Dr. Mark Van Rijmenam

Expertise: The Metaverse, Digital Future, The Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Big Data and how these technologies change your organisation
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Dr. Mark Van Rijmenam

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is the digital speaker and a future tech strategist who thinks about how technology changes organisations, society and the metaverse. He has published a number of books his most recent is on the Metaverse. Step into the Metaverse; How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy, detailing what the metaverse is and how organizations and consumers can benefit from the immersive internet.

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is the founder of Datafloq and co-founder of AKVO. Datafloq is the one-stop source for emerging tech, offering C-level Executives information, insights, knowledge and opportunities to drive innovation with data and use technology in ways that benefit employees, customers and citizens. AKVO enables users to immerse themselves and create lasting memories with friends & family by experiencing the virtual worlds together.

He recently launched the Between Two Bots podcast with Dan Turchin, covering the cultural, technological and ethical implications of artificial intelligence, technology and the metaverse.

Mark runs a series of “Tech Jounals” here is an episode explaining The Metaverse

The Metaverse – What is it and What Does it Mean for Business and Society –

He has a bachelor’s in hospitality management, a Master of Science in Marketing Management, and a PhD in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. His research was on how organisations should deal with big data analytics, Blockchain and AI.

He is a globally recognised speaker on big data, blockchain and AI, a future tech strategist and author of 3 best-selling management books. His last book, The Organisation of Tomorrow, discusses how AI, blockchain and analytics turn every business into a data organisation. He has been named a global thought leader on big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence many years in a row.

​​His (virtual) keynotes focus on the future of work, the digital employee and how to build the organisation of tomorrow using emerging technologies such as big data, blockchain, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

The Digital Speaker believes that every organisation is a data organisation, which brings massive opportunities but also comes with significant responsibilities. In his talks, he discusses the importance of data security, data governance and data privacy to help organisations build a customer-centric business using emerging technologies.

Mark delivered the world’s first TEDx Talk in virtual reality.

Mark delivered the world’s first TEDx Talk in virtual reality.

As part of the Global Countdown event on 10-10-2020, Dr Van Rijmenam delivered the world’s first TEDx talk in virtual reality.

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Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Rewrite How the World Operates explores how the merging of physical and virtual worlds will irrevocably change the day-to-day experiences of individuals, organizations and even societies. By mapping out both the trillion-dollar opportunities and potential liabilities of the metaverse, this book aims to prepare business leaders, consumers, and government officials for the future of the Internet: live selling via streaming fashion shows, virtual movie screenings and concerts, digital twins of physical cities, digital products sold directly to avatars, and more. Step into the Metaverse considers its topic from every angle, covering a range of issues relatable to broad audiences and C-suite executives alike.

Think Bigger -Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for your Business 2021

Blockchain Technology as the Operating System of the Digital Age

The book declares a simple and important truth: Blockchain has achieved platform status and will be foundational for creating a decentralised society where data privacy and security are standard.

Edited with a preface by Don Tapscott, brought together by the Blockchain Research Institute and in collaboration with six other contributors, Christian Keil, Anjan Vinod, Dominique Guinard, David Mirynech, Alan Majer, and Michele Mosca, the book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the platform revolution.

Abstract Emerging technologies change organisations as we know them. Organisations that want to remain competitive in a changing environment, need to anticipate shifting behaviours of stakeholders and technologies. Technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain and artificial intelligence; as well as trends such as the Internet of Things are challenging common industry practices. These technologies challenge organisational design and strategic management and they make data more important than ever before.

Big data analytics empowers consumers and employees. This can result in an open strategy and a better understanding of the changing environment. Blockchain enables peer-topeer collaboration and trustless interactions governed by cryptography and smart contracts. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence allows for new and different levels of intensity and involvement among human and artificial actors. With that, new modes of organising are emerging: where technology facilitates collaboration between stakeholders; and where humanto-human interactions are increasingly replaced with human-to-machine and even machine-to-machine interactions. These disruptions to accepted norms require a change in approach to how we organise activities within and across organisations


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