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Season 2013 Episode 06.27.13

TVOT Hackathon Overview

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[itvt] is pleased to announce the tvot^ Hackathon, an event that brings together hackers and creatives to envision and build the TV of Tomorrow. The Hackathon is not only meant to honor the innovative spirit of Philo Farnsworth, the originator of electronic television, but will take place in the very building where Farnsworth invented electronic television back in 1927! What is the TV of Tomorrow? We'll leave that entirely up to your vision and creativity! However, it could encompass such platforms, technologies and user experiences as the second screen (smartphones, tablets, etc.), game consoles, connected set-top boxes, smart TV's, gestural control, voice control, automatic content recognition, augmented reality, rich interactivity, gamification, personalization, audience participation, social media integration, geolocation, transmedia storytelling, and more. Hackers will be challenged to envision the TV of Tomorrow by conceiving, designing and building TV/video apps and experiences, primarily--though not exclusively--using technologies, platforms, content and knowledge contributed by the Hackathon hosts and sponsors. Special emphasis will be placed on apps and experiences that employ broadcast synchronization, rich metadata and natural user interfaces (a number of Leap Motion Controllers will be available for participants to use), and that explore the relationship between TV and the second screen; however, participants are ultimately free to implement their visions of the TV of Tomorrow however they wish. Hackers will receive points for every participating company's technology that they employ and, most importantly, for the originality, elegance and usefulness (viability, scalability, monetizability etc.) of the app or experience they create.moreless

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