Justin Baird is a global digital champion and futurist. He has forged an impressive career in innovation and technology heading teams of digital thinkers at Google and Dolby Laboratories while helping launch YouTube and Android across the Asia Pacific region. Justin further applies his talents to philanthropy, having worked with the United Nations, Earth Hour and the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Born in the U.S. and now a Sydneysider, Justin shares his keen intellect and analysis of amazing digital futures with audiences, ‘wowing’ them with his mind-blowing insights.
Originally from the United States, Justin lived in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Sydney.
He holds a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Music from the University of Miami, providing a unique background in technology and the creative arts.
Justin applied this expertise in the professional audio industry as director of product management at Dolby Laboratories Inc. and as a research and design engineer at Meyer Sound Laboratories in the fields of electroacoustics.
In addition, Justin holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and graduate level engineering acoustics training from Penn State University.
1-Page, where Justin is head of APAC, helps enterprises around the world to drive innovation through next generation talent acquisition, as well as supporting the global workforce by providing the tools to pitch their unique value to companies beyond the resume. Justin is responsible for the research, development and implementation of 1-Page scientific and technological platforms, and the development of APAC markets.
Justin brings over fifteen years of management and high tech experience, in areas ranging from research and development engineering, analog and digital signal processing, embedded systems development, product management, high speed digital networks, large scale entertainment systems, mobile and web application deployment, and interactive multimedia installation technologies.
Justin holds two U.S. Patents, four pending U.S. Patents, and has written a number of technical papers within these areas of research.
Justin’s work was acknowledged by AdNews, Australia’s top selling advertising, marketing and media magazine, with their 2010 “40 under 40” award.
Justin has also been a member of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 juries for the Young Guns international awards program, and was a member of the mobile jury at the 2013 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
He is also very actively involved in philanthropic efforts to help drive positive change through technology.
Justin worked closely with the United Nations to create the Show Your Vote platform, for the COP15 Copenhagen Climate Summit that was officially sanctioned and supported by the UNFCCC.
He is a member of the 2013 CSCLeaders alumni, a Commonwealth Government leadership group founded, sponsored and hosted by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Justin is also on the advisory board of Underwater Earth, which has embarked on the SeaView Survey sponsored by the Catlin Group. The SeaView Survey is a pioneering scientific expedition that is carrying out the first comprehensive study to document and reveal the composition and health of coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef across an unprecedented depth range (0-100m).
Beyond work, Justin has a strong passion for music, digital audio, musical computing, and live sound. He has worked with artists ranging from Elton John and Barbra Streisand through to Robbie Williams and the Dave Matthews Band.
Currently he is in the process of creating a collaborative music education platform with composer Charlie Chan, in partnership with the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with the establishment of the Global Orchestra Foundation.
Justin was lovely and easy to work with. He kept our event’s overall objective front of mind, and really made an effort to ensure he was delivering content that was valuable to our audience. His presentation skills and manner were also perfect for the environment.
Anne Jamieson, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Thanks again for your awesome presentation. Everyone was very impressed and amazed at what lies ahead!
Karine Mac, Head of Marketing, Tatts Lotteries
Listening to Justin's speech, I feel they really think differently compared with Chinese internet companies. Wish in the next 10 years, we can see more innovation and open new products! The presentation style is so creative, so different from those other presenters.
Chinese Government Official at China Internet Conference
As you know we ask the audience to rate each session and speaker. Here are the results for your session: Justin 4.4 ** Justin you were the highest rated speaker on the conference program - congratulations and thank you.
Compelling speaker. Powerful presentation. Elevated our overall meeting. Justin was keen to get a thorough understanding of the audience and made sure his presentation was relevant to them. A pleasure to work with!
Lisa Lynch, AT&T