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Digipub World comes to Gurgaon again

The one-of-a-kind event for web publishers is back in town and will be bigger and better.

The Indian online publishing world is anticipating the second edition of Digipub World which will take place on September 20-21, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon. It is the first and only business event focused exclusively on web publishing that has it all from conferences and exhibitions to awards.

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Digipub World comes to Gurgaon again

Entries for the awards, which have seen the participation of almost all major publishing groups, were closed last week. There has roughly been a 50 per cent growth in entries as compared to last year, in part because of the increase in the number of categories. The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on the evening of September 20.

Meanwhile, the centrepiece of the event is the Digipub World conference which sees widespread participation in terms of both speakers and delegates. More than 40 speakers are expected to be on stage in standalone sessions as well as panel discussions.

Digipub World comes to Gurgaon again

Among the standalone speakers are MK Anand, managing director, Times Network; Colin Morrison, a UK-based media expert and Ritu Kapur, co-founder and CEO, The Quint.

Morrison will be talking about a subject of high interest to Indian publishers who are struggling to come to terms with the fact that ad revenue alone cannot make online publishing viable. Morrison will analyse how some western publishers are closer to breaking even than they have ever been thanks, in large part, to consumers paying for content.

Digipub World comes to Gurgaon again

Others among the two dozen confirmed speakers represent traditional media companies such as Indian Express, Times Group, HT Media, Dainik Jagran, and the DB Group. There are also publishers from large online-only websites such as ScoopWhoop and Wittyfeed.

On discussion will be subjects that range from - whether Indians will pay for content to how artificial intelligence will affect publishing; whether news works better than entertainment to how podcasts can help retain visitors; and from the subject of ad fraud to whether news aggregators will threaten or help publishers.

The third leg of Digipub World is an exhibition where the latest services available to publishers will be on display. Among the companies which have already confirmed their participation at the Digipub World exhibition are Akamai, Audioboom, Freshworks, RecoSense, JustVideos, Vidooly, Times Internet, and Vidgyor. Confirmations of other companies are still streaming in.

Digipub World has as a Platinum partner, Akamai as a Silver partner, Freshworks, Vidooly, comScore, Quintype, and Times Internet as Bronze partners.

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