Futurist consultant, speaker and writer
David spent 25 years designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices, including ten years with pioneering PDA manufacturer Psion PLC, and ten more with smartphone operating system specialist Symbian Ltd, which he co-founded in 1998. At different times, his executive responsibilities at Psion and Symbian included software development, technical consulting, partnering and ecosystem management, and research and innovation. By 2012, his software for UI and application frameworks had been included on 500 million smartphones from companies such as Nokia, Samsung, Fujitsu, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson. From 2010 to 2013, David was Technology Planning Lead (CTO) of Accenture Mobility, where he also co-led Accenture’s Mobility Health business initiative.
As Chair of London Futurists, David Wood has organised over 200 public meetings since March 2008 on futurist and technoprogressive topics. Membership of London Futurists now exceeds 7,000.
As Principal of the independent futurist consultancy and publisher Delta Wisdom, David helps clients around the world to anticipate the dramatic impact of rapidly changing technology on human individuals and communities.
Via Delta Wisdom, he highlights opportunities to apply technology in new solutions to deep-rooted problems. David’s most recent book is Sustainable Superabundance. His previous books include Smartphones and Beyond, The Abolition of Aging, and Transcending Politics. He was also the lead editor of the volume Anticipating 2025. David has a triple first class mathematics degree from Cambridge and undertook doctoral research in the Philosophy of Science. He has an honorary Doctorate in Science from Westminster University. In 2009 he was included in T3’s list of “100 most influential people in technology”. He is Secretary of Humanity+, co-founder of H+Pedia, Executive Director of Transpolitica, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and sits on the Board of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies). He blogs at dw2blog.com and tweets as @dw2. For more information, see: LinkedIn, for general biographical details; Delta Wisdom, for David’s publications and videos with examples of him speaking; Smartphones and Beyond, for a warts-and-all account of his professional ups and downs.