Over 100 computer hackers are being welcomed to Real World Studios owned by musician and digital pioneer Peter Gabriel as part of the Bath Digital Festival.
Even though Peter is best known as a singer & songwriter thanks to a highly successful career spanning over 45 years, he has also been making waves as an innovator in the digital sector having founded and/or invested in the likes of OD2 (digital music distribution service), We7 (music streaming), The Filter (recommendation engine) and Witness.org (a service that uses the power of video and storytelling to denounce human rights abuses) to name but a few.
A hack is an event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects to improve or add to them creatively.
The two-day hack event at Real World will take place on 16 and 17 March, and is focused on a new visual language called Gabble developed by Gabriel and his team. The team hope that the event will result in the realisation of new and exciting applications for Gabble.
Peter Gabriel said: “The original Gabble idea was to create a universal visual language – enabling people to add short video clips & images into their communications to replace words and pictures.
“So far, we have created a website and an iPad app that matches words and phrases to pictures and animations and we are now exploring the use of the dictionary for a range of gaming and educational applications. I am sure that Gabble will initially be used for making funny and irreverent apps, but there are many potential serious applications that will follow.”
David Maher Roberts, who is heading up the project for Peter said: “We are really interested to see the ideas that come out of the hack days. Gabble has the potential to power so many different apps and bring about a universal conversation. And for us, this hack weekend enables us to start exploring how far we can go with it.”
There are fantastic prizes up for grabs for hackers taking part in the weekend, which will recognise the technical ability and teamwork seen by judges. Each day of the weekend will see two £500 awards presented, one for the best hack technically, and the other for the best team, focused on ideas, teamworking, tech and overall delivery.
There is also the potential for hackers to impress the Gabble team enough with their app to be in with a chance of securing a £10,000 investment opportunity from Peter Gabriel to take the app to full production.
Places for the hack event are booking up quickly. Those interested need to have strong, proven coding or design skills in order to get the most out of the weekend, and can apply for a place at http://2013.bathdigitalfestival.com/events/real-world-hack/
More details about the Gabble API are available here.