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John Ellis

Technology and Futurist Keynote Speaker, Author, Software Expert, and Former Head of the Ford Developer Program with Ford Motor Company

John Ellis is a top technology and futurist keynote speaker, author, software expert, and former Head of the Ford Developer Program with Ford Motor Company. His work in the field inspired the book The Zero Dollar Car: How the Revolution in Big Data will Change Your Life. For the past 19 years, he has been the managing director of the industry consultant firm Ellis & Associates.

  • John Ellis`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects John Ellis`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

  • John Ellis`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects John Ellis`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Internet of Things (IoT)

Trends in Technology

The Future of Connected Cars

Connected Cities, Ecosystems, and Culture

About Keynote Speaker John Ellis

John Ellis is a technology and futurist keynote speaker, author, software expert and the former Head of the Ford Developer Program with Ford Motor Company. As the Global Technologist and Head of the Ford Developer Program Ellis’s team delivered a number of automotive industry firsts including SmartDeviceLink, the open-source version of Ford’s award-winning AppLink technology.

His work in the field inspired the book The Zero Dollar Car: How the Revolution in Big Data will Change Your Life. For the past 19 years, he has been the managing director of the industry consultant firm Ellis & Associates.


Full Keynote Speaker Bio:

John was most recently Global Technologist and Head of the Ford Developer Program with Ford Motor Company. Under his leadership, John’s team delivered a number of automotive industry firsts including SmartDeviceLink, the open source version of Ford’s award-winning AppLink technology connecting brought-in devices to vehicles and the genesis of Google, Apple and MirrorLink technologies, developer.ford.com, Ford’s developer program with over 10,000 unique and global content providers all committed to developing for AppLink/SmartDeviceLink as well as a 2014 software developer conference attended by over 175 world-class developers from 15 countries. John’s team also delivered a ground-up design and development of a service delivery network that helped propel the MyFordMobile product to award-winning status.

During most of his career, John worked for Motorola where he held key leadership positions in engineering, product management, software & services, and marketing and strategy. While there, John participated in developing, marketing and selling Motorola’s mobile software and services, their software developer ecosystem (developer.motorola.com), and their industry-leading Open Source Software program (opensource.motorola.com).

For the past 19 years, John has been the managing director of Ellis & Associates, the management consulting firm he founded in 1997. Originally established as a boutique training firm focused on international business and culture, the firm now serves clients in the world where automotive, consumer, connectivity and software intersect.

As a designer and lead instructor of the Connected Vehicle Professional certificate course for the Society of Automotive Engineers, John is frequently called upon as a software expert for interviews, keynotes and panels to discuss software security and the new business models traditional “ship and forget” companies like automotive companies need to adopt in order to be “ship and remember” companies and adequately address cybersecurity concerns and pending legislation.

John served as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame University teaching financial math to Executive MBA students from 2002-2010 as well as a translator in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Testimonials

John Ellis looks ahead and connects the dots of the utility of the automobile and the incredible data that is generated from understanding how we use it. His vision and insights will ignite your creativity.

Tim Sullivan, Managing Principal

Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company

John’s experiences as a technologist, strategist, and head of an automaker developer program have positioned him as a valued advisor on the future outlook of the auto industry and evolving technologies driving change within it. His perspectives on the influence that data will play on consumer experiences, product development and the underlying ecosystems that connect both are fascinating and foreboding for those in, and outside of, the automotive industry.

Aaron Schulenburg, Executive Director

Society of Collision Repair Specialists

John Ellis’ insights and expertise take you directly to the frontlines of technology disruption and new business opportunities.

John Waraniak, Vice President Vehicle Technology

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA

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Dec 6, 2017

The Future of the Zero Dollar Car

Your next car could be free by selling your car sensor data. In the future, your next car payment could...

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Sep 1, 2017

John Ellis

John Ellis is the former head of the Ford Development Program, as well as a technologist, founder, board member, entrepreneur,...

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