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  • Agata Małek
  • Gabriela Kłos-Kufel
  • Krzysztof Lingo
  • Martyna Listkowska
  • Michał Pogoda


  • Agata Pałach-Bożek
  • Agata Tumidajewicz
  • Kamil Bożek
  • Paula Pniewska
  • Paweł Łuciuk
  • Stefan Paruch


  • Arkadiusz Rataj
  • Bartłomiej Dzięgiel
  • Joanna Jachowicz
  • Joanna Florczak
  • Justyna Rawińska
  • Patrycja Blanka Zalas

Hack(art)hon finale:

Kick off meeting:

About Hack(art)hon

Join us in developing educational open source tools for one of the largest cultural institutions in Poland – Zachęta – National Gallery of Art.

The main objective of this week-long creative sprint is to prototype one of two potential online tools based on the online collections:

● An online tool aimed at teachers, using the Zachęta collection to develop students’ interest in art, outside the framework of the school curriculum. It should help to encourage students to explore digital artefacts on their own, discovering new art forms and engaging with them in creative ways.

● An online tool for users of the Encouragement website, with a particular focus on people with disabilities, that will facilitate friendly and easy exploration of the digital art collection in a way that meets the particular needs of people with disabilities. This tool could use solutions such as audiodescription, alternative descriptions or translation of films into Polish Sign Language, among others.

You can use resources from Zachęta’s online collection, but you are also welcome to combine them with artworks and materials from Europeana’s online collection and Wikimedia. We can help you with this.

What are GLAM institutions?

GLAM is an acronym for “galleries, libraries, archives, and museums”, and
refers to cultural institutions with a mission to provide access to knowledge.
Zachęta is one of the biggest modern art galleries in Europe and our joint project is dedicated to facilitating IT innovations in the GLAM sector.

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About Open Zachęta project

The Hack(art)hon is a part of the “Open Zachęta” project, carried out by the
Zachęta – National Gallery of Art and Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation together withthe Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts. It is an extensive and complex project of digitisation and sharing of modern art collections in Poland. In 2023, thanks to a new system of collection sharing, online users will see several hundreds of works from Zachęta’s digital collection — including sculptures such as Katarzyna Kozyra’s Animal Pyramid and Alina Szapocznikow’s Tumours Personified — using 3D technology. You can become a part of this prestigious project by creating educational tools based on the open API, that is developed within the Open Zachęta project.

Join us, if you are:

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  • UX/UI designer,
  • graphic designer,
  • IT manager,
  • programmer,
  • employee of GLAM institutions,
  • digital humanist,
  • artist,
  • teacher or educator
  • Wikipedist or Wikimedian
  • and other specialists interested in bringing the best side of cultural heritage online.

Why is it worth
joining the Hack(art)hon?

Why is it worth
Create prototype of educational tool for one of the biggest cultural institutions in Europe
Make cultural heritage collections online more accessible for people with various disabilities.
Learn design thinking, user-centred design and innovations in business in our workshops, provided by our mentors.
Meet exciting people from different sectors, from backend to online collections specialists.
Share best practices in cross-functional partnerships and facilitate IT projects in cultural heritage institutions.

What can you expect?

Cross-functional teams

We want to meet & connect people with various knowledge and specialisation so that the final idea is brought to life from different perspectives. Expect specialists from different fields: IT, UX/UI, culture & education.


Mentors and their support

By taking part in Hack(art)hon you will meet many experienced experts in the field of innovation design, creative sector and accessibility specialists. Thanks to consultations with mentors, you will be able to test your ideas at every stage of their implementation.

Watch your idea be used by millions

Your task has a practical aspect, and the winning project, if it meets our expectations, will be developed and implemented at a later stage of the “Open Zachęta” project. Your idea can be used by millions of people in the future!

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Hack(art)hon Timeline

Until 8.09 – we are accepting applications
15.09 – recruitment results publication
19.09 – design sprint kick-off: team formation, integration and focus on the challenge [on-line workshops] (17:00 – 20:30)
21-22.09 – facilitated workshop focused on idea generation and coding [on-line workshops] (17:00 – 20:30)
23.09 – facilitated workshop focused on prototyping and user testing [on-line workshops] (17:00 – 20:30)
24.09 – grande finale with pitching and awards [hybrid workshops*] (10:00 – 16:00)
*hybrid means you can chose how you would like to join us for grand finale: (1) on-line as it was during the design sprint workshops or (2) stationary in Warsaw

Evaluation Criteria

The prerequisites for qualifying a project to the contest are the use of the Open Zachęta API and the use of objects digitized within the Open Zachęta project. If you also use Europeana and Wikimedia resources in one project, your chances of winning will increase.

Matching the needs and capabilities of the audience

● Addressing the needs of the target group
● Consideration of the capabilities of the target group
● Meeting the WCAG 2.1 accessibility conditions

Technology and its selection

a functional mock-up / a fragment of the working software / a working software
● a tool that can be developed
● a tool compatible with hardware commonly available and used by the target groups
● a tool that can be sustained in the future
● use of widely available and up-to-date technology solutions
code quality

Educational value

● educational potential of the tool
● universality of the tool
● ability to add new content to the tool

Use of digital resources

● use of resources available through the Otwarta Zachęta API
● use of resources available through the Europeana API / Wikidata / Wikimedia Commons
● use of the PJM Art Encyclopaedia by Zachęta

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Prizes will be awarded to the best 3 teams for a total amount of 10.000 EUR

1st prize of 5000 EUR for the team

2nd prize of 3000 EUR for the team

3rd prize of 2000 EUR for the team

[discounted of the amount of the applied tax]



Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation – is a non-governmental organization based in Warsaw, Poland. For more than 7 years now, we have been helping GLAM institutions with digital transformation, promoting our own standard of opening collections online. We have been leading open-source IT projects for digitalization and creating digital tools in cooperation with the biggest Polish cultural institutions and IT companies. We like to define ourselves as guides, the translator between the IT and cultural sectors, knowing both communities and making sure that they can understand each other’s needs, in order to create the best possible digital solution.

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art – is a contemporary art museum in the centre of Warsaw, Poland. The Zachęta collection is a showcase of Polish art history of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The collection includes works by classics of Polish art, such as Tadeusz Kantor, Henryk Stażewski, Alina Szapocznikow, Wojciech Fangor, as well as world-famous contemporary artists Mirosław Bałka, Katarzyna Kozyra, Goshka Macuga, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Wilhelm Sasnal.

The Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts – one of the oldest European organisations supporting the arts, the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts links the past with the present. Today the Society consists of a group of art lovers who wish to actively contribute to the Zachęta Gallery’s programme, focusing mainly on projects related to artistic education.

Technological partner

Xfaang is a diverse team of software developers, engineers and associates who are dedicated to providing transformative solutions to our clientele. They bring the skills and experience of Big Tech companies, and place extraordinary emphasis on clear communication as the golden key to successful cooperation and satisfactory results in all projects. Working with institutions which preserve cultural heritage has recently become their focus. Xfaang help them to navigate the transition to the digital era and to become more interactive with and accessible to the public.

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