David Wood was a pioneer of the smartphone industry, co-founding in 1998 Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system. Software written by his teams was included in half a billion smartphones over the following years, from companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Fujitsu, and Panasonic. He also spent three years as CTO of Accenture Mobility.He is now a full-time futurist speaker, analyst, writer, and publisher. He is the author or lead editor of six books, including “Anticipating 2025”, “Smartphones and beyond”, and, most recently, “The abolition of aging”. His latest book project is “Transpolitica: Fixing politics”. He also heads up London Futurists – a non-profit networking meetup with approaching 6,000 members – and has chaired over 150 public events on technoprogressive and futurist topics. He spent eight years at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, studying first Mathematics and then the Philosophy of Science. He has an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Westminster, awarded in 2005 in recognition of his services to the smartphone industry. He has also been included in T3’s list of “100 most influential people in technology”.
He is a fellow of the IEET, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Humanity+, Executive Director of Transpolitica, Chair of the Transhumanist Party (UK), and a fellow of the RSA.