Welcome to the 2nd Annual SHVT14_LOGO_WH
Coming to Burlington September 27th and 28th, 2014

What is a StoryHack?

A StoryHack is a contest where we gather together many creative people with different talents, interests, and imaginations to tell a story in as many different ways as possible, all within 24 hours. The stories told surround one local community group.  This year we’re partnering with the Vermont Department of Libraries to address their present day challenges and what their future might hold.

Here’s an idea of how the event happens:

  • We announce the challenge at the beginning of the event. The challenge is the specific story all teams use to craft their projects.
  • 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 additional 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 performance art – 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

*Icon design by sensibleworld.com



There will be 3 prizes this year:
  • Judge’s Prize: awarded by a panel of guest judges.
  • Peer Prize: awarded by the event participants.
  • Event Prize: awarded to the team that collects the most points by completing event challenges.
Trophies are being created by Blu-Bin, Burlington’s only 3D printing shop


StoryHack brings together many different talented people and their ideas and directs them to telling a specific organization’s story, maybe even your story.
  • We are live streaming the presentations on Sunday 9/28 at 10AM via our website just like last year.
  • Polls open just after presentations on 9/28 conclude, approximately 12PM. Use the polls to pick your favorite StoryHackVT project.
  • The event will be documented via social media, video, and photos throughout the 24 hours. If you have trouble navigating social media, we will be capturing all the applicable posts on our site for you to view.
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.