textAV '17 - NYC

TextAV is a three-day working group in New York City, July 19-21, 2017, with leading technologists, application developers, and practitioners working in the area of online audio and video, with a particular focus on the use of captions and transcripts to facilitate and speed up the production process.


In recent years there has been great technical progress and innovation in online video. A particularly interesting practice is the use of captions and transcripts to facilitate and speed up video production.

The goal of this workshop is three-fold:

  1. To provide an overview of current software projects and practices;
  2. Explore challenges in the ecosystem, from transcription to URL addressability, GUIs for collaboration, automation, muxing and beyond;
  3. To catalyse new open source collaborations to further build out the ecosystem.

We anticipate participation from technology companies (Mozilla, IBM, YouTube) journalism (BBC, Buzzfeed, Fusion, NYT, FT, WSJ, Vox Media), public interest media (Internet Archive, Wikimedia, NPR), and others.

This is a volunteer-run event, but limited travel funding is available thanks to our generous friends at OpenNews. Please reach out if you are in need of funding or can help out in this regard

Provisional Schedule Overview

10am to 5pm each day, with coffee and lunch provided. 19-20-21 July 2017

Day 1: Knowledge share; presentations that showcase projects & libraries

Day 2: Groups hack on their domains / topics (eg more documentation, new prototype, refactor module into standalone component from existing project, et etc)

Day 3: Documentation day + presentation at the end.


TextAV is a volunteer run event organised by

Pietro Passarelli Is a software developer and documentary filmmaker.

2016 Knight-Mozilla fellow, at Vox Media in NYC, where he worked on autoEdit.io.

@pietropassarell, pietro.passarelli@gmail.com

Ben Moskowitz Is a public interest technologist based in NYC.

He leads development for innovation at the International Rescue Committee and previously led development strategy for the Mozilla Foundation.

@benrito, benrito@gmail.com


Open News we connect a network of developers, designers, and journalists to collaborate on open tech and processes.

Incubated by @mozilla, project of @CommunityPrtnrs.

@opennews, info@opennews.org

ITP is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people's lives. Perhaps the best way to describe us is as a Center for the Recently Possible.


Hosted at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts ,

The Dean's Conference Room

721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Get in touch

If you have any questions feel free to reach out at

@: pietro.passarelli@gmail.com

Twitter: @pietropassarell