MONIKA BIELSKYTE

Futurist; VR & AR Expert; Advisor on Leading
Hollywood Productions & Technology Sector

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As a futures researcher, Monika Bielskyte has been on a decade long nomadic journey exploring futures in 90+ countries. As a futurist and futures designer, Monika consults on and prototypes culturally expansive, socially and environmentally engaged future world designs for the media industry, technology companies, and cities/countries.

With expertise in the immersive media space (XR/AI/UX) and edutainment, her work consists in connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with some of the world's most original creative visions that explores the relationship between speculative science fiction narratives (Dystopias, Utopias, &, most specifically, Protopias) & the unfolding Global Futures.

Monika’s past clients include Universal, Google, Nike, DreamWorks, BBC, Microsoft, Mexico City, McKinsey, Anonymous Content, Ridley Scott Associates, Reliance JIO, Telefonica, Intel, Aston Martin, MTN, TATA, Xerox PARC & Rick Owens, among others. 

 

Monika is also an internationally renowned public speaker in the field of innovation. Her talks cover the range of subject matter at the intersection of science and technology and its feedback loop with social, cultural and political realities across the world. She has spoken on panels and presented keynotes at The Royal Society, CERN, Unesco, C2, CPH:DOX, Future Of Storytelling, Sonar, among others. 


Most recently, Monika has been working on @ProtopiaFutures – a platform for research & creative collaborations challenging & offering alternatives to dystopian/utopian stereotypes. Protopia explores visions of radically hopeful & inclusive futures centering Queerness, Indigeneity, Disability & previously marginalized cultural perspectives. The framework of Protopia has been anchored in and shaped by the urgent need for mainstream articulation and awareness in how ‘(Y)OUR’ future is shaped, and to combat the rise of misinformation exploit pertaining to future science, technology, politics, and culture.

TOPICS

 

Designing the Future: The Singular Vision of Monika Bielskyte

 

How Science Fiction Influences Real Futures: Dystopia, Utopia, Protopia

Lessons from World Building 

 

Diversity Centered Futurism

 

Debunking Mainstream Futurist Mythologies

 

Future of Content/Media & Disinformation

  

Immersive Media Technologies: Virtual, Augmented, Mixed Reality

Future of UX & UI

Interaction of Emerging Technologies & Creativity/Culture/Politics

Future of Entertainment + Education (Edutainment)

  

Future of Inclusive Cities/Regenerative Urbanism

LOCATION: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Futurist Speakers, Creativity and Innovation Speakers

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