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AI Futurist Maurice Conti Announced as Ellucian Live 2024 Keynote Speaker
[February 22, 2024]

AI Futurist Maurice Conti Announced as Ellucian Live 2024 Keynote Speaker

Renowned innovator and thought leader to share insights about AI's impact on the future of higher education

RESTON, Va., Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced Maurice Conti, an AI futurist, TedX speaker and deep tech authority, as a keynote speaker at Ellucian Live 2024, the industry's premier global technology conference. Mr. Conti will share insights from his work as an AI futurist and the role of AI in modern technology during the Tuesday, April 9 mainstage presentation.

"We are proud to welcome Mr. Conti to the mainstage as an Ellucian Live 2024 keynote speaker," said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. "With AI shaping the world today and set to significantly impact the way higher education fulfills its mission, Mr. Conti's expertise as a leader in AI futurism and technological ideation is invaluable. His engaging style, thoughtfulness, and keen pulse for the latest innovations promise to captivate our audience of higher education leaders, inspiring them to bring back new insights and ideas to their campuses."

Ellucian Live will be held April 7-10, 2024 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, bringing together the largest global community of institutional leaders, technologists and administrators in higher education to discover game-changing solutions, industry insights, and powerful connections. 

Click here for more information on Ellucian Live 2024 and registration details. 

Maurice Conti is among the architects of the cutting-edge emerging technologies that are evolving humanity and the world around us: Artificial Intelligence, immersive reality (AR/VR/XR), advanced robotics and manufacturing, and technology for sustainability. He is a rare blend of hands–on practitioner and big thinker.

He is a sought-after and trusted advisor to the leadership teams of global companies, including Amazon Web Services, Lululemon, Mercedes AMG, NielsenIQ, Ralph Lauren, and Blackline Systems, on how to think about and deploy AI for the benefit of people and business. Working at the intersection of disruptive innovation, emerging technologies, and the future of work, cities, mobility, and climate, Conti is a vocal champion for the creation of technologies whose foundations are rooted in positive, human-centered purpose.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Conti takes audiences on a provocative and illuminating deep dive into how technology is changing the ways we live, work, and conduct business. He offers future-focused insights and actionable strategies to help organizations across industries understand what's coming in the future, why it matters for them, and how to prepare for, and thrive, in this unprecedented era of disruption and transformation. More than 12 million people have watched his popular TED talks, and his engaging speaking style, deep subject-matter expertise, and relatable insights are based on decades of work "in the trenches" with leading brands, including Nike, Tesla, Disney, Amazon, Airbus, and Ford.

Previously, Conti served as the chief innovation officer at Alpha, a long-term innovation organization created by Telefonica to conceptualize and carry out breakthrough moonshot projects. Before that, he was the director of applied research and innovation at Autodesk, where he led new product ideation, prototyping, and development. Among his expansive portfolio of innovative impact, he and his teams built and improved upon various AI, robotics, and fully immersive virtual reality products, and he also owns various patents in these areas. His teams also developed moonshots in clean energy, education, sustainability, food, and cybernetics. Conti's outstanding track record for building unusually diverse, high-performing, risk-taking teams and leading them to impactful, large-scale results precedes him. He focuses on fostering a culture of trust, daring, and pride in exceptional performance — an approach he has fine-tuned from his experiences working in design teams and collaborating with global organizations on pushing successful disruptive innovation projects to reality.

In addition to his standing at the forefront of tech and innovation, Conti is an explorer of geographies and cultures. He has sailed around the globe once and has been halfway around twice. In 2009, he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Bravery at Sea by the United Nations, the New Zealand Bravery Medal, and a U.S. Coast Guard Citation for Bravery for risking his own life to save three shipwrecked sailors.

With visions of a world where humans and machines are empowered to work together to solve business and society's most pressing challenges, Conti continues to help organizations bring to life a positive, successful, and sustainable future.

Ellucian powers innovation for higher education, partnering with more than 2,900 customers across 50 countries, serving 22 million students. Fueled by decades of experience with a singular focus on the unique needs of learning institutions, the Ellucian platform features best-in-class SaaS capabilities and delivers insights needed now and into the future. These solutions and services span the entire student lifecycle, including data-rich tools for student recruitment, enrollment, and retention to workforce analytics, fundraising, and alumni engagement. Ellucian's innovative solutions, vast ecosystem of partners and user community of more than 45,000 provides best practices leading to greater institutional success and achieving better student outcomes. 

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