Challenge your creativity and dive into opportunities to imagine new opportunities in the arts--no coding experience required!
Arts Hackathons celebrate interdisciplinary innovation. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of arts and/or technical backgrounds.
Past challenges have included the 72 Hour Musical Project, interactive tools for the Anderson Collection, and new concepts for consuming and distribution art.
Winter 2019: Audience Experience
Using technology and new media, transform the audience experience in traditional venues to deepen the overall value of attending live performances at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Emphasis will be on the front of house (FOH) experience--what the audience experiences before and after the show (and, in many cases, during the intermission). Solutions should appeal to new audiences yet not alienate existing audiences.
The winning team of the 2019 Arts Hackathon will receive $750!
First Place: NEU
Sonia Garcia (Design Impact, '20)
Tulsi Desai (Design Impact, '20)
Levi Lian (Computer Science, '21)
Andy Jiang (LDT, '19)
Second Place: Projectors
Cole Sohn (Computer Science, '22)
Vivian Auduong (Undeclared, '22)
Fall 2017: Rethinking the art world
Imagine a future for the consumption and distribution of art. It could be an arts platform, system, space, event, or more! We are interested in both your big idea, and a feasible plan for the first implementation steps (i.e. what would the first year or first month look like?). Illustrate your pie-in-the-sky and then break it down into a smaller scale pilot program.
The final concepts were presented to a panel of judges from Google TiltBrush, TOTO Express, numberF, and Kickstarter.
The winning team of this no-coding-needed Arts Hackathon received $500 and mentorship for their project
Spring 2017: Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Using the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (including both temporary and permanent works on display) as inspiration, you are challenged to build a new interactive tool to help a wide variety of visitors dynamically engage with the Anderson. Projects can be web-based or an iOS compatible app and should utilize the Anderson’s current branding and visual identity. Teams are encouraged to explore opportunities for engagement with all facets of the collection—from the artwork on display or in storage to the building and surrounding environment to the museum’s operations (and beyond).
A museum guide mobile app targeted blending written and audio content.
Daniel Cai ('19), Vivian Xiao ('19), Marianne Dang ('17), Eric Wang ('20), Michael Fang ('17)
iOS app that encourages critical thinking and direct interaction with art through emotional engagement
Jessica Ouyang ('19) and Thomas Clavelli ('19)
Winter 2017: 72 Hour Musical
Teams of 2-5 students will create the beginnings of a new musical over the course of 72 hours.Each team will create and present one scene, one song, and one dance for an original musical based on the following prompt:
Conceptualize an original musical based on a piece of visual art located on campus. Check out the Stanford Arts locations on the campus arts map as well as the Harmony House, community centers, and dorm murals.
Teams will be assigned a mentor from the winning team of the 2015 72-Hour Musical Project, Gravity - A New(tonian) Musical, who will provide support and guidance throughout the process. Each participating team will showcase their work in front of students a panel of Bay Area theater judges.
The first and second place teams will be able to choose one of the following prizes:
- A trip to New York City to further develop the musical
- Tickets to the San Francisco tour of Hamilton
Andy Donald, Associate Artistic Director at the American Conservatory Theater
Gretchen Feyer, Managing Director of Berkeley Playhouse
The Kilbanes, Oakland-based theatrical rock band
72 Hour Musical Winners, 2015: Joel Chapman, Weston Gaylord, Matt Herrero, Jessia Hoffman, and Ken Savage
Spring 2015: 72 Hour Musical
Teams of 2-5 students will create the beginnings of a new musical over the course of 72 hours. The musical must be inspired by one of the following prompts:
- Create a prequel or twist on a well-known story
- Tell the story of the life and times of a famous historical figure
- Explain the life of the subjects or characters in a famous painting or photograph
Each team will create and present one scene, one song, and one dance. The winning project will receive a $5000 grant towards any original theatrical work or workshop to be put on within the next year.
Sarah Curran, Programming Director at Stanford Arts Institute
Michael Friedman, Lyricist and Composer
Chad Jones, Bay Area Theater Critic
Madeleine Oldham, Dramaturg and Director of The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep
Matthew Tiews, Associate Dean for the Advancement of the Arts at Stanford University