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Dave Coplin

Dave Coplin

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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 has a tell-it-as-he-sees-it style and a light-hearted approach. He enthuses and entertains his audiences and 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.


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

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.  

With over 25 years in the technology industry, and through his day job as technology evangelist for Microsoft, Dave 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.

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 some 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 well 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. 

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

With a loyal audience on social media (c5,000 twitter followers, Klout Score = 60), 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 highlights this, “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.


  • Business Reimagined: why work isn’t working and what you can do about it (Harriman House 2013)
  • The Rise of the Humans: How to outsmart the digital deluge (Harriman House 2014)

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Dave reminds me of someone. The insight he brings and the authentic way he communicates makes you think he's somehow got hold of the future and brought it back, almost making you think he is looking back at us from the future. In 50 years’ time, we'll all say "Wow, weren't we funny back then!" He's like the modern Marty McFly - and my favourite line "I guess you guys aren't ready for this yet.... but your kids will love it."

Audience Feedback

Describing himself as a “naïve optimist”, he sees a world in which technology exists to enable us humans to do things differently and better. While the report makes for some gloomy reading, Coplin himself already sees signs that businesses are thinking about what they are asking of their people in terms of constant connection and responding to the constant stream of data. The key, he believes, is for leaders to move away from “coping mechanisms” that are flawed and to instead confront the issue head-on. “We talk about having too much information like it’s a problem,” he says, adding that businesses should be thinking of how they can use that information better.

Roger Trapp, Forbes

Dave Coplin delivered an inspiring and engaging keynote at our PPMA National Conference attended by over 300 Chief Executives, senior directors, managers and guests from across the UK and North America. From the start of the keynote until the end, Dave created an interactive environment that kept the delegates engaged throughout, with his informative and enthusiastic delivery. Feedback from delegates has been amazing and I’ve had many comments from many delegates about how much they enjoyed Dave’s session…. it was funny, enlightening, thought-provoking, entertaining and educational. I look forward to working with Dave more in the future, and to seeing him present at another Conference soon.

Barry Pirie, President, Public Service Manager’s Association (PPMA) Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, May 2015