2017 / Discovery

VC CultTech Hackathon

We are happy to announce Austria’s first hackathon at the intersection of art and IT, which will take place 19 – 21 September 2017. 

VC CultTech Hackathon – Austria’s first hackathon at the intersection of art and IT
The VC CultTech Hackathon is a hackathon in the arts & culture area. That means the participants are not corporations, but cultural institutions. International experts and startups are invited to solve problems for the participating art institutions through the use of technology. The overall objective of the hackathon is to provide Viennese art and cultural institutions with new methods and digital solutions. The event will be the first of its scale in Europe, targeting multiple areas such as: art fairs, museums, opera, theater, performance and music. It will therefore increase the significance of Vienna as cultural capital of Europe, turning it into a point of interest for arts & culture startups.

The VC CultTech Hackathon is organized by viennacontemporary and Pioneers Discover in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wiener Festwochen and the City of Vienna, and will take place on September 19 – 21, 2017, supported by Open Austria and Aksenov Family Foundation.

Why a hackathon?
Participation in the hackathon is a unique chance for the cultural institutions to get inspiration and fresh ideas from digital natives through exposing their business models and problems to them. In addition, each institution can look forward to getting offered a solution to one of its challenges in the end. The results of the hackathon – innovative concepts and prototypes – will be presented by the participating startups during the closing event in the viennacontemporary Talks Area.

What? Where? When?
The hackathon itself will take place on September 19 – 21, 2017, and will be crowned by a closing event at 5 p.m. on September 21, featuring keynotes by Pioneers, external experts and startup pitches. The closing event will take place in the viennacontemporary Talks Area at Marx Halle Vienna and is open to the public. How to get to Marx Halle Vienna: www.viennacontemporary.at

The VC CultTech Hackathon is the final stage of a six-months long project initiated by viennacontemporary with Pioneers Discover. In cooperation with four prominent actors from the Viennese Arts & Culture scene – the Vienna State Opera, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wiener Festwochen, viennacontemporary and the City of Vienna –  the project has been kicked-off in March 2017. In April, thematic workshops with each partner were conducted by Pioneers Discover and the hackathon challenges were selected. You can apply here: www.pioneers.io/discover/open-calls#/vc-hackathon. By the end of July, participating startups will be selected and invited to come to Vienna.

VC CultTech Hackathon format
A hackathon, or a hacking marathon, is a social coding event where experts, developers and startups cooperate to create a solution to a predefined problem within 24 or 48 hours. The VC CultTech Hackathon takes part at the intersection of art and IT, and encourages international tech experts and startups to solve problems for the participating art institutions through the use of technology. The overall objective of the hackathon is to provide Viennese art and cultural institutions with new methods and digital solutions.

Driving Radical Change – How Fast Are Startups Transforming the Arts? 
On August 24, with the support of Open Austria and its co-director Martin Rauchbauer, the VC CultTech Hackathon will be announced during the panel discussion on the future of CultTech in Silicon Valley, San Francisco. Panel guests include Brendan Ciecko, Founder and CEO of Cuseum; Michael D’Angelo, Co-Founder & CTO of Arthena; David Hirsch, Advisor to Leonardo Investments; Christopher Widauer, Head of Digital Development at the Vienna State Opera; and Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, Artistic and Managing Director of viennacontemporary. The panel will be moderated by  Nellie Bowles of The New York Times.


VC CultTech Hackathon – Austria’s first hackathon at the intersection of art and IT

Participating organizations: the Vienna State Opera, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wiener Festwochen, viennacontemporary and the City of Vienna.

Supported by: 

Aksenov Family Foundation
Aksenov Family Foundation is a dynamic platform which fosters cultural and social innovation. The Foundation believes in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary dialog, and support initiatives that aim to improve and elevate the collective urban condition through cultural and artistic initiatives.

Organised by: 

viennacontemporary
viennacontemporary is one of the top international contemporary art fairs, and widely recognized for its bridging function between East and West. In recent years viennacontemporary has developed into a hotspot for contemporary art, in a tough and highly competitive global market. The International New York Times stated that “viennacontemporary, the city’s main art fair, is a prime example of how the city has become a showcase for East European artists.”

Pioneers.io
Pioneers is a global network of tech innovators offering its participants (startups, corporations and investors) three types of services: Pioneers Events organizes top international events on startups and tech innovation (the main being Pioneers’17), Pioneers Discover is an innovation consulting unit, and Pioneers Ventures manages a venture capital fund focused on early-stage startups. The Pioneers Discover team supports corporate and public-sector clients drive their innovation activities through the power of startup and runs projects, such as startup scouting, innovation days, hackathons, co-creation workshops, open innovation programs and acceleration programs. Wikipedia’s Jimmy Whales has called it “a gathering of most innovative startups.”

 

 

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