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Ramona Pringle

Technology Expert & Director of The Creative Innovation Studio

Ramona Pringle is an expert in technology, creativity and digital media. Ramona is an Associate Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, and Director of The Creative Innovation Studio, a creative network comprised of multiple incubators, including the Transmedia Zone, Design Fabrication Zone, and Fashion Zone, as well as the Global Campus Studio, a unique digital studio devoted to fostering international co-productions through the use of contemporary collaboration tools.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Beyond Bitcoin – Understanding the Basics of Blockchain (Without All the Hype and Jargon)
Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency. The buzzwords are everywhere, but what is all of it, how does it work, and how is it changing businesses? Bitcoin, the hotly-hyped digital currency, is just the beginning: From shared contracts to tamper-proof land registries, to the new generation of social networks, the decentralized nature of the blockchain has the potential to be the next great technology. With her signature approach of breaking down complex topics, and slashing confusing jargon, Ramona will educate the room on what it might mean for your business.

Key Takeaways 
• A foundational understanding of what the blockchain is. 
• A customized approach to how it can simplify complex processes in your sector.

AI is Everywhere
The robot revolution is happening, and artificial intelligence is everywhere, from manufacturing and transportation, to finance, customer service… and even creative industries. With the launch of fully automated Amazon convenience stores and the proliferation of social media chatbots that engage with customers, smart machines are changing the face of business in the 21st century. But what does this rapid rise of AI mean for the workforce, and for your business? In this presentation, Ramona will provide your audience with an insider’s view on the spread of AI is across all sectors. With a look ahead at what’s coming, this talk will give you the tools to plan for the future and set your organization up for success.

Surviving and Thriving in an Era of Disruption: Preparing the Next Generation for a Changing World
The world is changing quickly. As much as 40% of the human workforce is predicted to be displaced by robotics and artificial intelligence over the coming decades, with automation reaching into sectors once thought to be safe from disruption, including medicine, the financial sector and journalism. In light of this massive shift, the World Economic Forum estimates that the majority of children entering primary schools today will ultimately work in new job types and functions that currently don’t yet exist. So how do we prepare students?

Key Takeaways:
• The skillsets required for the jobs of tomorrow.
• The strategies needed to successfully manage the transition into the age of automation.

Understanding the Allure of Digital Technology and Predicting Future Trends
With over 2 billion Facebook users worldwide and more cellphones than people around the globe, social media has become a powerful aspect of our daily lives. Digital tools and social platforms influence everything from the way we connect with each other, to the way we search for recommendations and services, to the way we buy things. In this presentation, Ramona provides professionals with the knowledge and tools to understand the new media age. With her extensive background in content creation and digital culture expertise, Ramona will share her knowledge and educated predictions on the technological trends of tomorrow.

Key Takeaways:
• How best to create and maintain meaningful relationships that start online
• Strategies for developing your digital brand, reaching new audiences, and enriching loyal customer relationships, online.

Ramona also offers customized presentations on Emotional Intelligence, Analytics and more. View a full list of her presentations here.

Platform Plus

Host/MC Ramona has a wealth of experience hosting events throughout North America, including OMDC Digital Dialogue Conference, Buffer Festival, NXNE and more. She's also hosted events made for digital consumption including CBC’s pop culture show The X, and the webcast of Idea City.

Awards

2013
Canada's 10 to Watch | Playback Magazine
Digital Media Personality of the Year | Digi Awards | Nominee
2011
Digital Media Woman of the Year | Digi Awards | Nominee
  • You were fantastic! Thank you very much for a very informative, thought-provoking presentation. The audience was extremely engaged and I heard many people having discussions regarding the information you provided, after the session. You gave people something to think about!

    - Professional Development Coordinator, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association
  • Ramona extends an invitation to engage the wired world, with a signature difference. With connection at our fingertips, she encourages us to choose to focus on the person, not the technology, as the true reality, offering enlightened guidance along the path.

    - Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University
  • With her screen-friendly persona and intellectual prowess – she holds a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, a BFA in Film and Video from York University and is an assistant professor at Ryerson – Pringle is custom-tailored for today’s multi-faceted media environment.

    - Playback Magazine
  • Ramona did a great job adapting her usual case study to a more practical format for the audience and they were very appreciative. Thank you.

    - Canadian Media Production Association

Summary Profile

As a writer, producer, researcher and journalist, Ramona’s work examines the evolving relationship between humans and technology. She is a technology analyst and columnist for CBC, where she tackles current affairs and explores the impact of technology and social media on all aspects of people’s lives, from work to relationships.

Ramona was the writer and director of the interactive documentary “Avatar Secrets, the interactive producer of PBS Frontline’s “Digital Nation,” and editor in chief of “Rdigitalife,” and has edited and guest edited several “IEEE” publications.

Ramona’s projects have been featured at festivals and conferences including i-docs, Power to the Pixel, TFI Interactive, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs, SXSW, NXNE, Social Media Week, TEDx, and in publications including the New York Times, Mashable, Cult of Mac and the Huffington Post. She is a member of the City of Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board, and the Chair of Interactive Ontario’s Emerging Talent Committee.

Ramona has a Master’s Degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.