M+ presents its first-ever data design hackathon on 31 August and 1 September, as part of ‘M+ Matters: Art and Design in the Digital Realm’. During this two-day event, designers, artists, technologists, and others are invited to examine how content from the M+ Collections might meaningfully add to open-source knowledge bases and be activated through new research and creative projects. Participants are encouraged to use data visualisation techniques to develop insights into the state of visual culture in Asia and to define opportunities for new connections across material and new conversations across disciplines.
To coincide with the event, M+ is releasing its first set of open data on the M+ Collections, available through the M+ GitHub repository, and the first iteration of its public API. In the coming months, M+ will continue to expand the data set and enrich the available content.
No knowledge of coding is required to participate in this hackathon, and any out-of-the-box visualisation software and design tools can be used.
Team presentations will be reviewed by a judging panel comprised of M+ staff, hackathon moderators, and symposium participants. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
First prize: HK$7,500
First runner-up: HK$2,500
Biography of Moderators:
Micah Walter is a creative technologist and the founder of New York City–based Micah Walter Studio, which focuses on helping cultural organisations build digital into their DNA. Prior to starting the studio, he was the Director of Digital & Emerging Media at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Jane Pong is a data visualisation designer based in Hong Kong. She is currently a data visualisation journalist at the Financial Times, where she specialises in data-related information graphics.
Please bring your laptop, a power cord, and any other tools you would like to use during the hackathon. Wi-Fi will be available on-site.
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided for participants.