Hackfest.tv is a project from Richard Kastelein that has evolved over the past few years of curating market intelligence in the future TV realm via ownership of www.appmarket.tv - where he and a dozen contributors have written about and collected over 150 APIs and SDKs of code and content that can be used to hack future TV experiences.
Thus the idea of Hackfest was born.
Why hack TV?
- Because there's half a trillion dollars up for grabs globally in TV ad spend and Pay TV revenue as the Internet starts to collide with traditional TV. According to Forbes.
- Because companies like Google, Facebook and Apple have proven that Open Communities with Open APIs, Open SDKs and Open Source drive innovation far beyond any closed, proprietary systems do. Wouldn't you like to have 50,000 developers working on spec like they do?
- Developers are the new rockstars. They speak the languages (code) which are radically changing the world we live in. App Developers make more money than Doctors and Lawyers.
- Print and Music were both disrupted by the Internet. TV is next. Opportunities abound as the current value chain is under threat with new gatekeepers in the living room (Samsung, Google, Apple, Boxee, Roku etc.) and new consumer behaviour with second screen engagement whilst watching TV.
Richard Kastelein is the founder of TV Hackfest London and San Francisco and publisher of TV Appmarket. An award winning publisher and futurist, Kastelein has guest lectured at MIT Media Labs and has helped broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL, Eurosport, NBCU, ITV, and others with media convergence strategies. He sailed around the world in his 20's spending ten years in the Caribbean working in print media and the boating industry as a professional yachtsman before returning to Europe where he now lives in The Netherlands and works with various startups via his extensive global network. He's also co-founder and partner at Agora Media Innovation in London and a columnist for The Association For International Broadcasting The Channel Magazine and Virgin.com.