Culture Hack East 2012

What was it?

This hack was organised in collaboration with Creative Front, and took place on 16-17 June 2012 at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge Campus. Participants were challenged to make innovative new culture-related products in just 36 hours.


The day kicked off with arts organisations introducing their data before the teams got to work. There were also talks from inspiring speakers and representatives from Raspberry Pi, the incredible credit-card sized computers developed by Cambridge local (and world-famous) organisation. At the end of the 36 hours, the hacks were presented and judged. Creative and often downright surprising, they included audio visualisations of tweets and a Shakespearean eBay. Saturday night retro gaming entertainment was supplied by the Centre for Computing History.


The Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections; The London Review of Books’s digital archive of long form essays from the last 30 years, The Junction (postcode list of bookings data), Cambridgeshire County Council, Kettle’s Yard map data, English Heritage etc. Full list here


Around 100

Read the Storify

Selected Prototypes

Proms Audio Visual Data Hack By Alistair MacDonald – @alistair, Leigh Garland – @toychickenFOLLOWS, Andrew Downs – @andrewd23wk, and others

Ulyssize By Stef Lewandowski and Rachel Coldicutt

Tales You Win By Stef Lewandowski

Junction Kids By Harry Harrold – @harryharrold

Firstsite-Goldrush By Gary Aston – @madebysplendid, and Diogo Neves – @DiogoSnows