David Rowan

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Former Editor, WIRED UK

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As Editor of the technology and trends magazine for almost a decade, David has a unique insight into digital businesses, gadgets, new developments and the culture taking shape around them. He has also chaired the G8 Innovation Summit, enjoyed rare access to Chinese mobile manufacturers Xiaomi, and tracked the progress of the world’s smartest companies. In presentations David explains how tech-led disruption is impacting on everything from manufacturing to motoring to services – and what incumbent companies can do to protect themselves.


David Rowan was the founding editor of WIRED UK, the award-winning technology and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are building the future. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the title for almost eight years before becoming Editor-at-large.

Before launching the magazine in the UK David reported on technology for The Times and Channel 4 News; amongst some unusual briefs the latter required him to illustrate the new iPod Video from the set of a adult film shoot. He’s also written for The Sunday Times and Telegraph Magazines and edited the Guardian’s online content and commentary.

David is in touch with many of the world’s leading trend-setters and spotters. He travels the world searching out the latest apps, gadgets and businesses. He’s visited cutting-edge R&D departments in China, universities in Russia, and startups in Israel. He studies all the things that are, or soon will be changing business, culture and every aspect of our lives from AI to VR to cryptocurrencies. He also interviews key figures with influence over the world of technology, business and culture from politicians to the founders of Google, Kickstarter and Spotify to James Murdoch and Will.i.am.

In presentations David considers how technology is disrupting every industry and market, how apps change consumer behaviour and why ‘social commerce’ is killing traditional marketing. He looks at how technology has evolved and reveals the ten trends that will change your sector in the next decade - and what you should be doing now to prepare. He explains how organisations have to adapt, and how they can foster a culture of innovation. The latter is a subject explored in detail in his book
Non-Bullshit Innovation, which examines the jargon-free, practical steps the world’s most cutting-edge companies employ.

Under David’s leadership WIRED extended its reach into branded conferences, apps and even a tech consulting business. He has also curated an exhibition of British creative talent at the Government’s Cabinet Forum conference. A tech startup investor and advisor, he has addressed TED Global and Google Zeitgeist events, and frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme. He writes a regular tech-themed column in The Times, and has also written column for GQ and Condé Nast Traveller.

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If you want a speaker to provide a glimpse of what the future holds for your sector and your customers, David is for you. He sees himself as a storyteller, describing ways in which the world is rapidly changing and how technology is creating new opportunities for all businesses. But it comes with a warning: there are serious dangers if you ignore what’s happening around you. JLA Agent Andrew Stoney

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