Urban Data Canvas Hackathon

Join GrayArea.orgswissnex San FranciscoBerkeley Center for New MediaArup, and Rebar for a one day application-only hackathon led by Casey Reas, co-founder of processing.org.

The winning participants from the day will be supported to collaborate on a 3-Month Commission to develop the Urban Data Canvas, a public data display with street ­level seating,

The deadline for application is February 17th at 11:59 PM PST. Email us at info@urbandatachallenge.org with any questions.

What new ideas do you have to show the flow of multiple data streams, and the possible correlations between them? What graphic or other displays can engage urban citizens in ongoing discussions about our urban metabolism and our lives? How can these displays speak to the “ground truth”, and connect the data back to the source from which it originates? How can such displays enter the sightlines of the people who are the most affected by the data? What does it take for us to leverage our explorations of urban life?

On February 22nd, we are hosting an application-only hack day to develop real time data visualization pieces for display in the public realm. You and your team will have 12 hours to conceive and execute a visualization based on real-time data streams. The jury will recommend projects to be further developed for display for up to two years on Market Street within the Urban Data Canvas project.

Important Dates:

Jan 15th- Feb 17th: Applications for hackathon participants  accepted,  apply here
Feb 19th: Accepted hackathon participants notified
Feb 22nd: Hackathon at swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street
Feb 22nd: Hackathon participants are recommended for funded 3-month residency by jury.
Feb 24th- Mar 1st: Recommended hackathon project teams are interviewed for funding award.
Mar 7th: Funding and Residency award announced
Mar 8th to June: Winning data artist/team works alongside project partners to develop visualizations for the Urban Data Canvas on Market Street.
Summer 2014: Urban Data Canvas opens to the public on Market Street and is up for 2 years.
Fall 2014: Data Stream opens for public participation through the Urban Data Challenge online competition.

About the Urban Data Canvas

The first Data Canvas will transform a large, empty or unused Central Market Street frontage and sidewalk into a dynamic, educational art and information display and forum. The project will be visible to thousands of pedestrians for 24 hours a day, every day, for its duration. The information and data elements will spur community action and dialog around pertinent urban issues, while the aesthetic and interactive elements will engage foot traffic and visitors to the project site.

The Data Canvas will bring together the local community with some of the city’s best technical talent. Together they will design a public digital display with street­ level seating, and decide what information is most useful and relevant to showcase on the street. The result will be a forward­-thinking public art installation that represents both the culture and history of the Central Market area, and the unique culture of innovation in San Francisco as a whole.

The project is informed by Gray Area Foundation for the Art’s years of direct engagement with the Central Market community, the City and County of San Francisco, swissnex San Francisco, Arup, The Berkeley Center for New Media, Rebar and YOU — Bay Area’s leading digital artists and information artists.

The first Data Canvas will be installed on Market Street through the San Francisco Planning Department’s Living Innovation Zone program with funding from the City of San Francisco’s Community Challenge Grant. A mobile Data Canvas will then travel across the United States, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, then head to Europe on a tour to share the power of real-time visualization of our public environment.

 Ready to get your hands dirty? Apply now


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