Peter Gabriel hosting weekend hackers event for Bath's Digital Festival
He is better known for his musical career but a well-known Box resident is inviting computer hackers to his studios as part of the Bath Digital Festival.
Former Genesis front man Peter Gabriel wants computer programmers and other software experts to help improve a new system, which replaces words with images and videos.
The visual language, called Gabble, has been developed by Mr Gabriel and his team at his Real World studios.
Mr Gabriel said: “The original Gabble idea was to create a universal visual language - enabling people to add short video clips and images into their communications to replace words and pictures.
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“So far, we have created a website and an iPad app that matches words and phrases to pictures and animations and we are now exploring the use of the dictionary for a range of gaming and educational applications. I am sure that Gabble will initially be used for making funny and irreverent apps, but there are many potential serious applications that will follow.”
As well as his 45-year musical career Mr Gabriel has also proved himself an innovator in the digital sector having founded and invested in the likes of OD2, a digital music distribution service, music streaming website We7 and Witness.org, a service that uses video and storytelling to highlight human rights abuses.
The two-day hack event at the Real World studios in Box will take place on March 16 and 17, and is open to anyone with proven coding or design skills.
There will be prizes up for grabs during the weekend including two £500 awards and there will also be potential for up to £10,000 worth of investment in successful app designs created during the weekend.
To apply for a place visit, http://2013.bathdigitalfestival.com/events/real-world-hack/