Kevin Surace is a futurist and disruptive innovation keynote speaker, CEO, creator of one of the first smartphones and AI digital assistants, and an innovator of the decade. Surace has disrupted every industry he has entered from communications to A.I. to building materials and has been awarded 85 worldwide patents. He doesn’t just talk about a topic, he led the way, hands-on, so he can speak from experience.
Kevin has 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 and TEDx talks and is a high-energy dynamic speaker and true entertainer who has excited, educated and energized 100’s of audiences to action with his personal brand of “Edutainment.” With a rare background in technology, leadership and theater, he is that unique blend that engages audiences like no other speaker can.
Before there was iPhone or Siri, Surace disrupted the communication and A.I. industries with AirCommunicator and Mary (Portico). AirCommunicator was the first smartphone to transmit data over cellular and Mary was the first AI digital assistant. The technology for all digital assistants has been based on the many patents from Surace’s work.
In the construction and energy industries, he led the development of soundproof drywall (QuietRock) and materials with lower carbon footprints (like EcoRock) and ultra-energy-efficient windows, which his company used to completely retrofit the Empire State Building in record time and under budget as well as the New York Stock Exchange. He was the co-inventor of web-based multivariate reverse auctions and is currently focused on AI ad Digital Transformation across a broad landscape. As CTO and Chairman of Appvance.ai, Surace’s company is now disrupting the software QA industry.
When not disrupting industries or “edutaining” audiences, Surace is a true renaissance man as a music director, producer, arranger, and percussionist. His 2AM at the Sands show is blowing away audiences at conferences and events. It is about a night in 1966 Vegas and stars Broadway’s Andrew Samonsky. This fantastic show is available for booking now from BigSpeak (here) and includes a keynote from Kevin of your choice.
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.
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Kevin’s most requested talks include:
- Digital Transformation
- Artificial Intelligence and Automation and the Impact on Your Company
- Bring Silicon-Valley Disruptive Innovation to Your Organization
Kevin uniquely customizes his talks for each client, delivering exactly the messages the client requires for success. Including his famous “here are the 7 things to do right now” formula’s in each session so people leave with real action items that will change their life. From 18 minutes to 60 minutes, he always leaves audiences begging for more. He is also available to expertly moderate conversations and interview luminaries and executives as well as host workshops and events.