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Hacking EAST APIs for Art

2/15/2014 8:00 AM - 2/16/2014 12:00 PM

The goal of this hackathon is to create a mobile app that helps local artists list their works, and people more effectively share the works with their network of art-appreciating friends and family.

Calling Austin software developers!

If you have enjoyed attending the EAST Studio Tour (or other studio tours around the country) here is your chance to give back. For two days over the weekend of February 15th, 2014, we’ll be hosting a hackathon at the GoLab co-work space in downtown Austin to build an app to help artists list their works, and help people more effectively share the works with their network of art-appreciating friends and family around the globe.

A mobile app would solve a few problems. Austin’s community of artists make our city a much more inspiring and fun place to live. But unfortunately, Austin’s population of artists probably exceeds the size of the art-buying market. A mobile app that enabled people to tweet photos of art out to their network could help artists reach a larger market of potential buyers.

Another benefit of a mobile app is to enable artists in out-of-the-way locations to get their work seen by more people–leveraging the people who make the effort to see individual studios that are not in an art-studio mecca.

The goal of the hackathon is to create a mobile app. Extra points for a cross browser solution (Cordova… hint, hint…) or perhaps an HTML5 application. The APIs and sample data will be provided to the app developers (more detail to be posted here soon). The registration / authentication system will also be given.


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SXSW Interactive Badge (4)


Winning team members will each receive a SXSW Interactive Badge (up to four total.)

Art from local Austin artists (2)


Runner-ups will receive their choice of paintings donated by local Austin artists.

1mo. Dedicated Desk at the GoLab


One month of dedicated work space in the GoLab Gallery located in downtown Austin, TX.


All are welcome and eligible to participate in this challenge.


All app submissions should follow these requirements:

Interface for artist to take a photo of the artwork, enter summary info, and upload

An EAST attendee can find an artist by searching or by entering the site number

After finding a specific art work, the attendee can push the artwork to her social networks

The app should be able to generate a QR code, which the artist can print and affix next to their art to facilitate people posting the artwork.


Mike Schwartz

Mike Schwartz

CEO at Gluu

John Goff

John Goff

Senior Interaction Designer at Ebay

Jeff Kramer

Jeff Kramer

Senior Software Engineer at HP Cloud Services

Tina Schweiger

Tina Schweiger

President at YellowFin Strategy + Design, E.A.S.T. Artist

Judging Criteria

Ease of Use

Should be extremely easy to use for non-tech savvy artists and fans.


Extra points and consideration for all submissions that make use of a cross-device platform such as Apache Cordova (

Use of provided materials

Submissions should all follow the app guidelines and make use of sample data and provided API's.

How to enter

Pre-register online (blue button on top right) with a description of your skill-sets. Indicate whether you are seeking a team to join or list your intended team members and project description.

Use the Discussions tab to find collaborators, suggest projects, recommend topics for exploration, etc.

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