Innovation, creativity and change are the products of Josh Klein’s take on hacking – the ideological and technical process of taking something apart and putting it back together – but better. When he's not busy hacking everything, Josh takes to the stage as an inspirational keynote speaker.
Josh Klein is a hacker. He explores ideas and trends, examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything. When he's not taking things apart or putting them back together again he takes the stage as an inspirational keynote speaker. He writes, and consults on new and emerging technologies that improve people's lives - and has tremendous fun doing it.
Josh Klein is the quintessential hacker - a cross-disciplinary, pattern recognizing polymath who takes his greatest joy from combining the unexpected and seeing the result work in new and better ways.
His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behaviour, and many more. Klein knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations or hacking- a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community. A hacker is someone who is willing to take a system apart to create new opportunities.
A “hack” in the traditional engineering sense is a clever re-use of technology or systems to achieve a superior result. It’s also increasingly the most common means of innovation available to any organization or individual.
Join Joshua Klein as he explains how hacking allows success everywhere, for anyone - from the tooth fairy to the publishing industry - and how we as hackers can herald global improvements by being exactly who we are.
Josh has practiced and was trained, both formally and informally, in hacking - social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behaviour, and, most recently, the publishing industry.
Most of Josh's time is spent speaking to companies and at conferences such as World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Gadgetoff, TED, SICS, LA-IP, BIF, and Serious Play, and he has appeared on the Sundance Channel, Nova, and other programs. He also spends a significant amount of time consulting to companies large and small, such as Microsoft, Oracle, Frog Design, Nokia, Johns Hopkins, Bankinter, The United States Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and others.
Josh has hosted a TV series for National Geographic, focussing on the history of innovation, and has written articles about new and emerging technology in publications such as The Guardian, Fast Company, Wired, the Washington Post and El Mundo.
At India Today's Annual Conclave Josh got to live every geek's dream of being paired with Sir Tim Berners-Lee on a panel about the future of technology.
But really what Josh does is this: he examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything.
Josh Klein is a hacker. He explores ideas and trends, examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective.
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