CODE 2023 hackathon weekend

On 3-5 March the CODE 2023 start their co-creation process

The hackathon weekend, held from 3–5 March, is the second step in CODE 2023. CODE is a project initiated  in response to the growing concern that we are losing agency over the digital tools and platforms we use on a daily basis. Artists and non-artists come together to create awareness for issues at hand, by defining ways in which we can improve laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers. The hackathon is the first (physical) co-creation weekend between the Dutch, German and Belgian participants of the 2023 edition. New connections were formed and inspiration is flowing. We are excited about the upcoming months of CODE 2023.

After a kick-off meeting in February, this was the first opportunity for the participants to meet physically in the green environment of the Dutch city of Arnhem. The focus of this hackathon was for the participants to get to know each other and try to formulate issues which could be addressed during CODE 2023. This was done by stimulating  dialogue, following workshops and eventually forming groups. From here on a firm base is laid to continue ideas for the following months of this project. 

On the first day, participants got the chance to listen to inspiring talks from our CODE mentors: Belgian curator, art critic and founder of the blog we make money not art Régine Debatty and curator, producer and co-founder of SALOON Brussels Camilla Colombo. Régine and Camilla discussed different works that might be of inspiration to the participants. Moreover methods were shown on how to influence European policy. 

The second day was a deep dive into the issues that the participants found most crucial. Everyone had an opportunity to share their thoughts on an area in which digital agency needed to be reclaimed. By engaging in this plenary discussion, room was created to find out which participants shared mutual interests. In addition an overview was provided to whom could bring different angles or skill sets to a potential project. After these plenary discussions, smaller groups were formed to find common ground and ideas for projects.

Throughout the day the discussions continued and participants moved around various groups to find the right match. Afterwards there was time for a more casual interaction during a walk and lunch break in the Arnhem forest. For dinner the participants gathered in the Food Hall Arnhem..

On the final day all groups presented what they had been discussing over the weekend. This included which issues they wanted to address and how they potentially want to shape their project. After the presentation the mentors and participants from other groups gave valuable feedback. Thanks to this input the presented ideas now have the chance to develop further into possible future projects.


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