In the future we will all have a ‘smart device’ in our homes: a digital home assistant, like Amazon Echo or Google Home. Such a device is voice-controlled and it can do all kinds of handy things: order pizza, keep track of shopping or tell you how many inhabitants Ivory Coast has (over 24 million). In return it takes a big bite out of your privacy. The VPRO Medialab is curious about the narrative power of such a home assistant. Could it be used to tell fictional or documentary stories? Or to enrich existing stories (such as films, TV programmes, podcasts)? This is the topic covered in the 7th VPRO Medialab hackathon, on 2 and 3 February 2018 in Eindhoven. Teams formed on site will face the challenge of presenting a working prototype or an elaborated concept in two days. Audio-maker, coder/programmer or scriptwriter?
Hackathon: Are you talking to me?
We are looking for curious and enthusiastic participants for this Hackathon. Creative developers who themselves are actively looking for innovation, for original thinkers and (concept) developers, for coders, programmers, designers and other technical prodigies who can transform new ideas directly into working prototypes. You can register via this link.
Iskander Smit is innovation director at agency Info.nl in Amsterdam, that crafts digital products and services. Iskander is responsible for research and development and leading the innovation lab.
Iskander has a background as Industrial Design Engineer and have been working as creative and strategist in digital services.
He is initiator and co-organiser of ThingsCon Amsterdam, a leading conference on the design of the internet of things, and co-organises of the Behavior Design AMS meetups.
In 2017 Iskander was appointed as a visiting professor at TU Delft Connected Everyday Lab, where he coordinates a research program on Things as Citizens.
Alwin Beernink has much experience with urban design and research. From the beginning of his career Alwin gained extensive experience with process and project management of a wide range of projects in urban development. At the moment he is managing director of Park Strijp Beheer. This is the public private partnership between VolkerWessels (one of the Netherlands biggest construction groups) and the municipality of Eindhoven.
Strijp- S is the creative and cultural area of Eindhoven. A smart city or modern, dynamic district like Strijp-S requires an equally modern and dynamic network: the Backbone. A system of complex hardware and software, that monitors and controls the street lighting, mobility, homes, offices and more of this ‘smart city’.
Marije Meerman worked at VPRO as a director on various television programs such as Backlight, De Nieuwe Wereld and Diogenes. She also worked on documentaries as 'De Kresj' and 'Onze Kresj'. Furthermore she made a reconstruction of the flashcrash 'Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box’, in the form of a touchdoc for iPad on the automation of the financial markets. Since three years she works as editor-in-chief of VPRO Backlight.
Public final presentations and drinks
At the end of the second day on Saturday Feburary 3rd, the teams will present their prototypes to each other and the jury. Like the previous Hackathon, the presentations for will be open to the public. Anyone interested in the results is welcome! Register via the form below.
Date: Saturday February 3rd
Time: doors open 16.30, start of Demo's at 17.00 sharp, drinks at 19.00.
Location: Entrance at Natlab/Plaza Futura where we will welcome you.