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We love hacking and we love history so why not put them together, right? Or is this a recipe for disaster?

But how will this work for history, you ask? On May 3 we will bring together lovers of history who will hack together timelines of their favorite historical events. We’re providing the platform (our magical timeline creation tool), but the participants will be providing their historical expertise. We’ll spend a day together recreating historical events on the Hstry platform as individuals or in teams. At the end of the day, we’ll award a few prizes to the most outstanding timelines and then we’ll all go and raise a glass together to remember old times.

How does it work?

Once we've told you a little bit about Hstry and run you through how the platform works, you'll break up individually or in teams and start working on creating timelines of various historical events. We’ll take breaks for coffee and lunch and then our expert panel of judges will review the timelines for historical accuracy, creativity and use of multimedia.

What are these timelines?

The timelines are interactive first-person perspective narratives. There are three steps to creating a timeline.

1. Find a historical event of interest and get an overall perspective;

2. Find a spectator or actor who was present at the event;

3. Create a narrative around that person and add images so that the event comes to life,

You can check out an example here: COMING SOON

What do you have to do before the event?

Simply find a historical event you're interested in and find a story that you would like to cover. Up to you to put yourself in the shoes of our historical greats, to find the untold story, the unsung hero, to seek a different perspective on history.

If you're unsure of what you want to cover don’t fret. You'll receive by email some timeline ideas. If you don’t want to handle a timeline on your own, we’ll match participants with each other so that you can work on timelines as a team.

Oh, yes, come with your computer.

After the event:

After the Historython we are going to take the best timelines and add them to the 'community' section on Hstry - this means that these timelines will be open and available for teachers and students to use and experience for free. The names of the authors will appear on each timeline and on the platform so those who participate will be able to direct their friends to the site to show off the work they have created.

What are the prizes?

There will be various prizes up for grabs ranging from Kindles to "wearable" tech.

Registration is FREE and all the food & prizes are provided by our sponsors!

We have limited space for this event so sign up soon so reserve your place!

The Hstry team looks forward to meeting you all in person on May 3 and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask by e-mailing thomas@hstry.co

Timetable for May 3rd

8:30-9:00 - Welcome Breakfast
9:00-9:45 - Presentation of Historython and Sponsors + breakout into teams
9:45-10:00 - Coffee Break
10:00-12:00 - Timeline Creation
12:00-1:00 - Lunch
1:00-3:30 - Timeline Creation
3:30-3:45 - Coffee Break
3:45-4:30 - Timeline Creation
4:30-5:00 - Judging
5:00-5:15 - Prizes & Closing Statement
5:30 - Everything is cleaned up and off to the afterparty!

Blog post with more details: http://www.hstry.co/blog/we-are-about-to-unleash-historython


The Ngin Workplace has been kind enough to offer their environment for us to work from and Walden Media have graciously agreed to keep us watered and fed throughout the day.