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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.





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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Closing Event

Final Friday: Hack the Museum
Friday, May 25, 5:00–8:45 p.m.
Main Building
Free for Hackathon participants and Museum members
Free for public after general admission >>

Judges announce winners in this evening devoted to tech, talks, and tunes:

In-Gallery Tech Demos: Sprint to the Finish
5:00–7:00 p.m.
See what hackers cooked up over the past two months and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. App descriptions & demo locations >>

  • ArtBeats: Let your taste in music help you figure out your taste in art.
    McCausland Gallery 116
  • ArtMIND: A random art generator prompts users to input their likes and dislikes to provide targeted recommendations on what to look at next.
    Gallery 155
  • Art Tracker: Inspired by the Carmen Sandiego games, this app asks players to solve cases that will take them through the entire Museum.
    Wallace/Reader’s Digest Gallery 201
  • D.I.N.A.: Personal Aesthete: This augmented reality app helps you connect to the collection by providing interesting details on artworks and artists.
    Resnick Rotunda 161
  • MuseumCrawlers: Tailwind: For those who just want to go with the flow, this app creates customized tours based on visitor reactions.
    Gallery 224
  • PMA ExplorAR: Conduct a museum-wide search for hints to complete a puzzle.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Sage: Customized, emoji-based searches enable personalized interactions with the collection.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Team Jefferson JS: Turn your selfie into art. This app alters any smart-phone snapshot to mimic a selected artwork.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony

Space Invaders: Gallery Blackout
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Kienbusch Gallery 248, 2nd floor
Our Teen Ambassador Group takes over the arms and armor galleries. Grab a flashlight and explore medieval suits and shields in a new way.

Hackathon Awards Presentation
7:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Judges announce the winners of the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award—complete with champagne, a large-than-life check, and confetti cannons.

Music: Swift Technique
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
These gritty groove masters bring a fiery funk extravaganza to the Museum.




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