David Rowan is Editor-at-large of WIRED magazine's UK edition, Conde Nast's award-winning technology-and-innovations magazine that stays ahead of the trends transforming our world. He travels extensively to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs who are changing our world, and his recent WIRED cover stories include long features on Google, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Spotify and Facebook.
As a speaker, David Rowan has keynoted on technology, business and innovation themes from Melbourne to Monaco, and has chaired and moderated high-profile events for the UK and French governments, for Google Zeitgeist and TED Global, and for international banks and Fortune 100 businesses.
His most recent awards include Techmark Technology Journalist of the Year, DMA Editor of the Year and British Society of Magazine Editors' Editor of the Year. David Rowan has written regular columns in GQ, Condé Nast Traveller, The Times and The Guardian. He has wide newspaper experience as an editor, including editing The Jewish Chronicle and The Guardian's websites and Comment pages; has made TV films for Channel 4 News; and has written long features for The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and Observer. At WIRED David Rowan has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting arm.
David Rowan is an informative, dynamic and charismatic speaker, covering a vast array of topics. From the new rules of business in a mobile-internet age to the future of healthcare and luxury brands; from technology mega-trends to creating cultures of innovation in organisations.
David brings his extensive experience as a newspaper and magazine editor, and television broadcaster, to communicating complex trends in clear and accessible ways that allow wide audiences to reach that “aha” moment of understanding. A superb storyteller, his speeches have helped a wide variety businesses comprehend these changes in a way that allows them to turn them to their advantage.
Recent speech topics have included:
- How to survive and prosper in a world of exponential technologies
- What you can learn from the smartest people in Silicon Valley
- The internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence: why the rules of business just changed
- What gamification means for business advantage
- How to create a culture of innovation
- Ten technology megatrends you can't ignore
- What big data means for your business
- Technology mega-trends that will transform the hospitality industry/ finance industry/ insurance industry/ travel industry/ media industry
- The opportunities of 3D printing and the new "maker" culture
I wanted to thank you for your time to moderate the G8 Innovation Conference on 14 June. You set the tone for the day perfectly, engaging the audience and steering the presenters through a very full agenda. The feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive, which is largely due to your dynamism, good humour and professionalism. The team here and I are extremely grateful for the part you played in making the day a success and helping to put innovation on the G8 agenda.
I wanted to thank you again for helping us secure David Rowan for the event – I have had amazing feedback on his presentation from our attendees and from my colleagues who attended. He really was a perfect fit for our audience and I think his talk was incredibly interesting and relevant for the talent space.
David Rowan was an excellent moderator, engaging with all the speakers. We appreciate that we changed the brief at the last minute and we are grateful to David for being so accommodating to your needsDavid did well to energise the room, and provided some excellent anecdotes about the industry
Thank you so much for an excellent session. You left the team in no doubt about the risks of disruptive factors and how they can impact any industry. Ours more than any is wide open here. Totally the right way to end the conference.
Thank you for being such an amazing moderator during the recent Bizspark European Summit. It was an amazing event – best ever summit in my view – and your contribution was a tremendous factor in this. Thank you.
We just wanted to say an enormous thank you for providing such an interesting and inspirational session on future technical trends for our Digital Power Week. We've had terrific feedback from staff across the business who said they learnt so much, found you fascinating to listen to and came away really excited by the future possibilities with digital.
Your session caused quite a stir so we are including the interview in the material we are circulating to all of our delegates. Thanks for your insights and attendance - I really enjoyed it and hope we cross paths again in the future.
I know that everyone was really inspired by the examples and your own insights and ideas - it all fitted beautifully into the theme of the day, so thank you for all of that. A privilege to have you along at our day.
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