Data Scientist Hilary Mason to Keynote Digital Book World 2015

UPDATE: This release has been changed to reflect Hilary Mason’s current business.

[Press Release]

Hilary Mason Announced as Keynote Speaker at Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015

NEW YORK – (September 8, 2014) Hilary Mason, Founder, Fast Forward Labs, will be speaking at Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015, held in New York City from January 13-15. Hilary’s presentation is titled Smart Data: A Look at Data—Big and Small—For Publishing.

“One of the core tenets of Digital Book World is that publishing in the digital age needs to be an increasingly data-driven business. Programming that drives that thinking is always a priority for us. We are thrilled that Hilary Mason will be bringing her deep expertise about using data in imaginative ways to bear specifically on challenges the book business faces,” said DBW Conference Council Chair Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of the Idea Logical Company and partner in Publishers Launch Conferences. Hilary joins these other innovative leaders in the digital content publishing world as a presenter: Ken Auletta, Seth Godin, Russ Grandinetti, Walter Isaacson, Joe Pulizzi and book industry executives Brian Murray, Linda Zecher, David Nussbaum, Judith Curr, and Jonathan Nowell.

Hilary Mason recently announced the launch of Fast Forward Labs on her blog where she wrote:  “Fast Forward Labs is an independent data technology research lab. We focus on taking technologies that are just becoming possible, and making them useful. … We offer companies a new approach to applied research that helps them find those product and business opportunities that exist at the intersection of their existing business and new data and technology capabilities.”

Hilary was previously the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Chief Scientist for bitly, the popular link-shortening service, where she contin­ues to work as Scientist Emeritus, advising a team that studies attention on the Internet in real time.

Hilary is the co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City; co-host of DataGotham, an annual event for profes­sionals involved in data science; and member of NYCRe­sistor. She advises a number of companies, including Mortar,, collective[i], DataKind, Betaspring, and TechStars New York. She also served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.

Hilary is on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013 and 1000 Most Creative People in Business 2014. Other honors include the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list and the Crain’s New York Business 40 under Forty.

About Digital Book WorldThe Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the largest event dedicated solely to the business of digital publishing worldwide consisting of a multi-track, multi-faceted digital publishing program, pre-conference events, Digital Book Awards gala and exhibition hall. The event now in its sixth year, produced by F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company, in partnership with Publishers Launch, attracts an international audience of 1,500 industry professionals. Registration is open now.

Digital Book World Conference + Expo returns to the stylish New York Hilton Midtown hotel located in the heart of New York City in Midtown Manhattan. The New York Hilton Midtown is the official conference hotel for all Digital Book World sessions and lodging. It is within walking distance of New York’s premier attractions such as Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue shopping, the Broadway Theatre District, Central Park, The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and many more iconic New York landmarks. Last year’s specially priced block of rooms sold out well in advance of the event so it pays to book now.

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