12-16 June 2016 | Las Vegas | Mandalay Bay Convention Center

General Session

JUNE 11, 2018

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Jim Pauley    NFPA Chair of the Board Randy Tucker

President's Report Jim Pauley

Chair's Report - NFPA Chair of the Board Randy Tucker of The Woodlands, TX



Keynote - The future belongs to those who are fast

Jim Carroll
Futurist, Trends & Innovation Expert

Keynote speaker Jim CarrollThe future belongs to those who are fast! That's the key message from Futurist Jim Carroll, who takes a look at the key trends which will impact our future in an era that has change happening faster than ever before. Even today, we have a new vocabulary that didn't exist just a few years ago: self-driving cars, 3D printing, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, blockchains, personal drones, swarmbots, smart dust, the Internet of Things, cognitive computing, smart factories, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, quantum computing,  smart clothing! What seemed to be science fiction just a few short years ago has become a reality today, as time compresses and the future accelerates.
In the world of fire protection, these fast trends are everywhere, and their impact on knowledge, standards, methods and more can be staggering.  We are in a time that involves the rapid emergence of new hazards and new risk - think about what has happening with roof photovoltaics & the rapid implementation of solar structures, which are presenting complex new challenges for large industrial or residential fires. The acceleration of science means that we are seeing faster, more complex challenges involving new chemicals, nano materials, as well as increased rail transport risk with the growth of the shale oil industry. New opportunities emerging with virtual and augmented reality firefighting strategies that are based on the acceleration of new computer technologies. Drones and autonomous firefighting vehicles everywhere! Smart building and Internet-of-Things technologies that are leading to new opportunities to understand, gauge and assess safety risk in real time. Aerial drones linked to in-truck multi-screen video system, robotic building explorers linked to real-time, 3D location databases, instant spectrometry air-sampling analyzers with intelligent fire suppression technology suggestions, and more!
Join us at the annual NFPA Conference in Las Vegas, where Jim will share his insight on the trends that will challenge us into the future, and what we must do to turn these trends into opportunities. 


Keller Rinaudo
Founder and CEO of Zipline 

2018 Conference & Expo General Session Rinaudo KellerKeller Rinaudo is a robotics and healthcare innovator who is showing the world how drone technology can be used to save lives. He is the CEO and co-founder of Zipline, which manages a system of custom robotic aircraft specifically designed to carry life-saving medical supplies to areas in need. Called a “visionary project” by the World Health Organization, “the new face of the aerospace industry” in The New York Times, and one of Business Insider’s “Startups to Watch” in 2017, Zipline uses cutting-edge technology to leapfrog the absence of preexisting infrastructure all over the globe and deliver medical necessities to healthcare professionals and their patients in the most remote parts of the world. The company currently operates in parts of Africa as well as within three US states. A former TED main stage speaker, Rinaudo was named one of 2017’s “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and made Forbes’ prestigious 2017 “30 Under 30” list in the Consumer Technology category. He discusses how to test solutions quickly to effectively maximize output, how to discover simple solutions to complex problems, emerging as a leader in an industry dominated by monopolies, and what technology and robotics mean for the future of business and government.  

The idea for Zipline was born on a trip to Tanzania, when Rinaudo met with a researcher who had compiled a database of doctors across the country who required immediate medical assistance for patients. This assistance typically came in the form of special medicine, blood donations, and other emergency treatments. Rinaudo was astounded by the number of requests and the lack of availability for those supplies to be delivered as needed. Inspired to find a solution, he gradually built a coalition around his vision, raised capital, recruited talent, created innovative delivery vehicles, forged new partnerships with government agencies, and implemented these solutions in extremely remote areas. 

Zipline’s groundbreaking partnership with the country of Rwanda has been the organization’s largest success story to date, and will ultimately put all 11 million of the country’s citizens within a 15-30 minute delivery of blood and any essential medical product. Zipline drones currently make 50 to 150 deliveries per day of red blood cells, plasma or platelets to the 21 transfusion facilities in the western half of Rwanda. Zipline is also working with the Global Alliance for Vaccines, UPS, USAID, and several other countries in East Africa. In 2017, Fast Company named drones being used for good as one of the “12 tech trends that will shape our lives” this year, and cited Zipline’s work as proof.  

Before founding Zipline, Rinaudo was a software engineer with a special interest in robots and autonomous systems. A graduate of Harvard University, Rinaudo built computers out of RNA and DNA that operate in human cells as molecular doctors and published this research in Nature Biotechnology, becoming one of the youngest first authors in that publication’s history.  

Keller currently oversees a team of 30 aerospace and software engineers formerly of companies including SpaceX, Boeing, and Google, and is based in San Francisco. Zipline is funded by Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Paul Allen, Jerry Yang, and Stanford University.   

NFPA Conference
& Expo

June 11-14, 2018
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

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