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Media Future Conference 2013

14 May 2013 , The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin , 9am - 5pm


Media Future is Ireland's largest conference on the future of the media.

The last 5 years have seen more change in the media than ever before. Everywhere you look the traditional ways of printing, broadcasting, publishing and communicating are being made redundant by new technologies.

Media Future will chart the extraordinary transformation of the media and identify the key trends, technologies and topics that will shape it’s future.
This year's conference will take place on May 14th in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Some of the speakers have already been announced, for more information click the 'Speakers' tab on the left of go to www.mediafuture.ie

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For additional information on speakers and the conference schedule please see the official conference website by clicking here www.mediafuture.ie


David Hieatt
The Do Lectures

David is the co-founder of the Do Lectures (@DoLectures ), the highly recognised event that provides inspirational lectures and workshops around the world, from this The Do Book Company, an independent publishing house based in Shoreditch, London, was launched. The company make a series of inspirational guidebooks in print and digital formats.

He also set up the award-winning sports clothing company Howies in 1995 with his wife Clare, which was purchased in 2006 by Timberland. David currently runs the jeans brand Hiut Denim Co. (@HiutDenim) based in Cardigan, Wales.

You can find out more about David on his website and on twitter @davidhieatt

Mark Stencel
Managing Editor

Mark is the Managing Editor for Digital News at the National Public Radio and is responsible for overseeing the journalism aspect of NPR’s website and other platforms. Previous to working in National Public Radio, Stencel worked at the Governing Magazine, Congressional Quarterly and The Washington Post. He was educated at the university of Virginia and is also a Board member at the Student Press Law Centre. Stencel is the co-author of two books on the subject of media and politics. “Peep Show: Media and Politics and in an age of scandal” co-written by political scientists Larry J. Sabato and S. Robert Lichter; and “On the Line: The New Road to the White House” co-written with CNN’s Larry King. He continues to write about science and technology, including digital media trends on his blog “Assignment: Future”. @markstencel


Markham Nolan
Managing Editor

Markham Nolan is the managing editor of Storyful.com, a social media news agency founded on the belief that newsrooms can find their most valuable content on the social web. As one of Storyful's earliest hires, Markham was part of the team that pioneered new ways to verify and source news content online collaboratively, consistently and quickly. Markham graduate of both University College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology and began his journalism career aged 17 as a sailing photographer. After college he joined Ireland's first free daily newspaper, Metro, and has since written for national newspapers in Ireland and Australia, shot & produced short documentaries for NGOs, and produced radio material for both National Public Radio and American Public Radio. @markhamnolan

Nicholas Thompson

Nicholas Thompson is the editor of Newyorker.com , where he oversees and manages the magazine’s fast-growing Web Site. He is also a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television, a technology contributor at CNN International, and a co-founder of The Atavist . Prior to his current position, Mr. Thompson was a senior editor at The New Yorker. He has also been a senior editor at Wired, a senior editor at Legal Affairs and an editor at the Washington Monthly. Stories that he has edited and assigned have won many major awards and even been made into films - including Ben Affleck’s Argo. Nicholas has written about politics, technology, and the law for numerous publications as well as giving many iconic public speeches on similar topics.

You can find out more about Nicholas on NickThompson.com or on Twitter

Nick Blunden
Managing Director and Publisher
The Economist

Nick is managing director and publisher of The Economist online. He is responsible for all commercial and development aspects of this iconic website across iPad, iPhone and Android the world. Prior to joining the Economist group he was UK CEO of Profero, the award winning full service global digital communications agency. In seven years at Profero, Nick oversaw the rapid expansion of the UK business, successfully launching its media business ‘Profero Performance and its technology business ‘Profero Connect’. He also completed a stint as Management Consultant with IBM Consulting. He is particularly interested in the impact of digital technology on human behaviour and business success. You can check out his thoughts about the topic here: nickblunden.com . @nickblunden


Rick Falkvinge
Swedish Pirate Party

Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, started off his career as an entrepreneur and later moved onto being a poltician . On January 1st, 2006, he launched the Pirate Party website, forming a political party that called for sensible copyright laws and protection of civil liberties online. After three years, the Pirate Party won two seats in European Parliament. In 2011, after 5 years, Falkvinge stepped down as leader of the Swedish Pirate Party to devote more time to speaking about copyright law, internet sovereignty and information policy. Falkvinge was named as one of the top 100 global thinker's of 2011 from a Foreign Policy magazine, and he also has been nominated as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2012. @Falkvinge


Roddy Doyle

Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter

Roddy Doyle is one of Ireland's most celebrated writers and has received  international recognition for his published works as well as his work for both  stage and screen having contributed to several major publications such as The  New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies.Doyle has written nine novels and an array of stories including five children's  books. In 1993 his novel 'Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha' won the Booker Prize,  which is the prestigious award for writers of fiction. A native of Dublin, after graduating from University College Dublin, Doyle  became an English and Geography teacher before becoming a full time writer in  1993.

He has written several pieces for stage including 'Brownbread' and 'Guess  Who’s Coming For The Dinner' along with screenplays for 'The Snapper',  'The Van', 'Family', 'When Brendan Met Trudy' and he  co-wrote the screenplay for 'The Commitments', which was the screen  adaptation of his 1987 novel of the same title.

Doyle also co-founded Fighting Word’s, a creative writing centre that  encourages students to develop their writing skills through free workshops  given by volunteers made up of professional writers, poets and teachers.

Roddy Doyle’s latest book ‘Two Pints’, which focuses on discussions  between two middle-aged men about different topics that made the news in 2011  and 2012, was compiled from original excerpts he had posted on social  networking site Facebook over an 18 month period. The posts were done in conversation  form and gained massive popularity on the site leading to it being turned into  a book.


Shazna Nessa
Deputy managing editor
Associated Press

For the past five years Shazna Nessa worked at the Associated Press in New York, pioneering AP’s interactive, social media, mobile and data journalism presence. As a former deputy managing editor at AP, she created and led an award-winning global department that created interactive news content, including the development of two data journalism tools funded by the Knight Foundation’s news innovation grants. She also designed and currently teaches the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s first ever design course.

Prior to her role at AP, she was the executive multimedia producer at Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com. Today her work is primarily focused around transitions in a rapidly shifting media ecosystem and innovations in storytelling.

Susan Daly

Susan Daly is the Editor of Ireland's most interactive and innovative online news publication, TheJournal.ie. She has worked as a journalist for 16 years, was previously Day News Editor for The Irish Daily Star and news feature writer for the Irish Independent. She is a contributor for RTÉ television and radio, TV3, TodayFM and Newstalk. TheJournal.ie was founded in 2010 to fulfill a growing demand among online consumers for a pure-digital news source. Through its motto 'Read, share and shape the news', it provides a breaking news service while encouraging its users to participate in the current affairs conversation. In its first year in operation, TheJournal.ie won three eircom Spider awards for Best Digital Editor, Best News Website and the overall Grand Prix, as well as the Grand Prix and Best Online Publication at the Irish Web Awards. @BiddyEarly


Tanya Cordrey
Head of Digital at the Guardian Group
Guardian News & Media

Tanya oversees the digital development team for Guardian News & Media (GNM), which is responsible for developing and launching a wide range of products including iPhone, Android, iPad apps and Kindle editions. Guardian News & Media are one of the world's leading news websites and have embraced the world of Digital. Apart from publishing one of the world's leading news websites in guardian.co.uk, they are also responsible for guardiannews.com and the Guardian and Observer newspapers.
 Prior to joining Guardian News and Media in 2008, Tanya worked for many successful dot coms, setting up the award-winning parenting site Babycentre.co.uk. After that she worked as eBay UK's Product Director for five years. She was also the UK General Manager of Webby-award winner zopa.com. @tcordrey


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Cost: €345

Group rates are also available, for more information please give us a call.

To book your place:
Call: +353 (0)1 254 1845
Email: gaye@mediacontact.ie
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This conference takes place at: The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

This conference takes place at: The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

For additional information see http://www.mediafuture.ie/

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  • David Hieatt
    The Do Lectures Speaker
  • Mark Stencel
    Managing Editor
  • Markham Nolan
    Managing Editor
  • Nicholas Thompson
  • Nick Blunden
    Managing Director and Publisher
    The EconomistSpeaker
  • Rick Falkvinge
    Swedish Pirate PartySpeaker
  • Roddy Doyle

    Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter
  • Shazna Nessa
    Deputy managing editor
    Associated PressSpeaker
  • Susan Daly
  • Tanya Cordrey
    Head of Digital at the Guardian Group
    Guardian News & Media Speaker