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The Next Web 2017: 8 Must-See Speakers

by Kimberly Murphy
money & life

I attended The Next Web event in a past life when I was working for a tech blog here in San Francisco. The one that I attended was in New York City and never having gone to a New Web event, I would have loved to have someone comb their always impressive speaker list to give me suggestions before I made my must-see talks hit list.

So to save you the time, TNW attendee, I have put together a list of the top speakers I would recommend seeing at their event in Amsterdam this coming May 18 & 19.

Chase Jarvis, CEO and Co-Founder, CreativeLive
Okay, okay, I know what you are thinking, he is the CEO of our company so I have to put him on this list. Though, I would put him on this list even if I didn’t know and work with Chase here at CreativeLive. Chase has a way of naturally inspiring people with his message and makes you want to get up and take an active role in your own life to push yourself towards your goals. Plus, who doesn’t want some new insights on creativity? Check out the series I produced and that Chase directed and hosted, 30 Days of Genius.

Amber Case, Author, Calm Technology
How can you design technology that becomes a part of a user’s life and not a distraction from it? Amber Case talks about the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing a user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the background most of the time. She covers what design products that work well, launch well, are easy to support, easy to use, and remain unobtrusive. Who doesn’t love the idea of technology not being a total distraction and nuisance!

Ben Hammersley, Futurist and writer WIRED
Wired Magazine is one of the staple publications that I always browse to see what is what in the world of tech and science. What is interesting about Ben is that he consults on cybercrime which can, will, and does affect all of us. Ben is the person to choose to be your indispensable guide to the brave new digital future.

Nir Eyal, Author, Hooked
Nir taught a class on CreativeLive about his book, Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products. He also said in his book “Internet is, “a giant machine designed to give people what they want.” Hear from the man that is the go to person to learn about habit forming and building products. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir Eyal, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business.

Janneke Niessen, CIO, Improve Digital International B.V.
Janneke has published Project Prep, a novel for young girls in conjunction with an award-winning child book’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. What an inspiration for all of us!

Kevin Rose, Angel Investor / Entrepreneur
Kevin was a guest on 30 days of Genius and Kevin Rose has lived the dream of many aspiring Internet entrepreneurs. His businesses have been prescient and successful, and as an angel investor he has bet on major players before they were big: Square, Twitter and Uber, to name a few. But Kevin’s successes as the founder of Digg and Revision 3 weren’t due to shrewd calculation alone– they were built on a foundation of habits that anyone can duplicate and use as their own foundation.  

Chris Guillebeau, New York Times’ bestselling author
Chris is one of the most thoughtful, articulate, and brightest people we have on our CreativeLive Money and Life channel. He has taught two CreativeLive classes, Make Your Dream Trip a Reality and Become a Travel Hacker. Chris’s first book, The Art of Non-Conformity, was translated into more than twenty languages. His second book, The $100 Startup, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, selling more than 500,000 copies worldwide. His third book, The Happiness of Pursuit, was published in September 2014 and was also a New York Times bestseller. His fourth book, Born for This, will help you find the work you were meant to do. He is also the host of Side Hustle School. Oh, and if you get the chance talk to him about how he has visited every country in the world.

Tracy Chou, software engineer at large
Tracy is fighting the good fight and very vocal about women working in technology roles. In her words, “I had so many advantages, and I barely made it”. She not only has experience gender inequality in the tech sector but now speaks out about it. She’s a boss. Check her out for sure.

We are also offering at TNW attendees 25% off their entire cart from 5/17 – 5/26 with the code TNWATTENDEES25. Check out the courses we’ve hand selected for TNW Attendees here. Have a great event!

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