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Hackathon 2.0

Wednesday nights, April 5, 12, 19 & May 3, 2017
Tickets required for on-site and online participation.
Space is limited; advance reservations encouraged.

Bring your curiosity, creativity, and tech skills to this extended-format hackathon. From April 5 to April 28, create a digital game inspired by the Museum.

All on-site and online participants will enjoy access to our iBeacons and a GitHub repository with datasets about art on view, including digital assets. Experiments with augmented and virtual reality are encouraged. Workspace, food, and staff will be available.

Whether participating on-site at the Museum or online, all teams will receive the same datasets and be able to submit final games via Devpost.

During Philly Tech Week, present your game to a panel of judges and a public audience for a chance to win the grand prize ($2,000), the People’s Choice award ($500), or both.

Join the Conversation
Share your experience #HacktheMuseum @philamuseum.

This is a Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.

Challenge Details

Create a digital game inspired by the Museum. Full judging criteria and the Museum datasets will be revealed during our kickoff on Wednesday, April 5. Teams can have up to six members. Bring a team or form one at the kickoff.

Your Hackathon Ticket Includes:

  • Admission to the Hackathon 2.0 kickoff on April 5 and Hacklabs on April 12 and 19
  • A GitHub repository containing access to iBeacons installed in the Museum; collections information for artworks on view in a JSON file, including thumbnail and large image assets; and digital floor plans of the Museum
  • Team workspace designed by Hive76
  • Food and drinks
  • Access to Museum staff for questions about Museum data, art, and testing


  • Sougwen Chung, Google VR Tilt Brush Artist in Residence and Artist in Residence at Bell Labs. Twitter @sougwen
  • Youngmoo Kim, Director of the ExCITe Center and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University. Twitter @youngmoo
  • Yasmine Mustafa, Founder of ROAR for Good. Twitter @myasmine
  • Mjumbe Poe, Cofounder and CTO of FixList. Twitter @mjumbewu
  • Corinne Warnshuis, Executive Director of Girl Develop It. Twitter @corinnepw

Rules and Prizes

Teams must submit their games online by April 28, 2017. Judges will review each entry and notify final teams by May 1. The top five teams will present their games to judges and a public audience on Wednesday, May 3. The winning team receives a prize of $2,000. The audience’s favorite takes home the People’s Choice award and $500.

Employees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are not eligible.

Schedule of Events

Hackathon 2.0 Kickoff

Wednesday, April 5
6:00–8:30 p.m.

The full judging criteria and Museum datasets will be revealed. Game dev mentors from Philly Dev Night will be on hand to offer support and encouragement.
Space is limited; advance reservations encouraged.


Wednesday, April 12
5:00–8:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle with other hackers, Museum staff, and Philly’s tech community.
Team Work Time
Staff Talk: Museum Data with Jessica Milby, Assistant Director for Collection Information
Demo: Microsoft HoloLens with Amanda Lange, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Wednesday, April 19
5:00–8:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle with other hackers, Museum staff, and Philly’s tech community, including game dev mentors from Philly Dev Night.
Team Work Time
Staff Talk: Prototyping and iBeacons with Peter Alt, Interactive Developer

Judging and Closing Event

Wednesday, May 3
5:00–6:30 p.m.
Networking Happy Hour
6:30 p.m.
Finalists’ Presentations & Awards Ceremony

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