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Hackathon 3.0

April 4–May 25, 2018

Teams of hackers, developers, and art enthusiasts go head-to-head to develop innovative gallery experiences in our third annual Hackathon. Bring your creativity, curiosity, and tech skills as you compete for cash prizes and Museum glory. Share your experience #HacktheMuseum @philamuseum.

This Year’s Challenge

Many museum visitors wonder where to start their visit and how to find art they like. Your challenge? Use our Hackathon resources and your own crowd-contributed data to create a game or guide that leads visitors to discover artworks in our collection in an entertaining and engaging way. Your solution should grow with repeated use by employing techniques such as machine learning, recommendation systems, and/or crowdsourcing.

​This is the Dina Wind Power of Art Hackathon, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.

Moving - Gilbert Tompkins to 21 W. 47th Street on September 23, 1940
Moving - Gilbert Tompkins to 21 W. 47th Street on September 23, 1940, c. 1940
Edward McKnight Kauffer, American
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Register to Receive These Benefits

  • Museum membership for one year
  • Access to wayfinding technology in our galleries and public spaces
  • Collections data for works on view
  • Hacklabs, which include:

    • Space to brainstorm and create
    • Food and drinks
    • Staff and guests to help guide your vision
    • Tours with resident experts, including curators, Museum guides, and educators
    • Tutorials and feedback

And then and then and then and then and then (Red)
And then and then and then and then and then (Red), 1999
Takashi Murakami, Japanese
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Schedule of Events

Hackathon Kickoff
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30
Mingle as we reveal the project prompt.

Wednesdays, April 11, 18 & 25; May 2 & 9, 5:00–8:30 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Room, Main Building
Strategize, build, and test in the galleries with a helping hand from Museum staff and special guests. We’ll provide pizza to keep you going.

Preliminary Judging
Wednesday, May 16, 6:00–8:15 p.m.
Cafeteria, Main Building
Teams present their projects for preliminary judging. Reception to follow. Five finalist teams will be announced on May 17.

Closing Event—Final Friday: Hack the Museum
Friday, May 25
5:00–8:45 p.m.
Main Building
Judges announce winners in this evening devoted to tech, talks, and tunes. Finalists present their apps for their chance to receive the Grand Prize ($2000), while runners-up present for a chance to win the People’s Choice Award ($500). After confetti and champagne, dance it out with other teams and visitors in the Great Stair Hall.

Contact Us

Questions? Visit our Devpost page or email us at .

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