Dr Scott Bolland is an AI researcher, entrepreneur, international speaker, facilitator and futurist. His PhD and background (of 25 years) are in the area of Cognitive Science - the scientific study of how the mind works, spanning areas such as psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and artificial intelligence. His passion is playing in the intersection between these areas, in particular how to best prepare individuals, teams, schools and companies to flourish in the digital age.
As an international keynote speaker and “futurist”, Scott utilises his strong background and interest in technology to describe and discuss the future of work and the future of education. He offers practical “brain-friendly” tools combined with design thinking methodologies to enhance happiness and success in this increasingly complex and unpredictable world that is filled with rapid technological change and job market disruption.
Scott’s TEDx talk entitled "Neuroscience, AI, and the Future of Education" has been seen by over 150,000 viewers and has led to him consulting for Ministries of Education across the globe and running strategy workshops for the Education Policy makers of the European Commission.
Scott also is a trained singer, who uses live music in his presentations to create an emotional narrative designed to entertain, challenge and inspire.
Scott's main interest in technology is the application of Artificial Intelligence for social good. His company, New Dawn Technologies, utilises AI to help personalise education, to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. One such current project is in collaboration with Maarifa Education and Cavendish University on a project aimed at leveraging AI to improve education in some of sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest communities.
Over the years he has also brought the latest research backed insights from Positive Psychology, leadership, and high-performance teamwork to a wide range of clients including business schools, the military, police services, resource companies, and financial institutions and has delivered large scale Positive Psychology based events to 1000s of school and corporate staff. His company, The Agile Life, specialises in using agile and design thinking methodologies to help individuals and organisations thrive in these complex and uncertain times.