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BookMachine Unplugged 2019: Talking Tech

22 May, 2019 @ 6:30 pm 11:00 pm

Talking Tech Literacy Evening

6.30pm, 22nd May 2019 | The Century Club, London
£ 5.50 – £10.00 (FREE for
BookMachine Members)

With thanks to our Unplugged 2019 sponsors:

About the event

Publishing has a problem with tech. Everyone is talking about it and many want to learn to code, but if you don’t know what you don’t know, you can’t do it, right? Well, we’re here to help.

A panel of tech champions will explain exactly what different terms are and how you can get started with them. They’ll boost your tech literacy by explaining:

  1. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) – what they are and how they can make ebooks more beautiful.
  2. Ruby – not just a sparkling jewel but also the perfect first step into coding.
  3. Apps – where to start and what not to worry about.

Want to be a tech-savvy publisher? Then this is the event for you.

Your Speakers

Emma Barnes (Founder & CEO, Consonance, Snowbooks and Make Our Book)

Emma taught herself to code after founding her own independent publisher, Snowbooks. She went on to build Consonance, the next-generation publishing system. Now she’s on a mission to promote tech skills within the publishing industry and beyond, and is an advocate of employers providing time for side projects to promote innovation, creativity and tech literacy. Her own side project, Make Our Book, is an innovative schools publishing app. 

Follow Emma on Twitter: @has_many_books @consonance_app @makeourbook

Sara O’Connor (Full Stack Developer, Consonance)

From a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature to software developer at Consonance. 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 @consonance_app

Nick Barreto (Co-founder and CTO, Canelo)

Nick Barreto is one of the co-founders of Canelo and their technology director. He’s managed and built mobile and web apps, and is as an expert on e-book formats and book metadata as well as workflows. He is committed to automating all the repetitive tasks to free up more time for the work that matters.

Follow Nick on Twitter: @nickbarreto @canelo_co

Nadia Odunayo (CEO, The StoryGraph)

Nadia is CEO at The StoryGraph, a company exploring the intersection between storytelling and software. Before that, she co-directed Ignition Works, a company that did a mix of in-house product development and software consultancy, helping large firms to manage their cloud platforms. She previously worked at Pivotal and originally learnt to code at Makers Academy in London. She maintains speakerline.io in her spare time.

Follow Nadia on Twitter: @nodunayo @thestorygraph @codenewbies


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, marketers, audio publishers, 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 six events throughout 2019. Each will zoom in on a segment of the publishing industry and feature 3 expert speakers taking to the stage with their insights into what works for their business now.

If you want to learn from your peers, and stay at the forefront of what’s happening, then BookMachine Unplugged is for you.

Event details

Date: 22nd May 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 11pm

The Venue

The Century Club

61-63 Shaftesbury Ave
London, W1D 6LQ United Kingdom
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+44 207 534 3080


Who is this event aimed at?

BookMachine is a thriving community for everyone involved in book publishing. We created it for those who crave knowledge, ideas, and personal development, but in a strictly social and informal setting. BookMachine Members are at the heart of the community and can attend all the events for free and benefit from discounts from across the industry.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, just show up and your name will be on the door.

Will I get a seat?

You might not get a seat at the event, so wear comfy shoes. This is deliberate as the space has been designed for you to meet as many people as possible in a short space of time, rather than sitting down with your colleague/the same person all evening. The talks section lasts for 45 minutes and there is a cloakroom for any heavy bags/coats. 

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