Sophie Hackford – Keynote Speaker

Global Technology Futurist

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Specialist Subjects

  • Metaverse and the virtual internet
  • Data and artificial intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Digital twins and the ‘physical internet’
  • How to think about the future
  • Private space industry
  • Quantum computing
  • Risk and resilience


  • English


Sophie Hackford is a futurist, synthesising explosive and interconnected technology and science breakthroughs from around the world. She has given 200+ provocative talks to boards and executive teams on novel science and tech.

Sophie is an advisor to John Deere & Co, on the future of food, climate, and agriculture. She is also an advisor to New Lab in Brooklyn.

Sophie co-founded and chairs 1715Labs: a spinout from Oxford University’s Astrophysics Department, labelling data to train algorithms.

Sophie Hackford previously worked at WIRED Magazine, at Singularity University on the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, and the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, where she raised $120m for frontier-bending research.

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