The rapid growth of internet-connected devices has brought huge advantages, however the same technology has also disconnected us. We are drowning in a digital deluge where the haze of information and devices vie for our attention to the point where they are beginning to remove us from the real world. Business leaders, meanwhile, worry that they might miss the next big technology trend and fail to realise the true potential of the big data wave.
Technology Imagineer: Dave Coplin
Dave Coplin is author of two books on the need to rethink the usage of technology in the modern world. He is currently the Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK and an established thought leader on the role of technology in our personal and professional lives. He has worked across a wide range of industries and customers, providing strategic advice and guidance around the intersection of a modern society and technology both inside and outside of the world of work.
His first book: “Business Reimagined”, provided a view of a new working environment based on collaborative and flexible working. His latest book, “The Rise of the Humans” provides a further call to action, for both individuals and organisations to harness the digital deluge, to rise up and take back control of the potential that technology offers our society.
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An editor and journalist with extensive experience across digital and print, Carla was the founding editor of The Huffington Post UK, and has also held roles at Marie Claire, Conde Nast and Redwood Publishing.
In the summer of 2014, she left Huffington Post to take on the new role of Global Chief Content Officer at trends and intelligence company WGSN, leading an international team of journalists, trend forecasters and designers. In addition to her day job, she is a regular commentator on the media, appearing on Channel 4’s What Britain Bought, Newsnight, The Andrew Marr Show, Daily Politics, Sky News and Lorraine.
Carla was awarded the Media Innovator of the Year award in 2012 and won Editor of the Year at the Online Media Awards two years running. She was named as one of the top 50 female Innovators in Digital Journalism in 2013 and listed in Management Today’s 35 Under 35 in 2015.