The upcoming AFCOM Chicago Chapter Golf Event on June 28 will feature live podcasts of the Nomad Futurist, hosted by co-founders Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence.

They both share a common passion for examining the evolution of technology and society, and for developing technology leadership.

“Nabeel and I started the Nomad Futurist podcast early last year to fill a gap that we identified on the data center conference circuit,” says Koblence. “We noticed a consistent increase in the average age of attendees. We thought one of the reasons that the younger generation may not gravitate toward our industry is because there hasn’t been a spotlight on some of the interesting people who are involved in the space. The podcasts also help demystify the space for younger people who may experience technology through graphical interfaces, distanced from any understanding of the underlying infrastructure– the actual servers, network connections, and data centers that enable technology.  So we decided to create a forum to bring this faceless and unrecognized industry to life.”

The podcast provides a platform for technology leaders who were involved in the genesis and development of the industry, a relatively new industry with no guideposts, to share the fascinating personal journeys that brought them to where they are today. 

Nomad Futurist is unique in that it avoids any commercial focus on products and services and hones in on the passion,  excitement, and diverse individual aspirations that led to career success and fulfillment. The 35+ episodes raise awareness of the breadth of roles available in the industry, from construction to sales to finance to real estate and more. 

“Every one of our guest speakers serves as inspiration, adds Mahmood, “an opportunity to gain knowledge, hear a new story, and experience a different perspective on the field.”

And that’s exactly what’s planned for the AFCOM event on June 28. Attendees will see the Nomad Futurists in action, conducting three live podcasts with a cross-section of participants from the critical infrastructure industry, representing different viewpoints from builder to operator to end user. The podcasts will be added to the Nomad Futurist website.

What’s on the horizon for the Nomad Futurists? In addition to the ongoing podcast, Mahmood and Koblence are building the Nomad Futurist Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization designed to bring technology education to children and bridge the digital divide in communities around the world. 

If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact them at

Learn more about the Chicago Chapter and the golf event here.


AFCOM advances data center and IT infrastructure professionals by delivering comprehensive and vendor-neutral education and peer-to-peer networking to its members around the world. 

Through forward-looking research by the Data Center Institute, digital publications like our weekly e-newsletter “Inside the Box”, more than 30 local chapters in North America and Australia, and major events like Data Center World, AFCOM supports thousands of IT, operations, facilities, builders/designers and vendors working in the data center and IT infrastructure industry. In serving the data center industry for more than 40 years, AFCOM has earned recognition as the market leader in educating, connecting and guiding the data center community.

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