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As Chief Economist for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), Dr. Shawn DuBravac is at the forefront of the latest consumer technology trends. An internationally sought-after speaker and commentator, he provides crucial economic analysis to association and industry leaders, regarding future economic activity and the relative health of the technology industry.
DuBravac spearheaded the creation of the first smartphone and cyber-security equity indexes, in partnership with NASDAQ, the CE consumer confidence index, and CNET. He has been listed as one of Dealerscope’s “40 under 40” people to watch in the consumer technology industry and has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University, the University of Mary Washington, and George Mason University.
He is the author of the best-selling book Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s and on CNN, MSNBC as well as other media outlets.
Dr. Shawn DuBravac is chief economist of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,400 consumer tech companies, which owns and produces CES, the world’s largest gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.
DuBravac is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate (Regnery, 2015), which explores how the world’s mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity in the realms of economics, health, travel and culture.
DuBravac is a well-regarded futurist who writes frequently on technology trends underpinning diverse industries. In his role as CEA’s chief economist, DuBravac provides crucial economic analysis to association and industry leaders regarding future economic activity and the relative health of the technology industry. He was the primary driver of smartphone and cyber-security equity indexes, developed in partnership with NASDAQ, and the CE consumer confidence index, in partnership with CNET. In 2012, DuBravac was named to Dealerscope’s “40 under 40” list of people to watch in the consumer technology industry.
DuBravac has been widely published on the topics of finance, economics and technology. His keen insights regarding the economic drivers of the global tech industry and future trends have made him a highly sought-after keynote speaker and commentator. DuBravac travels both internationally and domestically to meet with tech industry leaders and present on technology trends and the economy. In addition, his analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s and on CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets.
DuBravac has taught as an adjunct professor for George Washington University’s MBA program and has taught at the University of Mary Washington and for George Mason University’s MBA program. Prior to joining CTA, DuBravac was head research analyst in the Economic Analysis Group of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division He holds economic degrees from Brigham Young University and George Mason University.
Futurist and technology keynote speaker, Shawn Dubravac gives entrepreneurs a vivid look at the future we are building. While in the past, technology took decades to come to fruition, he emphasizes that this same cycle of development and disruption has been compressed into a time frame of a few years or less.
He cites voice-to-text as a prime example, a technology which first came out in 1995, with a word error rate of almost 100%. This rate was later reduced to 25% in 2003. A decade later, it was reduced to 5%. "In the last 18 months we have improved that technology more than in the first 20 years," he points out. "I think that same trend is playing across the board - all of these components are coming together today."
While most people think of the Digital Age as simply the accumulation of sleeker and more powerful gadgets, Shawn DuBravac delves into the major shifts we are just starting to see in economics, health, travel, and culture. The Digital Age is just in its infancy, he attests, and though digital data will solve many problems, it will also create several new challenges. Dubravac explores these challenges and opportunities, explaining how emerging consumer technology trends and disruptive technologies will change the way we live, work, and communicate.
Digital Destiny: How Innovation Will Affect Your Industry.
In 1980, McKinsey predicted that there would be 300,000 mobile phones in use by 2000. Today, there are 330 million in the U.S. alone. DuBravac outlines the “5 pillars of our digital destiny,” which includes among other things the continued proliferation of digital devices, increased connectivity, and the “sensorization” of consumer goods, and illustrates what the business world of the future will look like.
Drawing on research conducted by CTA, DuBravac predicts which experimental technologies will stick and disrupt business models, paints the picture of a continued shift from an analog to a digital world, and customizes his talk to showcase how business innovation has and will continue to affect the client at hand personally. For example, a talk with an insurance company looked at the past effects of online reviews on client relations and then mapped out the associated risks and rewards of the likely roll-out of autonomous cars into 2021.
The Connected Consumer of Tomorrow.
According to DuBravac, the consumer of tomorrow will use “the internet of me,” rely heavily on predictive customization, and live in a digital world that provides updates on their lives in real time. DuBravac looks at the rise of wearables and micro-customization, and breaks down how businesses will need to interact with their consumers as the social experiences of things like meetings, shopping, driving, and interacting change, altering with them formerly tried-and-true methods of advertising, marketing, and selling to clients.
This talk answers questions like:
- How will businesses adopt the “insider dialogue” (think emojis, pop culture references) increasingly used by consumers?
- Just how far will consumers want predictive analytics to go?
- How is technology reformatting society?
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Digital Destiny explores the role of innovation in driving a variety of transformative technologies and technology trends. Our digital future is a world where massive inefficiencies, such as the supply chains in Africa that allow food to rot before it can feed the hungry, will give way to sustainable communities. It’s a world where digital mechanisms will take over more and more of our lives, but where an individual will have more freedom in action, work, health and pursuits than ever before.
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