Edited and prepared by Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU

Great interview with Amy van der Hiel, W3C Media relations. Amy introduces the W3C Publishing Summit taking place on November 9-10, 2017 in San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

How many years has it been going?

This is the first year.

What was the inspiration to start it?

In February 2017, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) combined organisations.

The [email protected] roadmap includes plans to charter new standards work that will focus on both online as well as offline access for digital publications.

The W3C Publishing Summit is the first public event for this group. [email protected] has become part of W3C’s Open Web Platform [3]  for application development of standards that have the unprecedented potential to enable developers to build rich interactive experiences, powered by vast data stores, that are available on any device.

 What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

This will be the first public Summit of this vibrant group at the innovating edge of web technologies and digital publishing.

Our line up of speakers includes tech luminaries like Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media  (and the man who coined the terms “Web 2.0” and “Open Source”),  Abhay Parasnis the CTO of Adobe as well as speakers from W3C, Google, Mozilla, Wiley and other technology and publishing influencers.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

The Summit will show how web technologies are making publishing more accessible, more global, and more efficient and effective.

Attendees will learn about things they should be doing now to improve their products and processes; developments coming soon that they need to be aware of; and what is coming next in web publications, EPUB, mobile, and the overall Web Platform that can support their workflows on everything from today’s browsers, tablets and smartphones to tomorrow’s environments.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

This is an exciting event with global thought leaders and tech savvy participants located near the heart of Silicon Valley so register early.

The W3C Publishing Summit will be co-located with W3C’s main annual meeting, the W3C Technical Plenary,  so attendees will have the opportunity to network with Web developers and technical experts, including access to a solutions showcase demo area.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Registration is now open!

This is the first W3C Publishing Summit, but we do know space allotted for public participation at the W3C Technical Plenary fills up quickly when on the West Coast.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Readers can learn more at the Publishing Summit page and programme.

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