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What is hackathon x?

hackathon x is a cooperation between Hack & Söhne, museum x at the Badisches Landesmuseum and Allard Pierson at the University of Amsterdam. After the first hackathon x was entirely dedicated to “Gaming in Museums” in 2019, this year’s hackathon x – vol. 2 will be more broadly dedicated to the “Digital Museum”, include several challenges and follow an open-source policy.

The background to hackathon x - vol. 2 is the revolutionary new concept of the Badisches Landesmuseum: museum visitors become active users of the museum. To this end, the objects are made accessible in a digital catalogue, the entrance ticket is replaced by a user card linked to a personal user account, and a variety of innovative concepts on escape games, digital platforms and artificial intelligence are experimented with.

Join us and become part of this special hackathon! We are looking for people who want to develop the digital museum together with us. Let’s develop playful, surprising and intelligent approaches to the museum, the collections or the existing digital infrastructure. A special extra: particularly exciting ideas can also be further developed or even implemented after the hackathon.

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© Badisches Landesmuseum, Foto: ARTIS – Uli Deck

What can you expect?

Work with motivated people and bring your ideas to life. You will join a team of up to 5 people to work on a hardware or software project. Since planning is difficult in the current situation and everything is about the digital museum, hackathon x - vol. 2 will be held digitally on gather.town. Experienced mentors will support you and exciting inputs will inspire you.

After hacking through the weekend, you will present your prototype to our jury. Each juror judges the submitted ideas according to their field of expertise. If your idea can convince the majority of them, you just might win.

Admission is completely free. To ensure the right hackathon-spirit, we will send you a survival kit after the registration deadline. Apply now for an unforgettable experience, meet inspiring people and build some awesome projects.

Note: Due to logistic difficulties, we can currently only guarantee survival kits for hackers located in Germany.

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© Badisches Landesmuseum, Foto: ARTIS – Uli Deck

Who is Hack & Söhne?

Hack & Söhne is a German student-run nonprofit organization focused on coding and hacking. We try to bring a bit of Silicon Valley to the German computer-science and start-up community by disrupting the status quo. We do this by organizing hackathons, coding boot camps and other similar events.

Our team consists of students from a variety of backgrounds: computer science and electrical engineering, economics, business, and more.

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Who is behind hackathon x?

Dr. Johannes Bernhardt is Digital Manager at Badisches Landesmuseum. After ten years at the universities of Freiburg, Mannheim and Bochum, he moved to the Badisches Landesmuseum in 2017 and was lead of the Creative Collections project 2018-2020, working at the intersection of digitality and participation – he is still a passionate gaming enthusiast.

© Badisches Landesmuseum, Foto: ARTIS – Uli Deck

Christiane Lindner leads the museum x.o platform project. After working at museums in Vienna, London, Amsterdam and Berlin, she joined the Badisches Landesmuseum in 2020. As Digital Catalyst and lead of the Creative Collections project she was responsible for the participatory development and implementation of new digital tools to enhance audience engagement. She envisions the museum of the future as a space for creativity and debate.

Sonja Thiel works as a curator, historian and philosopher on the added values of Artificial Intelligence for Badisches Landesmuseum. As head of the Creative User Empowerment project in cooperation with the Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam, she is passionate about the possibilities of open culture, open learning, open code and open linked data.