BIM Show Live announces two super star keynote speakers

BIM Show Live 2017, which will be hosted in Newcastle upon Tyne on 1 and 2 February, announces two further industry leading experts to the already star studded line up. Joining the programme as two of the shows’ Keynote Speakers will be Mark Shayler and Nell Watson.

Known throughout the construction industry for its cutting-edge digital implementation and expert thought leadership, BIM Show Live delves into the world of data driven technology to achieve the UK Governments’ vision of a Digital Build Britain.

And now, two super-stars in their own right, from two very different backgrounds, will be taking to the conference stage with their Keynote speeches, each with a fresh perspective to creative thinking and progressive technologies.

With an enormously successful background in environmental innovation, throughout his career to date, Mark Shayler has saved his clients over £120 million by doing what her calls doing things better. And Nell Watson is a leading global expert on artificial intelligence and a future-orientated thinker with a passion for combining psychology and technology.

Mark Shayler

Mark Shayler is an innovation and environmental advisor, working with giants of their industry such as Nike, Samsung, Coca Cola and Amazon to name but a few.

Mark is a; sustainability expert, rebel, hippy, innovator, author, public speaker, (failed rugby player), dad to four…. and the list goes on and on, ending with Superhero perhaps!

Mark has the rare talent of being able to bring all that he is to all that he does, and succeed. He is one of the world’s “doers” and hence is Founder of Do Lectures and author of Do Disrupt.

Throughout his career, Mark has saved his clients over £120 million through doing things better, he has increased footfall in retail by three-fold and increased sales by 8000%.

His most recent project, Rebel Cell helps build start-ups inside large organisations by finding and accelerating the best people and ideas within the business.

Mark will give his Keynote presentation at BIM Show Live 2017 on Day 1 at 10:20.


Nell Watson is an engineering technologist and futurist thinker. With a specialism in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, Nell lectures globally on human-machine relations and is a Faculty member of the Singularity University in California, USA.

In 2010 Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp), a machine learning-driven platform for body scanning. Nell’s patented technology dematerialises the 3D body scanner, by providing accurate 3D scans of the body with only 2D camera hardware, such as that found within smartphones, or laptops. This can then be applied to a range of markets, such as mass customisation and health and well-being.

Nell is also Co-Founder of, an ethical explication engine, that aims to crowdsource ethical heuristics for autonomous systems.

Through her talks and lectures Nell uses her own experiences, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to detect emerging technologies to empower individuals and organisations to break through the norm and seek out new technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics and digital biology.

In her own words, Nell has an irrepressible curiosity that drives her to dig into the “why’s” of the world and has a coveted reputation for being able to take complex subjects and communicate them in such a way that they can be understood by everyone.

Nell will give her Keynote presentation at BIM Show Live 2017 on Day 2 at 13:45.