“Young Adult Book Discovery Start-up Evoke Wins First Publishing Hackathon”
From Digital Book World (w/ Additional Links):
More than 200 digital book entrepreneurs competed in the hackathon and the winner was announced today at Book Expo America after a final round in which each company was given six minutes to pitch its idea to a panel of technology experts.
The Publishing Hackathon attracted 200 people in over 30 teams. Six made it to the final round.
Evoke, the winner, received $10,000 and a breakfast with Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of talent agency William Morris Endeavor.
The finalists were:
BookCity (Vincent Trivett, Charlie Gaines, Nathan Gao) – a way to find books set in your travel destination
Captiv (Christina Zou, Lucas Lemanowicz, Russell Huang, Dmitry Pyatin, Wei Yin, Kane Hsieh) an approach to mining events both global and personal to make better book recommendations
Coverlist (Dani Frankhauser and Chris Ciabarro) – a solution focused on the joy of browsing jackets
Evoke (Lisa Maione, Jason Pearson, Jill Axline) – a way to discover young adult literature through characters
KooBrowser (Sage Wohns, Ahmed El Kholy, Marmina Abdelmalek, Tarek ElElaimy, Mohamed Altantawy) – an approach to making better book recommendations based on browsing history
LibraryAtlas (Michael del Castillo, Monica Katz, David Lau, Andrew Leung, Peter Rood, Aaron Siewert, Gabriel Troia) – a book discovery solution based on geolocation
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