Dave Coplin



Dave Coplin helps organisations and individuals to see the full potential that technology offers of a modern, digital society. He focuses not on the technology itself, but on the humans who use it.

Dave is invited to speak worldwide for wide range of companies, including in law, finance, banks, engineering, construction, schools and universities, food and drink, tech, and many more.

His thorough approach to tailoring his presentations is reflected in the excellent feedback.

Dave has a tell-it-as-he-sees-it style and a light-hearted approach.

He inspires, enthuses and entertains his audiences.

He helps them to think differently and creatively.

His mission is to make people reconsider their relationship with technology and how it can help them work smarter, not harder.

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

His clients include Google, Facebook, Vodafone, Dropbox, Connect Plus M25, UBM, New Civil Engineer, CIPD, Communisis, The Law Society, London Business Forum, Richmond Housing Partnership, 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.

In December 2017, Dave was invited to open, and to close, the Children’s Global Media Summit over three days in Manchester UK. HRH Prince William is the keynote speaker on Day Two of this important, global event.

Technology geekdom is in Dave’s DNA. A life-long Star Trek fan, he is a former Crystal Maze winner: these attributes all combine to create this friendly, approachable, optimistic, beardy, pony-tailed alchemist.

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

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”.

Bringing 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 last year and Dave is working on his next book.

The Rise of the Humans (2014) shines a light on the deluge of digital information which surrounds us in work and in life, threatening to overwhelm us. 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. He was a guest on Sunday Brunch (C4) 31 Dec 2017.

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.

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.

“Dave was great for our audience, with humour and inspiration – the delegates loved him. Feedback has been fabulous - just what was needed to close the day and leave everyone with energy and thought-provoking content. Excellent service and support from DBA throughout – thank you!”

1 Spatial plc

“Dave - You went down a storm! The event was exceptionally well received. Thanks for your insight and challenge.”

Connect Plus M25

“A big thank you for all your help over the past few weeks. Dave’s opening keynote was brilliant and created the buzz we wanted – then his Q&A, and closing keynotes were excellent too. We are enormously grateful for your help, input and support at this fantastic, global event.”

Children’s Global Media Summit, Manchester 2017 (global broadcasters and media companies)

“Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, energy and commitment to the Children’s Global Media Summit 2017. Your presence was invaluable. Your Keynote opening speech was so well received and became the ‘thing’ of many conversations! It is a pleasure working with you and Diana, and we hope to work with you again in the future.”

Vanessa Amberleigh, Genre Lead, BBC Children’s Preschool

“Our guests rated your session on The Future of Digital and The Rise of the Humans as excellent.”


“Dave was great: so easy to work with and everyone loved his session. Rated as “excellent” on every feedback form.”

K3 Retail

“Just wanted to say thank you for giving the keynote. You kicked things off perfectly and created a real buzz at the events – lots on social media, tweets and questions. And lots of praise from delegates on your talk, all day. Excellent”

EMAP (TechFest 2017)


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