As the nights draw in, most of us would rather be at home snuggled up with a glass of mulled wine and the latest episode of The Apprentice. What could tempt you out of those comfy Fair Isle jumpers more than a good Digital Publishing event? Here are our pick of the top 8 unmissable events this winter.
You’ve just missed:
Independent Publishing in the Digital Age panel – 19th November, University of Portsmouth
Digital Publishing Forums – 19th November, UCL, London
International Digital Magazine Summit 2014 – 25th November, London
1 – PPA Independent Publisher conference & awards
Friday 5th December
The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, London
This is a half-day conference with a lunchtime awards ceremony, and is a ‘must-attend event for all smaller, independent publishers’. The focus will be on current issues affecting the industry, and how to address challenges to ensure business success.
At the awards ceremony, we’ll be sponsoring the ‘Front Cover of the Year’ category, and will be running our Page Lizard competition again – check out the winner and runners up of the last one for some inspiration!
Ticket prices range from £145 to £590 for an individual – see the conference website for more details about booking and speakers.
2 – Future of Digital
Thursday 4th December – Sydney
Thursday 11th December – Melbourne
The AIMIA brings its flagship event to both cities, with the intriguing strapline ‘It’s no longer about just being digital. It’s about being good at digital.’ We couldn’t agree more, and think that this event looks brilliant for people all over the technology industry, although it does have a nice focus on publishing. For those looking to really take the next steps with building their digital brand and increasing reader engagement, there are definitely sessions here you should attend.
Details for booking both locations are on the AIMIA website.
3 – Digital Publishing Innovation Summit – ‘What is next for the Publisher?’
Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th December
Described as ‘the most exclusive gathering of leaders in digital publishing’, this is the San Francisco edition of the New York and London Innovation Summits. The IE have a reputation for delivering detailed and informative events, and this one looks set to be just as good. Speakers include Joey Parsons from Flipboard, Hayler Nelson from Wired and Aric Lapera from Buzzfeed, and promises to feature the ‘hottest topics in the industry’, ‘interactive sessions’ and ‘unparalleled networking opportunities’. Now…how much are flights to San Francisco…
This isn’t a completely open event as you must request an invitation to attend – visit the website for more details.
4 – Scottish Magazine Awards 2014
Thursday 11th December
Radisson Blue Hotel, Glasgow
These awards celebrate the Scottish stars of the magazine world. We’re excited to see who wins the ‘Digital Magazine’ section, as there are three fantastic publications competing for the prize: Conference Call (White Light Media), Rolls Royce, In Depth (Connect Publications) and Standard (White Light Media).
Sadly the early bird date for cheaper tables has passed, but you can still bag your place through the PPA’s website.
5 – Tech Talks: Digital Strategy
Wednesday 20th January, 12.30pm
PPA HQ, London
The ‘Tech Talks’ series continue in 2015 with Sally Foote of FEB Digital giving a short talk about agile digital strategies for publishers. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from industry leaders on your lunch break!
Attendance is free but registration is necessary – visit the talk summary for more details.
6 – Digital Book World Conference + Expo
Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th January 2015
New York City
The Digital Book World Conference, as you might expect, is one of the big boys on the Digital Conference block. This event brought together over 1,500 media, publishing and technology professionals this year, and 2015 is set to be even larger. With a specific focus on challenges and opportunities facing publishers, their keynote speakers include Russ Grandinetti, the Senior Vice President of Kindle, Amazon, and Brian Murray, the President/CEO of HarperCollins. The event is topped by a gala dinner on Wednesday 14th, in which the nominees and winners of the Digital Book awards will be announced.
Attendance is pricey, ranging from $385 to $1,975, but this event should be seriously considered for those hoping to lead the digital charge. For more details and booking, visit their website.
7 – Page Lizard’s 10th Birthday Bash
Wednesday 28th January
We’re keeping the details for this event under wraps for now, but this is a date you absolutely must put in your diary, as we celebrate ten years of expertise in the Digital Publishing world.
Keep an eye on our website for more details.
8 – Publishing & Media Expo
Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th February 2015
Olympia National, London
The UK’s only multi-platform publishing event gathers again for its 10th year, co-located with the Technology for Marketing and Advertising Expo. Big-name brands visit and exhibit, including the Financial Times, BBC Worldwide, Haymarket and Virgin media. They host their own ‘Digital & Multi-Publishing’ series in one of the seminar theatres, so this event is definitely worth a closer look if you’re interested in learning more about the industry, solutions available and key movers and shakers.
P&ME is free to attend, but registering in advance is recommended.
Later in 2015…
Mobile Brand Masterclass – 3rd March, Barcelona
SXSW Interactive – 7th – 11th March, Texas
Digital Media Strategies conference – 9th – 11th March, London
Digiday Publishing Summit – 25th – 27th March, Colorado
The Publishing for Digital Minds Conference – 13th April, QEII London
London Book Fair – 14th – 16th April, London
Digital Publishing & Advertising Masterclass – 19th May, London
Edinburgh Publishing Conference – 20th June 2014, Edinburgh
The Digital Education Show – 30th June – 1st July, London
AOP Digital Publishing Awards – 3rd July, London
Digital Publishing Innovation Summit – July 15th – 16th, New York