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Keynote Speaker Kevin J. Surace

Kevin J. Surace

Futurist and Disruptive Innovation Speaker, Creator of First Smartphone and Digital Assistant, and Innovator of the Decade

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Kevin Surace is a futurist and disruptive innovation speaker, creator of the first smartphone and digital assistant, and innovator of the decade. Surace has disrupted every industry he has entered from communications to A.I. to clean energy. He’s been named Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, CNBC’s Innovator of the Decade, and inducted into RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame. While he has a deep technical background, he has been featured in over 15 TED talks and is known as a dynamic public speaker and true entertainer who has excited, educated and energized audiences to action with his personal brand of “Edutainment.”

Before there was iPhone or Siri, Surace disrupted the communication and A.I. industries with AirCommunicator and Mary. AirCommunicator was the first smartphone to transmit data over cellular and Mary was the first digital assistant. The technology for all other digital assistants has been based on the patents from Surace’s work.

Why Kevin Surace?

Kevin Surace is one of the leading innovators in Silicon Valley. He brings his unique hands-on experience to the stage with high energy presentations in the style of “Edutainment.”

In the construction and energy industries, he helped develop soundproof drywall with lower carbon footprints (EcoRock) and higher-energy-efficient windows, which his company used to completely retrofit the Empire State Building in record time and under budget and the New York Stock Exchange. He was the co-inventor of multivariate reverse auctions, improving B2B commerce, and has now turned his attention back to A.I. As CEO of, Surace’s company is now disrupting the software testing industry by eliminating the need for human testers.

Even the companies where he serves as board member are disruptive, such as COYUCHI, which is delivering disruptive retail and e-tail models featuring organic linens and providing the world’s first lifetime subscription for sheets and towels: “Coyuchi for Life.”

When not disrupting industries or “edutaining” TED audiences, Surace can be found in the Bay Area as a music director, producer, arranger, and percussionist. In his latest project “Big, Bold, and, Brassy,” Surace serves as conductor for a 28-piece orchestra featuring international jazz star Nicole Henry where they play selections of broadway and pop tunes for corporate events.

Surace’s work and accomplishments have been featured in Businessweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, and FOX News. He has keynoted hundreds of events, from INC5000 to TED to the US Congress, been awarded 28 patents, and sits on 7 boards.

Kevin’s most requested talks include

  • Robots, AI and Automation…How it will impact your job and your life
  • The Future is Now and Here is What You Need To Know!
  • Bring Silicon-Valley Disruptive Innovation to Your Organization and Change Management
  • Silicon Valley Style.

Kevin always customizes his presentations and talks for each client, delivering exactly the messages the client requires for success. He is also available to expertly moderate conversations and interview luminaries and executives as well as host workshops and events.

Testimonials 6

  • “Kevin did a sensational job. Edutainment is right. Congratulations and look forward to working with him in the future”

    Michael Silverton

    Head of Macquarie Capital

  • “We were thrilled to have Kevin as our keynote for our KES event! He’s an energetic speaker that can captivate any audience. His talk on AI and the Future of Work was the right mixture of provocative content and engaging entertainment, making for a rich exchange session after his talk. It was one of the best reviewed events ever by our C-Level attendees. We were so happy and hope to work with him again in the near future.”

    Maria Juliana Giraldo

    Partner & Content Curator @ KES

  • “Kevin was great with a perfect combo of thought provoking information and entertainment. Very well done.”

    Steve Furnary

    Chairman, Clarion Partners

  • “Kevin is very inspiring, and underlying this inspiration, he serves solid practical knowledge and great advice that we put right to work”

    Albert Yanez

    President of Americas, AsteelFlash

  • “Kevin is right – big companies can and must do great things to thrive. His message about vulnerability and innovation was so good, the employees were still talking about it at the same event the following year”

    Gabrielle Capolupo

    Sr. Director, Innovation Office of the CTO, Juniper Networks

  • “Our guests were captivated by Kevin’s presentation and it made for great conversations the rest of the day!”

    Iva Klisanin

    Vice President, Macquarie Capital

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