Samantha Radocchia


Digital Manufacturing, IoT, Blockchain

Areas of Expertise

Sensors  •  Networks & Computing Systems  •  Digital Networks  •  Cryptocurrency  •  Blockchain  •  Internet of Things  •  Digital Manufacturing  •  GGC-Environment  •  Smart Cities  •  Impact  •  Environment  •  Entrepreneurship  •  Disruption  •  Design Thinking  •  Corporate Innovation  •  Convergence  •  Artificial Intelligence  •  Abundance

About Samantha

Samantha Radocchia, or “Sam Rad” for short, is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author, and emerging tech advocate who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and a technologist.

Sam has delivered keynotes globally and led corporate trainings at Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations, conferences, national governments, NGOs, investment firms, and the United Nations, educating leaders on the technologies and cultural shifts that will shape their organizations—and daily lives—in the years to come.

A reformed gamer, she started studying virtual currencies in 2009 while writing her anthropology thesis on currency exchanges in the virtual world, “Second Life.” Since then, she has founded three companies, holds several patents, and was an early outspoken voice in blockchain as the co-founder of Chronicled, an enterprise blockchain company focused on supply chain. Samantha now consults executives, trade associations, governments, and investors on emerging technology trends and delivers keynotes at events worldwide.

In addition to emerging technology, Samantha is deeply passionate about Future of Work, Future of Production, Future of Community/Governance, Future of Cities, Future of Finance, Future of Wellness as well as sustainability, not just in respect to environment, but in business. She has built experimental cities, leveraging blockchain, IoT, robotics, and AI; assisted in the creation of large scale RPG game design and virtual world architecture; deployed mesh sensor networks across small and medium sized cities; worked with governments to track temperatures of volatile substances and medicines across hostile environments; created globally distributed and decentralized organizations of 1000+ members and helped companies shift to embrace remote work; assisted in the creation of a decentralized voting and governance system; rolled out identity and cryptocurrency to disaster zones and refugee camps; architected a decentralized manufacturing network with connected 3D printers and 3D knitters; deployed a drone delivery and authentication service on blockchain; assisted in the creation of a smart charging station for autonomous vehicles; and more. She also is trained in and speaks on organizational culture and theory, particularly as we shift to globally distributed and remote workforces. Her lectures on risk, emotionally intelligence, and intuition have been featured by globally recognized universities such as MIT, Columbia, and UCL.

She writes in her blog on “Radical Next Ideas,” and believes that the idea of Radical Evolution is paramount to the, now outdated, Digital Transformation mindset. She seeks to utilize technology to empower, not entrench.

She was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Enterprise Technology and has accumulated over 700 jumps as a competitive skydiver. Follow Sam on Twitter at @SamRadOfficial.

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Speaking Topics

  • Blockchain For Better

    Blockchain’s proposition to the world is that of decentralized trust. That’s a big idea. When, in the history of humanity, have we been able to execute this proposition? Sure, perhaps in villages, but on a global scale? So let’s imagine a connected global village—networked, rather—operating concurrently on a blockchain system of global trust. For this to happen, this networked trusting village, we must totally rethink our current economic systems, socio-political structures, norms, and mores. That sort of disruption, or shall we say metamorphosis, is not only logistically complicated but also downright threatening to existing structures and systems. So what does that mean for blockchain technology?
    The present is ready to embrace a blockchain-based system of decentralized trust, interoperability, and immutability. The question is, will we utilize the technology to replicate existing systems and structures (i.e. private cloud databases except replace database with blockchain)? Or, will we take a look at this technology, recognize what makes it different, unique, and powerful and then leverage those unique features to architect a truly innovative world? Personally, I am working towards the latter and here’s how:

    Nowhere do we see the positive impacts of blockchain more than in global supply chains. With blockchain, we can eliminate counterfeit drugs that are killing the recipients—often disadvantaged folks in underdeveloped countries. With blockchain, we can eliminate conflict minerals and blood diamonds. With blockchain, we can reduce food waste and spoilage. With blockchain, we can hold each other to the highest standards of humanity and ensure that our supply chains are transparent, ethical, humane, and sustainable.

    Let’s envision blockchain used for the better, not just for profit.

    By attending this session, you will:
    Understand how exponential technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, and AI work together to create the operating system for the future
    Explore a use case to track conflict minerals
    Learn how blockchain technology can be used to ensure social corporate responsibility and supply chain transparency
    Hear a case study involving tracking impact claims on blockchain
    Hear a case study in anti-counterfeiting for pharmaceutical drugs

  • Blockchain Operating System for the Future: How Emergent Technologies Become Exponential

    This talk examines blockchain–and more broadly, decentralization–as the future backbone or “operating system” for emergent technologies in every industry, both new and old. It takes the audience on a journey from our past, present, and future operating systems, highlighting how in addition to a shift in technologies, we are experiencing a broader shift in mindset, which will change how we interact with each other, our businesses, our governments, our finances, our products, and our environment.
    – Industry / Focus Areas this talk can be tailored to include but aren’t limited to:
    **Governance / Cooperatives
    **Smart Cities
    **Supply Chain
    **Digital Manufacturing
    **Food Production / Agriculture
    **Internet of Things
    **AI / ML / Robotics — i.e. Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Drones, Machine Economy
    **Environmental Impact, Circularity, Waste Management
    **Organizational Structure – Future Organizations
    **Natural Resource Management and Energy
    **Space Commerce and Remote Community Governance

  • Decentralizing Organizations: Future of Work in a Distributed World

    This talk examines the exponential shift to distributed teams and workforces and the role of decentralizing technologies such as blockchain, AR/VR, cooperative communities, and gaming in shaping the future of work or elimination of the concept of “work” all together.

  • Embracing Innovation with a Growth Mindset

    Leaders today are plagued by fear-based decision-making, which leads to incremental innovation, not the radical evolution required to embrace the abundance of exponential growth. This talk investigates the psychology of risk taking, emotional intelligence, and intuition for leaders and organizations in order to innovate from a place of trust and abundance, versus fear and optimization.

  • Future Civics: Governance, Cooperatives, and Decentralizing Urban Organization

    This talk takes the audience on a journey through emerging decentralized and civic organizational models — models beyond multinational corporations and nation-states, models which will carry us into the future of urban niche organizations, space colonies, and virtual worlds.

  • Leveraging Blockchain and IoT to Digitize your Supply Chain

    This session examines the current and future roles blockchain technology is playing in supply chain applications. Learn how supply chain applications – when combined with items like IoT microchips and sensors – can create a powerful smart supply solution used across a variety of applications, including product authentication, identification, track and trace, smart sensors and regulatory compliance, and machine to machine interactions. By attending this session, you will:
    Understand how IoT x Blockchain consortia are working towards a global protocol with Trusted IoT Alliance covering:
    Wallet (Machine to Machine)
    Explore a use case for securely and cryptographically sealing a package and giving a unique identity to a product in the supply chain with Gold
    Learn how blockchain technology can be used to track temperature data through the last mile in the pharmaceutical supply chain
    Hear a case study that explains how pharma serialization can be used to achieve Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) compliance

  • Shifting Your Mindset from Digital Transformation to Radical Evolution: Using Biomimicry in Designing your Organization

    Organizations today embrace concepts such as innovation and digital transformation, but they are incremental. This talk explores the lessons learned through biomimicry and biological systems and their growing role in organizational evolution, or what I call, “radical evolution.”

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