About Nikolas Badminton
Learn about how Nikolas Badminton grew up with his focus on the future from a very early age to being one of the world’s leading Futurist Keynote Speakers. Read more about his upbringing, education, 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. This progressive degree allowed him to experiment with the Internet, data, Organizational Design, Cognitive Psychology, Human-computer Interface design, Chaos theory and Artificial Intelligence. His final year thesis focused on a study into sub-symbolic language systems, how Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) could infer grammatical structures from them, and how there was a devolution of grammar.
Note: ANNs were quite rudimental at this stage and performed poorly however the study led to significant questions about whether we truly need grammar in formal communication. Social media today shows us that devolution sourced from slang and acronym-based systems.
In 1996, Nikolas went on to work for Matra Marconi Espace in Toulouse, and then onto number of high-profile technology providers and management consultancies including Capgemini where he became a certified Technical Architect.
Nikolas built new teams and led strategic programs delivering large-scale data analytics and CRM practices for global blue chip organizations. In these roles Nikolas worked with CEOs and their executive teams to change how they see the world and provide impactful strategic advice. In total, these projects resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in operational savings and increased revenues.
Becoming a ‘Futurist’
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. He helped clients create engagement and win a few awards (which was nice).
Nikolas also focused on building an alternative thinking community that encouraged big questions and active discussion on the future with events like – Cyborg Camp (in collaboration with Amber Case), From Now Conference (where Nikolas received his xNT microchip), PRODUCT design thinking, Future Camp, and DARK FUTURES. At the same time he started writing for and interviewing with leading media publications, including Fast Company, VICE, CBC, CTV, Global News, Globe & Mail, The Atlantic, BBC, Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, Betakit, DailyHive, and other.
In 2016 he partnered with Nick Black from Intensions on the now widely recognized and duplicated study ‘STUDY FINDS A QUARTER OF CANADIAN ADULTS BELIEVE A COMPUTER PROGRAM WOULD BE MORE TRUSTWORTHY AND ETHICAL THAN THEIR BOSS’. The buzz resulted global #2 on Reddit and has been replicated by a number of other research agencies.
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. He is also the subject of a new documentary on biohacking from the CBC called ‘Smart Drugs’.
Nikolas works with the United Nations Climate Change secretariat to help envision solutions for a resilient future in 2030 and beyond. You can see his opening keynote at the Resilient Frontiers Conference here.
He’s also a proud supporter of the performing arts community and has supported the PuSh Festival for over 8 years with digital projects, outreach, and fundraising.
Reach out to book Nikolas to discuss your biggest challenges.