Josh Thomas

Expert-in-Residence, Emerging Technology

Josh Thomas is a developer, designer, and award-winning innovation director with over 15 years of experience across a diverse cross-section of industries, including some of the world's largest creative agencies, toy manufacturers, award-winning tech startups, consultancies, and transformational digital agencies. With a career devoted to discovering and exploiting opportunities that arise when emerging technologies or business changes create new consumer and user needs, Josh brings his breadth of experience to Mach49 to help clients take bold entrepreneurial leaps.

Recently,Josh received the UN Development Program's 2020 Global Innovator award for his efforts to build hardware IoT tools that combat the spread of COVID-19 in developing countries. Before joining Mach49, he was Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Product at Brandwidth, splitting his time between London and NewYork offices. There, he built cross-disciplinary teams of designers, engineers, developers, and strategists that focused on new approaches to creating digital or physical products, platforms, and organizational design.

Josh was previously the co-founder and CTO of Glorious Labs, a Singapore andLondon-based Hardware / IoT VR company incubated by Facebook Singapore. Created to design and build new tools that enable consumers to engage with and shareVR-ready content, Glorious Labs was engineered with a global team “from the circuit board up” and went on to win “Top Pick” in the AR / VR category atTechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2018.

A passionate globalist, Josh has worked as a senior tech and product executive on three continents and has lived in Boston, New York, London, and Hong Kong. He is an avid maker and learner who embraces the unknown, strives to understand the drivers of change, and is dedicated to solving never-before-seen problems with never-before-seen solutions.

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