John Zakos


We are delighted to announce that John Zakos a highly creative Greek-Australian computer scientist has joined our speakers lineup.  John Zakos believes that the essence of creativity is based on the notion that we ultimately all have the freedom and the power to create our own reality and explore it through our own thoughts. Maybe that is why he created his first artificial intelligence chat robot when he was only 14 years old. Since then his fresh vision for interactive, humanized computing has resulted in world-leading innovation.

A technologist with an entrepreneurial drive, his career contributions range from research through to strategic business development, leading the commercialization of emerging technologies in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

Co-founding Cognea (formerly known as MyCyberTwin) in 2005, the company became recognized as a world leader in delivering virtual human solutions before being acquired by IBM in 2014, John thrives on seeing new ideas in the research lab, make it into the “real world” as main stream applications that have a positive impact on society.

Holding a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Dr Zakos has worked on cutting-edge technologies at the IBM Research Lab at Tokyo, Japan, while he is also a Research Fellow at Griffith University, Australia.

Wholeheartedly, he agrees with Einstein that “imagination is more powerful than knowledge”.