The Hack Ur culture – a cultural heritage hackathon that aims to shape the future of African GLAM institutions is calling for applications. This is for creative and tech pioneers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Hack-Ur-Culture” is a virtual platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts to bring about collaborations and innovations deriving from open cultural data.
The program will kick off on Heritage day, 24 September 2020, and run for a period of 3 weeks with final project submissions due on Sunday, 18 October 2020 at 23:59. More so, there will be a virtual prize-giving to announce the winners on a future date.
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Goals For The Hack Ur culture – Hackathon
The aim of the program is to;
- Help make cultural heritage data open and accessible to the public.
- Deliver impactful learning and development
- To put the question of cultural heritage data on the agenda
- To offer a platform of experimentation to discover what is possible for the future of GLAM institutions.
The program is taking on the following problems in the industry;
Awareness: Bring new levels of awareness to GLAM institutions and their collections to engage new and younger audiences.
Virtual Experiences and Virtual Merchandising; Offer GLAM institutions new platforms and digital products that can transform traditional GLAM experiences into new meaningful virtual experiences
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Archives and Collections; To manage ever-increasing collections with millions of artefacts, GLAM institutions require digital tools that can make managing audits, and inventory easier.
Edutainment; With GLAM collections often being text-heavy and long oral recordings, what new entertaining ways can be found to make learning about cultural heritage fun and engaging.
African Heritage Highway; Create a (open data) resource library to discover African heritage artefacts and experiences with the correcting naming convention in native languages.
The hackathon is open to enthusiastic young professionals in the creative and cultural industries across sub saharan Africa.
The initiative is looking for game developers, app developers, designers, researchers, media makers, journalists, writers. You all can form teams and register to participate.
Hack Ur culture – Hackathon Prize
- The winning team earns a spot to participate in the Coding Da Vinci hackathon taking place in Germany in 2021 (April or August, depending on International travel restrictions).
- Additionally, there will be supporting awards for impressive projects that will receive exciting cash/product prizes to be announced in the coming weeks. And, winning projects will be featured in the Fak’ugesi 2020 exhibition.
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The deadline for the application is September 24, 2020. So, if you meet the eligibility criteria, and you want to participate in the Hack Ur Culture – Hackathon, you can apply and learn more here; https://www.goethe.de/prj/hyc/en/saf/apply.html
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