2015 Hackfest

Hackfest is a registered event.

If you didn’t sign up for the Hackfest when you registered for the conference,
please email accesslibcon@gmail.com to see if there’s still space.

Based on a large number of registrants, we’ve got two flavours of Hackfest for you this year! Both take place on Tuesday, September 8th from 9:30am – 5:00 pm, followed by a social. Everyone will meet at Heaslip House at 9:30am (see map below).

Hack Access

This is the traditional flavour of Hackfest – the chocolate cake, if you will. Lead by John Fink, the hackfest will be an intense collaboration to strategize and come up with creative solutions for various issues in libraries. The project list will be generated by attendees during the morning session, then pitched, selected, hacked, and presented by the end of the day.

Heaslip House has lots and lots of data available, but please don’t forget to bring a laptop and power cord.

Music, Code and Data

Organized by Bill Denton and Katie Legere, this special hackfest event – the marmite caramel cupcake of hackfests, perhaps? – will focus on  music and sonification, to be followed by a concert at the end of the day. You can find more information about this event on Bill’s website.

Music, Code & Data will take place in the Ryerson Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab, or the DME. It’s located in the Student Learning Centre, an extremely shiny new building on the northeast corner of Yonge St and Gould St. After meeting at Heaslip House at 9:30am, those who want to take part in Music, Code & Data will head over to the DME en masse.

What to bring:

  • A laptop and power cord
  • Headphones or ear buds, or little portable speakers, or both, or not
  • A musical instrument, if you play something easily portable and want to use it too
  • Some data to turn into sound or music (or use existing data—we’ll collect some interesting sets)

Hackfest Social

Following the Hackfest, we’ll be adjourning to the Imperial Pub at 54 Dundas St E, approximately 2 minutes from Heaslip House.

Our thanks to York University and YBP for sponsoring the Hackfest Social!

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Both hackfest events are taking place at Ryerson University, located one block away from Dundas Station on the Yonge-University Subway Line (Line 1).


If you have questions, concerns, think you’ll get lost finding the locations, or want to let us know something, please email accesslibcon@gmail.com.