David Bartlett

David Bartlett

David Bartlett has forged a career at the forefront of innovation, technology and science. His deep experience as the former Premier of Tasmania, has seen him lead companies and people across all sectors through transformative innovation and change.  In a time of user and device driven behaviour, David understands that traditional business models are increasingly redundant, as we live in a highly connected world.   David shows his audience how the digital disruption we are now seeing - and more change to come - will affect their businesses and futures. He draws on his own career experience as well as real examples from the private and public sector and communities across the world. David offers convincing and knowledgeable advice that every CEO and Directors needs to know about delivering up-to-date digital services as well as revised business and people models for a time of ‘ubiquitous connectivity’.

Key Points


  • David Bartlett is a brilliant speaker on Decoding the Future and an outstanding MC and host who gets results for every organisation he works with
  • Former Premier of Tasmania
  • Named as one of the nation’s 50 Most Influential People in Technology by The Australian, 2015
  • Chairman of two companies taking them from start-ups to high growth businesses
  • Key government advisor on Digital Technology and innovation.



David Bartlett was the Premier of the Australian State of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011. During his parliamentary career he also held the positions of Minister for Innovation, Science & Technology and Minister for Education & Skills. His time as Premier was characterised by bold reforms designed to lift Tasmania educational outcomes and capitalise on Tasmania's natural advantages in water, high speed telecommunication, high end food production, innovation and renewable energy.

For his work in promoting innovation and broadband infrastructure David was recently named by The Australian as one of Australia's Top 50 most influential people in technology.

Prior to entering Parliament, David had an extensive career in the information technology and telecommunications sector including roles as Chief Information Officer and innovation industry development specialist. As Premier, he switched on the first non-Telstra owned optic fibre backbone in Tasmania, developed the first broad scale Fibre-To-The-Premises brownfields roll out and championed his home state as the first National Broadband Network location.

He brings a unique perspective to discussions about broadband, innovation, commercialization, technology and digital futures. David asserts that often only when technology gets really boring does it get really, really interesting. 

David says “About five years ago the number of connected devices on the planet first outnumbered the number of people on the planet. We have reached a state of ubiquitous connectivity and that alone is driving extraordinary global transformations. Those transformations are radically altering the ways we create wealth, the business models that used to work no longer will in the very near future. That connectivity is massively disrupting the way we have a conversation with our customers - and all of a sudden our customers can talk back. Equally radical and unexpected new solutions are emerging to old and wicked business and public policy problems driven by the crowd.”

In his engaging presentation style David takes you on a journey of stories from around the globe about how this seemingly boring, every day connected technology is just starting to get really, really interesting.

Since leaving the Parliament, David has been working with regional economies, key Australian industry sectors and communities across Australia to prepare strategies for maximising economic and social renewal underpinned by broadband and digital technologies.

David is also Chairman and co-founder of Asdeq Labs, a technology startup building enterprise mobility solutions and currently expanding operations into the US. He is a Director of PlaceSpeak international, a company delivering the world’s first geo-social online consultation platform for Government and industry. David has recently been appointed as Non Executive Chairman of TasmaNet, a rapid growth telco, data centre and cloud services provider. David is an advisor to many governments, industry sectors and businesses in the area of digital transformation and disruption.

Presentation Topics
  • Love Your Customers
    In the New Digital World◦New digital channels are opening up extraordinary and disruptive new ways of having a conversation with your customer. Conversely, for the first time in history your customer can talk back. No matter what industry sector you are in your customers are looking to new digital channels to engage with your business.

  • Australian Political Cycles and Trends
    In an election year, David will ‘bell the cat’ on how Governments and Oppositions define their election strategies and narratives. Any company or industry sector wanting to engage Government at all levels needs to understand these trends and cycles and where they fit in the overall Australian economic and social context to better influence Government.

  • The Expectation Economy
    Consumers, led by their smart phones and other connected devices are expecting the extraordinary. How can businesses respond to these rapid and growing expectations. David tells stories and unpacks strategies from some of the most innovative companies around the world to help audiences understand the expectation economy and its components of two way transparency, motivational currencies, new channels and the immediacy principle.

  • The Death of the Job, the Future of Work
    Technology is stealing our jobs right? Wrong. But technology and ubiquitous connectivity is irreversibly changing the nature of work and will in the future kill the very idea of a job. David unpacks the ‘uberisation' of work, the technological changes to work and the new work markets that are emerging that millennials are engaging with in unprecedented numbers.

  • The Next Big Thing
    We’ve all heard of and to a large extent are living through the great digital disruption. Change is everywhere but more change is coming. In this engaging glimpse into the future David unpacks the next big five technological disruptions that business and government need to planning for. From additive manufacturing, augmented reality and autonomous vehicles to collaborative production and the genome revolution - everything has changed and is only going to change more.

  • Think Like A Startup
    The mega startups are riding a growth wave of technology and extraordinary business models. New and old businesses alike can learn from these startups to understand what these new business models look like, how to apply them in existing businesses and how to apply innovation and lean startup business principles.

  • The Digital Citizen
    Led by their smart device as consumers, citizens are now expecting their civic life and interaction with Government to deliver the same experience. But Governments are ill equipped to deal with this rapid and irreversible change.

  • Big Data for Small Business
    We’ve all heard how big data is changing business strategy overnight but often its all buzz words and big business application. In this engaging presentation David outlines the principles of big data analytics and how to apply those principles for very low cost in small to medium enterprises.

  • What I learnt about Leadership from transforming a basketball club, that I wish I had known when I was Premier

David was charming, open, lots of fun, and has some great stories. It was a tough group of experienced businessmen and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
Lance Kalish
Young Presidents' Organisation

David was an excellent speaker.  He understood his audience and his presentation was perfectly on topic and provided a highlight on which to conclude our conference.  The feedback from our participants has been first class and all wished we had given him more time and we should have.
Reg Eustace
Small Business Development Conference

David was an engaging speaker and offered valuable ideas and insights into the future of technology in aged care. His time slot was just before lunch when most delegates are restless, David managed to keep the audience engaged and entertained.
Daniela Vrljic
LASA Victoria

Much more than an MC, David chaired our three day conference with deep knowledge of the subject matter and helped guide our delegates to better understand the future and explore possibilities. David remains a trusted friend and advisor for our organisation.
Mariea Leckie
Midi Cities Conference Convener

David helped us glimpse a better future by helping us solve a really difficult problem with multiple high level stakeholders through a highly innovative, flexible and engaging workshop process.
Brian Hewitt
CEO Darling Downs Regional Development

David's keynote speeches and forums across the region engaged our key business and education sectors in understanding the digital future and planning for action. Our key business sectors kicked off a digital journey inspired by David's knowledge that has made us an award winning region.
Russell Mason
CEO RDA Sunshine Coast

David Bartlett was engaged by the City of Greater Geraldton to develop our Digital Strategy and link into the IBM Smarter Cities initiative He is definitely a leader and expert in the new digital economy.
Tony Brun
CEO City of Greater Geraldton

David is an excellent and engaging speaker, the content was relevant and up to date.  The audience responded very well.
Leishman Associates


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