Public Speaking & Workshops

I’m available internationally for public speaking engagements at conferences, seminars, hackathons and other events. I also deliver training workshops, especially on storytelling in the field of technology.

Recently I’ve done this for Siemens, Coca-Cola, McKinsey, The BBC, King’s College London, The British Council, Techfugees, and many more.

I’m especially interesting in speaking, moderating, training and judging competitions on the following topics:

• Technology & innovation
• Corporate innovation
• Lean methodology
• Creativity & creative problem solving
• Pitching
• Refugee related technology and crisis relief

Here’s a summary of my experience:

Siemens, Nuremberg

Trainer

“Storytelling for technology professionals’

1 day workshop on:

  • The importance and psychology of storytelling
  • Story structure
  • Tension in storytelling and how to use it in business (including some tips and tricks from the creative industry)
  • Understanding your audience
  • Managing and visualising complex ideas
  • How to express the value in your technology
  • Relatability
  • Developing emotional engagement
  • Commanding your audience’s attention

…and much more.

The audience were Siemens employees from around Europe, but mostly from Germany. They did group work in German, and final presentations in English or German.

June 2019

Managing Complexity Stage, We Are Developers Conference

Moderator

I moderated a busy stage all day at the world’s largest developer conference.

This involved engaging the audience, introducing the speakers, and then interviewing them after their talks. As most of the talks were highly technical, this required some understanding of the subject matter and an ability to introduce it in a meaningful way.

June 2019

Siemens Digi Network

Guest Speaker

Siemens Digi Network, Berlin

“Storytelling for technology professionals: a taster”

45 min talk on:

  • The importance and psychology of storytelling
  • Applications in technical fields

The audience were Siemens employees from around Europe.

This was a “taster” session and prelude to a longer, full day workshop that took place a month later. Participants signed up on the basis of this initial talk.

May 2019

Coca Cola Company

Guest Speaker

Coca-Cola Company, Berlin

“The Data Goldmine: a Renaissance Approach”

1 hour talk on:

  • Recent developments in digital
  • The value and convergence of  data and AI in the modern economy
  • Some predictions for the next few years
  • Action points for corporations
May 2019

British Council MENA

Guest Speaker

Talk on “Scaling up: Humanitarian Tech & Innovation in MENA”

British Council MENA staff engagement forum, Dead Sea, Jordan

April 2019

ReDI School of Digital Integration, Berlin

Speaker

Humanitarian Hackathon.

April 2019

Slash Hackathon, CODE University

Pitching Masterclass

90 minute masterclass on pitching to a group of 20 university students from all over the world, who were attending the Slash Hackathon. I introduced the fundamentals of pitching and storytelling, drawn from my 10+ years experience of working with tech companies, of pitching my own ideas and services, plus running and judging hackathons around Europe. The workshop was interactive, with group activities and a Q&A.

March 2019

Lean methodology for corporations, Frankfurt

CFO Presentation

1 hour talk in a closed door session to a panel of CFOs of large German corporations.

Presentation, case study & Q&A.

March 2019

“How lean is lean?”, Innovation Workshop, Large Corporation

Keynote Talk

Keynote talk for international managers of a large and very old business, on my experience in implementing lean methodology, how it translates to corporate environments, and overcoming challenges.

March 2019

Lean Startup Conference, ESMT Business School

1 Minute Pitch & Workshop

1 minute improvised pitch for a workshop on lean methodology. With no preparation or slides, I pitched an audience of 300 people, 30 of whom decided to join the workshop. The pitch was competitive in that there were many other sessions running that day.

The workshop itself was on applying lean methodology to an edtech project I’ve been running to help Syrian teachers, and how the lessons learned can be translated to startups.

February 2019

McKinsey Digital Experience Studio Launch, Factory Berlin

Panel Moderator

I moderated a panel of senior McKinsey consultants and partners, showcasing their work and introducing them to the Berlin startup community.

January 2019

AdMaCom Accelerator Programme, Berlin

Pitch Training

I designed and delivered a bespoke training course for advanced materials startups prior to their demo day.

”Tom did an excellent job at preparing 10 science startups for their DemoDay during our accelerator program, AdMaCom. His patience, support and the very organised structure of his training paid off – our startups were more confident and relaxed on their big day and their presentations were much clearer”– Antonia Caravetenu, Programme Manager

September 2018

“Visualisation in IoT”

Speaker

Talk at the IoT breakfast, Factory Berlin on how IoT startups can better visualise their ideas. Write-up by IoT company builder Next Big Thing can be found

July 2018

No Lost Generation Summit Amman, Jordan

Speaker and Panelist
February 2018

Trivago Hackathon

Panel Judge

I was on the judging panel, along with the Trivago CTO and editor of WIRED Germany, to evaluate the projects coming out of a two day hackathon at Trivago HQ. Trivago hackathon

Düsseldorf, Germany

November 2017

Techfugees Global Summit

Speaker

Station F, Paris

October 2017

Integration Forum, Kosice, Slovakia

Speaker

“Technologies as social innovations supporting integration of persons in a disadvantaged position”

October 2017

"The Ups and Downs of Creative Entrepreneurship"

Speaker

1 hour talk on the challenges of starting, running and growing a creative business.

This was part of the YouMakeIt programme- a London based charity aimed at helping women from disadvantaged backgrounds break into creative industries.

Topics covered: getting started, networking, pitching, personal projects, handling clients, and mindset.

June 2017

Conflict, Security & Development Conference

Speaker and Panel Moderator

Kings College London.

March 2017

Challenge Presentation TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

Pitch

A two minute “elevator pitch” for Techfugees hackathon challenges. There were several challenges the teams could choose from: why should they choose Techfugees?

London

December 2016

BBC Click

Interview
December 2016

Oslo Hackathon, Techfugees

Speaker and Mentor

In partnership with Schibsted & Finn.no.

November 2016

Business Bootcamp, Arctic 15

May 2016