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We are excited to be sponsoring, and attending, the Digital Sizzle 6 Hackathon in London next weekend, presented by 3beards. The event will bring together the worlds of tech and art, collaborating on projects that turn data into something amazing.
Digital sizzle is a quarterly networking event that aims to bring together people from across different creative disciplines and industries for fun, food and interaction. The event was originally founded by Michael Hobson, Bryce Keane and Ben Southworth, when they felt there was something missing from London’s growing tech start up and creative agency scene. In their own words: “We want to give the community the opportunity to connect with not only other people, but other companies – while we stuff your face with food and drink.”
This year, the event is focused on projects that develop an imaginative and exciting way of representing data. It’s inspired by Scottish cellist Peter Gregson, who often uses technology in his own work, such as in his latest project The Listening Machine, which uses the sentiment of 500 Twitter feeds and creates a corresponding piece of music.
Part 1 of the Digital sizzle, the ‘Art meets tech’ Hackathon, is hosted at Mozilla HQ in London from 14-16 September. It will see 50 developers and 50 artists (graphic, audio and physical) come together for 48 hours to develop exciting concepts, using data to create a visual or aural representation. The best projects will be shown at part 2 of the event, in a display at the Whitechapel Gallery, where the creators of the best project will be awarded with the top prize – the chance to exhibit at the Wired 2012 conference in October.
There will be lots of help on hand to help turn attendees’ crazy concepts into reality, including some of our very own Brandwatch technicians, developers and all-round-awesome staff. We’ll be providing our world-class social media data and access to our API. Twilio will give participants access to their awesome API for IP communications.
Digital Sizzle will be feeding and watering all participants over the weekend, so all you need is a sleeping bag and a head full of good ideas. To find out more about how you can get involved, or to book a ticket to the gallery show, please click here. You can also follow updates about the event on Twitter – @digital_sizzle.
The event has an expected attendance of 500-600 people, making it the biggest Digital Sizzle event so far. Tickets are issued of a first come first served basis – the event is designed to make tech accessible to all, so all hackers, developers, coders, artists and creative types are encouraged to get involved. We look forward to seeing you there!