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Sep 26

BookMachine Unplugged 2018: Talking Tech

26 September, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST



Wednesday 26th September, 6.30pm | The Driver, Kings Cross, London

Free for BookMachine members / £5 early bird / £8 tickets

WIth thanks to our Unplugged 2018 sponsors:

About the EVENT

Doing digital the publishing way – coding for all: a manifesto

This is not your typical digital event. You won’t hear about the importance of a maths or computer science background. You won’t see a (mostly male) panel talking agile vs waterfall, workflows and gamification.

You will hear from inspiring publishing professionals. They’ll demystify coding and show how a typical arts and humanities-educated publisher can get involved. They will inspire so you see how the skills of an editor, copywriter or indexer are transferable and relevant for doing digital.

If you work to improve writing, you can code.
If you can think about the structure of a story, you can code.
If you can shape plots and narratives, you can code.

Hear from a publishing queen-turned-coder about how she made the transition. Learn how the Ruby language is an expressive, grammatical form of poetry that is perfect for editors. Be inspired by a programmer talking about inclusivity in digital.

Think you can’t code? This event will prove that yes, you’re perfect for it.


future of publishing

Emma Barnes (Founder & CEO, Bibliocloud and MD, Snowbooks)

Emma taught herself to code after founding her own independent publisher, Snowbooks. She went on to build Bibliocloud, the next-generation publishing system. Now she’s on a mission to promote tech skills within the publishing industry and beyond.

Follow Emma on Twitter: @has_many_books @bibliocloud @snowbooks


Sara O’Connor (Full Stack Developer, Bibliocloud)

From a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature to software developer at Bibliocloud. Sara O’Connor spent 13 years in children’s editorial, publishing books about vampire twins, shrinking planets and rubbish heaps. Over time, her digital hobbies became professionally useful for making ebooks, leading departments through software implementations and creating the digital strategy for the launch of Hot Key Books. After two week-long coding courses, she caught the bug and, eventually, left publishing for the intensive Makers Academy bootcamp, making the switch to full-time software developer. She is now writing code to help make the publishing system she wishes she had when she was an editor, and determined to spread digital skills throughout the publishing industry.

Follow Sara on Twitter: @saramoohead @bibliocloud

Lola Odelola (Software Engineer and Founder of blackgirl.tech)

Lola is a software engineer at 38degrees, a published poet and a the founder of blackgirl.tech - an organisation that aims to help diversify the tech industry.

Follow Lola on Twitter: @lolaodelola @blackgirltech

Janneke Niessen (Entrepreneur, Investor, Boardmember, Inspiring Fifty, Project Prep)

Janneke Niessen is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, innovator, and angel investor. She co-founded Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm. Janneke was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and other past recognition includes Deloitte Rising Star, Emerce European Startup Top 10 and The Next Women Top 100 Most Influential Businesswomen.

Janneke is also co-initiator of InspiringFifty, a pan-European programme that showcases women in leadership positions within the technology sector. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published the novel ‘Project Prep’ for young girls in conjunction with an award winning children’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage and inspire girls to pursue a career in technology. Janneke recently joined the supervisory board of UNICEF and writes a column about technology.

BookMachine UNPLUGGED 2018

BookMachine Unplugged is an event series that aims to answer a simple question: what is happening in the world of publishing right now?

Watch inspiring talks from industry insiders. Meet publishers, editors, marketeers, designers, techies and more – the people who make publishing happen. If you crave an explosion of knowledge, ideas, and personal development, all in a strictly social and informal setting, unplug from your desk and join us.

There will be five events throughout 2018. Each will zoom in on a segment of the publishing industry and feature three expert speakers taking to the stage with their insights into what works for their business now.


26 September, 2018
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
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The Driver
2-4 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross
London, N1 9RY United Kingdom
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