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Norbert Specker (41)
Founder and CEO
Interactive Publishing GmbH
Founder & Creative Content Officer
Content Summit Europe

Norbert Specker is a "networker" and thrives on unsolved riddles and intriguing questions (google him). In the early web days (1994), this led him to initiate and create the Interactive Publishing Europe Conference. The conference will be held for the 8th time this year (November 7-9) and it has helped to extend personal networks of very different people with varying ideas and products around the globe and has sparked off many co-operations.
Norbert firmly believes that bringing people, ideas and products together, is the best way to solve riddles and answer questions - and do sustainable business along the way.
Out of this belief, grew the ambition to gather the most relevant events of the European "Content Industry" and create the Content Summit. This first European marketplace, catering to the various players in this market, has surrounded Interactive Publishing and, without doubt, added many dimensions to conference. The year 2001 has seen an important next step in the development of the venture as the new cooperation with Messe Schweiz AG broadened the options.
Norbert is convinced that the Europe interactive content industry can only contribute substantially to the evolution of a networked economy, if the flow of information between the diverse markets is ensured. Out of this conviction, he initiated and co-founded europemedia.com (1998) --a free weekly newsletter reporting on the online media developments across Europe. Europemedia has recently been re-launched as europemedia.net.
Further contributing to the recognition of excellence is IP Top, the yearly award for the best in European Interactive Content created in 1998.
Norbert is the owner of CATCHUP! Communications AG, a small and efficient interactive media think tank and agency which was founded, in 1992, with offices in Zurich and Victoria, B.C.
He writes regularly for the trade press, speaks and moderates at conferences and is the author of a book on audiotex/interactive media (1993) and one on customer dialogue (1999). In 1998, he was included in the «50 international new media names to know« list of the "Online Journalism Revue" (Annenberg School of Communication/USC). Norbert is a long-time judge for the Eppy Awards for Online Newspapers and serves on the advisory board of the Media Center of the American Press Institute (API) and on the founding board of the E-Book Newsstand Association (EBNA).
In previous years, Norbert was involved in local and interactive TV projects, corporate video production, audiotex, radio, interactive teletext and fax services. He also ran the film and photo production services company "Loco Location".
He studied art history and journalism at the University of Zurich. With his Canadian wife, Liz Nokes, he was involved in the mid-eighties in managing "The Stage Company." The modern dance, music and theatre company had a true vision of convergence on stage - and a bumpy ride while getting there. Not so much has changed.