Keynote Speaker

Dave Coplin

Author, Alchemist, Catalyst, Founder and CEO

The Envisioners

With over 25 years in the technology industry (and through his former “day job” as “Chief Envisioning Officer” at Microsoft) he is at the forefront of conversations around how individuals and organisations can benefit from the transformational potential that technology offers, rather than simply using it to do the same things, but only slightly better.

His clients include Google, Facebook, Vodafone, Connect Plus M25, UBM, New Civil Engineer, Communisis, CIPD,

The Law Society, London Business Forum, Richmond Housing Partnership, Benchmark for Business, MCA Insight, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Baillie Gifford, Richmond Events, Gladstone Software, PHD Dubai, The Economist, Mizuho International Bank, Business Centre Association, Mind The Product, Association of Relocation Professionals, Public Service Manager’s Association, Lucy Cavendish College (University of Cambridge) and Nickelodeon.

Technology geekdom is in Dave’s DNA. He’s a life-long Star Trek fan and a former Crystal Maze winner: all these attributes combine to make him the friendly, approachable, optimistic, beardy, pony-tailed alchemist we know today.

At Destination Star Trek, he took to the stage on a subject close to his heart – how technology, and even innovations referenced in Star Trek, are being brought to life now, changing the way we live and work forever.

One of the most influential people in the digital industry, he was nominated as one of the Drum’s Digerati (2013, 2014) BIMA’s Hot 100 (2013) and the Digital Marketing Show’s “Class of 2014”.

Dave’s work as a published thought leader allows him to start a new conversation with audiences to resonate broadly at all levels about the changing nature of work, which requires even greater levels of flexibility, collaboration, creativity and innovation.

Bringing much-needed new and exciting thinking to the world of work, Dave’s books Business Reimagined and The Rise of the Humans discuss the need to rethink how we use technology to make it work for us, not against us. The books sold over 12,500 copies in the past year and Dave is working on his next book.

The Rise of the Humans (2014) shines a light on a cultural phenomenon threatening to overwhelm us – the deluge of digital information which surrounds us in work and in life. Dave argues that the sheer volume of information often prevents us from ever going deep into subjects, and constrains us from getting the much-needed headspace to think. He claims this deluge often leads us to snack on data in a way that’s unhealthy for our minds, working styles and, most importantly, our lives.

With a loyal audience on social media, Dave is a prominent and regular voice at leading industry events and platforms including the RSA, WorkTech, and Cloud World Forum.

His RSA Animate video on the need to re-imagine work has generated over 800,000 YouTube hits to date.

His point of view resonates widely.

Feedback from a regional Financial Service Commission event highlights: “It is not often you get to listen to someone without a sales pitch thrown in.

Addressing the intersection of modern society technology through his public speaking and published work, Dave is spearheading the development of the UK’s IT and digital industries by helping people to understand and aspire to greater outcomes from our use of technology.

Dave is an authority in the industry, on a broad range of topics and a regular contributor in UK and Pan-EMEA media including the BBC, The Telegraph and The Guardian on topics from the future of education, privacy and on-line safety, right through to the Big Data rock stars and the impact of Machine Learning.

“We need strategies and tools that help us better to cope with information – and focus on what matters.

But how do we sift through what’s important and what’s not? How do we decide when to tune in, and when to tune out?”

The Rise of the Humans, Dave Coplin, 2014

“I believe that within every individual inside an organisation lies an “intrapreneur” – a part of them with an innate desire to make things better either directly for themselves, or indirectly by making their organisation better.

Our main cultural challenge is how organisations not only create an environment that supports this, but equally how they learn to live with the occasional chaos that can come with it.”

The Rise of the Humans, Dave Coplin, 2014

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