HackTheBook: Redefining the concept of the book / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

HackTheBook: Redefining the concept of the book

22-24 JAN 2016
What is the essence of a book? What defines it? Talks, discussions and a two-day hackathon will re-examine the book as such, advancing new propositions and ideas.
Participation is free.
Registration is required.

Open call  
#HackTheBook @stegi_occ

The Onassis Cultural Centre in collaboration with the Europeana Space Network, invites designers, artists, publishers, programmers, authors, poets, hackers and entrepreneurs to a marathon which will redefine the book. The marathon will revolve around programming, design and entrepreneurial innovation.

We redefine the book by focusing on four different parameters-challenges. Each team participating in Hackathon’s final stage is asked to address each and every one of these parameters:

1. #BookDesign
What kind of an object is the book? How do the physical object and its digital extensions merge into a new hybrid? What sort of aesthetic experience do we want to invoke to the user/reader? How could we use smart materials in order to construct a hybrid phygital object?

2. #OpenHardware
How can you address the object-environment interaction through your design? How can you use Arduino or RasberryPi to its full potential so as to make the book part of an interactive network of objects  that provide the user with a coherent operation experience?

3. #API
How can you connect the object or the cluster of objects that you have created to open data and Europeana’s content? How can you implement the application programming interfaces (APIs) and the programming tools provided by Europeana?

 4. #Entrepreneurship and #sustainability
Which is the business model that best supports your prototype? How can you secure your prototype’s sustainability? Which is the social and financial value that could be derived from your prototype? How does your proposal contribute to the expansion of the commons (especially the digital commons)?

The process of redefining the book demands an interdisciplinary set of skills as well as the ability to be a team player. This is why we are asking those interested in participating to form teams with people from different backgrounds such as design, content curation, book art, creative programming and business modelling, so as to collaborate and come up with projects that transcend all known borders.

1. To participate in the Hackathon you can register as an individual, create a team or join an existing team. You can register here and fill in information on your team, on the concept you wish to work on and your previous experience. Registration will be open until 16 December 2015, at 12:00. The selected teams will have a chance to participate in the HackersWorkshop, training day on 9 January 2016 in order to further elaborate their concepts.

2. Participants will have an extra 24 hours after completing the HackersWorkshop, in order to update their concepts and submit them at hackthebook@sgt.gr (until 11 January 2016, at 12:00).

3. The groups which will be finally selected will continue to the HackTheBook event (22, 23 and 24 January 2016)

Participation is free of charge.

For further enquiries you may contact us at hackthebook@sgt.gr

#HackTheBook programme

Friday 22 January 2016
18:00-21:00 Registration and Welcoming, Keynote speakers presentations, meet the mentors, mingling with teams and networking.

Saturday 23 January 2016
10:00 Hacking | Coding | Designing

Sunday 24 January 2016
10:00-18:00 Hacking | Coding | Designing continues  
18:00-19:00 Final Pitches
20:00 Award Ceremony & HackTheBook party

Ismini Adami, Iraklis Agiovlasitis, Nasos Drosopoulos, Ilias Giannopoulos (Fixers), Evangelos Kaimakis, Dimitris Koukoulakis
Read here their CVs

Theodoros Chiotis, Simon Cronshaw, Thanasis Deligiannis, Antonella Fresa, Gary Hall, Prodromos Tsiavos, Joanna Zylinska
Read here their CVs

On the evening of Sunday 24 January at 18:00 all teams will present their proposals to the judges. Three teams will be awarded and a representative from each team that excelled will get a chance to travel to London for an intensive Business Model Workshop by the REMIX team of experts, a pioneering label on cultural entrepreneurship. The team with the strongest business plan will then proceed to an intensive three months incubation process by REMIX and Europeana Space Network, in order to capitalise its proposal.

•    7 November 2015: FOSSCOΜΜ (MeetTheHackers)- First open call (Find out more)
•    16 December 2015: Registration Deadline
•    9 January 2016: HackersWorkshop / Pre-Hackathon event (More information soon)
•    11 January 2016: Resubmission of final Concept Notes deadline
•    14 January 2016: Selection of final participants @HackTheBook
•    22, 23 and 24 January 2016: HackTheBook Hackathon

●    MeetTheHackers @Fosscomm
●    Pre-hackathon Workshops_ΗackersWorkshop
●    Hackathon_HackTheBook @Onassis Cultural Centre (level -1)

HackTheBook is organised by Onassis Cultural Centre as part of the Εuropeana Space project, in collaboration with Goldsmiths College, University of London, Coventry University, Cavafy ArchivePost Scriptum and the support of GFOSS (Greek Free / Open Source Software Society).

#Europeana Space
The aim of the Europeana Space project is to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources. It will provide an open environment for the development of applications and services based on digital cultural content. The use of this environment will be fostered by a vigorous, wide-ranging and sustainable programme of promotion, dissemination and replication of the Best Practices developed within the project.
For more info: www.europeana-space.eu

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