Team

Book Sprints Ltd is a team of specialised facilitators, as well as programmers, book designers, illustrators, and copy editors. Adam Hyde founded Book Sprints Ltd in 2013. The idea for a Book Sprint was initially thought of by Tomas Krag in 2005 as a collaborative writing process over several months. Building on this idea, Adam Hyde designed a method for an intense, 5-day Book Sprint for Free/Libre Open Source Software manuals. Over the years we refined the method that is now used for any subject, from industry guides to art history.

Barbara Rühling (DE), CEO

Barbara has been Book Sprints’ CEO since 2016, after being the lead facilitator for 3 years. With a background in cultural anthropology and documentary film, she has facilitated video workshops, academic conferences, and festivals. She facilitates in English, German, and Spanish.

Katerina Michailidi (GR/DE), COO

Katerina has been the manager of Book Sprints since 2014 and the COO since 2016 and has been working in event, operations and production management independently since 2008.

Laia Ros (AND/BE), Facilitator

Laia is a facilitator, a cultural producer and advisor for the creative sector. Laia facilitates in English, French, and Spanish.

Faith Bosworth (ZA/DE), Facilitator

Faith has been facilitating workshops, unconferences, seminars and other events for more than 5 years, working across the sectors of technology, human rights and the arts. She facilitates in English.

Raewyn Whyte (NZ), Copy editor

Raewyn is an editor and dance critic based in New Zealand who has a background in web development, policy advice and education. She has copy edited Book Sprints on subjects including software documentation, activists’ manuals, Third World development and academic articles.

Adam Hyde (NZ/USA), Founder

Adam is the founder of Book Sprints Ltd. He developed the Book Sprints method in 2008. He also founded FLOSS Manuals, Booktype, PubSweet, and the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation. Currently Adam is also a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow.

Henrik van Leeuwen (NL), Illustrator

Henrik is a graphic designer, illustrator and media artist who has been doing illustrations for Book Sprints as diverse as technical manuals and fiction books, all in the same timeframe as the Book Sprints.

Julien Taquet (FR), Book Designer

Julien designs all the books for Book Sprints using our CSS and HTML workflow. He also works with Coko Foundation on our new platform.

Juan Gutierrez (NI), Programmer

Juan is the lead developer for the book platform we use and also collaborates with the Coko Foundation on our new platform.

Mark Brokering (USA), Advisor

Mark has worked in publishing for more than 35 years, including Safari Books Online, O’Reilly Media, and HarperCollins. He serves on the boards of two nonprofit publishers.

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