NYPL Labs and The Moth


Open Audio Weekend

A two day hackathon to
make audio accessible for the public good

The New York Public Library
New York City
June 25-26, 2016

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Help Make Audio Archives a Part of the Web

Oral histories, podcasts, radio news: there’s a wealth of recorded audio being put online by libraries and public media organizations. But without full-text transcripts or deeper descriptions, much of this content is beyond the reach of search engines, and inaccessible to the deaf or hard of hearing. Building on their Together We Listen collaboration, NYPL Labs and The Moth are hosting a two-day hackathon designed to advance the cause of audio accessibility, and to explore future uses of media archives online.

We invite developers, designers, data scientists, audio producers, and others who have the skills and the desire to work together on compelling and creative new approaches to audio accessibility and use. Join us!

At this hackathon, we will


As you know, Open Audio Weekend is a two-day hackathon to make audio accessible for the public good. It’s a big challenge to tackle so we’ve compiled some prompts to stimulate conversations and project ideas!


The organizing team is grateful for the group of talented and engaged community members who brought together a diverse and impressive set of skills to make this weekend a success. To read more about the projects and prototypes conceived during the event, please visit the Projects page.

Organizers & Partners

The New York Public Library

With 88 neighborhood libraries and four scholarly research centers, the New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years.

The Moth

The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. The Moth has presented thousands of true stories told live and without notes.


Saturday, June 25th
10:00 AM Registration & coffee
10:30 AM Introductions & agenda for the day
11:30 AM Group working session
1:00 PM Lunch provided
2:00 PM Group working session
5:00 PM Day 1 ends
Sunday, June 26th
10:00 AM Day 2 begins, coffee, group working session
1:00 PM Lunch provided
2:00 PM Final group working session, prepare for shareout
4:00 PM Final shareout
5:30 PM Open Audio Weekend ends


The New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Entrance on 42nd Street (see map)

Subway: B D F M lines to 42nd St Bryant Park or 7 line to 5th Avenue