GEN Summit 2015 Highlights

GEN Summit 2015: Diversity, Engagement, Innovation

The GEN Summit aspires to be the number one conference for media innovators worldwide. Organised by the Global Editors Network, it is the the most diverse conference in terms of participants, partner engagement and media content. This year’s Summit centred around the theme ‘Prototyping the Future of News’ and took place in Barcelona from 17-19 June 2015. It gathered 600 editors-in-chief and media innovators from all over the world. 


The GEN Summit is the most unique conference for editors-in-chief across all platforms: print, broadcast, pure online players. This year, a third of the Summit participants were women.

 six hundred participants

Innovative Speakers and Sessions

We were proud to welcome the most innovative speakers in the media industry representing a cross section of media platforms. We enabled participants to experience a virtual reality demo. 

GEN Summit speakers panel


We tripled the number of external GEN Summit participants through our live blogs, live streams and social networks. The exchanges were numerous and were also highly interactive.

 GEN Summit 2015 Social Media


 GEN Summit 2015 partners


Watch videos from the GEN Summit 2015

Reuters Institute Digital News Report: with David Levy and Nic Newman

Introducing the new Google Trends, with Steve Grove (Google News Lab)

What can Google still bring to the future of news? with David Drummond, Senior VP at Google

Data Journalism Awards Ceremony:

Liveblogs from each day of the Summit

The GEN Summit 2015


The fifth annual GEN Summit: 'Prototyping the Future of News' took place in Barcelona 17-19 June 2015. Newsrooms today will survive and thrive only by merging content with technology. The GEN Summit provides practical solutions for immediate implementation in your newsroom. Over 3 days, the GEN Summit brought together the brightest minds in the industry in Barcelona to discuss and challenge the future of media. Many diverse media organisations were represented, providing an ideal setting to network with our growing community of media innovators. 

 Here were some highligted topics from the GEN Summit 2015:

  • Wearable News and Augmented Reality Journalism
  • Bitcoins and the One-Cent Article
  • The Data-Driven Newsroom: How to Implement? How to monetise?
  • Web traffic is 50% mobile. How can your newsroom adapt?

We were pleased to welcome a diverse group of speakers who represent the most innovative newsrooms in the world. Among them were: Samantha Barry (Head of Social Media and Senior Director of Strategy, CNN), Mark Little (Founder & Director of Innovation, Storyful), Haile Owusu, (Chief Data Scientist, Mashable), Dana Chivvis (Producer, "Serial") and Jennifer Preston (Vice President of Journalism, Knight Foundation) and David Drummond (Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google).

See our full list of speakers.