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Timandra Harkness talks tech at Manchester Conference

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Posted by Kirsten on 27th Sep 2017

In today’s society, we need to deliver more for less and in these extraordinary times we need to manage change effectively, efficiently and to capitalise on the opportunities available while driving forward new and innovative achievements. From innovation to infrastructure, the APM Project Management Conference Manchester will challenge our future thinkers and thought leaders to address the profession’s greatest challenge; "what’s next?"...

There is no doubt that tomorrow’s organisations will be required to move to a state where change and improvement are the only constants, continually striving to keep up with the pace of external change. They will be required to be more agile, value led, customer centric, explorative and efficient to remain robust and relevant. Enabling these shifts will require that project professionals become keen champions of digitally enabled ways of working, and not just about using the tools. Digital transformation touches every aspect of the organisation (or at least should to succeed) and, crucially, requires new cross-functional behaviours of adapting, testing and learning. 

These are serious topics and can seem overwhelming. Our keynote speaker however knows how to address these issues in a light-hearted manner. Combining unusual facts with insight and humour, Timandra Harkness looks at how the future will affect business and society. As well as looking at big data, she tackles AI and robotics, and considers topics around our relationship with science and technology.

Timandra is a science writer, broadcaster and comedian. She has performed maths standup, presented on Radio 4, and written a book; Big Data: does size matter? 

After performing improvised and standup comedy, hosting cabaret, and touring with a tented circus, Timandra formed the first comedy science double-act in the UK with neuroscientist Dr Helen Pilcher. Now a regular writing and presenting on Radio 4, Timandra has fronted documentaries such as Data, Data Everywhere, and Personality Politics. She also co-hosts FutureProofing, with Leo Johnson, which sees her looking at the future of everything from language to war, ageing to food. She’s also the resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo.

Away from the microphone and since winning a competition in the Independent with a piece on goat-borrowing, she has written for publications including the Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times, Evening Standard, WIRED, Men's Health and Significance (the journal of the Royal Statistical Society).

We invite you to join us at APM Project Management Conference Manchester on 5 December 2017 to find out more about 'What's next' for projects, people and practice in our increasingly vital profession.

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