David Wood

Director, Humanity+. Writer and Entrepreneur


David Wood, D.Sc., was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry, and is now a futurist commentator, speaker, and writer. His latest book, working title "Approaching rejuvenation", is scheduled for publication during H1 2016.

David spent 25 years envisioning, designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. He co-founded Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system, and served on the leadership teams of Psion Software and Symbian from 1996-2009. From 2010 to 2013, David was Technology Planning Lead (CTO) of Accenture Mobility. He also co-led Accenture’s “Mobility Health” business initiative.

David is now an independent futurist, consultant, and writer, at Delta Wisdom. His clients include businesses, organizations, and governments around the world. As chair of London Futurists, David has organized regular meetings in London since March 2008 on futurist and technoprogressive topics. Membership of London Futurists now exceeds 4,500.

David was lead editor of the volume “Anticipating 2025: A guide to the radical changes that may lie ahead, whether or not we’re ready”, published in June 2014. His own book “Smartphones and beyond: lessons from the remarkable rise and fall of Symbian” was published in September 2014, and has been described as “One of the most candid and revealing books a technology executive has ever written”.

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 has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) since 2005, a Director of Humanity+ since November 2013, and a Fellow of the IEET since January 2015.