The library service is re-imagining its role and functions: working in different ways in order to be sustainable and relevant. The Future Libraries Hackathon will bring together multi-disciplinary teams of students, graduates and entrepreneurs to work together over 4-days in Edinburgh (13-16 October ’16) to create working technical prototypes of new products or services.
Participants will investigate how libraries can reinvent themselves as digital spaces – with a focus on user experience, maker spaces and digital inclusion. The Future Libraries Mini-Forge, held on 21st June 2016, was an invite only 1-day event for the SLIC Digital Champions, to demonstrate the potential of the main event format. We worked with library data from a library management system and generated ideas for challenges. Read our Storify for more.
At the main Hack in October, participants will be charged with creating a new product or service over four days. They’ll seek out a business opportunity and conduct user research, hand in hand with the development of a working technical prototype. The event ends with a demo evening where the teams deliver a 10 minute presentation to a panel of experts.