Europeana Space Hackathons

20 – 21 November 2015

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Palác Akropolis, Kubelíkova 27, Praha 3 – CIANT Lab



The EuropeanaSpace project organized an exciting event about the use and re-use of cultural digital content, in particular dance. Participants formed teams and during two days of focused and intensive collaboration, with assistance from the hackathon ambassadors (experts in programming, BCI technologies, motion-tracking, and cultural heritage), explored new creative ideas, design and develop prototypes.

The Prague Dance Hackathon focused on the re-use of cultural heritage materials in live performance, cross-media storytelling, motion tracking and transformation of data, brain/computer interfaces in performance. We encouraged participants to combine different aspects of these elements to create something truly new and unique that will shake up the market!

We were seeking creative and driven participants with a passion for dance, technology and digital cultural heritage that want to take their creative ideas and prototypes to the commercial sector and raise the possibilities for creative re-use of cultural heritage material and dance technology.



Hackathon topics:

  • Dance (patterns in body movements)
  • State of mind (patterns in brain signals)
  • Cultural Heritage Content (patterns in history of art)
  • Light and sound (patterns and rhythms)
  • Interactive art, dance, body/mind, digital art

If you are wondering what teams could do during hackathon, here are a few hints:

  • Explore dance and choreography with a virtual notebook, DancePro tool.
  • Write your own dance stories using the DanceSpaces tool.
  • Transform data from motion capture device into visual.
  • Prepare multi-media project, as a presentation of your stage-design or choreography.
  • Remix, implement, transpose digital data from Europeana cultural repositories to inspire and create new performances.
  • Transform the data from EEG of dancer during the performance into the visual design (brain-computer interface application).

Further information on CIANT website.

The Prize

The three best concepts will now progress to an intensive hands-on business modeling workshop in London! The workshop will be curated and run by minds behind the renowned REMIX Summits.

The objective of this full-day session will be to explore the business potential of the project ideas. At the workshop, these three finalists will have an additional chance to win three months of tailored business incubation from world-class industry leaders via Skype. Incubation participants will be asked to complete a series of mentored courses over an intensive three-month period. By the end of the Incubation period, the business plan for each project team will be ready either for pitching to investors, or for launching directly (as applicable).

Read more about the Business Modelling Workshop and Incubation here.

The Hackathon Programme


2 November 2015


The warm up pre-event with ambassadors will take place at CIANT Lab and this meeting will give you the chance to meet the right people with the right skills and right equipment – not only for preparation of Prague Dance Hackathon. In CIANT Lab you consult your ideas and concepts with Cyril Kaplan (BNCI and biofeedback systems), Dmitri Berzon (VVVV, hacking, light), Ivor Diosi (new media art), Roman Trochta (lasers, interactive installations).

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20 November 2015

Opening; Hackathon work session

09.00-10.00: Introduction by the ambassadors:

  • Ambassador dance – modern dance and digital technologies
  • Cyril Kaplan (CIANT) – BNCI systems in artistic hands
  • Alexandru Stan (IN2), Gregory Markus (NISV) – Europeana Space and digital heritage
  • Dmitri Berzon (RU), Roman Trochta (CIANT) – software for interactive use (VVVV), digital media

10.00-11.00: Introduction of the available equipment and API for E-Space

11.00-12.00: Teaming up: the participants will build up the teams or groups for common work

Lunch break

13.00 onwards: the real work starts


21 November 2015

Hackathon work session; selection of the winning teams; award ceremony

9.00 onwards: the work continues

19.00-22.00: presenting the projects to the Jury for evaluation

22.00: announcing the winners


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The Jury

Sarah Whatley

Professor of Dance and Director of Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, and Europeana Space Project Coordinator.

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Simon Cronshaw

Managing Partner & Co-Founder at REMIX Summits, specialising in entrepreneurial strategies, E-commerce, Consumer insight, Start-up operations.

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Pavel Smetana

CIANT Director, expert in digital interactive media and multimedia performances, interconnecting science, contemporary dance and game technologies.

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Aleksander Väljamäe

Senior Researcher, at Tallinn University: psychophysiology, human responses to media, affective chronometry, Brain-Computer Interfaces.

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Co-funded by The European Union

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