Show your company the future

Decoded talks tackle complex topics by getting audiences to play, interact, and think in ways they haven’t before. Welcome to the future.

Sometimes you need someone from the outside. Someone who spends every day neck-deep in technology but knows how to talk about it to people who don’t. Someone who can capture the imagination of your company and get your team pumped about what’s around the corner. Someone who’s seen the future.

We speak at conferences and team offsites. And we’re at home on large stages or in intimate boardrooms. Recent appearances include: SXSW, MasterCard Innovation Forum, Goldman Sachs, Dow Jones Mobile Week, The Next Web, The Economist Digital, Transformation Conference, Internet Week, Social Media Week, The Future of Storytelling, Vanity Fair Digital Summit, Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity.

Part-education, part-show, and always hands-on – our talks are a great way to complement your company vision.


The future is written in lines of code

This talk examines how to create a digital-first culture and how continuous education teaches people skills for the future.



Revolutionizing the customer experience

This talk explores the future of customer experience, the evolution of machine learning so far, and what we can expect from the development of AI.



A robot is about to steal your job

And what are you going to do about it? In this talk, we explore why automation is inevitable and what it means for jobs in the future – even yours.



Our speakers are experts and leaders in technology and empowerment. They bring deep subject knowledge and understand the challenges that new technology poses to people and businesses. And they know how to tell a good story.

Kathryn Parsons

Co-Founder, Decoded

Kathryn co-founded Decoded in 2011 and set about transforming it into a globally recognized business. She studied Classics at Cambridge, turning from the languages of the ancients to code – the language of the digital world. Her reputation and relationships with CEOs and boards of some of the world’s largest businesses have gained Decoded some of our biggest clients.

Kathryn is a highly regarded public speaker and campaigns for code on curriculums and gender diversity in technology. She also advises government and industry leaders on developing technology skill sets and was awarded an MBE for services to technology education in 2017. She sits as Chairwoman of the UK Government Digital Skills Innovation Fund, the UK Government’s Cyber Security Board and the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board.

Elizabeth Lukas

CEO Americas

Elizabeth believes that it’s vital for people, businesses, and the economy to embrace technology and the new digital economy. The democratization of knowledge within our fastest-growing sectors is a thrilling challenge – one that she embraces every day.

At Decoded, she oversees The America’s strategic direction, product, and services development, and works with client leadership teams to align their digital visions with cultural and behavioral transformation. Elizabeth is an alumnus of the highly competitive Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program, a growth accelerator that prepares small businesses for rapid growth and expansion. She has spoken at SXSW on Data-Driven Storytelling and The Future of Work, and she has appeared in NPR, CIO Magazine, Fortune, New Tech City, The Drum, and The Business Journal.

Amadeus Stevenson


A coder and cyber-security practitioner, Amadeus is a trained scientist with a background in web development. After completing his Master’s degree in Physics at Imperial College London, Amadeus completed a Ph.D. in Bionanotechnology at the University of Oxford where he studied the interactions of nanostructures with bacterial cells and published research in Nature Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Research Letters.

As Decoded’s Chief Technology Officer, Amadeus leads technology talks, classes, and programs with clients, taking complex technology topics and building workshops for non-technical and semi-technical audiences. Since joining Decoded, Amadeus has taught workshops for over 2,000 senior executives across the world. He’s also spoken at numerous industry events such as the SXSW, Social Media Week, Internet Week and Future of Storytelling.

John Ridpath

Global Head of Product

John believes that education should be much more than a phase of your life (one that generally ends in your early twenties). After completing a Master’s degree in Shakespeare at UCL, in his early career, he spanned software development, journalism, and lecturing. He thinks that everyone should learn code, data science, hacking, design thinking, storytelling, blockchain – and a million other things that haven’t even been invented yet.

As Global Head of Product at Decoded, John leads the creation and development of new products, designs talks, classes, and programs for clients, and nurtures our talent pool of external facilitators. He has spoken at conferences across the world, including SXSW, DEFCON, One Young World, Cannes Lions, Big Data Summit and MWG Mediacongres.

Jeffrey Lancaster

Head of Product North America

Prior to joining Decoded, Jeffrey was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at the Columbia University Libraries / Information Services. Jeffrey earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Columbia University, an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Oxford University, and a BA in Chemistry and Art History as well as a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis.

As Head of Product for Decoded in North America, Jeffrey leads the development of new products and designs talks, classes and programs for clients. He is a frequent speaker at conferences across the US and has recently spoken at events including the Future of Storytelling, Internet Week, GE Global Leadership Meeting, Social Media Week, SXSW, Beyond the PDF, New Media in Education, and many more.

Greg Edwards

Data Scientist

As Data Scientist at Decoded, Greg works to show people the value of data by connecting cutting-edge machine learning techniques to new commercial problems. By lifting the veil on machine learning, he seeks to help data-owners connect business questions to data-powered answers and predictions. Greg loves sharing his expert insight with audiences of all levels.

After working in ad tech, Greg returned to academia to find out more about the state of machine learning and artificial intelligence. He completed his Master’s degree in Machine Learning at the University of London, complementing his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University. His work in Machine Learning focused on developing a single artificially intelligent program capable of learning and solving a range of different problems and games.