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Hackathon 3.0

April 4–May 25, 2018

Teams of hackers, developers, and art enthusiasts go head-to-head to develop innovative gallery experiences in our third annual Hackathon. Bring your creativity, curiosity, and tech skills as you compete for cash prizes and Museum glory. Share your experience #HacktheMuseum @philamuseum.

This Year’s Challenge

Many museum visitors wonder where to start their visit and how to find art they like. Your challenge? Use our Hackathon resources and your own crowd-contributed data to create a game or guide that leads visitors to discover artworks in our collection in an entertaining and engaging way. Your solution should grow with repeated use by employing techniques such as machine learning, recommendation systems, and/or crowdsourcing.

​This is the Dina Wind Power of Art Hackathon, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.

Moving - Gilbert Tompkins to 21 W. 47th Street on September 23, 1940
Moving - Gilbert Tompkins to 21 W. 47th Street on September 23, 1940, c. 1940
Edward McKnight Kauffer, American
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Register to Receive These Benefits

  • Museum membership for one year
  • Access to wayfinding technology in our galleries and public spaces
  • Collections data for works on view
  • Hacklabs, which include:

    • Space to brainstorm and create
    • Food and drinks
    • Staff and guests to help guide your vision
    • Tours with resident experts, including curators, Museum guides, and educators
    • Tutorials and feedback

And then and then and then and then and then (Red)
And then and then and then and then and then (Red), 1999
Takashi Murakami, Japanese
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Schedule of Events

Hackathon Kickoff
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.
Mingle as we reveal the project prompt.

Wednesdays, April 11, 18 & 25; May 2 & 9, 5:00–8:30 p.m.
Strategize, build, and test in the galleries with a helping hand from Museum staff and special guests. We’ll provide pizza to keep you going.

Preliminary Judging
Wednesday, May 16, 6:00–8:15 p.m.
Perelman Building
Teams present their projects for preliminary judging. Reception to follow. Five finalist teams will be announced on May 17.

Closing Event—Final Friday: Hack the Museum
Friday, May 25
5:00–8:45 p.m.
Main Building
Free for Hackathon participants and Museum members
Free for public after general admission >>
Judges announce winners in this evening devoted to tech, talks, and tunes:

In-Gallery Tech Demos: Sprint to the Finish
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Finalists present their apps for their chance to receive the Grand Prize ($2000), while runners-up present for a chance to win the People’s Choice Award ($500).

Space Invaders: Gallery Blackout
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Kienbusch Gallery 248, 2nd floor
Our Teen Ambassador Group takes over the arms and armor galleries. Grab a flashlight and explore medieval suits and shields in a new way.

Hackathon Awards Presentation
7:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Judges announce the winners of the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award—complete with a fat check and confetti cannons.

Music: Swift Technique
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
These gritty groove masters bring a fiery funk extravaganza to the Museum.

Contact Us

Questions? Visit our Devpost page or email us at .

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