Hackathon, 8th-12th July, 2019

HANDS:ON is a new digital training programme for medievalists organised by Cambridge University Library and Queen Mary University of London, which provides advanced students in medieval studies with practical experience in digital methods, technologies, design and collaboration. The theme for 2019 is ‘palimpsests’.

Students from partner institutions will join initial training in preparation for the event, delivered online. Students will then convene for an exciting 5-day event in Cambridge, where they will work alongside peers, developers and curators to develop innovative prototypes for the exploration of medieval manuscripts on the web.

Pre-hackathon training

Our team will deliver short introductory online modules leading up to the Hackathon on essential basic skills in web technologies, representing text in digital form, digital images, design thinking and collaboration.

Hackathon event

Our programme is well-paced and structured to provide motivation, direction and fun!

  • Day 1 – introduction to the programme, manuscripts, and user personas
  • Days 2-3 – pitch ideas and form teams, work on prototypes
  • Day 4 – mini testing lab, incorporate feedback into prototypes
  • Day 5 – presentation to an audience

Feedback from last year’s hackathon

“I really enjoyed the co-operation within our group.”

“The fact that we had chosen manuscripts by hand was also amazing, because we could think about the manuscript, see how it was done and think not only about the content, but also form.”

“I think that for me was most interesting the part with testers, as the feedback proved very useful and helpful for our prototype.”

“Reachable milestones and targets – everyone had something to show for their work by the final presentation.”