Joburg Libraries participate in the 2020 Hack-Ur Culture – Hackathon

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    City of Johannesburg (COJ) Library and Information Services department is taking part in the 2020 Hack-Ur Culture – Hackathon which is a Heritage Month Youth Digital skills development initiative. This youth-focused digital skills development initiative is coordinated by a Goethe Institute working with a youth-owned entity, Credipple, who will be training and mentoring the youth participating in the hackathon.“The City is honoured to be one of the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) institutions invited to participate in this hackathon organised by Goethe Institute, through an ongoing partnership with libraries”, said E-Learning Manager in the City of Johannesburg Mr Jeff Nyoka. The intention of “Hack-Ur-Culture” is to create a virtual platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts to bring about collaborations and innovations deriving from open cultural data. This is an opportunity for brave young minds to lead in the development of innovative solutions that will be used by some of the continent’s most reputable GLAM institutions, these might include websites, games or apps etc. For City of Johannesburg libraries, this project presents an opportunity to identify different cultural data and information services that are available in libraries and packaging it for digital platforms in order to reach wider audiences in other parts of the world. It is also a continuation of an ongoing digital transformation process in libraries which includes introducing youth to various digital skills such as Coding among others. The City of Johannesburg libraries would like to encourage the youth not only from the ICT field but enthusiastic young professionals in the creative and cultural industries across sub-Saharan Africa, such as app developers, designers, researchers, media makers, journalists, writers – to form teams and register to participate. Applications should be done before the 10th of September 2020. To young people should click on this link> https://airtable.com/shrYByLOz5rwLslyxThis Hackathon will begin on Heritage day, 24 September 2020 and will run for a period of 3 weeks with final project submissions due on Sunday, 18 October 2020. There will be some exciting prizes to be won by participating teams, including a trip to Germany to participate in a coding event. For more details about the Hackathon, >. https://www.goethe.de/prj/hyc/en/saf/apply.html

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