Berlin HackDay

Hack4Europe! 2012 – Berlin, 05th/06th of June 2012 at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Hack4Europe! is a series of hack days organised by the Europeana Foundation and its partners and provides an exciting environment to explore the potential of open cultural data for social and economic growth in Europe.


The idea: The Hack Day Hack4Europe! 2012 Berlin will bring together up to 30 developers from Germany and other European countries in a two day event. They will have access to the diverse and rich Europeana collections containing over 20 million records through the Europeana Search API (incl. a test key and technical documentation).

Hack4Europe! 2012 Berlin will be organised by the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz in co-operation with the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen and the Europeana Inside partner Institut für Museumsforschung SMB-PK.

Participants will be encouraged to try out their ideas for creative reuse of the Europeana content and build prototypes showcasing the social and business value of open cultural data. The suggested themes are:

  • World War One: Special attention will be on applications built to showcase the human interest side of world war one. A focus on this theme for the Berlin event is appreciated, but is not obligatory.

Further themes:

  • Going mobile: Applications that bring Europeana to the mobile devices be they smartphones or tablets! Take advantage of geo-data and geo-awareness.
  • Mashing-up: Mash-up with other APIs and combine and enrich Europeana content with other free content from e.g. Wikipedia.
  • Social curation: Applications that allow users to curate Europeana content a share it with the world and each others on social platforms.
  • User annotations: Applications that let users enrich Europeana objects with comments, tags, links to external sources, or links to other Europeana objects. This can be in the form of a game.

You can find out more about prototypes developed during previous hackathons on this website. To feel the atmosphere to the event you can read a short summary of one of the Hackathons in 2011

Best prototypes will be awarded in the four categories:

  • greatest social impact
  • most innovative
  • best commercial viability
  • developers’ pick (voted by hackathon participants)

The team presenting the best application for World War One objects will win an exclusive guided tour at the impressive computer centre of the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin.

Winners from the local  hackathons will be then further evaluated and one finalist per category will be invited and awarded a special prize during the Digital Agenda Assembly on 21-22 June in Brussels.





Invitation in German

Invitation in English


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