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Humanities Hackathon: Look, Listen, Read, Play.

Event Details

When: July 15-19, 2013

Location: Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

Cost: Free; registration required

Contact: 608-316-4676, events@discovery.wisc.edu

Looking, Listening, Reading, Playing. These activities are essential vehicles for our curiosity. Through art, music and literature we explore the boundaries of our understanding. When pursued in combination with computation, they expand our power to discover and create.

The Humanities Hackathon seeks to bridge the gap between seemingly unrelated disciplines and enrich discussions about new forms of creative composition by subjecting great works and ideas to collaborative hacking. We promote collisions between the powerful energy of software creation and the analytical depth of the humanities.

Through a week-long summer course introducing computational techniques and coding from the sciences, and infused with a strong humanities perspective, WID and the Center for the Humanities invite you to join us as we look, listen, read and play to uncover unexpected connections and intriguing patterns in visual art, music, literature and historical works.

Humanities Hackathon poster

Follow the conversation and share resources with fellow hackers with the Twitter hashtag #HumanitiesHack.

View resources compiled during the year’s Hackathon.

Check out the 2012 short course page.

Program Schedule*


Discovery Building, 3rd floor teaching lab

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.               Introduction to Hackathon
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.             Image Lab (Lynda Barry)
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.           R Instruction: introduction to R
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.             Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.               R Instruction: further introduction to R and Look: Art
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.               Reception & Panel (cash bar available & light snacks will be provided)
Moderator: Sara Guyer; Panelists: Matthew Berland, Mattie Burkert, Peter Gorman and Mark Vareschi


Discovery Building, 3rd floor teaching lab

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.           R Instruction: Listen: Music
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.             Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.               Hack and discussions


Discovery Building, 3rd floor teaching lab

10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.            R Instruction: Read: Text
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.             Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.               Roundtable (Jon McKenzie)
1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.               Hack and discussion


Meet at the Center for Games+Learning+Society, 2nd floor (enter on west side of the Building)

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.            GLS: Play: Gaming
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.            Gamification hack and discussions


Discovery Building, 2nd floor, Researchers’ Link (check in at the Welcome Desk)

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.             Final hack
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.               Invitation to Discovery Lunch in the Link ($8/person; registration required)
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.                 Prep for presentations
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.                 Presentations and discussion

*Schedule subject to change.