This is where the magic happens. The Hack creates an environment for collaboration, innovation and learning. You will have the chance to bring along your own data and see the creative process the developers and designers partake in when turning data in to something more tangible, more visual and more useful. You can attend workshops that will expose you to the process a developer takes when creating their various digital products, you can learn more about other exciting projects happening in the UK that combine digital and culture and you can network with colleagues and potential future collaborators. 

CultureCode Hack will take place over a 24 hour period. The event will commence with artists and cultural organisations doing quick 3 minute presentations showcasing their organisations and the open data they will be making available for this event.

Perhaps you have an organisational challenge that you need to overcome, or a fascinating story to tell? This is your opportunity to share with a group of peers and digital specialists who may help you develop a new concept that you can take forward in collaboration with the developer who made it. 

Following the presentations the hacking process will commence; developers, designers and creative technologists will form groups and, in conjunction with the cultural community who own the data, they will start to generate new ideas and prototypes.

Food and drink will be available throughout the event. There will also be a quiet spaces for those who would like to have a little snooze.

At the end of the event an award ceremony will take place where some of the projects will win prizes.


12 noon                Registration Opens
12.30pm               Presentations commence in the Electra 
1.45pm                 Lunch and a chance to start discussing ideas
2.15pm                 Hacking commences
2.30pm                 Seminar sessions commence (See seminar program)     
3pm                      Coding for beginners workshops commence 
9.45pm                 Pizza and beer  
11.10pm               Films start in the Electra                                          


9am                       Breakfast is served
11am                     Registration re-opens for Cultural Professionals and artists
12 Noon                 Hacks are presented back to audience
1.30pm                  Lunch is served
2.15pm                  Awards presentation
3pm                      CultureCode Hack finishes 

Seminar Program

This program has been curated to ensure topics challenge the audience to think differently about data, IP/copyright or digital more broadly. Some of these are workshops which will be educational covering various topics. The program is being updated all the time so make sure you keep you keep checking back for any changes. More information can be found about the presenters below. If you would like anymore information about the seminar program then contact 

2.30pm - 2.45pm             Matthew Ripon, ‘’An Introduction to IP''
3.30pm - 3.45pm             Tom Higham, ’’~Flow Project’’
3.45pm - 4pm                  Janet Davis, ‘’Painting by data and a little about the © word’’  
4pm - 4.20pm                  Christian Payne, ''An interview with Documentally''
4.20pm - 4.35pm             Conor Clay, Glitch and chip music performance using a Game Boy
5pm - 5.45pm                  Dr Stephen Gibson , ‘’An introduction to interactive media’’ 
6.15pm - 6.30pm              Bettina Nissen ''3D FABrications''
7.15pm - 7.35pm              Jeremiah Alexander, ‘’Why data sucks’’

In addition to this program, Paul King (details below) will be running 2 hour 'coding for beginners' workshops. These have limited space and places will be reserved on a first come first served basis at the hack itself. 

If you are based in the South of the region, a coach will be available to take you to the hack. If you are interested please contact for more information.

The CultureCode Hack



The Tyneside Cinema 

Who should attend

developers, designers, creative technologists, assorted geeks, cultural organisations, artists and practitioners