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Disruptive forces and digital engagement top agenda at FT Digital Learning Week

The Financial Times yesterday kicked off this year’s Digital Learning Week with a focus on the data-driven newsroom, the rise of ad-blocking, audience engagement, and disruptive technologies.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, aims to inform, educate and inspire the FT’s 2,000 global employees on all things digital.

Presentations, discussions and interactive workshops for FT staff in London, New York, Hong Kong, Manila and Beijing will take place from 12-16 October and many sessions will be live streamed on the FT’s intranet. The conversation can be found on Twitter at #FTDLW.

DLW 2015 speakers include Harvard Business Review executive director of digital products and strategy Eric Hellweg; New York Times assistant masthead editor Clifford Levy, BBC World Service mobile editor Trushar Barot; TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus; Guardian News & Media data editor Alberto Nardelli; Decoded co-founder & co-CEO Kathryn Parsons; and a podcasting panel featuring Panoply’s Nick Quah (Slate media); host of WNYC’s hit show Death, Sex, and Money Anna Sale; co-founder and president of Gimlet Media Matt Lieber; and many others.

Financial Times CEO John Ridding said: “The FT’s Digital Learning Week is now established as an essential event for our people and for the growth of our global business. From talks and debates to interactive training demos, the week-long event gives staff the opportunity to dive deep into some of the most exciting and challenging industry issues of our time. As digital subscriptions now account for over two-thirds of our readers, engaging our digital audience is critical to the FT’s strategy.”

FT editor Lionel Barber added: “Pioneering journalism and the willingness to embrace technological change have helped the FT be what it is today. Initiatives like Digital Learning Week equip our newsroom with the inspiration and knowledge to continue to adapt and innovate fearlessly, providing our readers with a rich experience across a range of channels and formats.”

FT presenters at DLW 2015 include CEO John Ridding; editor Lionel Barber; chief data officer Tom Betts; chief information officer Christina Scott; managing director of B2B Caspar de Bono; managing editor Robert Shrimsley; FT Weekend editor Caroline Daniel; and many others.