The next two announced speakers are…
is the founder and editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives, the leading magazine for the international publishing industry that has been hailed as “the BBC of the book world,” and offers daily news and opinion from the global media business, covering start-ups to self-publishing, in locations ranging from Afghanistan to Argentina, New York to New Delhi.
A former bookseller, advertising copywriter and foreign correspondent, Ed has covered the book business since 2000, first as an editor for Publishers Weekly and then as a columnist for Bloomberg News. He continues to contribute regularly on arts and culture issues to a wide variety of trade and consumer publications, from the The New York Times to Texas Monthly. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Libraries, where he was instrumental in establishing the University of Texas Human Rights Documentation Initiative. As a guest lecturer, he has delivered talks and seminars on publishing in more than two dozen countries, from Brazil to the Ukraine, and currently serves on the faculty of the Yale University Publishing Course. He lives in Houston.
For YAIC 2014 Edward will talk about “Promiscuous Creators and Cultural Darwinism”. This talk will look at the idea of in an era of profligate storytelling and promiscuous creation, whether good culture pushes out bad or whether it’s the contrary — Cultural Darwinism, if you will — and how creative synergies between different practices and platforms can be help culture evolve in unexpected and exciting ways.
is the Head of Content at Plain Vanilla, an entrepreneur and filmmaker. Plain Vanilla is an Icelandic Game Studio based in Reykjavik Iceland and in San Francisco started in 2010.
Plain Vanilla is mostly known for developing the international hit app QuizUp, the world’s first Real-Time Social Trivia Platform for mobile devices. With well over 400 topics and more than 1.5 million users, QuizUp’s success can be largely accredited to it’s synergy of brilliant content management and innovative programming.