On top of the world: turning disability into ability

Friday 4:20pm - 5:00pm, Keynote Presentation

Liam Malone is widely known as the world number one blade runner - 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!

The gold medallist blade-running Paralympian put aside his successful athletic career to follow his passion for technology and innovation which led him to work with internationally renowned artificial intelligence (AI) firm Soul Machines, known for their cutting edge, world leading AI technology.

Speaker

Liam Malone

Bladerunner - 2x Paralympic Gold Medalist

Liam Malone MNZM is a gold medallist blade-running Paralympian who put aside his successful athletic career to follow his passion for technology and innovation - leading him to work with internationally renowned artificial intelligence (AI) firm Soul Machines.

Since then, Liam has spent time in the UK practising stand-up comedy, which included a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and completing his first marathon with no training in 2018.

Liam’s experience on the comedy scene 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 the first place.

Currently, Liam is focused on building his own business, D2C kids furniture Dreamforts, and speaking at events around the globe.