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Join us for Media Hack Day 2014

13.03.2014 Redaktion Tags: Hackathon, Media Hack Day
Media Hack Day
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You're a developer and you love TV and video entertainment? Then you might want to join us on March 22/23, 2014 for the Media Hack Day in Berlin. You can hack the watchmi API, blow our minds with your creative ideas and win fabulous prizes!


The Media Hack Day has been organized by Axel Springer to challenge the rapid changes in the publishing industry. Hackes are invited to find new ways to reinvent and reengineer content for the mobile age. The hackathon will bring together creative programmers, designers, tech-savvy journalists and product visionaries. Join us if you are an individual developer, designer or established hackathon team. The winning team earns a trip to Silicon Valley.


Hackable APIs come from storyful, Der Spiegel, Wikidata, embed.ly, Contentment, and of course watchmi.

Hack the watchmi API


The watchmi API is everything you need to build a fully-featured electronic program guide (EPG).


It provides a wide range of filtering and sorting options and uses standard Internet technologies such as HTTP, HTTPS, XML, and JSON.


The API makes it possible to harness the power of watchmi for:


  • Set-top boxes
  • PCs
  • Connected TVs
  • Tablet computers
  • Smartphones
  • Web portals
  • and any other connected device.

Using the watchmi API, registered developers can access standard and advanced EPG features. The watchmi API supports most common EPG use cases including:


  • What's On Now: a summary listing of programs that are on right now
  • Search: Viewers can search for content based on keywords, genre and other such criteria. The searches are run against multiple sources of metadata and can include both linear and nonlinear TV to bring viewers a more complete picture of the content that is available to them. This search functionality can be built into Video on Demand services to create upsell opportunities for operators. Results can be additionally modified, filtered and sorted based on the customer’s requirements (business rules, etc…)
  • Channel Listings: program schedule on a specified channel
  • Program Details: display detailed information about a specified program
  • Editorial Recommendations: Best Bets from our staff. The editors select 30-40 programs that they consider to be the most worthwhile watching for each day in six categories: Movies / Sports / Entertainment / Series / Documentary & Information / Kids
  • watchmi Recommendation Engine: Suggestions based on content similarity, the user’s personal TV preferences (Personal Channels), and other Recommendation Engine features
  • Theme Channels: watchmi Theme Channels are playlists of curated content that are organized around a topic or theme. 

If you already have an idea of your hack, you can post it on the Hackerleage site and find team members.


The Media Hack Day will take place at Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator, Markgrafenstraße 14, 10696 Berlin.