The Future of Listening Hackathon

To explore the world of audio storytelling using the all-new Audible API, Audible partnered with NYC Media Lab to present the Future of Listening Hackathon. The event was held on April 15–16, 2016 at New York City’s Civic Hall.

Together with NYC Media Lab, Audible engineers, designers and HR managers led five on-campus information sessions around NYC to promote the hackathon to the computer science, design, and creative technology communities at campuses including the City College of New York (CUNY), Columbia University, and the School of Visual Arts. NYC Media Lab ran the hackathon’s application process, and Audible decided on the teams and prototype ideas that were fit for the event. The information sessions and a marketing and communications campaign attracted over 125 applications to participate in the hackathon.

Nineteen teams composed of computer science and design students drawn from as far away as the Rhode Island School of Design came together with dozens of Audible employees to imagine “the future of listening” together and vie for cash prizes. The teams competed to conceive innovations that unleash the power of the spoken word, and were judged on their capacity to articulate the customer-centricity of the vision, the depth of technical advances under the hood, the level of innovation, and the cleverness of insight. The teams presented concepts, prototypes and live demonstrations to a panel of Audible judges including Don Katz, Founder and CEO of Audible.

Audible awarded $26,000 in total to the participating teams. The top prize prototypes ranged from virtual reality apps to personalized mobile experiences.