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Gold medallist blade runner, AI specialist

Being the best in the world is not as enjoyable as the path to get there

Liam Malone is nothing short of inspiring and truly knows how to WOW an audience.

The retired blade-running Paralympian has followed his passion for technology and innovation to work with Auckland-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Soul Machines, known for their cutting edge, world leading AI technology.

From technology for shopping assistants to customer service agents, Soul Machines creates life-like digital humans for business to employ to humanise online self-service, it’s a concept Air New Zealand, among others have already trialled.

Liam is widely known as the world number one bladerunner - hitting the headlines when after less than three short years in the sport he broke the previous Paralympic records held by Oscar Pistorius. His story of hitting rock bottom while at university to turning it all around and receiving two golds and a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games is nothing short of incredible. His times on the track make him New Zealand’s second fastest 400m sprinter ever - legs or not!

Liam’s awards also include the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Athletics, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 54th Halberg Awards, and winner of the Sovereign Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ start up competition in 2015.

Current work
Liam speaks on the fascinating movements in AI, digital disruption, innovation and more. Unlike many futurists, Liam is working with these technologies and seeing their advances daily, thereby offering a unique insight into the industry, what’s ahead and what it means for doing business as we know it.

Liam continues to create and chase dreams, moving to the UK to practise Stand Up Comedy, while beginning training for an Ironman, recording a podcast series and working for New Zealand company Soul Machines. After completing his first marathon with no training in 2018, Liam has set his sights on an Ironman in 2019 under the mentoring of New Zealand's inspirational Iron Woman Louise Corbett. This challenge not only requires Liam to achieve the physical abilities to complete the Ironman but also overcome significant technological challenges as he has to design new prosthetics for the Swim, Bike and Run as his current blades and legs won't meet the demands of the event. Liam's latest journey reflects on the emotional challenges from going from the top as a world class athlete with opportunities knocking to an aspiring comic that no one knows, but all the while holding true to the principles and values that got him to the top in first place.

Well received among all audiences, Liam’s story will surprise and delight - an authentic and vulnerable delivery covering everything from overcoming adversity to AI.



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What an incredible young man Liam is. He made an impact with the audience across every generation and there was not one person in the room who wasn’t in awe of how authentic and honest he was. He models resilience and determination and I can’t tell you how impressed I was with his ability to convey his message. Liam went the extra mile to connect with our Invictus Athletes and that left an overwhelming feeling of support with them. He uplifted them and their journey and showed real respect to their stories. What a great ambassador for our country. Royal New Zealand Navy
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