HackTheHearst Prize Menu (a work in progress)

HackTheHearst will be offering a variety of prizes to winning teams, and will be letting the teams themselves have a say in which prizes they receive. Some prizes will be fixed, while others can be chosen from a menu of prizes.

Best Overall App
1st Place
Choice of three Museum Experiences
4 custom HackTheHearst Modify Watches
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
GitHub: 1 Year Bronze Account for your project
GitHub tshirts
4 Loot Crate mystery boxes
Society of California Archaeology Membership
2nd Place
Choice of two Museum Experiences
4 $20 gift cards to Games of Berkeley
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
Stack Overflow coffee cups
Society of California Archaeology Membership
3rd Place
Choice of one Museum Experience
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
4 movie tickets to UA Berkeley 7
Stack Overflow coffee cups
Best K-12 App
1st Place
Choice of two Museum Experiences
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
Book: The Beginning of the Chumash
Stack Overflow tshirts
Stack Overflow black portfolio and pen
Scientific American Special Edition Magazine
2nd Place
Choice of one Museum Experience
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
Book: The Beginning of the Chumash
Stack Overflow tshirts
Best Heritage App
1st Place
Choice of two Museum Experiences
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
Your choice from a selection of topical anthropological books
Stack Overflow tshirts
Stack Overflow black portfolio and pen
Scientific American Special Edition Magazine
2nd Place
Choice of one Museum Experience
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
Your choice from a selection of topical anthropological books
Stack Overflow tshirts
Best Research App
1st Place
Choice of two Museum Experiences
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
Your choice from a selection of topical anthropological books
Stack Overflow tshirts
Stack Overflow black portfolio and pen
Scientific American Special Edition Magazine
Society of California Archaeology Membership
2nd Place
Choice of one Museum Experience
HackTheHearst tshirts for all team members
Your choice from a selection of topical anthropological books
Stack Overflow tshirts

Here are the experiential prizes on offer:


An introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphics

By: Dr. Barbara Richter
Description: Take a private tour of the Hearst Museum’s ancient Egyptian collections, and learn the basics of Egyptian hieroglypics, including how to spell your name in hieroglyphics.


Behind-the-scenes tour of the Hearst Museum’s ancient Egyptian collections

By: Prof. Carol Redmount and Prof. Rita Lucarelli
Description: Each team member and up to two guests each will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Hearst Museum’s ancient Egyptian collections. Among the highlights of the tour is the incredible stela of Prince Wep-em-nofret, dating to Dynasty 4 of the Old Kingdom (ca. 2,589–2,566 BC).


Crocodiles, Mummies and More: the Ancient Egyptian Collection of the Hearst Museum

By: Dr. Elizabeth Minor
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The invention of writing: A private tour of the cuneiform tablet collection at the Hearst Museum

By: Prof. Niek Veldhuis
Description:


The First Day in Babylonian School

By: Dr. Laurie Pearce
Description: For this prize, Dr. Pearce will give you clay tablets and teach you the basics of writing in cuneiform. You’ll also be given a tour of a selection of cuneiform tablets in the Hearst Museum’s collection, so that you can see the real deals. This prize will be offered only twice, in early December, and has a limit of fifteen people.


Behind-the-scenes tour of the Hearst Museum’s ancient Peruvian collections

By: Madeleine Fang and Leslie Freund
Description: Each team member and up to two guests each will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Hearst Museum’s collections from ancient Peru.


Private tour of the world’s largest collection of Native Californian Baskets

By: Dr. Ralph Shanks
Description: Cal Alumni Ralph Shanks, author of "Indian Baskets of Central California" and "California Indian Baskets," will lead a tour of our world-renowned collection of over 8,000 California Native Baskets. He will discuss the history, materials and meaning behind these works of art. Up to eight people can attend this one hour tour located at the border of Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville, to be held on October 11th any time between 10am and 3pm.


One million years of stone tools

By: Paolo Pellegatti
Description: Paolo Pellegatti, the Museum's archaeologist, will offer a tour of the vast African and European prehistoric assemblages curated at the Hearst Museum. Participants will experience a journey through thousands of years of lithic technology: from the rough choppers of Olduvai Gorge, to the blades and projectiles developed by hunter-gatherers, to the polished axes and sickles crafted by neolithic farmers. We will talk about famous sites and important chronological periods of human history, just like the Discovery Channel but with the real tools in our hands.


Flintknapping demonstration and lesson

By: Ken Peeks
Description: Learn how to work and shape stone into a variety of stone tools with one of California’s foremost experts on traditional stone tool technologies. Whether you’re looking to learn how ancient hominids created pebble choppers over two million years ago, or how Native Americans created Clovis Points, you’ll gain first-hand insight into how stone was worked into a variety of tools.


Tour of the native ethnographic collections of North and South America

By: Dr. Ira Jacknis
Description: Take a private tour of one of the world’s largest collections of Native American Ethnography with Dr. Ira Jacknis, who was researched, curated, and worked with these collections for over two decades. Dr. Jacknis will tailor the tour and discussion to your team’s interests, or he can give you a greatest-hits overview of the collections. This prize will be offered as many times as it is chosen, and has a limit of eight people.


Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of the Hearst Museum but were afraid to ask

By: Dr. Ira Jacknis
Description: Dr. Ira Jacknis, the Museum’s Research Anthropologist, curator, and resident historian will offer an animated private discussion on the little-known and often colorful past of the Hearst Museum (previously the Lowie Museum, and originally the UC Museum of Anthropology) and its collections and significant associated individuals, such as Alfred Kroeber, Ishi, and Phoebe Hearst herself.


The art and science of miniature dioramas in American museums of anthropology

By: Dr. Ira Jacknis
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A sampler of the Hearst Museum’s collections and insight into storage techniques

By: Natasha Johnson
Description: Tour a sampling of the vast collections in one of the Museum’s warehouses. Space limited to eight people.


An overview of museum conservation

By: Jane Williams
Description: Join a behind-the-scenes museum tour to learn more about how conservators study the materials and techniques used to create artifacts in the collections and work to preserve them. Bring questions about caring for your own treasures. Space limited to eight people.


Digitally resurrecting early audio recordings

By: Dr. Carl Haber
Description: Spend an hour talking privately with audio preservationist, MacArthur Genius Award recipient, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory experimental physicist Carl Haber about his IRENE (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.) 2D and 3D projects. Dr. Haber's custom-built system uses a non-contact confocal optical probe to trace and reconstruct the original groove geometry of both 2D (record album) and 3D (wax cylinder) recordings and then digitally reconstructs the original recordings. This discussion will take place at LBL, will be offered only once, and has a limit of eight people.


Behind-the-scenes tour of the Human Evolution Research Center

By: Prof. Tim White
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Behind-the-scenes tour of the University and Jepson Herbaria

By: Dr. Andrew Doran
Description: Tour this historic collection of plants from around the world. Specimens in the herbaria date back to the 1780s and are used for the production of the Jepson Manual, the flora of California. This tour will show participants the workings of a botanical natural history museum as well as renowned collection of botanical literature and archives.


Behind-the-scenes tour of the UC Botanical Garden

By: Holly Forbes
Description: Curator Holly Forbes will give your group a tour of the Botanical Garden, including facilities/collections that are off-limits to the public. You will visit rare and unusual plants from around the world, some of which are extinct in habitat. This tour has a limit of eight people. 


The Script Encoding Initiative at UCB’s Department of Linguistics

By: Dr. Deborah Anderson
Description: Spend an hour talking privately with Deborah Anderson, head of the Script Encoding Initiative at UCB’s Department of Linguistics, as she discusses the goals and challenges of, and approaches to, the encoding of minority and historical scripts and script elements not yet currently supported in Unicode. As a bonus gift, Dr. Anderson is offering up to four massive Unicode 5.0 posters, which depict 51,980 graphic characters!