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David Rowan

Keynote Speaker

Technology Editor and Author; Keynote Speaker and Event Moderator

Using his skills as long-time WIRED Editor-in-chief, David Rowan translates what really matters in tech to audiences and inspires them to seize the opportunities of emerging technologies and avoid the risks of disruption with dazzling examples from the front line — and also some gentle British humor.

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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.

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David Rowan’s Speech Topics

  • The New Rules of Business

    In fast-paced, fully customized talks, David Rowan tackles the latest trends in technology, innovation, and business and reveals how your company can get ahead. Drawing on his extensive research in the field—he has taken well over one hundred flights in the past year to understand from the front line how everything from genomics to 3D printing are changing the way businesses and consumers will operate—Rowan’s clear-eyed, accessible talks guide audiences through the new rules of business.

    Topics include:

    • Ten technology megatrends you can’t ignore—and how they’ll transform manufacturing, hospitality, finance, insurance, entertainment, and travel industries 
    • The Internet of Things, big data, and artificial intelligence: why the rules of business just changed
    • Digital commerce and the future of retail
    • The new rules of product innovation and how to create a culture of innovation
    • How to survive, prosper, and embrace transformation in a world of exponential technologies
    • What you can learn from the smartest people in Silicon Valley
    • How to disrupt your organization and disruptive business models that can save media companies
    • What corporations need to understand about mobile opportunities
    • Trends affecting the television industry
    • What your business can learn from startup thinking
    • How digital transformation impacts the employer value proposition
    • The opportunities of 3D printing and the new “maker” culture.

What other organizations say about David Rowan

We had nothing but praise for his forward thinking piece, it was both informative and entertaining. I didn’t see a single attendee checking their smartphone during David’s talk, which is a testament to his skill as a speaker. I will definitely recommend him to our other offices around the world.


What other organizations say about David Rowan

David was incredible and we’ve had some great feedback already from our analysts and leadership team that were there. We were engaged, inspired and enjoyed every minute of his keynote.

Business Consulting

What other organizations say about David Rowan

I just wanted to send you a short note to thank you for engaging with us at short notice, wholeheartedly and to such fantastic ends. The team was blown away and they are a hard group to impress.


What other organizations say about David Rowan

I can’t thank you enough for your truly inspirational talk. We’ve had wonderful feedback and it set the day up perfectly.


What other organizations say about David Rowan

Thank you again for presenting at yesterday’s Senior Management Forum. There has been a real buzz from attendees about your presentation and insights you shared, and we have already had requests for copies of a film to share with teams.

Consumer Products


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