We worked with Creative Front and CoDE at Anglia Ruskin University to run an Ideas Lab in Cambridge in February 2013. This event is part of Culture Hack East, an ongoing digital development programme supported by Arts Council England that enables rapid ideas generation, low-risk prototyping, and open data discovery, and develops new working relationships across culture, technology and creative sectors. Previous Culture Hack East events have included a ‘What is Data’ workshop and a 36 hour hackathon.

Over 30 participants attended the Culture Hack East Ideas Lab including Hoipolloi, The Junction, Wysing Arts Centre, ADeC, CRASSH, Cambridgeshire County Council, Tribal Labs and Stride Design. Over two days collaborative teams created user journeys, developed paper prototypes and pitched ideas. Two teams were successful in winning development bursaries, to take their ideas beyond paper prototypes to digital prototype stage.

Developed by Specialmoves, Parrabbola, DanceDigital and firstsite, Art Buddies, was an idea to facilitate group attendance and activities around art events – bringing together novices who have an interest in an art form or knowledgeable enthusiasts keen to share. The Art Buddies team have tested an early stage prototype with target user groups, and through this they have refined what a successful and engaging experience would look like.

University of Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Cambridge Cabinet contains nearly 160 artefacts found in the Cambridge area that originate from the Medieval, Roman and Prehistoric periods. Developed by the museum with Atlas Live, the Wall of Cambridge Archaeology iPad App presents the visitor with a representation of the cabinet, maps of the Cambridge area, and the objects themselves.