“Storytelling for technology professionals’
1 day workshop on:
…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.
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.
Siemens Digi Network, Berlin
“Storytelling for technology professionals: a taster”
45 min talk on:
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.
Coca-Cola Company, Berlin
“The Data Goldmine: a Renaissance Approach”
1 hour talk on:
Talk on “Scaling up: Humanitarian Tech & Innovation in MENA”
British Council MENA staff engagement forum, Dead Sea, Jordan
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.
1 hour talk in a closed door session to a panel of CFOs of large German corporations.
Presentation, case study & Q&A.
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.
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.
I moderated a panel of senior McKinsey consultants and partners, showcasing their work and introducing them to the Berlin startup community.
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
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
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
Station F, Paris
“Technologies as social innovations supporting integration of persons in a disadvantaged position”
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.
Kings College London.
A two minute “elevator pitch” for Techfugees hackathon challenges. There were several challenges the teams could choose from: why should they choose Techfugees?
In partnership with Schibsted & Finn.no.