2nd Annual Broadway Hackathon to be Held at New York Public Library

The 2nd Annual Broadway Hackathon will return Monday April 18th and Tuesday April 19th at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

The Broadway Hackathon is produced by the Billy Rose Theatre Division and MASIE Productions (Allegiance, An American in Paris, Kinky Boots, Macbeth, The Trip to Bountiful, Godspell and UnKnown Soldier )

Teams will spend Monday morning hearing from a roundtable panel of Broadway's Best to include Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Lorenzo Thione, Jen Bender, Matt Britten, Lia Chang and more TBD in discussion of the needs of Broadway today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Elliott Masie says, "The Broadway Hackathon brings together Creative Theater People with Creative Technology People - to brainstorm, envision and create new "apps" that will add pizzazz to theater creation, acting, producing as well as the attending experience".

Teams of combined techies and creatives, will have 24 hours to develop and incubate apps and or prototype that will be demonstrates in a public presentation on Tuesday afternoon. The most promising applications will be selected for a longer incubation process leading to full releases!

The Broadway Hackathon is looking for participants to create apps and prototypes that will:

• Leverage the power of mobile technology to support the Broadway experience.

• Better connect actors, producers, creative teams, theatre makers and audiences.

• Connect public information about theatre from around the world.

• Explore the role of "apps" in the full theatre experience from idea to script to Broadway.

In return, the library will provide meals, coffee, WiFi, and access to Broadway-related data from its extensive archives.

This year, in honor of the 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy, we are especially interested in applications supporting the production of Shakespearean plays, though this focus should serve as an inspiration rather than a restriction.

Sponsors said they welcome participants who are idea generators and voices of The Broadway community as a whole. There is room for forward thinkers of all kinds. Slots are still left so make sure to register!

Doug Reside of The NYPL says," Live theater has always been a place where technical innovations are developed to support great art. We hope to continue this tradition at our second annual Broadway Hackathon".

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