CODEX Hackathon during ALA in San Francisco in June

We’re throwing a literary/publishing/library/book hackathon in San Francisco called CODEX. during the American Library Association conference on the weekend of June 26-28, 2015.

It’s a gathering of people who want to imagine the future of books and reading! Programmers, designers, writers, librarians, publishers, readers.

You can apply and register via Submittable. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we have travel stipends!


  • Opening reception at Github (who is also a sponsor) on Friday with our Recovering the Classics pop-up gallery.
  • Hackathon Saturday-Sunday at Code for America in SOMA(hard capacity is 120).

The theme/challenge will be “connecting.” So connecting around books, connecting around reading, connecting readers and authors, connecting libraries with books. So imagine dating app for readers, Groupon for books, Tinder for book discovery, new APIs,

Partners and sponsors include New York Public Library, the Knight FoundationStanford d.schoolDropbox, MacMillan, Kickstarter, HarperCollins, Mailchimp, Github, the Digital Public Library of America, Publishers Weekly, Project Gitenberg, Recovering the Classics, Harvard Book Store.

Among the tools being made available: advance access to the Pinterest API, book covers from Recovering the Classics, Gitbook reviews data from Publishers Weekly, folks to help with the Digital Public Library of America API, Trajectory’s Natural Language Processing engine, the BitLit “Shelfie” book OCR API.

It’s going to be epic.

Why CODEX? Because the codex (modern books with spines) allowed for random access of data, as compared to scrolls, which only allow sequential access.