Bodleian Libraries seeks techies and artists for Stephen Fry's 'hackathon' event

21 October 2014

The Bodleian Libraries is inviting researchers, students and members of the public interested in technology, to take part in a hackathon on 30 October as part of Stephen Fry’s digital storytelling project known as YourFry.

YourFry is an international competition launched by Fry’s publisher, Penguin Books, to celebrate the publication of his latest volume of autobiography, More Fool Me. The project invites creative minds to reinterpret and create content loosely based on the life story of this award-winning comedian, actor and writer.

The Bodleian Libraries’ hackathon, held in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute, is one of a number of Yourfry events taking place across the world this autumn at universities, tech hubs, libraries and other institutions.

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 During the day-long workshop at the Bodleian, more than 50 participants will collaborate on creative projects along the theme of Many faces, many selves: exploring the self in the digital era. The goal is to devise submissions for the global YourFry competition which closes on 1 December. Entries might include such creations as films, apps, photography, 3D models, animation, data visualisation or live and experiential creations. 

‘We are delighted to be partnering with Stephen Fry and Penguin to host this interesting event,’ said Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian. ‘We are particularly keen that participants from diverse disciplines such as Computer Science and English, as well as technologically interested members of the local community might come together and mastermind innovative projects that straddle technology, literature, and the other disciplines in which the University is interested, and we look forward to seeing the creations they produce.’

Like all entrants to the competition, hackathon participants will have access to free samples of text, audio and imagery taken from More Fool Me (and The Fry Chronicles). They will also be encouraged to draw upon the Bodleian Libraries’ unique collections, particularly its publicly available digital content, to explore the idea of ‘the self’.

The event will culminate with a showcase of participants’ creative projects, followed by a reception and address from Stephen Fry. Fry is currently the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford.

Book your place on the Bodleian Libraries' YourFry Hackathon.  

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