M+ presents its first-ever data design hackathon on 31 August and 1 September, as part of ‘M+ Matters: Art and Design in the Digital Realm’. During this two-day event, designers, artists, technologists, and others are invited to examine how content from the M+ Collections might meaningfully add to open-source knowledge bases and be activated through new research and creative projects. Participants are encouraged to use data visualisation techniques to develop insights into the state of visual culture in Asia and to define opportunities for new connections across material and new conversations across disciplines.

To coincide with the event, M+ is releasing its first set of open data on the M+ Collections, available through the M+ GitHub repository, and the first iteration of its public API. In the coming months, M+ will continue to expand the data set and enrich the available content. 

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

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Date and time: 
Day 1: 31 August 2018 (Friday), 7:00pm-10:00pm
Day 2: 1 September 2018 (Saturday), 10:00am–5:30pm

A Hall Studio, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong

Micah Walter
Jane Pong



Team presentations will be reviewed by a judging panel comprised of M+ staff, hackathon moderators, and symposium participants. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First prize: 7,500 Hong Kong dollars
  • First runner-up: 2,500 Hong Kong dollars

The registration is now full. 

Schedule of activities:

Day 1 7:00pm-10:00pm Introduction, team brainstorming and planning

Day 2

10:00am–4:00pm Hackathon
4:30pm Team presentations onstage
5:30pm Judging panel awards prizes

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.


About the Facilitators:

Micah Walter
Micah Walter is a creative technologist and the founder of New York City–based Micah Walter Studio, which focuses on helping cultural organisations build digital into their DNA. Prior to starting the studio, he was the Director of Digital & Emerging Media at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. https://micahwalter.studio/

Jane Pong
Jane Pong is a data visualisation designer based in Hong Kong. She is currently a data visualisation journalist at the Financial Times, where she specialises in data-related information graphics.|

Adverse Weather Arrangements

  • The event will be cancelled if Typhoon Signal No.8 or above is raised, or if the Black Rainstorm Signal is still in force at 4:30pm on Friday 31 August.
  • 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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