The world is going “Digital” and the majority of companies in today’s world are either already becoming software companies, or thinking about it, and DevOps is an increasingly important tool in today’s corporate arsenal.


Firstly, a big thank you to George the event organiser for inviting me to be the keynote, and for putting on such a spectacular event in such a spectacular location.



The Disruptive Future, London, UK

"Our event ran with the tagline 'Challenge Your Strategy' and Matthew more than delivered on this promise. His keynote speech covered an incredible array of emerging technologies at breakneck speed, in a unique radar format. The examples he covered bought home both the opportunity and disruptive threats for business, and everyone in the audience is sure to take the title 'Futurist' seriously after today."

George Bailey Marketing Director, ClearVision


Sponsored by Atlassian, one of the world’s fastest growing enterprise software “Unicorns,” Clearvisions’ “BBQ in the Clouds 2016” event at London’s prestigious, and often surprising, Kensington Rooftop Gardens was awash with great barbecue food, cocktails and networking opportunities. And flamingos.


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Held over the course of a day the event – set against a cloudless azure sky under a burning summers sun in a garden fit for royalty, gentry and multi-nationals on a rooftop in London – was an exploration and conversation around the implications of the cloud and emerging technology on todays and tomorrows business strategies.



Left to right: Matt Gardiner, Gen Ashley and myself

With over 150 attendees from such a broad spectrum of industries and backgrounds, from central government departments including the Cabinet Office, HMRC and the Ministry of Justice through to industry giants including British Airways, Gartner, Google, King, News International, Puppet Labs, Rackspace, Sainsbury’s, Santander, Sky, Sony, UBS, Unilever, Vodafone and the Wellcome Trust the event was always going to provide attendees with plenty of new ideas to stoke the fires and discover new ways to help them differentiate their businesses and shake up the stats quo.




From discussions and presentations about how the cloud and emerging technologies, from AI and blockchain to augmented reality and VR, are changing the way we all work and collaborate with each other to the cloud and DevOps tools that multi nationals are using at the cutting edge of digital innovation and transformation the day didn’t disappoint.


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About author

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.