In light of the current situation, M+ Hackathon—City of Objects on 22-23 February 2020 (Saturday-Sunday) will be rescheduled. Details will be announced on the West Kowloon Cultural District website in due course. Programme Enquiries:

M+ presents its third hackathon, ‘City of Objects’, on 22–23 February 2020. During this two-day event, we invite students, designers, artists, technologists, and cultural enthusiasts to embark on a journey that explores the concept of objects through different lenses—everyday life, personal and cultural identities, and virtuality. A one-hour introduction conducted by facilitators Chun-wo Pat and Christian Marc Schmidt will delve into the world of objects and kick off a two-day design thinking workshop to view, think, and create. Participants are also encouraged to use M+ Collections open data as raw material for creative and artistic projects to examine, interpret, and activate the M+ Collections through design, code, and other mediums or methods.

M+ continues to embrace open access and has recently updated its open data set, which now contains over 5,300 records from the M+ Collections. This growing selection of the museum’s collections is publicly explorable and browsable online through the M+ Collections Beta. Participants are also able to explore the M+ Collections and related information through the M+ open data set on GitHub, and the public M+ API.

No knowledge of coding is required to participate in this hackathon, and any out-of-the-box visualisation software and techniques can be used.

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Date and time:
Day 1: 22 February, 2020 (Saturday), 10:00am-6:00pm
Day 2: 23 February, 2020 (Sunday), 10:00am-7:00pm

Eaton House (Level 1, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong)


Christian Marc Schmidt, Principal & Founder, Schema
Chun-wo Pat, Founder & Owner, Whitespace Integrated Design

Team presentations will be reviewed by a judging panel comprised of M+ staff and external judges.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First prize: 10,000 Hong Kong dollars
  • First runner-up: 5,000 Hong Kong dollars

Join as an individual or as a team of up to four.

Schedule of activities:

Day 1 10:00 am Introduction, team brainstorming and planning 
10:15 am Opening talk by facilitators
11:30 am Break up into teams. Hackathon commences
12:30 pm Lunch served
6:00 pm Hackathon day 1 ends
Day 2 10:00 am Hackathon day 2 begins 
12:30 pm Lunch served  
4:15 pm Team presentations begin
5:30 pm Team presentations end
6:00 pm Awards Ceremony 
7:00 pm Post-event drinks

Please bring your laptop, a power cord, and any other tools you would like to use during the hackathon. Wi-Fi will be available on-site.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided for participants.

Staff and their family members of M Plus Museum Limited (‘M+’) and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority are NOT allowed to participate in this event.


Please contact Ms Lo or at (852) 2200 0707 during office hours.

About the Facilitators:

‘M+ Hackathon—City of Objects’ is developed as a joint effort with Chun-wo Pat and Christian Marc Schmidt. This edition of the M+ hackathon is the first event in ‘ObjectiCity’, a series of workshops designed by Pat and Christian that aims to encourage creative thinking and projects through unpacking the politics of objects in relation to their social and cultural contexts.

Chun-wo Pat
Chun-wo Pat holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and is a New York-based designer, educator, and researcher. Pat is the founder and owner of Whitespace Integrated Design (est. 1996) which provides creative services to non-profit organisations, educational/cultural institutions, and business corporations. He has taught typography, data visualisation, and cross-cultural design from private institutions to community colleges, and lectured at several universities around the world. As one of the most highly regarded cross-cultural designer/typographer, Pat has written and published articles to advance the field and created many commissioned public projects with polylingual typography, both nationally and internationally.

Christian Marc Schmidt
Christian Marc Schmidt, Founder/Principal of Schema, a research and design firm based in Seattle. Schema’s core focus is on the intersection of design thinking and data visualisation. Christian holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His work has received recognition from organisations such as D&AD, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and the Industrial Designers Society of America. Among other publications, Christian’s writing has appeared in ARCADE Magazine, Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design, and the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping. Christian has taught in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University, the Visual Communication Design program at the University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:

  • The event will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or Typhoon Signal No.8 or above is raised.
  • If the event is cancelled due to the above-mentioned signals or any other reasons, then there will be no rescheduling of the event, however participants are welcome to participate remotely in the hackathon and email notifications detailing arrangements will be sent out accordingly.
  • When any of the above weather signals are hoisted, or if the adverse weather conditions happen during the event, then the organiser reserves the right to amend event content, or to stop or cancel the event. Please follow the official instructions on-site. There will be no rescheduling of the event.

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