Matt O’Neill – Keynote Speaker

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Specialist Subjects

  • Becoming Superhuman: Supercharge your Productivity!
  • Riding the AI Wave: Do it Right with Heart and Smarts!
  • AI and Leadership: Adapting to the New Age of Intelligent Machines
  • Life in 2035 - A Day in the Life
  • You're a Future Hacker: Not Future Proof, but Future Ready!


  • English


Matt has spent his 20-year career at the cutting edge of media and communications technology. He pioneered commercial webcasting when most people were still on dial-up internet connections and has developed a range of creative products – including the ‘PitchPack Hybrid book’, a fusion of electronic display and print – at a time when businesses have found it progressively harder to engage meaningfully with their audiences. He sold his first business in 2007, then went on to create his second, ModComms, which exists today to help clients differentiate their marketing and communication through cutting edge technology and human-level approaches.

With an extensive track record of presenting to organisations in many sectors and across four continents, Matt has also created cutting-edge media and tailored future-focused content for diverse international clients. Infusing each presentation with energy and enthusiasm, Matt’s keynote speeches on the Future of Work, Leadership, and Technology are characterised by a single objective – empowering attendees to take action and implement tomorrow what they are not doing today.

But that’s not all – Matt is also well known for having an insatiable curiosity about how the world is changing. This curiosity led him to his calling: helping people become “future-ready” in an uncertain world. He’s written two books on the subject, both aimed at helping people create positive futures for themselves.

“The Future is Now” serves as a set of signposts to a world gripped by accelerated change. It delves deeply into business, manufacturing, leadership, work, society, media, crime, and technology, presenting insightful analyses of how these areas are not just inextricably linked by technological convergence, but also offer new opportunities for businesses and society as a whole. Readers always walk away with fresh perspectives that they can apply right now to create better futures.

In the coming years, we’ll continue to see profound technological, social, and cultural change – but it will be even faster and look and feel completely different. “Future Hackers,” a sequel to “The Future Is Now,” is the indispensable guide to these changes, which will not only affect work, leadership, technology, and our emerging post-pandemic lives but will also combine to create entirely new ways of living. This book provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the upcoming trends, opportunities, and challenges, better equipping them to thrive towards 2030 and beyond. What’s truly remarkable about Matt is that he doesn’t just talk the talk – he walks the walk. He lives many of the ideas and concepts he talks about, which makes him a true authority on the subject.

Popular Talks by Matt O’Neill

Becoming Superhuman: Supercharge your Productivity!

Envision a realm where AI’s power boosts productivity and creativity, granting your team desired flexibility. “Becoming Superhuman” is a keynote that will revolutionise you and your organisation. Discover the latest technology and life hacks to transform your business with minimal effort. Learn key concepts such as understanding AI’s impact, mastering GPT-4, navigating the AI ecosystem, and adopting a synthesising mindset and future-ready resilience for the AI era. We conclude with essential takeaways, highlighting the collaborative enhancement of technology with human skills.

Key Takeaways: the insights, tools and techniques to supercharge your productivity.

Riding the AI Wave: Do it Right with Heart and Smarts!

Welcome to an empowering journey through the world of artificial intelligence where we learn to balance innovation with ethics, cultivate trust in AI, and promote a fair tech future. This keynote offers everyone workable strategies for safe and principled use of AI to benefit our work and home lives. Equip yourself with a mindset ready for AI’s evolution, with a true picture of the opportunities AI promises and the hurdles we might face. We’ll discover ways to work together to make AI better and safer for everyone, and the know-how to set up strong AI leadership in your workplace.

Key Takeaways: Ways to use AI responsibly and ethically. You’ll learn how to anticipate the development of AI and have the wisdom to promote a leadership style that values inclusivity and trust.

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