HackCité375 is a hackathon resulting from a multidisciplinary artistic approach in order to leave a digital legacy to the city of Montreal as part of its 375th anniversary.
Over the weekend of May 26-28, participants will come together to form multidisciplinary teams to create the concept of a digital art piece, and the winners will join one of the three partner companies (Dix2, Pixsenses, La Boîte Interactive) to actually bring it to life. The three themes are as follows: Digital Artefact: a physical object blending art and technology; Interactive projection: a projection or mapping allowing interactivity; VR/AR: allow us to celebrate #375MTL in an immersive environment.
“This hackathon was inspired first by the willingness to say thanks. Thanks to Montréal for being such an awesome place to live and launch startups, and thanks to all our communities for contributing countless hours to build our great and fast maturing ecosystem,” Ilias Benjelloun, Creative Director of MontrealNewTech told MTLinTECH. “But it also came from the observation that innovation usually comes out of the ability to see problems differently, to develop ‘lateral thinking’; and that only comes through changing perspectives and getting to know other fields. That’s why we built this hackathon at the the crossroads of arts + design + tech, not only to create a Digital Selfie of of Montréal 375th, but create links and foster collaborations between these different communities to hopefully nurture better entrepreneurial endeavors.”
Teams will have the chance to win cash prizes ranging from $800-1400 and can finalize their project in residence with one of the three partner companies (Dix2,Pixsenses, La Boîte Interactive), until the 35h (value of several thousands of dollars!).
“For the first step, we are looking for people with ideas of what a ‘Digital Selfie of #375MTL’ could be. We are obviously looking to welcome students and professionals in computational arts, developers, designers, and artists, but anyone interested to actually contribute to the celebration of the 375th anniversary of Montréal is welcomed.”