Museum VX Hackathon

FAQ

What is the Museum VX Hackathon?

The Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum have teamed up with Hackworks to explore technology opportunities that will allow them to upgrade visitor experiences with the latest digital technology.

On November 26 and 27, 60 young and enthusiastic achievers, problem solvers, creative thinkers, change makers and technologists from local Universities and Colleges will gather in the Resource Centre of the Canadian Museum of History to bring digital technology solutions to challenges faced by the Museums.

How can I apply to participate in the Museum VX Hackathon?

In order to participate, you need to be a student at Carleton University or Algonquin College doing a Bachelor of Information Technology. If you are eligible to participate, you can apply through the museumvx.ca website or directly on the page dedicated to the Museum VX on the Hackworks registration platform.

1. Create a Hackworks account.

You will receive a confirmation email to verify your account. Once your account has been verified, you will be able to fill out your Hackworks profile with information relevant to the event including your skillsets, location, links to social profiles and a short description. A complete participant profile will enable other Museum VX Hackathon participants to search, find and invite you to their team.

After completing the profile, click the “Apply” button and follow the directions and choose the ticket type that best represents your skillsets.

Once you have successfully applied for your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Hackworks that you are on the waiting list and will be asked to fill out a quick survey to determine your eligibility.

Once your application (including survey results) has been reviewed, and you have been accepted to the Museum VX Hackathon, you will receive a ticket confirmation. The goal is to confirm tickets within 5 days after a full application to participate has been submitted.

2. If you already have a Hackworks account, sign into your existing Hackworks account.

Follow the direction and choose the ticket type that best represents your skillsets. You will receive a confirmation email from Hackworks and will be asked to fill out a quick survey to determine your eligibility.

Once your application (including survey results) has been reviewed, you will receive a ticket confirmation. The goal is to confirm tickets within 5 days after a full application to participate has been submitted.

Who can participate in the Museum VX Hackathon?

In order to participate, you need to be a post-secondary student.

Where will the Museum VX Hackathon be held?

The Museum VX Hackathon competition will take place at the Canadian Museum of History, at 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8

When is the Museum VX Hackathon?

The Museum VX Hackathon officially kicks off on Saturday November 26th at 9:00am and ends on Sunday, November 27 at 8:00pm.

How do I create a profile?

Once you’ve signed up for an account on hackworks.com, you’ll receive a verification email. Follow the link and create your profile as part of the verification process. We recommend adding a profile picture, your skills and experience and contact info. Adding information about yourself to your profile is especially important if you are looking to join a team or are looking to recruit team members to help execute on your own idea.

How do I edit my profile?

To edit your profile log into your Hackworks account and click the profile icon located in the top right corner of the website.

How many people can be on one team?

Teams must be made up of four to six people. Individuals can only be on one team.

How are the teams being formed for the Museum VX Hackathon?

There are several ways you can find teammates or join an existing team:

In Person:

Teams can be formed at the hackathon right before coding begins. If you’re having trouble finding a team or finding a teammate, make sure to introduce yourself to an organizer on site. He/she will help you find your perfect match.

On Slack:

All registered participants are invited to join the conversation on Slack, exchange ideas with fellow participants and recruit team members. If you have received a ticket for the event and have not received an invitation to the Slack channel, please contact us.

Using the Matchmaking Tool:

The matchmaking tool on the Hackworks platform is a great way for participants looking to join a team, and teams looking for additional members with certain skills, to find each other. Once you have a ticket for the Museum VX Hackathon you can start searching for teams to join; or go on to create a team page and start recruiting teammates with skillsets that will complement your own.

Every team needs to be registered on the Museum VX Hackathon website to be able to submit their projects.

Do I have to stay at the Canadian Museum of History for the duration of the event?

The Canadian Museum of History will be close its doors at 9:00pm on Saturday and reopen at 9:00am on Sunday morning. Participants are encouraged to spend as much time on-site as possible – after all, that’s half the fun of participating in a hackathon! However, participants are welcome to come and go as they please.

How will my solution be judged?

The event will mimic the form of pitching that takes place on the show Dragon’s Den. A set of judges will be responsible for judging the teams based on the set of criteria found below. They will be selecting the winning team based on the presentations.

Judging Criteria
Your solutions will be judged based on the following criteria:

Problem Solver
Effectively addresses one of the Hackathon challenges.

Impact
The solution will have an immediate and positive impact on the museum experience. The impact is argued using convincing arguments and/or relevant data.

Implementation
The solution can be implemented by the museum in a timely and affordable fashion

Functionality
The solution prototype works and functions as intended. The presentation demonstrates a high level of software or hardware competence.

Pitch Perfect
Was the presentation organized, clear, and engaging? Did the presenters identify the challenge they used, how they chose to answer it and why it’s the right way to tackle the problem?

Design
The design of the solution was well thought out, user-friendly and provides an intuitive and attractive user experience.

Innovation
The team has identified a unique way to solve the problem. The solution provides a new and transformative idea that changes the museum experience.

Pushing Tech
The team uses some of the new technologies (software and/or hardware) that are made available during the hackathon to solve the challenge statement they chose.

What hardware is going to be available to hack with during the Museum VX Hackathon?

More hardware is coming. Here's the list so far:

• 2x Raspberry Pi 2 and 1x Raspberry Pi 3
• Gesture / Motion: Kinect and ZKOO motion sensors
• 55” Touch table
• Google cardboard
• VR Headset to fit any mobile device
• NFC reader/writer
• NCF stickers, bracelet, tags…
• Touch screens (10”, 22”, 32”)

Will meals be provided at the Museum VX Hackathon?

Yes, there will be meals, snacks, and beverages provided throughout. We will do our best to meet dietary needs, but cannot guarantee everyone’s requirements will be met. If you have any special dietary needs please contact us.

Who owns the ideas, outputs and solutions at the end of the Museum VX Hackathon? Do they remain proprietary to the teams that developed them?

The outputs of the Museum VX Hackathon are all required to be open source.

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