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 Appvance.ai, 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.