Hacktivism: The Unlocking Ideas Hackathon

It’s just a few weeks until Hacktivism: The Unlocking Ideas Hackathon, so time for an update on what you can expect from the event.

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Working Class Movement Library

First things first – for those who are unsure, let’s take a quick look at What Is a Hackathon? A Hackathon is usually a 12, 24 or 48 hour event at which people come together and use data or parts provided to ‘hack’ a digital or physical output in response to a brief. Sometimes there are prizes, sometimes not.

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People’s History Museum

 And what will our Hackathon look like?

At our 24 hour event we’re asking people to use the digitised collections of the People’s History Museum and Working Class Movement Library to design the next generation of protest tools.

Kicking off at 1pm on Saturday 7th June, we’ll start with a quick introduction to the Unlocking Ideas project and the Hackathon, then invite people to group off and get hacking.

Those familiar with Hackathons will know WiFi is hugely important, which is why our event sponsors Get-Me-Connected will be on hand to ensure optimum connectivity throughout.

To keep everyone going we’ll serve up a hearty evening meal at about 6.30pm, breakfast the following morning and snacks and refreshments throughout. There will also be an honesty bar available. For those sticking out the full 24 hours, but in need of some R&R, we’ve hired out a room upstairs to act as the ‘crash space’ so just remember your sleeping bag and pj’s!

Hacking finishes at 10.45am on Saturday 8th the, ready for the show [off] and tell at 11am (in the interests of keeping this event informal and light hearted we won’t be giving prizes). Then it’ll be a few final words of thanks from us and home at 1pm for a good snooze!

After the event we’re asking teams if they can kindly host their hacks online where possible so we can collate the links in a blog entry. There will also be an Unlocking Ideas exhibition at the Working Class Movement Library, part of which will look back at the Hackathon*.

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Main Gallery, People’s History Museum

So what to do over the next few weeks as you eagerly await Hacktivism? Well, there are a few things to get you warmed up. You can browse our online collections online** as well as visit both organisations for free***. And if you have any questions, a particular area of interest or something you’d like digitised, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

You may also want to get some rest – there’s a lot of hacking that can be done in 24 hours!

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Working Class Movement Library

 

Tickets for Hacktivism: The Unlocking Ideas Hackathon can be booked free from eventbrite. Attendees are advised to bring their own devises to hack with as computers will not be provided.

*The copyright for any hacks produced during Hacktivism belongs to the maker team. If, therefore, you would for whatever reason prefer your work not be included in either the blog or the exhibition please inform us on the day.

** digitised collections of the People’s History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library

*** opening times for the People’s History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library

Communist Party of Great Britain demonstration, May Day 1973, Working Class Movement Library

Communist Party of Great Britain demonstration, May Day 1973, Working Class Movement Library

 

 

 

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