8-9-10 May 2015, Amsterdam

The Hackathon Europeana TV is a 3-day Hackathon for a variety of creatives, entrepreneurs and developers of content, hardware and/or code, who get the opportunity to experiment with Smart Audio/Video formats and come up with inspiring applications that create new TV experiences for the public or private domain, using Europeana content.


Hacking Culture Bootcamp: We’re challenging game developers, storytellers, interactive designers, and app developers to create new multi-screen experiences with a focus on digitized historic footage. The best concept will progress to an intensive business modeling workshop in London, hosted by the British cultural entrepreneurs behind Remix.

Culture heritage = engaging stories: Bring history lessons alive, make games for the museum, or play with art in a public space. Anything multi-screen is possible! As long as it incorporated multiple devices, it’s fair game. We are offering you the chance to develop your innovative ideas, together with a team of strong thinkers and expert makers.

A new playground for content developers: During this Hacking Culture Bootcamp you will play and experiment with thousands of items from Europe’s most compelling digital collections, also known as Europeana. The content of this (open) data varies from audio files and historical stories to the visuals of art and video footage. You will have access to our entire Fablab. Want to create a sample? No problem. You can make use of all the machines, from 3D printers to laser cutters. Waag Society facilitates design processes, equipment, and support in collaboration with Proton Labs.

Preparation & skills: Our focus lies on strong interactive concepts. Having a good idea is enough to join the bootcamp, but being familiar with HTML, CSS, and Javascript (with some optional Java on the server side) is a plus. All technology will be provided and supported by the video application developer, Noterik. You can find their open source software toolkit under the GPL3.0 license on GitHub. Of course, you’re also free to bring your own hardware and software.

Cultural heritage experts from the Institute of RBB, Luce, and Sound and Vision will share their knowledge on content and heritage innovation.

Why join? The Hacking Culture Bootcamp of Europeana Space is a great opportunity to create new, compelling experiences for cultural heritage. Brainstorm with experts about the future and value of multi-screens and get inspired by the mix of people and ideas.

The best concept will progress to an intensive business modeling workshop in London. 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 a tailored, three-month program of business incubation from world-class industry leaders via Skype.

Come hack with us! 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 ready for pitching to investors or for launching directly (as applicable).

Participation is free of charge. We only ask you to write a short motivation and we will select the participants of the Bootcamp before the 1st of April. The first, preparation meeting will be held on the evening of the 9th of April.

The full program will be available soon.

When: Friday, 2015, May 8 – 4:00pm to Sunday, 2015, May 10 – 4:00pm
Where: Waag Society, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam
Registration is open here!