HackCulture: A Hackathon for the Humanities, Spring 2017

We live in a data-filled world. Over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day—everything from election polls to Pokémon Go collects and uses big data—and the number of data collecting services around the world only grows. Working with and understanding data is a valuable skill for many students and scholars, from art historians to engineers. That’s why this fall the library is hosting HackCulture: A Hackathon for the Humanities, for students from across disciplines to work together on data-driven projects.

Participants will work in interdisciplinary teams of four to create projects that relate to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Sesquicentennial. We hope the final results will be creative, useful, and engaging, but their final form is up to each student group! HackCulture will give participants the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, and showcase their projects to the public. Plus, the winning team will earn $2,500! (And they said studying the humanities would never make you money!) Check out more about the contest and its prizes here.

Registration for HackCulture ends on March 18th. HackCulture will officially start with a Kickoff event on April 8th. Groups will then have several weeks to work before they present their final projects to the judges on April 23rd.

Students interested in participating who want to build-up their technical chops before the event can attend a Humanities Data Programming Workshop on April 13th and 14th. This two-day Humanities Data Programming Workshop is meant for the true beginner, and will teach programming skills for working with humanities and social science research data. Sign-ups for the workshops are located at the https://my.library.illinois.edu/data-carpentry.

For more detailed information about the contest, judging, eligibility, and the application itself, head to the HackCulture homepage. If you have any questions about HackCulture, you can write an email to hackculture@library.illinois.edu, or leave a comment below.

Otherwise, happy hacking, Illini!

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