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Hack the Book is a Festival for creatives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers publishers, content curators and creators who had the opportunity to rethink the book. The festival included workshops, talks and a 2-day hackathon that focused on creating a phygital (physical + digital) book from scratch using infrastructure offered by Europeana Space by remixing and building upon Europeana content. This Festival is organized by the Open Hybrid Publishing pilot.
Re-thinking the book
Books are about to be “re-invented” moving to a hybrid, phygital phase. The event is challenging users to create their own publications, finding the technical and legal limitations and learning to use data sources in order to create inspiring and innovative open-access books.
We redefine the book by working on four different dimensions – challenges. Each team participating in Hackathon’s final stage is asked to address each and every one of these dimensions:
#BookDesign: What kind of an object a book is? How do the physical object and its digital extensions merge into a new hybridity? Which is the aesthetic experience that we want to invoke to the user/reader? How could we use smart materials in order to construct a hybrid phygital object?
#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 place the book as part of an interactive network of objects that provide the user with a coherent operation experience?
#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?
#Entrepreneurship and #sustainability: which is the business model that supports your prototype? How can you secure your prototype’s sustainability? Which is the social and financial value that derives from your prototype? How does your proposal contribute to the expansion of the commons?
#Who: redefining the book process 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.
During this Europeana Space Festival, you will play and experiment with millions of items from heritage institutions all across Europe via Europeana, Europe’s online cultural hub. Through Europeana you can find open data, audio files, photos, paintings, 3D images, historical stories and archival footage.
In parallel to the hackathon event, a series of inspiring talks and workshops will take place, focusing on creating value via new publishing models – both for commercial and educational purposes. Among the key topics that will be discussed are IPR and copyright issues, innovative practices as well as business modeling through open content. Speakers from all around Europe will be announced soon – but you can also use the shoutbox and attract the audience yourself at any time during the festival!
Any hybrid book can qualify as long as it incorporates a digital and a physical side and makes use of digitalized cultural heritage content. It is important to remember that the focus should be on the project’s potential applications rather than the content used. The jury will look at several aspects of each concept:
The objective of this full-day session will be to explore the business potential of the project ideas. At the workshop, these three finalists will have an additional chance to win three months of tailored business incubation from world-class industry leaders via Skype. Incubation participants will be asked to complete a series of mentored courses over an intensive three-month period. By the end of the Incubation period, the business plan for each project team will be ready either for pitching to investors, or for launching directly (as applicable).
Best practice for education workshop
|10:00||Welcome and presentations by keynote speakers|
|12:00||E-Space Demonstrators and MOOC|
|16:00||Closing the workshop|
Opening Hack the Book Festival
|17:00||Reception, Meet & Greet|
|18:00||Hack the Book inauguration talks|
|19:30||Mingling with teams and networking drinks|
Hackathon day 1
|10:00||Hackathon spin off: Hacking / coding / designing|
• 7 November: MeetTheHackers @ FOSSCOM
• 16 December: Registration Deadline
• 9 January: Pre-Hackathon event
• 11 January: Final Concept Notes
• 14 January: Selection of final participants
• 22, 23 and 24 January 2016: HackTheBook
Hackathon day 2
|10:00||Hacking / coding / designing continues|
|18:00||Final pitches & judging|
Hack the Book Party will follow!
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Managing Partner & Co-Founder at REMIX Summits, specialising in entrepreneurial strategies, E-commerce, Consumer insight, Start-up operations…
Media theorist working at the intersection of philosophy, art and politics. Professor Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media, at Coventry University, UK.
Professor of New Media and Communications and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Writer, editor, artist and curator.
Project Manager at the Cavafy Archive/Onassis Foundation, a poet and literary theorist. His works appeared in publications in various countries.
IPR expert. Advisor on legal issues of open data, open content management, FOSS, open hardware, open innovation / fabrication, open data regulation.
Political scientist, coordinator of the Open Technologies Group and member of the e-Government Group at the Greek Free & Open Source Software Society.
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