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Wednesday, March 20 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm
How Publishing is Attacking the Diversity Problem: A Data-Driven Approach

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In this session, Ashleigh Gardner, Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing, will explore how new technologies — such as machine learning — are creating new opportunities to discover and publish marginalized voices. Looking at Wattpad’s own Story DNA machine learning technology, this session will highlight the opportunities for publishers to diversify their slates while uncovering exciting new writers. The session will examine real-life case studies from Wattpad, showcasing recently-discovered voices that the company has identified among the millions on the platform.

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Ashleigh Gardner

Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing
As Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing, Ashleigh Gardner works with Wattpad writers and publishers around the world to turn Wattpad stories into books. Leveraging the data and insights from more the more than 500 million story uploads on Wattpad, Ashleigh creates meaningful... Read More →

Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
CR-3 (ground floor, MaRS)