The National Library of Israel
Presents
A Treasure Hunt:
Hackathon #1

Rare and amazing treasures are preserved in the National Library of Israel: millions of books, manuscripts, photographs, posters, songs and recordings, movies, ancient maps, works of art and more – all the components of who and what we are. Now you have the opportunity to reveal these treasures to the general public.
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Date

24.11.2017- 23.11.2017

Place

The National Library, Givat Ram Campus, Jerusalem

About the Hackathon

Think about thousands of years of cultural creation. Think about "The People of the Book" and all its immense contribution to the world. Think about all the books ever written in Hebrew, about all the Hebrew manuscripts in the world, about the world's largest collection of photographs of the Land of Israel, about the breathtakingly beautiful collection of ancient maps, about the largest collection of Israeli and Jewish music in the world, about the collection of historical newspapers, about hundreds of thousands of placards, posters, works of art, Judaica items, and much, much more.
Now imagine that this whole treasure is waiting for you. That only very few people are familiar with, view, use and enjoy this treasure, which is connected to the life of each and every one of us.

This is where you enter the picture: Programmers, technology and digital experts – come and participate in the National Library's very first hackathon, 24 hours in which we will work together to develop state of the art tools and applications which will help to reveal the cultural treasures of the nation and the State to the general public.

The hackathon will include everything you need. Yes, that includes pizza.

Prizes for independent teams:

First Place

10,000 NIS

Second Place

5,000 NIS

First Place

10,000 NIS

Third Place

1,000 NIS

Prizes for teams from companies:

Strategic
partner

of the National Library

Full
Sponsorship

Enter the next Hackathon for free

Strategic
partner

of the National Library

Accessibility and a place of honor

In the National Library hackathon community

Information for Applicants

Date:
November 23-24 [9 am Thursday – 12:30 pm Friday]

Location:
The National Library, Givat Ram Campus, Jerusalem

Who Is It For:
Anyone who wants to participate [programmers, software, data, product, UX/UI, design, content, creative and marketing experts, startup and technology companies]

Content:
Hackathon #1 will focus on the Library's visual collections, which contain over a million photographs, posters, illustrated manuscripts, marriage documents and more. During the Hackathon, we will invent and develop tools to make the visual material more accessible to the general public in Israel and throughout the world.

Get to know our API:
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The Hackathon Challenges

The Data Track >


The National Library's photograph collection contains over a million photographs of the Land of Israel from the last 150 years. Other visual collections contain hundreds of thousands of placards, posters, illustrated manuscripts and marriage documents, and much more wonderful material. But the information we have about the photographs or the items is not always sufficient – we do not always know who or what appears in the photograph, where and when it was taken, or its historical and cultural context.

As a result: People struggle to find what they are looking for. Whether it is a student of design searching for a photograph of old styles of fashion or a school pupil looking for a photograph of a historic figure – these rare treasures get lost on the internet.

The challenge: Using technology to create robust and rich meta-data that will enable the public both in Israel and abroad to find the visual cultural treasures with greater ease.

For example: Use of a face recognition algorithm to identify the subject of the photograph or to find groups of photographs in which the same person appears.

The Creative Track >


The National Library's collections of photographs, posters and visual material are rare documentation of hundreds of years in the life of the nation and the State and its cultural creation. They open a window to the deep identity of each and every one of us – how our ancestors lived, what they looked like, what they did, what interested them and what they talked about. But the general public is almost completely unfamiliar with these treasures. Children, teens, adults and elderly people spend entire days online, without knowing that there is an entire world of astounding materials available to be viewed, used, be inspired by and be re-created.

The challenge: Using technology to create an application, a website, or online tool that will be user-friendly and make the treasures of the library accessible to audiences in Israel and abroad; or will be able to connect to existing platforms that can expand the audience of the cultural treasures.

For example: A chatbot which provides a daily picture from a certain date ["Today … years ago"] or on a certain topic, or an application which allows the user to view their location on a 200-year old map.

Our Sponsors

F.A.Q.

> When?

November 23, 2017 [9 am Thursday – 12:30 pm Friday]

> Where?

The National Library, Givat Ram Campus, Jerusalem

> What busses go there?

7, 9, 14, 35, 42, 66, 68

> Who can participate?

Everyone: individuals, teams and companies

> What is the professional background?

Anyone who feels they can contribute to invention, classification, design or development of technological or digital tools

> What will the content of the Hackathon be?

Hackathon #1 focus on the Library's visual collections, which contain over a million photographs, posters, maps, illustrated manuscripts, marriage documents and more.

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