Last year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted the first Hack the Museum challenge to great success. What started out as a singular weekend in March to create new ways to experience the priceless pieces of art found throughout the museum has evolved for this second iteration that aims to transform the way people interact with the hallowed institution.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art brings back it’s #HacktheMuseum challenge this April 5th, 12th, 19th and final judging happening on May 3rd. Teams of up to 6 members will have one month to design and build a digital game inspired by the museum. A focus on virtual and augmented reality is highly encouraged. The Museum of Art provides hackers with a wide swath of tools and resources to craft their games, with gallery blueprints, a massive dataset of art on view within the museum, access to the staff for Q&A sessions, wayfinding iBeacons. A Hacklab designed by Philadelphia Makerspace Hive76 will host the teams across three Wednesday nights in April, where they can design, build, and prototype their games on site at the Museum. Online participants are allowed to join the fun this year, for those interested that may not live in the Philadelphia area.
This year’s hackathon features a new grand prize of $2,000, as well as a $500 People’s Choice Award Prize to be handed out at the end of the challenge. The top teams will present their final builds to a panel of judges on May 3rd during Philly Tech Week.
This year’s judges include:
- Youngmoo Kim: Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, Former Philly Geek Awards Scientist of the Year
- Mjumbe Poe: Cofounder and CTO of FixList, formerly Digital Services Architect in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology
- Yasmine Mustafa: Founder of ROAR for Good Twitter and last year’s Philly Geek Awards Technologist of the Year
- Corinne Warnshuis: Executive Director of Girl Develop It
- Sougwen Chung: GoogleVR TiltBrush Artist in Residence, Artist in Residence at Bell Labs — Former Artist & Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab — Inaugural member of The New Museum’s NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator
The Philadelphia Museum of Art aims to bridge the gap between technology, the masterpieces of the past, and the digital ways in which current society interacts with the world. With virtual and augmented reality being an encouraged medium for the hackathon, the level of immersion into the diverse galleries within the museum are seemingly endless. Which is part of the wonder that a hackathon is meant to engender.