HackTheHearst Schedule

Kick-off Event

Day: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 102 Kroeber Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus

The kick-off event is open to anyone who's interested. Participants are highly encouraged to attend the kick-off. The first half of the kick-off will be of general interest to all attendees, but will be of special interest to participants. The second half of the event is specific to the needs of participants, but observers are welcome to stay for as long as they like.

The first half of the kick-off event will introduce attendees to the Hearst Museum in the midst of a major transformation. While sitting in the midst of the Museum's deconstructed gallery, attendees will learn about the needs and challenges of the three target audiences that we hope will benefit most from the apps and interfaces produced during HackTheHearst. Participants will be given an introduction to conducting user research, and will be taken on a guided tour of the dataset that will be exposed through the API.

In the second half of the kick-off event, participants will be introduced to the technical, subject matter, and target audience mentors. Guidelines, goals, and event logistics will be quickly reviewed, and there will be time for questions from participants. At this point, the formal presentations for the evening will conclude, and participants will have time to pitch ideas, form teams and meet with mentors. There will be space, tables, and supplies (paper and markers) for teams to use to get started with their projects.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sign-in and onsite registration begin
4:30 pm – 4:55 pm Introduction to the Museum and to HackTheHearst
4:55 pm – 5:10 pm Leslie Tom: User needs and UX research
5:10 pm – 5:25 pm Mary Lou Bilbao: The needs of K–12 students and educators
5:25 pm – 5:40 pm Nick Tipon: The needs of tribes and heritage communities
5:40 pm – 5:55 pm Jun Sunseri: The needs of researchers and university students

5:55 pm – 6:15 pm Break (buffet-style dinner available throughout the evening)

6:15 pm – 6:30 pm John B. Lowe: Introduction to the dataset and the PAHMA Portal
6:30 pm – 6:40 pm Introduction of mentors
6:40 pm – 6:50 pm Hackathon logistics, goals, guidelines
6:50 pm – 7:00 pm Time for questions and answers
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Form teams and meet with mentors
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Space available for teams to start working


Special event (optional)

Day: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way, Berkeley)

The Bay Area Digital Humanities Meetup will be convening in Berkeley to discuss museums, digital collections, and the digital humanities. Presenters will include Debbie Anderson of the Unicode Consortium / Script Encoding Initiative and Jon Voss, Strategic Partnerships Director at Historypin. After presentations, the floor will open up for 5 minute lightning talks. HackTheHearst participants will be given priority for pitching their apps and receiving feedback from the audience.


Mentor meetups (optional)

We will also be offering some informal drop-in sessions where you can meet in person with some of the mentors. All of these mentor meetups will take place in the same location as the opening event—the Hearst Museum gallery (102 Kroeber Hall).

Day: Thursday, September 11, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Day: Friday, September 12, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Day: Monday, September 15, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Day: Wednesday, September 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Day: Friday, September 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm



Day: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: 102 Kroeber Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus

Code must be checked into GitHub by 12:01am on September 21 for the technical judging. Technical judging will take place privately throughout the morning and early afternoon.

The first round of presentation judging will be a science-fair or expo-style round, with teams presenting to judges (and spectators and other participants) as they make the rounds of the room. The judges will select the top 16 teams to advance to the second round of judging.

In the second round of presentation judging, each team will be given a randomized 10 minute time slot (1 minute for set up; 9 minutes for presentation) to deliver a presentation of their app to the judges and the audience. Presentations will begin at 12:45 and will end at 3:45.

The winning entries will be announced at 4:15, and at 4:30 the team with the best app overall will present their project as part of the awards celebration.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Teams arrive and prepare for their expo-style presentations
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Expo-style presentations for judges
12:00 am – 12:30 pm Break for lunch while judges deliberate
12:30 pm – 12:40 pm Top 16 teams are announced and assigned randomized presentation time slots
12:45 pm – 3:45 pm Presentations of the top 16 apps in 10-minute time slots
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm Prize drawings while judges deliberate
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm The winning teams are announced
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap up