HackTheHearst Contest Requirements

The goal of the hackathon is to develop a compelling app or user interface to facilitate access to the digital images and collections information that the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is making available through an API. This user interface should allow users to pursue real research questions, and engage with the material in new ways. Each group will present their project expo-style to judges and spectators on the morning of Sunday, September 21, and the sixteen highest-ranked projects will be presented before a panel of judges in the early afternoon. The winning group will present their project before a public audience later that day as part of the closing event (see the event schedule for details).

The following requirements and guidelines apply:

To be eligible for awards and prizes, entries must:


To have the best chance of succeeding in HackTheHearst, you'll want the help of a strong and balanced team. We'll leave it up to you to determine the ideal number of team members and the best balance of knowledge, skills and experience among your team members. We recommend you assemble a team of about 4 people that has as many of the following strengths as possible (note that single individuals will often fill more than one of the following roles):

All teams must be composed of members who have registered to participate in HackTheHearst. Participants may either register for HackTheHearst as a pre-defined team, or register as individuals who will later form or join a team.

Teams, once formed, must be recorded by the event organizers. API keys will be given to team members after their team is officially recorded, but no earlier than the official start of HackTheHearst. To record a team, a member of the team must present the names of the team members (and an optional team name) to a designated staff member(s) at the opening event, or sent to hackthehearst@berkeley.edu.


A team of technical mentors, subject area mentors, and target audience mentors will be available to all teams participating in the HackTheHearst events. Mentors will be available in person at the kick-off event, and available throughout the hackathon timeframe (September 10–21, 2014) by email to answer questions and provide guidance. There will also be a number of informal mentoring sessions between September 10 and September 21 where mentors and participants can meet up and talk (see the event schedule for details).

App development time frame

Prize tracks

There are four prize tracks for HackTheHearst:

All apps are eligible for the overall competition. Teams will self-select which track(s) they wish to be considered for for the other three tracks.