On March 7th and 8th, students from across the university gathered in the Transmedia Zone and RTA studios to collaborate and prototype towards a focused goal. The Story Hackathon combined the act of hacking- taking apart and putting back together in new and innovative ways-with the world of books. Director of the Transmedia Zone Richard Lachman explains: “Digital culture is having a huge effect on the world of books; from what and how we read, to how the business of publishing and sales works. We think the time is ripe for a new set of ideas; and since we all have relationships with books, those ideas can come from anyone.”
Representatives from Penguin, the Walrus, Kobo, Toronto Public Libraries, and other organizations pitched challenges to the participants in a crowded studio on Friday evening. Student teams hacked through the night, with help from industry and faculty mentors, to create a prototype to pitch to the judges during closing ceremonies the next day.
The Story Hackathon continues to build on previous Transmedia Zone events that strive to inspire innovation, creativity and teamwork in the Ryerson community. The Transmedia Zone has also become a hub for new media and media production students to interact, share, and work together to create richer and better projects to shape the future of media.