Publishing Hackathon Comes to BookExpo America


Press Conference Featuring Finalists to Take Place in Press Office at 11:00am, Wednesday, May 29 at Javits Center

Winner to be announced at 4:45 pm on Friday, May 31 Live at Downtown Stage!!

New York, NY, May 24, 2013: The first ever Publishing Hackathon, a collaborative digital programming event which took place over 32 hours this past weekend (May 18 – 19) at the AlleyNYC, has announced its six finalist teams, representatives of whom will appear at a press conference at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 29 in the BEA Press Office located in the Crystal Palace of the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.   The press conference will also feature other key players in the development and execution of the Publishing Hackathon including Joanna Stone Herman (CEO of Librify, co-creator of the event and panel moderator), Steven Rosato (Show Manager for BEA, venue of the Hackathon finals), Rick Joyce (CMO of the Perseus Books Group, co-creator of the event and finals moderator), David Steinberger (CEO of The Perseus Books Group, and a judge),  and Jason Saltzman of AlleyNYC (venue of the Hackathon weekend).

BookExpo America, which will take place in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center, May 29 – June 1, 2013, is North America’s largest annual gathering of book industry professionals.  

The Publishing Hackathon, which has already garnered considerable attention within the book and digital communities, was conceived as a way to bring technology, venture capital and publishing players together for the first time to address the challenge of book discovery in the digital world.  It is led by a group of major media industry participants including The Perseus Books Group, Librify, BookExpo America, AlleyNYC, and William Morris Endeavor (WME). 

As noted, The Publishing Hackathon took place May 18th and 19th at the AlleyNYC, a digital co-working space. It attracted 200 people and over 30 different teams sought to develop new ideas for digital book discovery.  Six finalists were announced on Sunday, May 19th and now have ten days to refine their projects.  The finalists will receive coaching from publishing and technology mentors and will be on hand at BEA on Friday, May 31st at 12:30 to meet with industry professionals and demonstrate their work.

At 1PM on Friday, the finalists and the industry are invited to a panel discussion with successful venture capitalists and early-stage investors, moderated by Joanna Stone Herman, CEO of Librify, called Publishing Start-ups:  Navigating from Early-stage Investing to Successful Exit. 

At 3PM on Friday, May 31st will be the Hackathon finals, moderated by Rick Joyce of Perseus Books.  Each of the final six teams will have five minutes apiece to pitch and demonstrate their final submissions on BEA’s Downtown Stage to a distinguished panel of judges and the audience.  The judges represent a cross section of publishing, technology and venture capital industries, and include:

  • David Steinberger, CEO of the Perseus Books Group and Chairman of the National Book Foundation
  • Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Literary agent and board member of William Morris Endeavor
  • Doug Rushkoff, digital guru, author, and a driver behind CodeAcademy
  • Stephen Evans, director, SilverLake Capital
  • Randi Zuckerberg, Author and digital marketing executive
  • Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and founder/publisher at Breadpig

The Grand Prize winner will be announced at 4:45 pm and the winning team will receive $10,000 and a breakfast meeting with Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor.  

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BookExpo America (BEA) is the #1 event in North American publishing and the ideal place for content creators and consumers to discover new books/titles, meet favorite new authors, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading.

BEA is a trade event for all publishing and book industry professionals but is open to consumers on the last day: Saturday, June 1, 2013. 

The Perseus Books Group is an independent company committed to enabling independent book publishers to reach their potential, whether those publishers are Perseus-owned, joint ventures or owned by third parties. Perseus publishing imprints include Avalon Travel, Basic Books, Basic Civitas, Da Capo Press, Da Capo Lifelong Books, PublicAffairs, Running Press, Seal Press, and Westview Press, as well as partnerships with The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company, The Nation Institute, and The Weinstein Company. Through Consortium, Perseus Distribution, and Publishers Group West, as well as through its Constellation digital service offering which also supports Argo Navis Author Services and Faber Factory Powered by Constellation, the Perseus Books Group is the leading provider of sales, marketing, distribution, and digital services, serving nearly 400 independent publishers. For more information, visit our websites at,


Founded in late 2012 by publishing industry veterans and based in New York City, Librify is creating the world’s first book-of-the-month club for ebooks, bringing a dramatically improved shared, social reading experience and discounted pricing model to book clubs and readers across all platforms and devices. Librify is working with major publishers, independents and individual authors and will launch its first commercial product in Fall, 2013. Librify was the co-organizer with the Perseus Book Group of the first ever Publishing Hackathon in May, 2013 at AlleyNYC and BEA, bringing together the technology, venture capital and publishing communities. For more information, visit

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