Free lance with a background of both creativity and communication studies, she worked in direct marketing for finance and insurance products (RAS and AXA-Art among the others) until 2004, when she chanced upon the world of “The Walt Disney Company”. On behalf of the “multinational for children for excellence” she plunged her hands into glue and colours and gave birth to a column concerning the artistic divulgation (“Art Attack” magazine 2005/2007); wrote about science and classical music for Topolino (2008-2011); looked after the “Giocando s’Impara” (Learning by Playing) project devoted to nursery school children (2006-2012) and implemented the original format named “Attivamente” (Actively / Mind Activating) in which Leonardo da Vinci (2008-2009), Galileo Galilei (2009-2010) and Guglielmo Marconi (2010-2011) play withPhineas & Ferb within the most important Italian hand-on museums (La Città dei Bambini e dei Ragazzi e Acquario di Genova – Genova; Fondazione IDIS Città della Scienza – Napoli; Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico – Grignano (TS); Osservatori e Istituti dell’INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica); Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali – Trento, just to mention a few). Not paws-ing to reflect on her next move, she has pounced on the chance of taking her work beyond “The most famous Mouse in the world” to the independent edutainment project “The Pink Cat”.
Sarah Towle’s debut storyapp, BEWARE MADAME LA GUILLOTINE, A REVOLUTIONARY TOUR OF PARIS with murderess Charlotte Corday, launched in July 2011 to rave reviews and went on to earn accolades as a Top 10 2011 App by School Library Journal, a Teachers With Apps Top 10 2011 Tried & True Classroom App and a Top 10 2012 Educational Travel App by the World Youth & Student Educational Travel Confederation. It was re-released as an interactive book by in February 2013 and is now available in iBookstores worldwide. Sarah’s second title, DAY OF THE DEAD, a journey to Paris’ Napoleonic era in the company of a gravedigger, will follow later this year. Published by Time Traveler Tours & Tales, Sarah’s concept is to combine the traditional power of storytelling with the latest in mobile technology to bring history to life. Narrated by characters whose actions helped shape their age, her interactive stories represent an entirely new concept in digital publishing. For more information, please visit Sarah at www.timetravelertours.com. Follow her on Twitter: @ParisAppTours; Like her on Facebook: Time Traveler Tours & Tales; Connect with her on LinkedIn: Sarah Towle; Subcribe on YouTube: timetravelertours
Rafiq Ahmed (Demibooks)
Rafiq Ahmed is Co-Founder and CEO of Demibooks, a publishing technology company offering software platforms for creating interactive content. Demibooks® Composer is the first code-free, affordable way for publishers and independent storytellers to create interactive books for the iPad, right on the device itself. Demibooks® Storytime is a curated, multi-publisher marketplace for interactive children’s books produced on the Composer platform. He has two decades experience in the design, development and management of consumer electronic products, and in leading cross-functional global teams. Rafiq designed user experiences for mobile products and services at Motorola Mobility, where he led the patented design of the industry’s first socially-connected phonebook. Prior to that he was at digital agency Sapient, mobile apps startup EssTec, and management consultants PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Rafiq has a BS in Electrical Engineering from WV Wesleyan College and an MBA from Virginia Tech, where he also studied Information Systems. He is a frequent speaker at digital publishing and mobile technology conferences.
Paolo Albert (PubCoder)
After taking a Master in Political Theory at LSE in London, since 2000 he has focused on the development of web-based software products and projects. In 2001 he is founder, CEO and CTO of Conversa, a company that design websites and mobile applications. In 2013 he is also co-founder and CTO of PubCoder, a start-up company that develops an authoring tool for digital publishing market.
Dave Anderson (Kobo)
At Kobo, Dave is Vice President of Publisher Relations responsible for developing and managing relationships with publishers globally as well as managing publisher analytics and publisher communications. Dave oversees a highly talented team that includes members in Canada, the US, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil and the UK. Dave is a career retailer with a passion for books; prior to joining Kobo Dave was at Accenture Management Consulting where he worked in Retail Operations Strategy. Before that, Dave spent seven years at Indigo Books & Music – Canada’s largest book retailer and the birthplace of Kobo — where he managed teams in supply chain optimization, merchandising and assortment planning and process excellence. Dave is an avid reader of literary fiction who has a special place in his heart for anything written by Haruki Murakami.
Ann Betts (Nielsen Book)
Ann Betts is the Commercial Director of Nielsen Book, part of The Nielsen Company. Nielsen Book manages the Registration Agencies: ISBN (UK & Ireland), SAN and ISTC and its market leading brands: BookData, BookNet and BookScan – essential in the book industry worldwide. Ann is responsible for the commercial relationship with key clients in the UK and overseas including the major publishers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers and library suppliers ensuring the trading relationships are maintained at the highest level and is also responsible for the development of new business. Key business developments include the creation of e-book charts and insights and further expansion of the LibScan panel, the latter collects UK public library borrowing statistics. Nielsen Book is also developing BookScan Brazil which will launch in 2013 and working to develop similar services in key markets. The development of these market measures and new territories are high on the list of priorities. Prior to her appointment to her current role in 2006, Ann was Business Director of Nielsen BookScan having joined in 1998 as Business Development Manager. Educated at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), her scientific background combined with her love of books means she is a data junkie!
Giovanna Bo (Achtoons)
Giovanna Bo is the co-founder and Ceo of Achtoons, a 2D-3D animation production company based in Bologna. With a degree in History of Modern Art, Giovanna started as a scriptwriter for comics at the Walt Disney Company Italy, writing for magazines such as Mickey Mouse, Donal Duck and setting up the Witch’s comic project. She founded Achtoons in 1999 and has been managing the company for 13 years, being in charge of executive production for advertising campaigns, industrial films and tv shows with clients such as Kinder-Ferrero, THUN, Faac, Ferrovie dello Stato. She is currently producing and directing Art with Mati and Dada, a cartoon show on art for little children, 39 episodes of 7′ each, which is a co-production with the Italian Pubcast RAI and broadcasted on Rai Yoyo: she is focusing her company’s efforts on educational and cross-media exploitations – enhanced e-books, on-line contents, publishing and licensing – based on that property.
Warren Buckleitner (Children’s Tech Review)
Warren Buckleitner has been reviewing children’s technology products since the 1980s. He is the editor of Children’s Technology Review (childrenstech.com) and creator of the Dust or Magic Institute (www.dustormagic.com) and the Mediatech Foundation (www.mediatech.org). He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine. He is a former preschool and elementary school classroom teacher who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.
Paolo Canton (Topipittori)
Paolo Canton is a publisher, author and translator of children’s books. After a career in publishing and communication, in 2004 he founded – in partnership with author and editor Giovanna Zoboli – Topipittori, a picture books’ publishing house which quickly reached international renown. Books published by Topipittori have been translated and co-published in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States, Topipittori received several international awards, such as a Jury Mention in the category Non Fiction in 2013 Bologna Ragazzi Award. In recognition for his contribution to the international spread of culture and innovation in children’s picture books, in 2011 Paolo was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic.
John B. Costa (S4 Carlisle/Qbend)
John Costa is Chief Technology Officer of S4Carlisle Publishing Services and subsidiaryQbend LLC havingUS operations in Dubuque, IA headquartered in Chennai, India. Building on 23 years experience in print, digital media, content management and manyadjunct teaching opportunities at universities in the Northeast, John’s current focus is customer solutions foreducational innovation, helping publishers create and deliver a truly effective multi media experience to students and teachers. Blending traditional publishing through instructional design, animation, audio, and videousingmedia teams that hail from Disney, Universal, EA, and global broadcast, he is pioneering new methods of knowledge delivery for the next generation of learning. John, an engineering and business graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, has held leadership roles in process engineering, automation, product R&D;, and business development with AGT, WorldColor, Quebecor, and Quad Graphics. A member of BISG, MPA, BIGNY, he participates in standards and research committees in XML, eBooks and content structure. He enjoys the opportunity to teach and share his experience whenever possible. Contact information: John B. Costa CTO S4Carlisle Publishing Services &Qbend; LLC 2436 Meinen Ct. Dubuque, Iowa 52002 Phone: 563.690.9515 Cell: 978.856.5880 E: JohnC@S4Carlisle.com T: @johnbcosta
Roberta Chinni (Bologna Children’s Book Fair)
Christian Dorffer (Mindshapes)
Christian is Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder of Mindshapes, the interactive learning company behind award-winning preschool apps like Magic Town, Tap-a-Tune and Meteor Math. Christian is passionate about play design and how to stimulate children’s development using interactive media and leads concept development at Mindshapes. He is currently working closely with the BBC and the Jim Henson Company developing an innovative new product range. Christian has spent 15 years advising companies on product innovation, business strategy and branding including Nokia, Dell, Siemens, Orange and BT. He remains an active corporate advisor and a public speaker on innovation and business strategy. Christian holds a master’s degree in economics and philosophy from Copenhagen Business School and Harvard University.
Francesca Dow (Penguin Children’s Books)
Francesca Dow is Managing Director of the Penguin Children’s Division, which comprises Puffin, Ladybird and, for teens, Penguin. Penguin Children’s is home to the most successful and popular children’s and teen brands – Peter Rabbit, Peppa Pig, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Snowman, Roald Dahl, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dr Who, Artemis Fowl, Moshi Monsters, John Green and Angry Birds. Penguin Children’s is interested in new ways of storytelling and works with some of the best storytellers and partners such as Activision, BBC, British Airways, Livity, Mind Candy, Nickelodeon, Royal Shakespeare Company, Twentieth Century Fox.
Paolo Ferri (University of Milano – Bicocca)
Since 2001, researcher in New Media, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department Social Science for Education (www.unimib.it) Recent research activities: New media theories and new technologies in education; E-learning and long distance teaching (a specific research has been carried out with IBM Foundation-Italy; Organizational processes in Business and in Education related with new technologies and E-HR. He is, also, scientific consultant for Le Monnier publishing house (Mondadori Publishing Group) for Educational and E-learning projects. He has written: Nativi digitali (Bruno Mondadori), 2011, Digital Kids, Etas, 2008,Bambini e computer, 2006 Fine dei mass media. Nuove tecnologie e trasformazioni dell’industria culturale (Guerini, 2004)Teoria e tecniche dei nuovi media. Pensare, formare lavorare nell’epoca della rivoluzione digitale (Guerini, 2002); La rivoluzione digitale. Identità, comunità e testo nell’era di Internet (1999); He has edited the Italian version of G.P. Landow Hypertext 2.0 (L’ipertesto. Nuove tecnologie e critica letteraria, 1998). and he has published more than 30 essays on new media theory, e-learning, and new technologies in education.
Roberta Franceschetti (Mamamò)
Roberta Franceschetti (Mamamò – www.mamamo.it) Roberta Franceschetti has been working in publishing and digital communication for over 15 years for Giorgio Mondadori, Condé nast and Artefice, among others. She’s the founder of Mamamò, a website that reviews children apps and covers media education and technology devoted to kids. Mamamò is a guide for parents in the constant commitment to raise children as conscious, informed and responsible media interpreters. It is also a source of information for professionals, publishers, librarians and teachers in a world in which digital media play an ever increasing role.
Paolo Giovine (H-Farm Ventures)
Born in Turin, Paolo Giovine collaborates with many cultural initiatives in his home town of Turin. As well as serving as a Partner at publishing house, Lindau, Paulo also held several positions within the publishing group, “L’Espresso”. From 2005 to 2011 he was General Manager of Radio&TV; Area, a leading operator in the Italian private radio sector. Since 2010, he has invested in the creation of PubCoder, a new publishing platform for digital, which also aims to create wonderful books for his three kids. Since 2011, he is also a partner of H-Farmventures, the largest Venture Incubator in Italy. http://www.linkedin.com/in/paolog72 firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Hedlund is a Children’s author and Freelance Writer. Julie’s book, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, was released as an interactive storybook app for the iPad in February 2013 by Little Bahalia Publishing. Two additional titles in the series are scheduled for later this year. Julie is the creator of Julie Hedlund’s Template for Storybook App Proposals and the founder and host of the 12 x 12 picture book writing challenge, with more than 400 members. She is a monthly contributor on Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books children’s literature podcast, a contributing editor on the subject of 21st century publishing for Children’s Book Insider, and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers (SCBWI), the Children’s Book Hub, and the Association of Writers and Writing Professionals. She has been a speaker at AWP and SCBWI events. Website: http://www.juliehedlund.com Blog: http://www.juliehedlund.com/blog Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JulieFHedlund Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JulieFHedlund LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=hb_tab_pro_top YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxmtf5pATAjUjI0E1dlUsew? feature=mhee
Adam Hodgkin (Exact Editions)
Adam was born in the Sudan, and remembers it well! He studied philosophy and then became a philosophy editor at OUP. Subsequently he started or co-founded three companies on the borderline of publishing, software and the web. The third (this will be the last) is Exact Editions http://www.exacteditions.com/, which is a platform for magazines on the web, on iPhones/iPads and other computing devices. Exact Editions is based in London and was founded in 2005 with two colleagues who had worked with Adam previously at xrefer (now Credo Reference). The founders are still fully engaged in Exact Editions, though Adam now lives in Florence and tweets at http://twitter.com/adamhodgkin
Neal Hoskins (Wingedchariot)
Neal Hoskins – worker bee at wingedchariot and consumer insight consultant for others. Part of the TOC Bologna team.
James Howitt (Bowker)
James Howitt serves as Director, Global Client Solutions at RR Bowker. In this role he oversees the client relationship of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including Books & Consumers, a book consumer research panel reaching over 216,000 ‘e’ and ‘p’ book consumers in the United States and United Kingdom. This long-term trended study looks at book purchases on a monthly basis as it seeks to understand the who, what, where, how and why of today’s book consumer. For the past 3 years, he has been involved with a team of researchers to study attitudes and buying habits of children’s book consumers to gain actionable insights. In addition to being involved in the consumer research panel, he oversees ebook sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and trade ebook markets for Bowker. Before his current position James served for Nielsen BookScan UK and US managing client relationships with Point of Sale data.
Michael Kowalski (Contentment)
Michael founded London-based startup Contentment to develop simpler and more humane kinds of software for managing content. He is a product and user experience designer with a long interest in workflow tools, and has designed editorial production systems for both the Guardian and Newscorp. He previously co-founded boutique web agency Kitsite and indie publisher Pulp Faction. You can find him on Twitter as @micycle.
David Maybury (Inis)
David Maybury is co-editor of Inís magazine, the Oddbally nose-picking champion 2011 and former judge for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards. I’ve worked as chief tea-maker for Business World, The Irish Writers Centre, Sunday Tribune, RTÉ, GCN Magazine, Inis, Verbal Arts Magazine, Musgraves and Poetry Ireland among others. Oh and the nice people at The Lisa Richards Agency look after things when I’m not paying attention.
Claudia Mazzucco (Atlantyca Entertainment)
Having graduated at Università Statale, Milan, specialising in graphic design and copywriting, Claudia Mazzucco started her career in two advertising agencies and then became Head of the Direct Mail Division for the company Bottega Verde, a leader in sales of direct cosmetics by mail. Hired in 1994 as Direct Mail Manager of the book club by Edizioni Piemme, from 1995 to 2007, Ms Mazzucco was the Managing Director of Edizioni Piemme which is the second largest publishing house in Italy after Mondadori, but ranks first on the list of publishing houses for children aged 4-13. Since 1 March 2007, she has been the CEO of Atlantyca Entertainment S.p.A., a company founded in September 2006 by Pietro Marietti, founder of Edizioni Piemme and rights holder of the famous Geronimo Stilton character (85 Million copies sold to children worldwide), with the objective of exploiting the rights pertaining to the Character not used by the Italian publisher Edizioni Piemme. She personally supervises all the activities of the company, defining objectives, processes and procedures, selecting the internal and external resources necessary for guaranteeing efficiency, and she is now following its rapid development. In her role she directs both the staff that guarantee the efficient running of the “company machine”, and looks after the commercial development of the business units attending more than 20 trade fairs a year all over the world (New York, London, Cannes, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Beijing, Tokyo) that have generated commercial relationships with major Publishers, Production Houses and Licensing Companies all over the world. In 2009 she personally oversaw the start up of the new Chinese office in Beijing that officially opened 1 January 2010. In 2010, Atlantyca Entertainment CEO Claudia Mazzucco was recognized for her dedication to creating and implementing a stream of new ideas for the expansion of children’s literacy between China and Italy with the 2010 Manager Woman Award.
Bill McCoy (IDPF)
Bill McCoy is Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the trade and standards group responsible for the EPUB standard interchange and delivery format for eBooks and other digital publications. Mr. McCoy was previously General Manager, Digital Publishing at Adobe Systems. McCoy has been involved in publishing technology for over 20 years, and has contributed to the establishment of numerous industry-standard platforms including EPUB as well as PDF, OpenType, and PostScript.
Kristen McLean (Bookigee)
Is the founder and CEO of Bookigee, an innovative Miami-based startup that develops smart products and deep analytics to help the Publishing Industry innovate. The company’s first product WriterCube–a DIY Marketing and Analytics app for Authors. Before founding Bookigee, Kristen spent five years as the executive director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), a non-profit trade association founded in 1984 that networks the US children’s book industry. Under Kristen’s leadership, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in 2011, where its work continues. Prior to joining ABC in 2005, Kristen spent twelve years in the US book and toy industry in a wide variety of roles including frontline retailing, buying, field sales, and major marketing. As part of her role as an industry strategist, Kristen lectures nationally and internationally on issues facing the publishing world at venues such as Book Expo America (BEA), Digital Book World (DBW), The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The American Library Association (ALA), Tools of Change (TOC) and The Digital Publishing Conference of the City College of London, UK. Kristen is deeply interested in the confluence of emerging consumer behavior, technology, and publishing in the 21st Century. Find out more at www.kristenmclean.org
Kat Meyer (O’Reilly Media)
Kat Meyer is a long time veteran of the book publishing industry whose background includes both editorial and marketing experience working a diverse array of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: Harcourt Brace, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and the RGU Group. Prior to joining O’Reilly as co-chair for the Tools of Change conference, Kat was Chief Content Wrangler of Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish and all things social media!
Térence Mosca (Gallimard Jeunesse)
Térence Mosca is an expert in children interactive content. He has been previously working for Disney Interactive Studios Europe, on Disney key releases. He then worked for Paris based book publisher Gallimard Jeunesse, in audiovisual developments and digital distribution.Térence has also been in charge of the Tom Clancy’s brand management at Ubisoft. Térence created TM Consulting in 2009, developing interactive content for the actors of the children entertainment industry, working with leaders in the book industry (Gallimard Jeunesse…..), in the audiovisual production (Mondo TV…), in the culture (Louvre Museum, Pompidou Center…), in the education (CNDP) and in the game industry.
Stuart Murphy (author)
Stuart J. Murphy is a Boston-based visual learning specialist, author and consultant. He is the author of Stuart J. Murphy’s I SEE I LEARN (Charlesbridge), a 16-book series of storybooks for children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 that focus on social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. The series is also being published as Stuart J. Murphy’s I SEE I LEARN at School (Pearson Education). The comprehensive program includes classroom posters, videos, digital games, teacher guides, school and home activities, and other support materials for teachers. He is the author of the award-winning MathStart series (HarperCollins), which includes a total of 63 children’s books that present mathematical concepts in the context of stories for Pre-K through Grade 4. (Over 7 million copies sold.) A related play, the Main Street Kids’ Club, is available to be performed by children’s theaters and schools. Stuart is part of the authorship team of a number of mathematics programs published by Pearson Education. These include enVisionMATH, an elementary school series; digits, an all-digital middle grades program, and Pearson Prentice Hall High School Mathematics. A graduate and honorary trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design, he is a frequent presenter at meetings of the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and other professional organizations. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Most of all, Stuart is an advocate of helping our children develop their visual learning skills so that they become more successful students.
Cristina Mussinelli (Italian Publishers Association)
Cristina Mussinelli is the LIA project coordinator as she has been focused on the issue of accessibility in publishing since 2007, when she coordinated the Pro-Access Project, funded by the European Commission within the eLearning Program, participated by the Italian Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers and Dedicon. Since 1992, she has been involved in the digital and multimedia market. Since 1988 she has been responsible for the technological innovation and digital publishing areas within the Italian Publishers Association, the trade association representing more than the 90% of the Italian book publishing market, where she manages European and international projects, the digital publishing professional training course program, the Editech conference www.editech.info and the Permanent Observatory on Digital Content. Furthermore, since 2010 she has been a member of the Board of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), the global trade and standards association for electronic publishing, that develops and maintains the EPUB® standard.
Edward Nawotka (Publishing Perspectives)
Edward Nawotka is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, the leading online trade magazine for the international publishing industry. Often referred to as “the BBC of the book world” Publishing Perspectives offers daily updates about the global book business, from Buenos Aires to Beijing, New York to New Delhi. Ed has covered the book business since 2000, first as an editor for Publishers Weekly and then as a columnist for Bloomberg News. His reviews, essays and reporting have appeared in The New Yorker, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. He is an International Advisory Board member of the Frankfurt Book Fair and has been a long-serving member of the Advisory Council of the University of Texas, where he was instrumental in establishing the University of Texas Human Rights Documentation Initiative, a program which digitizes and preserves the video, audio and documentary testimonies of the victims and perpetrators of human rights abuses. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Humberto Neves (Ardozia)
Humberto Neves is the founder of Ardozia, a digital content producer for children. He previously worked on Yellow Pages as XMedia product manager and as business intelligence consultant at Novabase. He’s graduated on information technology and has a master’s degree on management and marketing.Humberto is currently developing a project on children’s digital content production for mobile devices. Our focus is about achieving the best experience with storytelling and edutainment for children. As a xmedia product manager on advertising industry has developed a go-to-market product approach seeking for synergies between the print, online & mobility platforms. Over the last years also developing a number of different decision support systems for companies mainly on Telco’s and Finance, achieving a strong synergy between technical & business needs. With relevant knowledge on new technologies & business management, has constantly introduced innovative solutions, part of leading projects in areas such as knowledge discovery, risk analysis and balanced scorecard.
Sarah Odedina (Hot Key Books)
Sarah Odedina began working in children’s books as Rights Director for Orchard Books and Franklin Watts before moving to Bloomsbury to be Publisher of the Children’s list. In 2011 she started Hot Key Books, owned by Bonnier Publishing. Sarah has worked with some of literatures finest children’s writers including Louis Sachar, Jennifer Donnelley, Neil Gaiman and Celia Rees.
Chintu Parikh (SachManya)
Chintu Parikh is the CEO & Founder of SachManya, the creators of Kite Readers [http://kitereaders.com]—interactive children’s eBooks and apps production, distribution and marketing platform. KiteReaders has produced many children’s eBook best-sellers and received several design awards for its creative work. Follow KiteReaders on twitter @KiteReaders and on facebook @ facebook.com/kitereaders. Previously at Yahoo as the business lead for emerging advertising businesses, Chintu led successful launches of a niche publisher ad-network and a mobile advertising platform globally. He brings ten plus years of professional experience backed by an MBA, Enterprise Award with Distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University and graduate and undergraduate degrees with high honors in engineering.
Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks)
Dominique Raccah is the publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 as a source of financial information for bankers, which turned out to be about as interesting as it sounds. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that morphed into a general trade house which happily produces everything from bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in both baby names and college guides, eleven New York Times Bestsellers and more than twenty national bestsellers. Sourcebooks today has over 70 employees, publishes over 300 new titles each year and is proud to be the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the country. Sourcebooks is a company that has grown through small and large innovations, pioneering a line of cutting edge bestselling mixed-media titles that led to an early involvement in digital book project. More recently Sourcebooks launched PoetrySpeaks.com which Huffington Post called “a new business model for an old art form, and any lover of poetry should be interested.” Dominique is excited about creating the next generation book publishing company and currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.
Caterina Ramonda (AIB – Associazione Italiana Biblioteche)
Caterina Ramonda (AIB – Associazione Italiana Biblioteche) Caterina Ramonda is a children’s librarian. She writes about children’s libraries, reading promotion and children’s literature. She is interested in how digital natives may choose to read and in how stories may be told in a book and on a screen. Her blog: Le Letture di Biblioragazzi
Jagdish Repaswal (MangoReader)
Jagdish Repaswal has been building and scaling consumer web-sites for over 10 years. Most recently, he helped build the platform of DimensionU for educational allowance and using educational content in a gamified way with multimedia and games. He also co-founded Bridg.Me, a simple conference calling solution and MangoSense Technologies (social and mobile learning apps) and spends most of his time working on Ideas for mobile and social learning applications. He loves basketball, cooking, traveling and winter sports and is always up for learning something new. While working in an educational video game company, Jagdish realised that the learning being imparted to kids was not fun and creativity was not involved anywhere. With MangoReader, his team is bringing books to life by making them interactive, engaging and fun. Guided by the mission to make learning fun and better, Jagdish started on MangoReader with the vision to bring books to life and making them fun, engaging, interactive and immersive. A learner can learn from videos, quizzes, animations, 3D and context based learning. Also, they can learn by collaborating, sharing, discussing all within the book creating their own personal learning network. MangoReader allows for books to become an enabler for creativity and learning. It allows authors, content owners, creators and publishers to better create their content and target creativity as the key for learning. The platform easily integrates interactive elements and makes it straightforward for anyone to create and publish interactive books and make them available on any device seamlessly.
Paul Rhodes (Orb)
Orb Entertainment was formed in 2009 by Paul Rhodes. Prior to starting up Orb, Paul worked in various roles for Midway Games Ltd, and worked on some of the most high profile games IP imaginable, including Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, Unreal Tournament 3 and Stranglehold. Before taking the plunge into games, Paul worked at HarperCollins for nearly ten years, and he retains an excellent network of contacts in the book trade, and works with a variety of corporate and indie publishing houses on digital content solutions. As well as running Orb, Paul is currently working at Harlequin Mills and Boon on their digital publishing plans, is a guest blogger on www.thefuturebook.net , and is hard at work on an exciting new publishing project for the sports market.
Kasper Syhler (Gyldendal)
Kasper Syhler (Digital Editor – Gyldendal) With a background as script writer/narrative designer in the video game industry, Kasper have a lot of experience with interactive media and how to implement strong storytelling in interactive media. Experience he has brought to Gyldendal, the biggest and oldest publishing house in Denmark, where he is managing the development of digital children’s books – apps and enhanced e-books.
Dave Taylor (Ingram)
Frank Weihenig (CodeMantra)
Frank Weihenig, Associate Director Prepress Sales Development. Frank has taken the knowledge and experience gained from 20 years of working in the prepress industry to establish and develop one of the most renowned full service companies, Prepare Inc. Working with the dynamic demands of the world’s top publishers, Frank has leveraged his attention to detail, scheduling and customer service expertise to deliver publishing solutions that encompasses all disciplines. Prior to joining Prepare Inc. 20 years ago, Frank also worked for the Reader’s Digest in book and magazine sales and with Union Camp in industrial printing. These positions combined have given him the well-rounded knowledge of publishing that have molded him into a leader for Prepare Inc, whom clients turn to for solutions. With codeMantra Frank is working closely with executive management to deliver and execute business development strategies for the prepress segment of the publishing services division as well as develop guidelines and training programs for prepress client services.
Maurice Van der Bij (fruitcocktail)
Maurice van der Bij is a visual enthusiast. He makes animations, illustrations, graphic designs, photo’s and videos. He studied illustration at the art academy in Zwolle, Netherlands but finding animation with movement, timing and sound a better matching form to depict his humorous observations he graduated in 2004 with a variety of short films. Now, living and working in Amstedam, Maurice does commissioned work as a motion graphic designer and works on his own creative ideas from a paper-cut-pop-up-book-video to a blogspot with photo’s of incidental faces. In the company ‘fruitcocktail’ he joins forces with Sylvia van Ommen, creating illustrations, animations and interactive designs.
Sylvia van Ommen (fruitcocktail)
Sylvia van Ommen likes to observe and picture the seemingly normal day to day life, discovering the humor and weirdness in small things. She studied illustration at the artacademy in Zwolle, Netherlands. After graduating in 2001 her first book ‘drop’ (sweets/jellybeans) was published, shortly followed by ‘de verrassing” (the surprise) Since than she works as an illustrator, writer and designer. Besides individual projects and commissioned work she works together with Maurice van der Bij. They form the creative company ‘fruitcocktail’ and combine their workfields of illustrator and motion graphic designer in illustration, animation, interactive design and occasionally just make stuff and see what happens.
Till Weitendorf (Verlag Friedrich Oetinger)
Till Weitendorf is a shareholder of the Oetinger Publishing Group and at the end of 2009 he became CEO of the children´s books publishing house Verlag Friedrich Oetinger. After completing a degree in Economics, he worked at various different publishing houses in Germany and the USA, for example Bertelsmann, Rowohlt, MacMillan and Scholastic. In 2006, he started working for the long-established family-run business. Since then he has been responsible for the business’ development and the continuous expansion of the new media and digital content division, as well as looking after the non-fiction list, the merchandising and toy division. In addition, at the beginning of 2012 he took over responsibility for the entire marketing implementation for the Oetinger Publishing Group.
Joe Wikert (O’Reilly Media)
Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20 years of industry experience. He is General Manager & Publisher at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. Joe also serves as co-chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change (TOC) conference. Prior to joining O’Reilly he was a Vice President and Executive Publisher in the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and had management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints. Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on his Publishing 2020 blog. He is also the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle and blogs about that experience on his Kindleville blog.
Alice Wilder (Educational Psychologist)
Alice is the Chief Content Officer for Speakaboos, a kid-centric, cross-publisher literacy platform offering a library of digital stories that support children’s interests, literacy, and inspires a lifelong love of reading. Alice is also the Co-Creator and Head of Research and Education for Super Why!, a PBS Kids property that helps preschoolers learn reading fundamentals through interactive stories. Integrating her user testing methodology, educational point of view and knowledge of children and media, she developed a curriculum, episodes, website and in-school extensions for Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids the “School House Rock” of financial literacy for 7-12 year olds, airing in Asia on Cartoon Network (www.cha-ching.asia). In addition, she continues to advise the Kids & Creativity group in Pittsburgh, bringing kids and the kids point of view to help support educators, technologists, and makers as Kidsburgh creates a model and movement around the integration of the arts, sciences, and technology to inspire creative learning and play throughout Pittsburgh. For over 10 years Alice served as a Producer and the Director of Research and Development for Nick Jr.’s Blue’s Clues and Developer of Blue’s Room. She conducted the formative research used in the creation and ongoing production of the series, and its ancillary businesses including publishing, online, magazine, consumer products and special events. Her groundbreaking work was cited in Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point. Alice has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series as well as Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series. Wilder also served as a content & educational consultant bringing the kids point of view to BBC’s Cbeebies productions: Bing, Zingzillas and Yo Ho Ahoy and has served as the Director of Research and Development for Oswald, and Little Bill, both animated series on Nick Jr. Alice bases her work in formative research on the philosophy that ‘the only way to understand what children are capable of doing, what appeals to them, and what they know, is to ask them!’ She is on the Advisory Boards for The Business Innovation Factory, The Sandbox Summit, The Teachers College School Partnership Advisory Council, the Speyer Legacy School and the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden and served as President of the Teachers College Alumni Council.
Kate Wilson (Nosy Crow)
Kate Wilson started her publishing career in the UK after studying English at Oxford University by selling rights for Faber and Faber. She was Publisher and Managing Director of Macmillan Children’s Books from 1994 to 2004, and then she ran Scholastic in the UK between 2004 and 2009. After a (very!) brief period in adult publishing as CEO of Headline, part of the Hachette Group, she founded Nosy Crow, an independent publisher of children’s books and children’s apps, in February 2010. As a parent and a publisher, she is interested in literacy on the page and on screen and in how generations of digital natives may choose to consume text.
Wandy Yeap-Hoh (Co-founder & Co-CEO, MeeGenius)
Wandy Yeap Hoh co-founded MeeGenius with a view to make reading more interactive and engaging – and as a way to share her love of reading with children everywhere. In addition to MeeGenius, Hoh has a distinguished business background, with 15 years as an executive with some of the world’s leading corporations, including Credit Suisse First Boston. She left her role as Vice President of Pomona Capital, New York City, in 2007 to pursue her dream of starting her own business. Hoh did not see a product on the market that was suitable to her children’s needs, as well as her own as a parent, so she was inspired to create MeeGenius. After 16 months of research and development, MeeGenius launched to rave reviews in April 2010. Hoh says, “My previous experience as part of a new business in a large investment bank and my experience as an investor in companies and funds have certainly helped me establish best practices at MeeGenius and form our strategy, which evolves as we grow,” she says. It is this experience that has helped MeeGenius become one of the world’s largest stores for enhanced children’s e-books – now used by over 2 million parents and schools. Available almost anywhere, MeeGenius works across iOS and Andriod platforms, PCs as well as several new children-specific devices. MeeGenius classic and exclusive titles are available with rich illustrations, read-along narration and word highlighting. Hoh is an active philanthropist; she is on the Friends Committee of Baby Buggy charity, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children. Hoh holds a BA cum laude in Business Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is fluent in Chinese and resides in New York City with her husband William Hoh and their three young girls.
Junko Yokota (Center for Teaching through Children’s Books)
Junko Yokota is Professor of Reading and Language at National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career. Her work focuses on issues of culture, picture books and digital formats of children’s literature. She is coauthor of 5 editions of the college textbook, Children’s Books in Children’s Hands, served as editor of two children’s literature review columns, and authored numerous journal articles and chapters in edited books. She is past president of USBBY, the U.S. national section of the IBBY. She served on ALA Caldecott and Newbery Committees, chaired the Batchelder Committee, and served two terms on the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award jury.