APPLY | Help make cultural data open with Hack Ur Culture

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  • Applicants are asked to submit their entries by 10 September 2020. 
  • Hack Ur Culture brings galleries, libraries, archives and museums together with cultural and tech enthusiasts to create an open cultural data source.
  • By taking part, participants stand a chance to win prizes including a fully-paid opportunity to travel to Germany to take part in the Coding Da Vinci hackathon in 2021. 


The Goethe-Institut South Africa and Credipple are calling on young professionals to apply for the Hack Ur Culture’s Cultural Hackathon. 

Credipple is a digital startup that connects clients to trusted freelance creative and digital services. The Goethe-Institut is a global cultural institute that promotes cultural exchange between Germany and the world at large. 

Hack Ur Culture brings GLAM institutions (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) together with artists and tech enthusiasts. By bringing them together with open cultural data at the centre, the programme hopes to kickstart collaborations and innovations to bring African cultural heritage to the fore of virtual artistic experiences. 

Open cultural data refers to cultural information (in the form of texts, manuscripts, pictures, photos, sounds and videos) that can be accessed, used, modified and shared freely. Hack Ur Culture wants to realise this in South Africa by digitising art works and documents. 

Speaking about the programme, Stefanie Kastner, the regional head of information at the Goethe-Institut South Africa says: 

“This is an opportunity for brave young minds to lead in the development of innovative solutions that will be used by some of the continents most reputable [galleries, libraries, archives and museums]. As we begin taking the first steps recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all responsible for building a new normal that will shape our future. With digital experiences and a shared economy at the heart of that, we ask: how can we help make cultural heritage data more open and accessible to all of us? And how can we bring African cultural heritage to the forefront of virtual experiences?”

Kicking off on 24 September 2020 (Heritage Day), the topic of this year’s Hackathon will be Cultural Heritage. Applications are open to creatives in cultural and tech industries like game and app developers, designers, researchers, artists, media makers, journalists, writers.

By taking part, participants stand a chance to win prizes including a fully-paid opportunity to travel to Germany to take part in the Coding Da Vinci hackathon in 2021. Winning projects will also be featured in the 2020 Fak’ugesi exhibition.

Applicants are asked to submit their entries by 10 September 2020. 

Click here to apply 

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