Footnote Summit aims to be as practical, flexible and current as possible, so that as the digital publishing industry evolves with each year so do our strategies. It is the largest digital publishing event in Africa and is dedicated to tackling the real issues facing publishing today, and looking at new technology and solutions to bring about the change that it needs to excel. The 2015 Footnote Summit discusses the future of the eBook, where we are heading and how to get there.
The 2013 Footnote Summit was a very useful event for digital publishing in South Africa. The presentations covered different publishing industries and it was good to see what others were doing with digital. While everyone is still finding their feet with digital publishing, such an event is a great help to share concerns and get ideas for the future. We look forward to next year's summit to continue the discussion.
- Malcolm Seegers, Digital Publisher Macmillan Education SA
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2015 speakers will be announced soon!
Ryan represents On the Dot a division of Media24 as the Operations Manager in the exciting world of eBooks and Digital Content. Ryan has a master’s degree in Financial Markets as well as qualifications in Journalism and Information Systems. He left the world of finance to apply his skill set to solving what he felt was a more pressing issue in South Africa, one of Education and Access to information for all. He feels we are placed in the ideal situation as an industry to help define and lead the strategy required to bring quality education and meaningful change to the lives of South African students. A voracious collector of books from a young age, Ryan is proud to be a custodian of the written word as it enters and grows into the Digital Age.
Belinda Germeshuizen, Head of Digital, International and Trade at Macmillan has worked within educational publishing on the sales front for over 7 years. She was very excited to work with the Gauteng Department of Education with the roll-out of the Paperless classroom in the beginning of 2015 and looks forward to working further with them as this exciting initiative is rolled out further. She is excited about furthering Macmillan’s contribution to the digital learning space and thereby enhancing learners and teachers learning environment.
Melvin manages the Digital Initiatives for Van Schaik Bookstores with a focus on maximizing returns from the on-line and mobile business by leveraging the most efficient use of emerging technologies relating to Academic materials. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (B Sc) and holds other qualifications in business management. Melvin has 10 years experience in management and operations within FMCG sectors such as fashion retail, retail banking and e-commerce.@Kaabwe
Henry Volans is Director of Faber Press. In this role he is responsible for Faber's poetry, drama, film and classical music publishing in all formats as well as direct-to-consumer initiatives including the Faber Members programme. He founded and continues to run Faber Digital, where he published leading literary apps including The Waste Land and Shakespeare's Sonnets for iPad (with Touch Press); and, in partnership with Bloomsbury, the Drama Online platform. Other successes include the BAFTA-nominated Malcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone and The Animator’s Survival Kit for iPad. Iain Pears' unique novel-as-app, Arcadia, will publish worldwide with Faber Digital in September 2015.@FaberDigital
Rhodé is Director at iLead Consulting, a boutique solutions company that help business and brands to align their strategic narrative and content strategies within the digital economy. At iLead our aim is to ensure that organisations navigate the digital economy successfully by understanding their current digital landscape, improving on digital readiness across their business, markets and
resources and eventually reach a level of digital maturity that allows their customers to have a truly personalised, engaged and innovative experience.
Simon is the CEO of Realmdigital, a leading top South African e-business strategy and technology partner, specialising in Web, Social and Mobile platforms. Simon is passionate about technology and business. His passion for digital, coupled with extensive experience in business strategy and providing strategic consultation and professional services to a variety of businesses, makes Simon perfectly suited to his role as Realmdigital’s CEO. Prior to joining Realmdigital, Simon spent a number of years in IT and software development, in addition to gaining extensive experience in the publishing and retail industries.@sbestbier
David Waweru is an author, entrepreneur, trainer and blogger. David helps individuals and organisations unleash their full potential, and lifts them to dream bigger dreams. He is the Founder and CEO of WordAlive Publishers and the Chairman of Kenya Publishers Association. David earned his MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business in Perth, Australia. He has been a Golden Gloves amateur boxing champion, a high school science teacher, a science editor, and a leader on the Boards of several organizations. David enjoys reading, travel and discovery, and hiking. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife and two children.@david_waweru
Cory Voigt worked in a bookshop while reading literature at Wits. From the university bookshop, to Oxford University Press, then Hutchinson as the College Representative. He was the Academic Sales Manager for Macmillan SA, before he became Director of Southern Book Publishers, finally he became the Southern Africa General Manager for Palgrave, Macmillan’s academic, professional and reference list. He did the Management Advancement Program at Wits GSB, and studied Operations Management as well as Pick and Linux programming. In 1983 he devised a CRM program for Macmillan in Pick, which is now running in Linux. He cannot live without voice recognition software!@palgravecoryZA
Mark is the CEO of Siyavula Education, a social enterprise focused on the accessibility of high-quality education. Siyavula's primary commercial offering is an adaptive practice service for mathematics, physics and chemistry in high school while, on the social impact side, Siyavula has developed a catalogue of openly-licensed textbooks in collaboration with educators, sponsors and the Department of Basic Education. Mark has been working in the education sector for 13 years with openness, technology and community as his main tools. He was the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow for Open and Collaborative resources as well as the co-founder of the Free High School Science Texts project.@marknewlyn
Julia manages the digital production for the South African and Southern African educational markets. She was born and raised in France, has worked in Germany for the Bertelsmann Group and has been living in South Africa for the past 12 years. She has managed e-book, website and app development projects since 2007. She spent 8 years at New Holland Publishing /Random House Struik in digital teams creating digital products before joining OUP last year. Julia is also the chairperson of the Digital Publishing sector at PASA.
Mark has worked in publishing for 15 years, initially in IT and then digital. Over last 5 years his digital role has covered publishing, retail and distribution. He has setup and managed the digital teams, platforms and processes for multiple publishers handling all technical, commercial and legal aspects. His current focus is on building beautiful, engaging and commercially successful mobile apps, creating new channels for e-books sales and avoiding sales reporting and metadata!@seabrook007
Steve is a mobile learning specialist with a particular focus on ICTs in developing countries. Currently he is Head of Mobile at Pearson South Africa, where he is responsible for setting the company's mobile learning strategy and delivering key projects. Until recently he was Senior Project Officer in mobile learning at UNESCO in Paris. Before that he was the fellow for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation in South Africa. He founded the m4lit (mobiles for literacy) project, which demonstrated the enormous potential of mobile publishing to support teen reading and writing in South Africa and Kenya.@stevevosloo
Micheal Goodman is Group Content Manager at Via Afrika – a South African educational publishing company that develops content for print and digital use in South African schools. He has been working in education for about 25 years, and is passionate about introducing real elearning into schools in South Africa. Micheal believes technology can change the way people learn in significant ways.@Micheal_Goodman
Tarryn-Anne Anderson is one of the co-founders of Book Dash, a project that connects writers, illustrators, and designers to make free and open children's books. Book Dash believes that children need access to good quality stories, about characters they can relate to, in English and their home language. Their volunteers are creative professionals who donate their skills and talent to create books that can be freely printed, translated, and distributed. Tarryn also works with the team of wizards at Snapplify, striving to find new and innovative ways of making digital books more accessible in emerging markets.@tarrynosaurus
Ben works at the crossroads of publishing, retail and digital technology. He founded and runs Books LIVE, South Africa's top source for local publishing news (acquired by Times Media in 2011). His current focus is on developing new book publishing and ecommerce opportunities for the Times Media Group, and editing the books pages of the Sunday Times. His expertise spans across business analysis, incubation and strategy, technology, digital publishing value chain and editing.@benrwms
Malcolm Seegers has a software development background. He worked for nine years in the education field in the Western Cape, where he was engaged in various e-learning projects, both assessing the value of different technologies in the classroom, and managing e-learning implementations. Subsequently, Malcolm spent a number of years as an independent IT consultant in the corporate field after which he returned to education and is now the digital publisher at Macmillan South Africa.
Wesley Lynch is Founder and CEO of Snapplify, a leading global digital publishing solution that enables publishers to sell and distribute their content via mobile and web. As the founder, Lynch has been instrumental in the growth and development of the business. The team at Snapplify have built up the brand and begun targeting publishers in emerging markets to embrace e-books. Snapplify is working with publishers such as Macmillan, Random House, Kotobarabia, Boom Studios, Packt Publishing, Pearson and more.@wesleylynch
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