Wednesday 17 July 2013


      Following last year’s successful one night only show at Whitechapel Gallery, iconic London technology start-up event organisers 3beards announce an open call to artists to join in on the second annual Art Meets Tech Hackathon (Arthack) July 26th - 28th at the South Place Hotel
      Once a year chance for artists to work hand-in-hand with technical developers, programmers and best minds in technology to turn any form of data into something artistic
      All the projects will be displayed at a launch event on the 16th August, followed by a public showcase on the 17th and 18th August at the brand new D&D South Place Hotel
      Winning hack projects will be displayed at The Barbican for two weeks in August

LONDON, July 16th 2013 - 3beards, London’s iconic start-up content, promotion and events company responsible for the weekly Silicon Drinkabout, monthly Don’t Pitch Me, Bro! and quarterly Digital Sizzle events in London, have today announced an open call to the artistic community to join forces with London’s tech start-up community for the second annual Art Hackathon.

From July 26th - 28th, the brand new boutique luxury D&D London-owned South Place Hotel will be transformed into the ultimate collaborative space for a mixture of 100 people - made up of artists, developers, musicians and creatives, guided by a variety of mentors - to just simply “create”. The challenge is simple - take any form of data and turn it into something creative!

Bryce Keane, 3beards co-founder, said, “Last year’s Digital Sizzle Art Meets Tech Hackathon was our biggest event to date, with over 600 people filling the Whitechapel Gallery for an evening to see the results. This year we want to make it even bigger and better, and continue our efforts to foster closer collaboration between two of the most creative communities - art and technology!”

As well as showcasing all of the resulting works across the South Place Hotel for a special weekend exhibition, three of the winning hack projects will be displayed in The Barbican for two weeks during the month of August. In addition to working closely with their fellow ‘Art Hackers’, participants will also have access to a range of high profile mentors. Those announced so far include:

      Tim Regan of the Cambridge MicrosoftResearch Lab. Tim's current research is on information visualization, the future of the book, social software and mobile media.
      Stef Lewandowski, Co-Founder of Makeshift the company making digital products that 'give a leg up to the little guy'.  Stef also particpiated in last year's Art Hack where he made the WSJ featured Data Necklace.
      Ruth Catlow - artist and curator at FurtherField Gallery, Ruth has 15 years experience of making and co-creating networked media arts, artwares and interventions.
      Santi Ortega - Freelance designer doing 3D design and programming for architectural-scale installations as well as being a visiting tutor in video projects at the Royal College of Art.
      Brian Taylor Co-Founder of PixelPin

As well as all food and drink being included for the weekend, shared accommodation will also be provided* for the Saturday evening at the hotel. As an Art Hotel, South Place hosts a number of inspirational works across its seven floors. Created by D&D London and designed by Conran, it must be one of the most luxurious locations for a hackathon ever.

In terms of format for the event, on the Friday night 3beards will welcome everyone and facilitate ideation and team formation. If participants already have an idea, they can pitch it to the crowd and gather members for the project. If participants don't have an idea, they can simply join any team with a project that interests them. Teams are then invited to begin working on their projects whenever they are ready and throughout the course of the weekend, 3beards will monitor progress, and provide mentorship to make sure the projects are on track. On the Sunday, at around 4/5pm, the final project demo sessions will begin and judging shall commence!

Supported by simple, but powerful, cloud communications API Twilio, the Getty Images API and specialist hosting company Wirehive, the weekend is an experience not to be missed.

Tickets for this year’s Digital Sizzle ArtHack can be found at and a full list of projects and videos from last year’s Digital Sizzle Art Hack can be found at

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