As the TOC Conference Ends, Frankfurt’s CONTEC Conference Begins

Frankfurt Academy launches CONTEC Frankfurt

On March 2, 2013, O’Reilly Media announced the retirement of its Tools of Change for Publishing conferences and blog. Holger Volland, VP Conferences & Creative Industries for the Frankfurt Book Fair, said, “We have staged 4 great TOC conferences in Frankfurt since 2009, with an impressive number of attendees and a fabulous list of top level keynote speakers. It was a great partnership with O’Reilly and we would like to thank the team there for their support, especially Joe Wikert and Kat Meyer. Right now we are busy planning a Frankfurt edition of our international CONTEC conference for this year’s Book Fair.”

Further details about the 2013 CONTEC Conference are now available:

Frankfurt, 29/05/2013 — The Frankfurt Academy announces the debut of CONTEC Frankfurt — a new, highly-engaging event experience created to highlight the latest developments in publishing and to serve the needs of a broad range of industry players. CONTEC will bring together the entire publishing ecosystem — from trade and STM publishers to service providers and tech startups — on one platform to redefine and redesign the experience of publishing. The full-day event will premier on Tuesday, 8 October 2013, in the run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair (9 – 13 October 2013), at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel.

Reader experience is, of course, a much-debated and important topic right now, but CONTEC shines a light on the many ways the experience of publishing itself is changing — exploring new parameters for creating, conveying, curating, distributing and attributing value to content.

CONTEC brings together all stakeholders in the publishing ecosystem to engage across categories and across disciplines. With interactive formats and tutorials, attendees can expect a dynamic day of sessions designed to encourage interaction, conversation, and active learning. For example, during breaks, attendees will be encouraged and rewarded for seeking out people who have attended other sessions. Panellists will challenge each other with opposing opinions on highly-relevant topics, and some panels will even feature one empty seat for audience members who have a strong point of view to add to the conversation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite startups from around the world and meet the semi-finalists in-person at CONTEC Frankfurt.

CONTEC’s team leverages global industry experience and connections

Serving as CONTEC program chair will be Kat Meyer (see photograph below), known previously for her work on the international Tools of Change conference series. “The Frankfurt Academy has a global perspective on all that’s happening in the world of publishing. We are represented in all relevant publishing markets and are familiar with all their unique features and distinctions”, said Britta Friedrich, Director Events & Programmes for the Frankfurt Academy. “With Kat Meyer on board”, she added, “we’ve now broadened our perspective in the best way possible by adding an expert on the technology-driven content business to our team. Together we reflect what is currently happening in our market, where the publishing and technology sectors are already so closely intertwined. Our goal with CONTEC is to promote further dialogue among different industries in order to create more (and lasting) collaboration among all stakeholders in this space”.

As many startups and new businesses are setting up shop in the grey area between technology and publishing, roles and tasks are being re-imagined and re-defined. The definition of what a publisher does and how it positions itself is becoming more difficult to grasp.

CONTEC Frankfurt reflects this trend and provides a way to take the next step. It offers a series of unique opportunities for publishing and technology experts to engage with professionals from other backgrounds. “As the international publishing community continues to evolve at an increasingly rapid pace, the need for a centralised forum for meaningful and productive conversations around important industry issues is greater than ever. The CONTEC program brings issues to the table that will determine the shape and viability of the industry going forward”, Kat Meyer, Manager of Conferences and Communities, explains.

Topics covered at CONTEC Frankfurt will include copyright, open web, standards, globalisation, digital formats and platforms, pricing, accessibility, and more. CONTEC will explore the relationships between publishers and startups and introduce innovative approaches and new business models in publishing. Attendees will be able to choose from up to four parallel program tracks focussed on different themes, and we’re pleased to announce that EDItEUR’s Supply Chain program will also be sharing the stage at CONTEC Frankfurt.

A program overview and initial speakers will be announced shortly.

With CONTEC Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Academy is building upon a format launched successfully in Brazil last year. CONTEC will be an event series. More international offshoots are planned in addition to events in Brazil. CONTEC is tailored to reflect the needs and unique qualities of each respective market. The focus in Brazil, for example, is on education, children’s and YA books. CONTEC Frankfurt will be the main event in the series and will accordingly feature a broader range of program topics.

CONTEC Frankfurt will take place on Tuesday, 8 October 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel. There is an Early-Bird price of 440 euros plus VAT (reg. price 550 euros + VAT) until 15 July. The price includes a trade visitor’s five-day ticket.

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