Hack Dibner is a design contest for the Fall 2021 semester hosted by NYU Tandon's Bern Dibner Library. Participants will be challenged to develop and present an idea that uses technology to improve user experience at Dibner, or within the greater NYU Libraries system.
The Hack Dibner Finalists included:
Q-Lib (Utkarsha Chourasia and M V D Satya Swaroop)
BiblioTech (Melody Yap, Rohan Bhalla)
Air Fryer (Danni Qu and Yezi Xu)
BookFellas (Riccardo Negri, Sakshi Garg, Hrituja Khatavkar, Stuti Biyani)
Nap Dibner (Calvin Tian, Aneesh Maganti, Edward Han)
Wanderer (Deyin Zhang and Jiayin Fan)
Teams competed on Friday, December 3rd, delivering 8-10 minute pitches to a panel of judges. The judges scored the teams' proposals on feasibility, impact, contextual inquiry/user experience, and creativity. The 2021 judges were:
Prof. Regine Gilbert, Technology Culture, and Society Dept., NYU Tandon
Harini Kannan, UX Analyst, NYU Libraries
Liz New, Assistant Manager, NYU Tandon MakerSpace
Serita Sargent, Lead Student Assistant, NYU Dibner Library
This workshop, hosted by Library Mentors Gaby Garcia and Lindsay Anderberg will provide tips on how to clearly and persuasively write your proposal, presentation tips for your pitch to the judges, and a look behind the curtain at how judging works during the Hack Dibner Finals.
Engineering Librarian, Dr. Matthew Frenkel, will lead a workshop on literature reviews. This workshop will help you to think about the kinds of resources you will need as evidence to contextualize and support your Hack Dibner proposal.
Friday, October 29 at 3:00 pm. Contact Matthew Frenkel info if you missed the workshop and want to know more (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Workshop #2: Exploring Functional Space Through Research Methods
Dr. Azure Stewart, CLIR postdoctoral fellow at Dibner Library, will lead this workshop on how to study spaces. What methods and resources can you use to understand a space, such as a library, that patrons and staff inhabit? In addition to providing information that will help you in the competition, remember that for each workshop a member of your team attends, your team will get 1 bonus point.
Friday, October 22 at 3:00 pm. Contact Azure Stewart for info if you missed the workshop and want to know more (email@example.com)
Workshop #1: Project Management
As teams begin their Hack Dibner projects, it's helpful to think about how to stay organized and on target for the final written proposal and pitch. Dibner Library Director Sam Putnam will host Hack Dibner workshop #1 on project management. In addition to providing information that will help you in the competition, remember that for each workshop a member of your team attends, your team will get 1 bonus point.
Friday, October 15 at 3:00 pm. Contact Sam Putnam for info if you missed the workshop and want to know more (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you missed the kickoff, you can watch the recording for more information on the project.
1st place wins $500 and 2nd place wins $250. The Audience Favorite Award will also win a special prize.
Participants can have their project written up on two university websites. These articles make great resume and portfolio building opportunities.