Scholars' Association News
Issue 38
May 2016


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H@ckTheBook – Create the book of the future today

H@ckTheBook, a 3-day festival packed with talks, ideas and partnerships focused on design and the reading experience held at the Onassis Cultural Centre on 22, 23 and 24 January 2016 was a great success.

Kicking the festival off was the educational workshop "E-Space Workshop: Best Practices in Education" organised in partnership with the European programme Europeana Space, which presented innovative educational online ideas and apps from universities and cultural bodies in various European countries (Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, and Poland) that emphasise the use of Europe's open cultural information.

As part of the workshop there were a series of talks and panels where the public had the chance to learn about the latest trends in the field of educational technology, especially open educational resources, and the way in which they can be incorporated into educational programmes aimed at primary, secondary and tertiary students and teachers, visitors to museums, artists and the general public.

On 23-24 January the H@ckTheBook hackathon was held, which gave designers, artists, publishers, programmers, writers, poets, hackers and innovative entrepreneurs the chance to combine different skills (design, graphic design, content editing, book art, creative programming, and business planning) and create a book that transcends the limitations of the book as we know it today. 10 teams participated in the hackathon. They all had access to the Cavafy Archive's open content and works from the Dutch Rijksmuseum, the British Library and works from Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art. 3 teams made it to the final round (CookLee, Sink A Future, and will continue their journey to London for a seminar on intensive business planning for their projects.

The festival was held at the Onassis Cultural Centre's exhibition space in cooperation with the Europeana Space network, Goldsmiths College / University of London, the University of Coventry, the Cavafy Archive, Post Scriptum and the Greek Free / Open Source Software Society (GFOSS).

Participants in the hackathon received invaluable support from GeniusBar Experts: Iraklis Agiovlasitis, Ismini Adami, Ilias Giannopoulos (fixers), Nasos Drosopoulos, Evangelos Kaimaksi and Dimitrios Koukoulakis. Participants' projects were judged by Simon Cronshaw, Thanasis Deligiannis, Antonella Fresa, Gary Hall, Prodromos Tsiavos, Theodoros Hiotis and Joanna Zylinska.

(Photographs: Athanasios Deligiannis)

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