Science Museum London Digital Lab Hackathon
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 at 09:30 - Wednesday, 22 February 2017 at 21:30 (GMT)
Please note: This event is now FULL! However, if you would like to drop-in during the two days please contact Dave Pattern or Mar Dixon. And by all means everyone is welcome to the Science Museum Lates on February 22nd to see the prototypes!
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This is the first in a series of Hackathons from the Science Museum’s Digital Lab and it’s founding partner Samsung.
Let’s hack the Science Museum together!
Hey coders, designers, fabricators, science buffs, writers, gamers, and hackers:
What would you do if the Science Museum and its data were your creative playground for 2 days?
Using the Science Museum's brand-new Collection Online API, and the inspiration of physical collection, participants will spend 2 days remixing, reusing, and reimagining the Science Museum.
You can come with a team, or come alone and form a team on the spot.
Teams are encouraged to think creatively about what “Museum+Tech” can mean; projects can be digital or physical, practical or whimsical, scholarly or punk rock.
Working in groups of 5 we are asking you to work all day February 21 and 22 with the idea of teams showcasing their innovations at the Science Museum Lates. You can either sign up with a group of 5 or come alone and find a team! All we ask is that each person on the team brings a different skill set such as:
- Someone who knows how to use a JSON based API
During the hackathon, you’ll be asked for deliverables and to share your progress throughout the day. We will be announcing speakers in a few weeks and there will be prizes (what’s a hackathon without prizes?)!
The judges will be looking for the most creative uses of the Science Museum Open API to showcase the collection in a unique way - so think outside the box, and let your hacker flag fly!
There will be three prizes awarded in the following categories
- “The Next Big Thing” - impactful, practical, scalable, useful, etc
- “Creative Prize” - most artistic, beautiful, thoughtful, etc
- “Punk Prize” - the most disruptive, revolutionary, quirky or just plain oddball etc
Please register your interest today!
Date: February 21 9:30-18:30 / February 22 10:30-18:00 to set up for Science Museum Late Nights
Please note: This sign-up form is just to express your interest in participating in the hackathon. We will follow up with all applicants to get more information regarding your interests, skills, team, etc. There are limited places
When & Where
This Hackathon is organised by Don Undeen & Mar Dixon
Dave Patten: Head of New Media at the Science Museum. Dave is interested in all things digital, working at the cutting edge of digital museum exhibits he has been developing and commissioning audience focussed digital experiences at the Science Museum for over 30 years. Recent projects include Web Lab and Engineer your Future. Dave is overseeing the initial work of the Science Museum’s Digital Lab.
Don Undeen: Founding and Senior Manager of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Don is currently an independent consultant based in Washington DC, and involved in a range of initiatives that connect the vision of the arts to the practical needs of business and social entrepreneurship. Don is the Manager of the new Maker Hub at Georgetown University. He is the chair of the Vatican Art & Technology Council’s “Creative Lab” Committee, which is building an innovation space devoted to the message of Pope Francis. He also serves as an expert advisor to the European Erasmus+ funded “Creative Museum” project, which connects museums with maker communities throughout Europe.
Mar Dixon: Creator of many projects such as MuseomixUK and MuseumCamp, has fingers in many pies including culture, digital, publishing, wearables and tech sectors. She is driving force behind the acclaimed and world trending campaigns including #MuseumSelfie, #AskACurator, @52Museums, #MuseumWeek, #LoveTheatre. Mar speaks at many international conferences in additional to running workshops from small business to national/international museums and everything in between.