Five challenges, 30 hours, 100 developers, programmers and entrepreneurs – this weekend sees the first FutureBook Hack taking place (see our Live Blog below for updates throughout the event).
Hackathons have been used as brainstorming platforms to find solutions to problems facing the media, music, health and even emergency sectors, but never has something like this been undertaken on such a scale in the publishing sector in the UK.
Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House and Faber & Faber are the founding partners of the hack, which is being run in collaboration with William Morris Endeavor (WME) with organising partners the Centre for Publishing at the Department of Information Studies, University College London, Blackwell’s, Midas PR, Nielsen, Movellas, Virtusales, and Touch Press.
The initiative for the hackathon came from WME’s Simon Trewin, who proposed the idea at the 2013 FutureBook conference.
Keep checking this page and refresh for live updates throughout the hack, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @FutureBook, or use the hashtag #futurebookhack.