Aberdeen’s newest Hackathon is all set to go ahead! Mark your diaries for 4th and 5th May. Details of how to get involved in this coding weekend with a difference are below.

After several weeks of trying to agree dates with potential partners for a two-centre Open Data Hackathon in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and stumbling over logistics, I finally had to abandon the original plan and alter my approach.

I changed the concept to a Culture Hack and pitched it to the bid team for the City of Culture 2017. Meeting with them, and Dr Bruce Scharlau of Aberdeen University,  it was obvious from the start that we had a commitment to get this of the ground, which makes me so pleased.

The following is taken from @aberdeen2017‘s latest news letter:

We are hosting a Cultural Hackathon at Seventeen over the first weekend in May.

The hackathon will see computer programmers brought together with artists, musicians, designers and writers in a competition to create something around one of the key themes of the UK City of Culture bid.

We will release full details of our themes on the day of the bid submission.

We have no idea what will be created.  Previous hackathons have resulted in new apps, new software and new ways of doing things on the web.

This is the first cultural hackathon we’ve had in Aberdeen and we’re looking for some creative people willing to spend a weekend in Seventeen experimenting away.We’ll provide refreshments, internet access and some top class prizes.

Programmers, writers, poets, designers or artists who might be interested in working on the hackathon should contact us at 2017@aberdeencity.gov.uk.
Does anyone else have  burning desire to work on some machine-generated poetry based on the social media outpourings of local citizens? Why not join me there?
Aberdeen Cultural Hackathon 4th – 5th May
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