Book me for your conference for a far-reaching perspective that will challenge and inspire your attendees. I’m a veteran public speaker, combining an articulate style with hands-on experience earned working with leading technology companies. My specialist topics are ethical approaches for technology teams, emergent trends in digital product & UX design, and speculative design; other topics available on request.

I also offer private in-house talks: see In-house speaking.

Who am I?

I’m Cennydd Bowles, a London-based designer and tech ethics consultant. Over a sixteen-year career, I’ve written two popular books (Future Ethics and Undercover User Experience Design), led design at Twitter UK, and been fortunate enough to develop a reputation as a global leader in digital product and UX design. As an independent consultant, I’ve worked with clients including the BBC, Samsung, WWF, Cisco, and Ford.

My focus today is the ethics of emerging technology. I’ve been quoted on the topic in The Guardian, Ars Technica, The Daily Telegraph, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Forbes; my new book Future Ethics has been called ‘One of the most important books a designer could ever read.’ I now consult with technology companies on ethical approaches to design and new product development, drawing on innovative techniques from speculative design, futurism, and contemporary practical ethics.

I’ve presented at a range of major tech companies and universities, and am a regular keynote speaker at tech and design conferences worldwide.

Upcoming events

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Now booking worldwide for 2019 and 2020. I strongly prefer events that have a publicised and enforced code of conduct. I also offer training in ethical product development, visual design, and motion design and prototyping; these make for ideal pre-conference workshops.

Current talks

Future Ethics

Technology was never neutral: its social, political, and ethical impacts have recently become painfully clear. The stakes are only going to get higher as connected cameras watch the city, algorithms take over society’s most important decisions, and transport, jobs, and even warfare become automated. The tech industry needs to earn the trust these technologies demand. Drawing on years of research for his new book Future Ethics, designer Cennydd Bowles will illuminate the moral challenges that lie ahead for technologists, and discuss how practitioners and companies can create more thoughtful, ethical products for future generations.

Building Better Worlds (from May/June 2019)

Digital dystopias loom large over the coming decade – mundane surveillance, hypernudging algorithms, autonomous weapons, widespread disemployment – all against the backdrop of political upheaval and escalating climate crisis. It’s easy to succumb to fatalism, to feel powerless in the face of a world tipping off its axis. But our trajectory is not yet locked in: we have millions of futures to choose from. We’ve talked enough about how the tech industry lost its way; now it’s time to make things better. Cennydd Bowles, author of Future Ethics, will reveal how tech workers and companies can mobilise for change, bringing ethics into the heart of their practice, and making technology more responsible, more just, and more democratic. Better worlds are possible, if we wish them.

Feedback on my talks

  • ‘Well done, and THANK YOU very much for your time today. You broke Slack with quotes, commentary, questions and just general feedback. To summarize: “This presentation should be required viewing for every new designer at [company].” Kudos.’ –Design leader, in-house client.

  • ‘It sparked some incredible discussion and had more quotable moments than I’ve ever seen!’ —Designer, in-house client.

  • ‘That was one of the most compelling, cogent, inspiring, informative, and enlightening lectures I've ever seen. (And I've seen a lot!:) You were amazing. And we are so lucky.’ —Design faculty member.


Recorded talks

Previous events

2019

  • UpFront, Manchester

  • Sitecore Experience, London

  • IxDA Paris

2018

  • UX Meetup, The Hague

  • ThingsCon, Rotterdam

  • Digital Design Ethics, Amsterdam

  • World Usability Day, Rome

  • UX Live, London

  • All Tech Is Human: Ethical Tech Summit, New York

  • Evenings at the Loft, Los Angeles

  • Stanford University HCI Seminar, Stanford CA

  • UX Speakeasy, San Diego

  • CHIFOO, Portland OR

  • UX Scotland, Edinburgh

  • Webinale, Berlin

  • Google People & AI Research Symposium, Zürich

  • PixelUp, Johannesburg

  • World IA Day, Toulouse

2017

  • Underexposed, Berlin

  • UX Bucharest, Bucharest

  • London Tech Week, London

  • To Be Designed, online

  • UX Days Tokyo, Tokyo

  • Interaction ’17, New York

2016

  • Generate London, London

  • Prototypes, Process, and Play, Chicago

  • UX London, London

  • IxDA Olso, Oslo

  • The Lean Event, Brighton

2015

  • Ctrip UED Summit, Shanghai

  • CanUX, Ottawa

  • Amuse UX, Budapest

  • Rebase, Dublin

  • Web Expo, Prague

  • UX Australia, Brisbane

  • Design Swansea, Swansea

  • Geek Meet Stockholm, Stockholm

  • FLUPA UX Day, Paris

  • UX Lausanne, Lausanne

  • Camp Digital, Manchester

  • UX Riga, Riga

2014

  • Practical Takeaways, Cardiff

  • From Business to Buttons, Stockholm

2013

  • Mind the Product, London

  • Mobilism, Amsterdam

2012

  • MobX, Berlin

  • Content Strategy Forum, Cape Town

  • UX People, London

  • UX Lx, Lisbon

  • Breaking Development, Orlando

2011

  • UX Brighton, Brighton

  • Tech4Africa, Johannesburg

  • Future of Web Apps, London

  • Update, Brighton

  • UX Australia, Sydney

  • Ulster Festival of Art and Design, Belfast

  • HackFwd, Berlin

  • IA Konferenz, Munich

  • Information Architecture Summit, Denver

  • South by Southwest, Austin

  • EuroIA, Paris

  • TEDxSheffield, Sheffield

  • Think Vitamin, online

2010

  • UX London, London

  • SHiFT, Lisbon

  • Information Architecture Summit, Phoenix

  • Web Source East, Norwich

  • Design by Fire, Utrecht

  • EuroIA, Copenhagen

2009

  • Reboot, Copenhagen