Culture Hack is a digital development programme, started in January 2011, that enables low-risk prototyping, open data discovery and develops new working relationships across culture, technology and creative sectors.
There have been Culture Hacks in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leeds, UK, and Atlanta, USA. A typical Culture Hack now runs for around 6-12 months, and the Hack weekend is the culmination of months of relationship building, data development and developer outreach. Culture Hack encourages arts organisations to open their data, understand its potential, and then work collaboratively to create prototypes.
Events have produced new cultural data APIs, digital ‘hacks’ and paper prototypes, using data from sources such as BBC, National Maritime Museum, Welsh National Opera, Glasgow Museums and Glasgow City of Music.
Culture Hack was inspired by Rachel‘s experience as Head of Digital Media at the Royal Opera House, where Kim Plowright and Matthew Somerville helped develop the format. The aim of the first event, in January 2011, was to offer inspiration and demonstrate the potential of cultural data, bringing together developers, designers, artists and producers for up to 36 hours of making and learning. We accompanied the coding with a stimulating programme of talks and provocations – giving an opportunity for people from the arts, media, advertising and technology to come to together to network, learn and share together. Partner organisations included Google, BBC, Wieden + Kennedy, Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network and Arts Council England, while more than 20 arts and media organisations contributed data.