Welcome to the 2nd Annual

Coming to Burlington September 27th and 28th, 2014

Registration opens in August. Watch this space for details.

What is a StoryHack?

A StoryHack is a contest where teams tell a digital story based on a specific challenge, with specific requirements, in a set amount of time. For this event, that’s 24 hours.

Here’s an idea of how the event happens:

  • We announce a theme at the beginning of the event
  • Teams need to use 3 or more digital story types to tell their stories (This is a change from last year). See “Digital Story Types” for examples.
  • Teams will need to fully execute one of the three digital story types. The other two can be concepts. Concepts can be shown with sketches, mockups, wireframes, screenshots – whatever you need to sell the concept.
  • This year we are going to have additional challenges and chances to win points during the 24 hours to mix things up a bit (and help keep everyone awake).
  • At the end of the event, each team will have 5 minutes to present their digital story projects, including all their concepts, and showcasing whatever challenges in which they participated.

Digital Story Types

What is a digital story type? It’s similar to a digital platform, but separated from any specific media. There are five that we consider.

narrative Narrative driven stories (Traditional stories with familiar elements: plots, characters, conflicts, resolutions, etc.)

Example: Most any movie, book, or play you’ve seen is a narrative driven story.

experience Location driven stories (Think installation art, kiosks, or the dramatic arts – projects crafted to tell a story in a specific location)

Example: Growth

objective Objective driven stories (Think games – projects crafted with a specific objective to achieve)

Example: Delphi Project

mobile Mobile driven stories (Stories told using the unique capabilities of mobile devices, whether they use global positioning coordinates, augmented reality, the use of cameras or video to contribute to the story, or more)

Example: NY Hearts

community@4x Community driven stories (Think social media – projects crafted for a wider audience to respond to and participate in)

Example: Balloons of Bhutan

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This year we’re having three prizes instead of one. The first will be a judged award, determined by a panel of professionals and experts. The second will be a peer award, where the participants in the event pick what they feel was the best project.
The third prize is the event award. This one is won by the team that collects the most points during the event. Points can be won in different ways. You get a lot of points by winning the online vote. You also get points by completing various challenges announced each hour of the 24 hour event. Many of these challenges will require incorporating extra material into your story project.


We are live streaming the presentations via our website just like last year. We will also open the polls so people can pick their favorite story project. We will also document the event via social media, video, and photos throughout the 24 hours.
If you want to get involved with this year’s StoryHackVT whether you’re an individual or a business, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Send an email to connect@storyhackvt.com and let us know who you are.