recode tech, redesign art rethink hackathon

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Rethinking a Hackathon

This hackathon is part of a media museum’s experimental tech exhibit, making it radically different from other hackathons. 

We're talking about Open Codes - Living in Digital Worlds of the ZKM in Karlsruhe. It features a variety of cutting-edge toys and gadgets, from VR goggles to mind-blowing interactive digital art. The exhibit sheds light on the world of devs, designers and makers, making the tech community more accessible to the general public. 

Even though daily life without technology is nowadays unthinkable for the vast majority of people, the background story – how it is created, who creates it, who can learn to create it - still has a tough entry barrier. 

We wanted to help change that. To do so, we needed something new. We had to rethink our hackathon. 

So we came up with a new approach: we make sure everyone, meaning techies as well as the general public, is welcome at the OpenCodes Hackathon. Museum visitors will see that the stereotypical computer scientist – a lanky man wearing glasses, sitting in a dark room with his hood up and speaking an average of two hundred words a day – does not do justice to the actual tech community. Visitors will be captured by the electrifying atmosphere of hackathons, nurtured by the competitor’s passion and driven by their innovation. 

We want to show non-tech people what tech is really about. We want to fascinate them with tech. We want to inspire them to join our ranks as hackers. 

Join us and be a part of this uncommon experiment.

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Prizes

$10,001 in prizes

Hack & Söhne first prize

If you are looking for clear guidelines on what to build, where to look and how to implement your idea, this is the wrong category to focus on. You can submit any idea in this category. Be it a web-app, a Haskell API or a creative piece of digital art, our jurors will decide which project is the strongest overall.

Each juror judges the submitted ideas according to their field of expertise. We have artists, developers, entrepreneurs and investors. If your idea can convince the majority of them, you just might win.

Hack & Söhne second prize

If you are looking for clear guidelines on what to build, where to look and how to implement your idea, this is the wrong category to focus on. You can submit any idea in this category. Be it a web-app, a Haskell API or a creative piece of digital art, our jurors will decide which project is the strongest overall.

Each juror judges the submitted ideas according to their field of expertise. We have artists, developers, entrepreneurs and investors. If your idea can convince the majority of them, you just might win.

Hack & Söhne

If you are looking for clear guidelines on what to build, where to look and how to implement your idea, this is the wrong category to focus on. You can submit any idea in this category. Be it a web-app, a Haskell API or a creative piece of digital art, our jurors will decide which project is the strongest overall.

Each juror judges the submitted ideas according to their field of expertise. We have artists, developers, entrepreneurs and investors. If your idea can convince the majority of them, you just might win.

Art & Technology by ZKM

Topic
The ZKM focuses on strengthening the ties between science, technology and art. In this hackathon, we want to dive into the relationship between information and the code-driven representation of it. This category gives you a chance to experiment, to combine your technical skills with a creative thinking.

Our world is increasingly connected and captured: millions of sensors collect billions of measurements, while users generate more and more data input on a daily basis. Our way of reasoning and rationalising, the way in which we think about the world, is by analysing this data.

Show us the art hidden inside datasets, the abstract connections and correlations through new ways of data representation and handling. Do not stick to the well-known paths of existing tools and schemes, but look into how you can take an unconventional or new path. How can we represent and interpret data differently? What new relationships can we explore? How can we change our understanding of certain things by representing data differently?

IT Brings People Together

Hi, we’re CAS. We love bringing people together, worldwide. That’s an exciting and big challenge and therefore we need open-minded people, who want do be part of something big. People with dedication, creativity and skills. That’s where you come in.

Contribute by exploring new ways of connecting people through technology. Build something awesome that simplifies communication, enables collaboration, or brings people closer together. Be creative, you can build anything you want.

The only thing that matters: Create something from which your friends, family, club or society as a whole can benefit. Happiness comes from solving problems. You decide which problems to solve and which technology to use. Build an app, a website, an integrated service or anything else you can come up with.

How to succeed? Important to us is not a completely finished, absolute perfect solution. Done is better than perfect. You can win our hearts and the prize by developing a stunning prototype, a creative concept or even a breakthrough idea. If you need any help at all, e.g. finding the right idea, feel free to come by our booth at ZKM during the hackathon.

Connect the Worlds

In a world that grows more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, integration is the key to cope with the challenges arising with every new possibility. So, we are looking for inventive ways to combine two different worlds that don't seem to naturally belong together. For example, in a smart city, millions of devices need to communicate not only with each other, but also bring information from the material world into the digital. To build new solutions in mobility and transport, we have to cross borders in a technical sense as well as in the user's experience. To live peacefully in a global society, we have to embrace and integrate different cultures and enable decentralized communities, grids and communication.

There are no limits in our challenge, you can connect any worlds in the technological way you want to, as long as it's a further step towards a more connected future, enabling cutting-edge use cases, or making new things possible within the old. We value passion, creativity in applying technologies, novelty and disruptive potential, but also outstanding teamwork. The winner of our challenge can look forward to hacker-approved prizes.

To help you build the technology of tomorrow, we provide you with useful APIs and data. Come to our booth to get an introduction or help from our experts. Let's shape the future by connecting worlds!

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Judges

Prof. Dr. Torsten Kröger

Prof. Dr. Torsten Kröger
Professor at KIT

Prof. Dr. Alexander Waibel

Prof. Dr. Alexander Waibel
Professor at CMU and KIT

Martin Hubschneider

Martin Hubschneider
CEO of CAS Software

Bernhard Janke

Bernhard Janke
Principal at LEA Partners

Andreas Eckleder

Andreas Eckleder
Software Engineer at Google