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Open Book Hack Weekend at The New York Public Library

Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EST)

Open Book Hack Weekend at The New York Public Library

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Join NYPL Labs, Readium Foundation, O’Reilly Media, Perseus, Google, and Datalogics for Open Book Hack Weekend at the New York Public Library (at 42nd Street): digital book open source and content development based on HTML5, EPUB, and the Open Web Platform. Bring your hacking skills and your software/content projects or ideas for projects. Self-organizing teams will pursue creative app/service/content hacks to help us imagine the future of digital books, and advance the open source and open API building blocks needed for the diverse ecosystem of authors, designers, developers, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and readers.

It’s going to take Patience and Fortitude to establish an open platform for digital books so we’re taking the party between the lions. And, yes, there will be prizes!

Saturday January 11

9:00am-9:15am - Registration (breakfast)

9:15am-10:30am Orientation and introductions: people, potential projects, available tools & APIs

10:30am-11:30am - Project Bazaar-- pitch projects / form teams

11:30am Hacking begins (lunch, eventually)

5:15pm-6:00pm - Progress report from teams - what do you have? / what do you need?

6:00pm - Site closes ... hacking may continue offsite

Sunday January 12

9:00am-9:45am  - Progress report from teams - what do you have? / what do you need? (breakfast)

>9:45am - Hacking begins (lunch, eventually)

2:30pm-3:00pm - Emergency! Emergency! ... any teams can broadcast requests for inspiration/help/hugs (snacks)

6:00pm  - Site closes ... hacking may continue offsite

Monday January 13

9:00am - Group Photo: Finding success between“Patience” and “Fortitude”!

9:15am - Hack Demos!  Each team gets 3 minutes to present what they did and what’s next. Prizes will be awarded for most audacious, useful, innovative hacks.

Food and Drink

Amply provided by our generous sponsors.


Lab space and Internet access courtesy of NYPL at their landmark 42nd St. facility, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. No overnighting, no showers on site.

Participants can use the main entrances on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue or the side entrance (with ID) on 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue to access the library during nonpublic access times.

The hack weekend open hours will be:

SAT 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SUN 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MON 9:00 AM - Noon

(Library open times to public are SAT 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, SUN 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, MON 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM).

Space is extremely limited so register now.

NOTE: This is a hack weekend and we have limited capacity so if you sign up be ready to hack! (aka code.)


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When & Where

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, NYPL, NYC
5th Avenue @42nd Street
New York, NY

Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EST)

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NYPL Labs is a digital innovation unit doing experiments around library collections and services. Based at NYPL's flagship branch on 42nd Street, Labs operates as an in-house startup, collaborating across the institution to build projects that push the envelope of library practice, engage new audiences, and accelerate the flow of open content, data and code into the digital commons.

The Readium Foundation  develops technology to accelerate adoption of EPUB 3 and the Open Web Platform by the global digital publishing industry. was formed in February, 2013 as a non-profit memebership organization. Current projects include Readium Web (an EPUB 3 rendering engine for browser-based cloud readers) and Readium SDK (an EPUB 3 rendering engine for native apps).

This event would not be possible without the generous contributions from our corporate sponsors:

O'Reilly Media 

Perseus Books

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