Hackathon relates to the art of hacking and thus is a kind of hacking marathon. During the ‘History Hackathon’ the participants will have to work fast, be creative and collaborative dealing with the topic of the First World War. We will develop ideas for digital products or educational tools (e.g. an app), which will afterwards be jointly programmed as a prototype.
The ideas and skills of the participants are the main focus of the ‘History Hackathon’. Our didactical and methodical aims will be the discussion of abstract historical events and their relation to our time today. The following are some possible options of topics that could be discussed in various teams:
An informational guide to historical places: historical (i.e. more than 100 years old) places in Berlin will be linked to information, hence located in a map which can be used via the Internet or an app and can then be followed in a digitally guided tour
Augmented Reality with historic pictures/films: current places (e.g. in Berlin) will be merged with historic visual material to create an impression of ancient times, historic buildings and the dimensions of destruction and change which these places have lived through during the past 100 years
You as participants will figure as software engineers, conceptioners, historians, graphic designers and writers. Together you will decide on-site which ‘products’ will be developed and how they will be put into life. The results will be documented and reported online. Ideally the results will be published under an open licence and can be developed further after the HistoryCampus is over. Previously researched material and data will be made available for all of you and more material can also be researched during the workshop.
The History Hackathon is offered for advanced participants. First experience with programming and working with digital data are absolutely a prerequisite. In case you have the opportunity you ideally should bring your own devices (e.g. tablet, smartphone etc.).
Steffen Ramlow, Kooperative Berlin, »www.kooperative-berlin.de«
Daniel Seitz, Mediale Pfade, Berlin, »www.medialepfade.de«