That's it! Coding da Vinci Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021

by Sophia Grazdanow (Coding da Vinci)

On Saturday, the 6th of November 2021, twelve teams presented their projects in front of around 150 guests on site at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and on a live stream on YouTube (to recording), for which they spent eight weeks with open data from cultural institutions from the Rhineland and from the Lower Rhine to work on prototypes for apps, websites and games, among other things. The afternoon started with a Keynote by Barbara Fischer, founding member of the cultural hackathon, on the virality of Coding da Vinci. The jury consisting of

  • Katharina Drasdo (designer, artist, and professor at the IU International University),
  • Oliver Hanraths (Information Professional, Web Developer, Free Software Prosumer),
  • Lukas Höh (Interaction designer and VJ) and
  • Charlotte Triebus (performance artist and mutlidisciplinary art director)

awarded three projects in the categories:

Jury auf der Preisverleihung, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021NamensnennungKatja Illner, CC BY 4.0
Jury at the award ceremony, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner (CC BY 4.0)

Most Useful: "Following Quedenfeldt" by Michael Cieslik

Website and storytelling project. Historical photographs by Erwin Quedenfeldt from the collection of the ULB Düsseldorf, in a web application enriched with geodata, invite you on a journey of discovery and a quest for clues with your smartphone through the Rhineland. Michael won two tickets to re:publica 2022.

Michael Cieslik, Gewinner Most Useful, Preisverleihung, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021NamensnennungKatja Illner,LizenzCC BY 4.0
Michael Cieslik, Winner Most Useful, award ceremony, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner (CC BY 4.0)

Best Design: "Research Generative Design" by Laura Maréchal

An artificial intelligence generates new forms from elements of the jewellery objects from the data set of the MAKK - Museum for Applied Arts Cologne. This can also be used to create new objects via 3D printing. Laura won an Artcard. Click here for the project.

Laura Maréchal, Gewinnerin Best Design & Every Bodys Darling, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner, CC BY 4.0
Laura Maréchal, Winner Best Design & Every Body's Darling, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner (CC BY 4.0)

Most Technical: "Tickets for Time Travellers" by Constantin Litvak

Web application and mobile app, which make it possible to explore the city of Cologne by using historical city maps and to establish a link between the past and the present. The data set of the archaeological zone was utilised, in cooperation with the land registry of the city Cologne. Photographs by Fritz Zapp, from the Rhineland Photo Archive Cologne, and Erwin Quedenfeldt, from the collection of the ULB Düsseldorf, add visual impressions.

Constantin Litvak, Gewinner Most Technical, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner, CC BY 4.0
Constantin Litvak, Winner Most Technical, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner (CC BY 4.0)

The audience on site and on YouTube voted via for the price in the "Everybody's Darling" category, also for Laura Maréchal's Research Generative Design project. Laura won two artworks by the artist Palina Kasino, who created collages from image material from the data sets provided as part of Coding da Vinci Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021.

The community of Coding da Vinci Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, which submitted projects for the award ceremony, consisted of around 20 creative computer scientists, artists and designers from the Rhineland, the Lower Rhine, Leipzig, and Berlin. The enormous diversity and professional execution of the implemented projects testify to the heterogeneity of the participants.

The twelve completed projects included app aplications, websites, online computer games, and a virtual reality application. A list of all presented projects as follows:

An overview of the projects can also be found here.

All project teams now have the opportunity to apply for one of the four scholarships funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Coding da Vinci scholarship holders receive 1,250 euros/month, for three months, as support for their living expenses. This shall enable them to further develop the prototypes which have emerged. Furthermore, they are offering individually tailored workshops and coaching. Several cultural institutions have already offered their support in the further development of the projects.

Barbara Fischer mit ihrem Vortrag zur Viralität von Coding da Vinci, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner, CC BY 4.0
Barbara Fischer with her lecture on the virality of Coding da Vinci, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner (CC BY 4.0)

Glance into the future

In the various cultural meetups, which took place during the sprinting phase on Tuesdays, project participants and cultural institutions were able to exchange ideas about the tools used. Here, for example the University and State Library of the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf is interested in inviting project participants for short presentations in order to present their projects and tools used.

The event team also worked well together throughout the entire organisational phase and would like to expand this cooperation beyond the Coding da Vinci Nieder.Rehin.Land 2021 project.

In the future, there will be further cooperations between Open Data Düsseldorf and the Düsseldorf Cultural Office, in order to continue to make cultural data available to the community and interested parties. The collaboration shall possibly be extended to the OK Lab Düsseldorf and the Library Lab at the central library Düsseldorf.

Further events on the topics of open data and open cultural data are also planned across cities. Imaginable are smaller Hackathons on the topic.

Projekt von Thomas Turscis, Coding da Vinci Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner, CC BY 4.0
Project by Thomas Turscs, CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021, Katja Illner (CC BY 4.0)