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David Rowan

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Author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds

Founding editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine in the UK (2008-17)

Former technology columnist for The Times, The Sunday Times, British GQ and Condé Nast Traveller

“The feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive, which is largely due to your dynamism, good humour and professionalism” Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister, G8 Innovation Conference

David Rowan, founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition (2008-17), is the author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Transworld, 2019), a global quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. He’s taken 130 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, and has spent time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.

His keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times. He’s an early-stage investor in 50 tech companies and founder of a non-profit taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.

Speaking topics:

  • Lessons from my global quest for non-bullshit innovation
  • How to create a culture of innovation
  • How artificial intelligence and automation can boost your business
  • The new rules of business
  • How to profit from digital disruption
  • What startups can teach your business
  • How emerging technologies will impact financial services / recruitment / real estate / healthcare / agriculture / travel etc
  • Why the world will never move this slowly again
  • The future of the workplace
  • Ten technologies shaping our future
  • Ten lessons I’ve learned from the world’s fastest innovators
  • New business models that are redefining industries
  • The future of the customer experience

Our Comment

"David has built a reputation over the past few years as a highly informative and charismatic speaker, imparting his encyclopedic knowledge of future trends in an accessible and stimulating style. His presentations are fast-paced, energetic, visually stimulating, packed with concrete examples, and infused with wit. He believes that the future is not unknown, and that with the right research we can project an accurate picture of the direction in which humanity is heading."

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