn’t happen without effort, cost, and some element of risk. But the bottom line—it has to fill a need and be cost effective.

These factors govern whether the technology has potential. But other factors govern how long it takes for the technology to move in and how long it stays. This presentation inspires a discussion of both issues with a special look at the three things organizations need to consider in preparation for a successful digital implementation and the one thing that can stop an implementation cold!

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Award-winning author/educator, international speaker, and program development manager experienced in shaping business cultures that drive high levels of engagement and promote safe, productive, and sustainably profitable operations while mastering the challenge of successfully implementing disruptive, emergent technologies like Blockchain and Digital Age devices. 15+ years of successfully designing and implementing training and development programs that maximize safety/productivity for United Space Alliance Space Shuttle Program, InterGen—Shell/Bechtel joint energy venture, and El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline (America's largest NG pipeline).


Recipient of the Leadership 500 LEAD Award (, NEA “Excellence in Education” Award, NASA/NSTA Newmast Award, and judge of Diversity Value Index Benchmark & Awards Program. Featured on CNN Headline News, PBS special program, TV news/talk shows, nationally syndicated radio programs, business meetings, conferences, and quoted in a Special Congressional Quarterly Report.

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