Coding Culture Hackathon II
Participants of the Coding Culture Hackathon in Mumbai.
Fri, December 07, 2018 – Sun, December 09, 2018

As part of the exhibition »Open Codes«, ZKM and Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai invite to a second »Coding Culture Hackathon« taking place at the Goethe-Institut in Mumbai. From April 7 to June 2, 2018, a travel version of the »Open Codes« exhibition had been on display in Mumbai.

After the success of the first »Coding Culture hackathon« at the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, a second event in in the same spirit will take place in India. While the first event was quite an elaborate hackathon over several weeks, the second hackathon be a classical short-term fast pace 24 hours hackathon.

The focus for the hackathon will be narrower than the first event: A set of challenges and datasets from cultural institutions will be available for this event only.

Call for participation

In the context of cultural and artistic space, data is not only defined by information, but is connected to a history, defining the context for that data. No artworks are isolated elements; they are all rooted in society and culture, including digital art.

During this hackathon, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum Mumbai (Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) invite coders for a weekend hackathon.


Coders will receive datasets of selected artworks to work on. Over the weekend, they have to find a creative way to highlight the context of these data sets through one or more of the following categories:

  • Gamification
  • Social media interaction (Twitter-API, Instagram-API etc.)
  • AI/ML data processing
  • Augmented / virtual reality
  • Blockchain-based technology
  • Smart assistants (Alexa, GoogleHome, Siri, etc.)
  •  Data correlation and visualization

The jury will focus on the following criteria with identical relevance:

  • Technical implementation: less is more. We prefer simple, stable solutions rather than using a sledgehammer to crack a nut while using state-of-the-art tools
  • Design, user interface, usability. Remind yourself that your app targets people of all backgrounds, young and old, digital native or digital immigrant
  • Concept regarding the data context. How did you use both design and technology to highlight the background and relations of the dataset?


  • Christian, ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Germany)
  • Felix, Entropia e.V. (Germany)
  • Amruta, Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
  • Divya, CSMVS Museum Mumbai

Time Schedule

  • Friday, December 7, 2018, 4 pm–6 pm: Welcome, registration, challenge, introduction of the datasets
  • Saturday, December 8,1018, 10 am–12 am: Coding
  • Sunday, December 9, 2018, 10 am–12 pm: Coding
  • Sunday, December 9, 2018, 2 pm: project presentation and jury session. Winners will be declared at this time.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Snacks as well as Coffee, Tea and Water will be provided throughout the event at no charge.

The winner will receive INR 40,000.

Conditions of Participation 

  • Signup is open for individuals or teams up to 4 persons, individuals can form a team on the first evening if they want to
  • All projects must be submitted under a MIT License or equivalent
  • Submission must run on any device with standard software, not requiring any licensing from third-party software
  • Teams must attend every day of the event. It is not possible to take part remotely
  • All participants must oblige to the Code of Conduct​​​​​​
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media and Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

Accompanying program

In cooperation with