I spoke with Troy Haines about his Transformative Tech talk for this upcoming Friday Zoom on 5th March 2021
Hi, everybody. I’m Seamus Campbell, co chair of Startup & Innovation Tablelands, and I’m talking to Troy Haines who’s going to be talking at our Friday, fortnightly zoom this Friday, the 5that 12:30. So I’ll just hand over to Troy now who’s well known, but will tell us a little bit about himself. Hi, Troy, how are you today?
Hey, mate, I’m good. How are you?
Oh, good. Thank you. Yeah.
Looking forward to Friday. So just a little bit, just for those that don’t know me, I was in Cairns, I’m now in southeast Queensland, the Gold Coast region, and I’ve spent 20 years in Cairns. In 2012, I was leading theSpace, which is a startup incubator co-working space. We from 2012 until 2020, hosted a number of different programmes in partnership with various private companies, governments at all different levels, to support the development of the ecosystem essentially support entrepreneurs and innovators to turn their ideas into reality. We knew very early on that it takes a village to raise a startup. And so we set out about building out the ecosystem connecting with key stakeholders, both locally in Cairns, but then throughout Queensland and Australia and beyond internationally.
Right. And you’re going to be talking about transformative technology this Friday. Can you sort of briefly tell us what it actually is? What is transformative technology?
Yeah, for sure. So before I do that, I’ll just sort of say, as a follow on to what I was saying about startup space, like, for me, I have been interested in personal development for most of my adult life, and it was a pain a deep pain of not knowing who I was and how I fit into the world that sort of led me to that. And it was about 2018, where I was introduced to transformative technologies, which is technology focused around mental health, well-being, human performance and human potential. And for me, I used to think technology caused more dysfunction than it did to support like human well-being because I have to go and meditate to actually recentre, reconnect and tune into by what I felt is the next steps moving forward. And so there was a mentor that I had close, closely connected to transformative tech who said that no, we’re creating these technologies, we should be building technologies that support humanity, to be happier, healthier, and to evolve. And so he inviting, encouraged me to get involved in transformative tech. So now I’m the chair of Transformative Technologies, Australasia working with a group out of San Francisco, and really, it’s the coming together of my two worlds, the startup space and that personal and professional development space. And where we’re supporting entrepreneurs and innovators to build technologies all like these emerging exponential technologies, like artificial intelligence, like ARVR biotech, wearable technologies, etc, a whole range of different exponential technologies and applying them to us, humans, helping us to be happier, helping us to move across this well-being spectrum mental health, well-being, human performance and potential. So it’s not just about being happy. It’s about like, you know, what is our ultimate potential?
Wow. Right. So quite an important thing for all humans, really. You mentioned that you were connected with the global technology group in the States. How big is it? I mean, is it just starting now? Or do you see that it’s going to be growing exponentially, I suppose in the next few years.
Yeah. Well, it’s interesting Seamus because we’re starting to see like, traditional investment into health tech move towards wellness tech. And when you look at health tech, a lot of health tech is really, the horse is already bolted. It’s almost like unwellness tech or disease tech – you look at modern hospitals, they’re not there, they’re treating people that are already unwell. Whereas where we’re focusing and helping people to be, well, like, the body is constantly trying to get into, like this homeostasis, the body each night when we go to sleep is working to regenerate and heal itself. But often, you know, modern lifestyle and our inability to be able to dis-identify with that noise in our head that mind a concept of self makes it really hard even to sleep for a lot of people. So it’s, yeah, so it’s been going since 2014, have had a conference which they’ve run in Palo Alto in San Francisco. And it’s grown from year on year. And then in 2018, they had the first global, what’s called an academy. Free one month long Academy where they invited entrepreneurs from all over the world to participate, they invited me to be a mentor for the programme. And then, again, 2019 did the same, I was fortunate enough to go to the conference in Palo Alto in 2019. And also in in 2019, I got to go and spend a month over in transformative technology labs, working with the founders, and really connecting and building out working at a high level on the strategy for transformative technology globally. And so, in 2019, they announced the opportunity to host chapters, of which Queensland was one, we hosted one of 14, which then went to about 38, in 2020. 2020, was a year for a lot. But again, this year, it’s growing. Now, as a movement, you know, like, even prior to COVID, like mental health, there was a cognition crisis, there was a sleep epidemic. And so COVID really helped to exacerbate that. But now, it’s, we’re kind of in the right place at the right time is what I see, to help entrepreneurs and innovators to really build, you know, as part of what we’re doing is encouraging people that have got really mad skills that are into these exponential technologies, and just build something for the sake of making money or making food come quicker. build something that’s really gonna help move the dial on humanity, because what we’re seeing is that these technologies, they’re going, they’re growing exponentially year on year, they’re accelarating a lot of the crisis’s that we’re facing. But our our ability to be able to cope, is still on this linear curve, like we’re not accustomed to, we haven’t evolved our ability to be able to manage in a world so quickly. So it’s causing this friction. And so what we’re about is let’s bring these exponential technologies down to our humaneness, and help that tool evolve exponentially as well.
Oh, wow. Okay. And just finally, quickly, what can the attendees on this Friday zoom, expect to get out of this session with you?
Yeah, so what I’m gonna do on Friday, I’m just gonna talk a little bit more about the global ecosystem, transformative technologies. I understand that it’s gonna be like entrepreneurial type people, innovators on the call. So I’ll show them how they can get involved with you guys up there in Far North Queensland flying the flag for transformative tech, as part of a broader transformative technology Queensland movement as part of a broader transformative technology Australasian movement. And so I’ll talk a little bit more about that and unpack the different technologies and show some practical examples about how we’re applying them I’ve got my own startup called I am connected, where we’re working with entrepreneurs, or founders in their and their teams, if they’ve got them, founders as well, to apply some of these technologies to help them create story to improve wellness and performance based on objective metrics, based on key data. So I’ll talk more about that on Friday. And then there’ll be the opportunity to ask questions as well.