Presentation: Risk of Climate Change and What Tech Can Do

Track: Surviving Uncertainty: GDPR, Brexit, or Politics? Beyond DR

Location: St James, 4th flr.

Duration: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Day of week: Monday

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Abstract

The presentation updates what we know as the science of abrupt climate change continues unraveling the details of humanity's collision with nature. After scaring the hell out of the audience with the burden of awareness, several bold visions are very briefly shared, visions to slow down the pace of climate change to buy time and save lives.
The second half of the presentation looks at some of the business risks of climate change and how that affects the world of technology and cloud, and how the major cloud vendors are reacting to climate change and what that means for you, your code and your business. You will learn about how important industry decisions are compared to personal decisions, and how your business decisions about where to run your applications affects the climate, and the questions that you should be asking of your cloud vendors and suppliers regarding where their energy comes from.
It is possible for the tech world to have a positive impact on climate change and mitigate their business risk at the same time. Come and find out how.

Speaker: Jason Box

Climatologist & Professor in Glaciology at The Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
  • Professor in Glaciology at The Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) with over 70 journal articles at GEUS since 2013
  • Greenland ice climatologist with more than 20 lead and more than 110 co-authored journal articles
  • 30 expeditions to Greenland since 1994, more than 1 year camping on ice
  • installed and maintained a network of more than 20 automatic weather stations on Greenland’s inland ice in expeditions spanning 1994-present.
  • Ohio State University teaching 2003-2010 with emphasis on atmosphere-surface interactions, physical climatology at local to global scales, and environmental problems.
  • lead author on Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) report chapters in 2017 and 2018
  • contributing author to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fourth and fifth assessment reports
  • Popular Writing in New Yorker and Huffington Post

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Speaker: Paul Johnston

CEO @roundaboutlabs

Paul Johnston is an interim CTO, CTO and strategist who has particular interests in serverless, cloud, startups and climate change. Formerly Senior Developer Advocate at AWS for Serverless and CTO of multiple startups including one of the world’s first serverless startups.
 
Paul is also an unpaid Director of a Community Energy Company in his home town of Milton Keynes, which owns over 300kW of solar arrays on buildings in the area, and aims to use the profits to benefit the local community.
Paul is a keynote speaker, tweets a lot at @PaulDJohnston and blogs a lot on Medium. May also be working in stealth mode on something (it’s probably serverless and to do with energy)…

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