The year 2018 was full of technological breakthroughs, disruptive innovations, and new startups.

At LEAP we are looking forward to 2019 which will bring many interesting new innovations, trends to discuss and knowledge to share. Here are top five trends we will discuss at LEAP Summit 2019.

1. Artificial Intelligence & Automation going mainstream

During 2018, artificial intelligence has made a big leap in progress. Today, it is influencing millions of people through smart hardware and smart software. McKinsey estimates AI techniques have the potential to create between $3.5T and $5.8T in value annually across nine business functions in 19 industries. AI will also create many new jobs, but also “kill” many jobs which can be automated and done by computers.

2. The Rise of Digital Nomads

Many of today’s jobs can be done only with laptop and internet connection. Every year we see a growing trend of many people working remotely as digital nomads. 68% of millennial jobseekers say that they would be more interested in a company if they offered remote work according to one survey. Digital nomads combine travel and work and they are working remotely from various places in the world. In 2019, we will see also more freelance opportunities available worldwide, which will also influence the digital nomads’ trend.

3. Focus on creativity and productivity continues

Through years, more and more industries are focusing on creativity and creative ways of solving challenges. With modern and smart technology there is much more pressure on humans to be creative and productive. Effective goal setting and focus on productivity and creativity will be one of the hottest trends in 2019.

4. Go-Green trends powered by technology

Sustainable development, smart cities, green energy, smart ecology, and environmental protection is trending for years now. World population is growing and every day there is a bigger need for sustainability. In 2019 we are looking forward to new innovations in sustainable development and green energy as well as smart solutions which will increase the overall quality of life for all species on the earth.

5. Digital technologies powering digital businesses

Digital technologies are reshaping the whole industries and that trend will continue to move on in 2019 as well. With growing innovation in the digital-tech field, many new startups will be powered by digital technologies.  Digital technologies bring many opportunities for new business ideas and many entrepreneurs will for sure use these opportunities to start scalable businesses in 2019.

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