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TV Hackfest 2012 kicks off in London this weekend with a fusion of developers and creatives who will use both transmedia tools and technology APIs and SDKs to 'hack' cool new TV experiences around second screen, augmented reality and other technologies.
Unlike other hackathons, creatives from the TV industry such as writers and producers have signed up to participate - getting access to new technologies to help drive new TV experiences and the technologists will have the opportunity to tap into narrative, storytelling and the unfamiliar ground of TV.
The event is free and held at Ravensbourne College in London - the first step if you want to attend is to order tickets at Eventbrite
All APIS (we have 30 from sponsors and open source with another 100 available) will be made available 24 hours before kickoff at 17:00 on Thursday, October 25th. The event itself runs from Friday evening at 17:00 right through to Saturday night (yes staying all night is an option) and is held at Ravensbourne College.
We have room for 100 to spend the night if you so choose. Ravensbourne has showers, nice big comfortable sofas and it's not as bad as it sounds. The hackfest will be on the fourth and sixth floors - with the fourth floor being a 'chillout' space and the sixth floor more bustling.
However, we have also opened up a Linkedin Group which you can see below if you want to start networking early. Start posting on ideas and get to know people ahead of time if you like. Try and keep the groups under six people.
What makes this hackathon more interesting than any other we have seen is the amount of content specialists (transmedia storytellers, producers, writers) and entrepreneurs who have signed up. As well as the usual coders, developers, UX/UI, and design talent usually found at these events. This truly will be an experiment in media convergence and hacking.
Food and Drink
We will be bringing in Pizza on Friday night with drinks and there will be snacks on the Saturday party but there's also a regular bar and some snacks available on site with Ravensbourne staff. Note there will be some free booze as well as Cisco has sponsored drinks on one of the nights.
@tvhackfest is the official Twitter account - #tvhackfest is the hashtag and the short link is http://bit.ly/tvhackfest . Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/TvHackfest
Main website is here:
EVENTBRITEHERE is where you can get your ticket which you will need to get into the College (also option for paperless via Mobile App).
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