Silverchair Strategies 2016

Charlottesville, VA | September 7 - 9, 2016




SILVERCHAIR STRATEGIES 2016 returns to Silverchair’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Join us at Live Arts on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall for a day of influential and thought-provoking speakers, collaboration, and case studies sure to fuel lively discourse around the challenges and opportunities in today’s technology-driven publishing ecosystem.


Silverchair has reserved a block of rooms for the nights of September 7 – 8, 2016 at the Omni Hotel Charlottesville for conference attendees at a preferential rate of $189/night (plus tax). This event is only open to a limited number of guests and spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

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Top of Schedule


5:00-6:30pm – Open House at Silverchair

6:30-9:00- Opening Reception at Old Metropolitan Hall


8:00-9:00am – Breakfast & Registration

9:15-9:45 – CEO Welcome & Remarks

9:45-10:30 – Opening Keynote: Scott Berkun

10:30-11:45pm – Product Development Workshop

12:00-1:15 – Lunch at Old Metropolitan Hall

1:30 -2:15 – Brian Nosek Center for Open Science

2:15 – 3:30 – Partner Panel

Paul Gee The JAMA Network

Seth Green UVa Data Science Institute

Jen Thoroughgood Zapnito

3:30 – 3:45 – Break

3:45 – 4:00 – Keith Collier Research Square

4:00 – 4:45 – Craig Griffin Silverchair

4:45 – 5:30 – Closing Keynote: Karen McGrane

5:30 – 5:45 – Closing Remarks

7:00 – 10:00 – Dinner at Oakhart Social


9:00 – 11:30am – Silverchair Breakfast Presentations at New City Arts Welcome Gallery



Scott Berkun is a bestselling author and popular speaker on creativity, philosophy, culture, business and many other subjects. He’s the author of six books, including  The Myths of Innovation,  Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants. His work has appeared, or been mentioned, in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired Magazine, USA Today, Wired, Fast Company, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and other media.


Paul has spent his years in medical journal publishing gaining experience across multiple areas of the business: editorial and production, electronic product support, product and content management, business acquisition and publishing, marketing and mobile product development. He enjoys working directly with customers to innovate products and drive new value and revenues for his organization and the customer.


Seth Green is a life-long resident of Charlottesville, VA, though he’s spent time on five continents and been through 47 of 50 American states. He began working with Silverchair in February of 2016 and is currently a candidate for a Masters of Science in Data Science at the University of Virginia. Seth studied Philosophy and History for a BA at the University of Virginia and then spent much of his 20’s traveling the globe as a touring musician.  His passion for Data Science, as with his passion for Philosophy, springs from a desire to see both the forest AND the trees with insight and clarity. When at home, he spends time with his lovely wife, his sweet little daughter, and his crazy dog in beautiful Central Virginia.


As a Solutions Engineer at Silverchair, Craig works with clients, end-users, architects, and user experience designers to develop the future of Silverchair’s platform and clients’ success. Craig’s role includes market evaluation, feature analysis, business case development, technical review, and prioritization. Craig is currently working on a number of significant programs to enhance the future of the Silverchair’s platform, including SEO, data security, APIs, and integrations. Prior to Silverchair, Craig worked with government clients at SRA International.


Thane Kerner is Chief Executive Officer of Silverchair Holdings, a pioneer in distributed digital knowledge technologies for education, reference, and professional workflow. The firm’s primary operating unit, Silverchair Information Systems, is a global leader in technology products and services that drive digital growth for scholarly and professional publishers. In 2012, SHI achieved the successful exit of Silverchair Learning Systems to Relias Learning, now a subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. Mr. Kerner serves on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishers Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers; the Board of Directors of CHOR, Inc., and the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For the past 20 years Karen has helped businesses create better digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy. She is Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy she founded in 2006, and formerly VP and National Lead for User Experience at Razorfish. Karen teaches Design Management in the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She co-hosts A Responsive Web Design Podcast with Ethan Marcotte, and is the author of Going Responsive, published in 2015 by A Book Apart. Her first book, Content Strategy for Mobile, was published in 2012.


Brian Nosek received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He co-founded Project Implicit, an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about thoughts and feelings that exist outside of awareness or control. Nosek also co-founded and directs the Center for Open Science (COS) that aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS is a non-profit, technology company with three primary activities: (1) building and maintaining the Open Science Framework that supports the research workflow and enables transparency, archiving, and pre-registration; (2) building community and shifting incentives such as badges for articles to acknowledge open practices; and, (3) conducting metascience such as estimating the reproducibility of scientific research by conducting large-scale, crowdsourced replication projects.


Jen has worked in digital media for nearly 20 years, with hands-on experience in editorial, marketing, sales and R&D. She is passionate about engaging and understanding customers to develop great content and products. Most recently R&D Director at Informa and then Head of Communities at Springer Nature, Jen now works at Silverchair-partner company Zapnito. Zapnito is the only platform developed to enable organisations to share, promote and monetize collective expertise. Media, professional services firms and other knowledge providers use Zapnito to create expert networks that reclaim their brand and audience; to educate, inspire and foster valuable relationships within their market. 

SILVERCHAIR STRATEGIES 2016 is an invitation only event.