City of Johannesburg (COJ) Library and Information Services department is honoured to be one of the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) institutions invited to participate in hackathon organised by Goethe Institute, through an ongoing partnership with libraries.

This youth-focused digital skills development initiative is coordinated by a Goethe Institute -appointed and mentored youth-owned entity, Credipple, who will be training and mentoring the youth participating in the hackathon.

The intention of “Hack-Ur-Culture” is to create a virtual platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts to bring about collaborations and innovations deriving from open cultural data. This is an opportunity for brave young minds to lead in the development of innovative solutions that will be used by some of the continent’s most reputable GLAM institutions, these might include websites, games or apps etc.

COJ libraries would like to encourage youth not only from the ICT field , but enthusiastic young professionals in the creative and cultural industries across sub-Saharan Africa, such as app developers, designers, researchers, media makers, journalists, writers – to form teams and register to participate. To Apply BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10TH,  click here.

This Hackathon will begin on Heritage day, 24 September 2020 and will run for a period of 3 weeks with final project submissions due on Sunday, 18 October 2020. There will be some exciting prizes to be won by participants in teams, including a trip to Germany to participate in a coding event.

For more details about the Goethe Institute’s Hackathon, click here.

By Jeff Nyoka: eLearning Manager, City of Johannesburg.

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