Announcing speakers at Build The News

We’re pleased to announce a range of speakers who’ll be attending Build The News.

Alan Hunter – Head of Digital, The Times & The Sunday Times

Nicola Ryan – Digital Design Editor, The Times

Nicola Ryan is the Digital Design Editor for The Times. She’s responsible for the design of The Times’ digital output, from the daily edition through to the future development of The Times’ digital products. She has a background in information design, branding and user experience architecture.

Ben Whitelaw – Head of Community Development at The Times and The Sunday Times

Ben Whitelaw engages with readers in comments and on social media as well as helping journalists become familiar with new digital tools. He worked at The Guardian before moving to The Times in November 2011 and is co-founder of, which provides hints and tips about getting into journalism. Recently he has worked on The Times’ award-winning Cities fit for Cycling campaign, using digital tools to campaign for change.

Ben Fogarty – CEO of Shorthand

Ben is CEO of Shorthand, a platform to create longform interactive stories. Shorthand aims to simplify the process of creating ambitious digital stories, and has worked with The Guardian and ESPN.

Jonathan Frost – CEO of Liveblog Pro

Jonathan is CEO of Liveblog Pro, a liveblogging platform. He has a background in design and manages all areas of the Liveblog Pro business. The platform offers free and paid tiers, with commercial partners including Politics Home and digital sports agency Sotic.

Peter MacRobert – Founder of Pixie Labs

Pixie Labs is a digital product incubator. Peter is an engineering-minded entrepreneur with a decade of experience building innovative software for blue chip brands. Some of the products built include – a viral Vine aggregator that garnered 8 million views in 24 hours, a social Bitcoin trading platform called, and a Twitter management tool called Echelon.

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