Culture Hack London 2011

What was it?

The original Culture Hack took place on the 15th and 16th of January 2011 and was the first large scale hack event using data from the arts, facilitating fast prototyping and project development for national and regional cultural organisations including theatres, museums and galleries.


Hosted by Simon Hopkins, metadata champion, Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network, we heard talks by Tom Uglow, Creative Director, Google and YouTube, Europe, Clare Reddington, Director, iShed and Pervasive Media Studio, Leila Johnston, author, blogger & comedy writer, Tom Armitage, Creative Technologist, BERG, Tom Dunbar, Producer, Hut V, Matthew Somerville, developer, Theatricalia, Nick Harkaway, author and blogger for FutureBook, and Chris Thorpe, ArtFinder. You can read some notes about the talks on the Meshed Media blog and from Mia Ridge. The eight quick lightning talks were followed by a 33 hour hack session at the Weiden and Kennedy event space. 16 innovative hacks were produced, and the event debrief saw people from arts, culture and technology sectors create personal pledges towards open data and culture/tech collaboration.


Arts and cultural organisations including Royal Opera House, National Maritime Museum, UK Film Council, Crafts Council, and The Guardian supplied data. 40 datasets in total.


69 developers were joined by 12 cultural organisations, one software company, three media organisations, eight inspiring speakers and 80 attendees for the talks.


When Should I Visit By Dan W. Williams

Pepyshow By Matthew Somerville & Clare Lovell

Haikuardian By Adam Groves

Craft Matters? By Becky Stewart


Culture Hack Day 2011 was conceived and produced by the Royal Opera House, led by Rachel Coldicutt. As part of Wieden + Kennedy Inspire,Wieden + Kennedy London provided the space, and the event was supported by GoogleArts Council England and the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network.

Watch a short film about the event