About Nikolas Badminton

Learn about Nikolas badminton and how he grew up with his focus on the future from a very early age. Read more about his upbringing,  experience, and some of the projects he became well known for.

From computers to the Internet and Artificial Intelligence

He first sat at a computer in 1980 at the age of 8 and was given a copy of the Usborne Book of the Future by his parents. He was given his own computer at 11 and spent hours each day hacking games and programming. In 1989, he started building out graphical programs and database solutions from the ground up. He also started playing in bands around the same time.

In 1993 he enrolled in BSc in Applied Psychology and Computing at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. It was a hugely progressive course that allowed him to experiment with the Internet, data, organizational design, cognitive psychology, Human-computer Interface design and Artificial Intelligence. He was inspired to research sub-symbolic language systems, Artificial Neural Networks, and ask big questions about the devolution of grammar (OMG, LOL).

Getting to work

In 1996, Nikolas went on to work for a satellite company in Toulouse, and then onto number of high-profile technology providers and management consultancies.

He was the strategic and technical lead on programs delivering large scale data analytics and CRM practices for global blue chip companies. In these roles Nikolas worked at all levels of organizations and governments to change how they see the world and provide impactful strategic advice.

He helped executives align their organizations and implemented cutting-edge software, and the projects he worked on resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in operational saving and increased revenues for his clients.

In 2008, Nikolas moved to Canada and worked in strategic planning roles in the advertising industry. He worked with global ad agency teams to combine creativity, exponential technologies, culture hacking, and foresight planning to help clients have influence, become resilient, think exponential, and have a global impactful.

Becoming a Futurist

After moving to Canada, Nikolas focused on building community and accelerating thinking through events like – Cyborg Camp YVR (in collaboration with Amber Case), the From Now Conference, PRODUCT design thinking, the Future Camp unconference, and the now legendary DARK FUTURES speaker series. At the same time he started writing for some of the world’s most recognized media outlets and being asked to provide interviews and opinion regularly.

His provocative opinion and insights became well known through appearances in the Fast Company, VICE, CBC, CTV, Global News, Globe & Mail, The Atlantic and on the BBC. He has also written for the Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat.

Today, Nikolas works with world-leading organizations and governments in Canada, United States, UK and Europe, and Asia.

He has delighted more than 200,000 people at over 300 events with his insights, humour and guidance. He has also connected with millions through TV, media and radio. He is committed to keep pushing leaders to think bigger about their role in the future and to impact billions of people by providing a number of services over and above speaking.

Nikolas is currently the host on CTV’s Future Fridays broadcasting nationally in Canada.

Reach out to book Nikolas to discuss your biggest challenges.