The third M+ Hackathon, ‘City of Objects’, will take place online on 1–15 August 2020. We invite students, designers, artists, technologists, and cultural enthusiasts to embark on a journey that explores the concept of objects through different lenses—everyday life, personal and cultural identities, and virtuality. The format of this hackathon will be in the style of a two-week online design thinking workshop where facilitators Chun-wo Pat and Christian Marc Schmidt will invite participants to create projects that examine, interpret, and activate objects in a visual culture context. Participants are encouraged to make use of design practices to engage with a wide range of materials, from photographs to data sets. The M+ Collections open data set will also be made available through the M+ open access programme—over 6,200 records can be explored on the M+ Collections Beta platform, via the M+ GitHub repository and the public M+ API.

No knowledge of coding is required to participate in this hackathon, and any out-of-the-box software and techniques can be used.

Read more and join the discussion here.

1–15 August 2020 (Saturday-Saturday)


Christian Marc Schmidt, Principal & Founder, Schema
Chun-wo Pat, Founder & Owner, Whitespace Integrated Design

Team final presentations will be reviewed by a judging panel of M+ staff and external judges.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First prize: 10,000 Hong Kong dollars
  • First runner-up: 5,000 Hong Kong dollars

Join as an individual or as a team of up to four.

Two-week design thinking workshop on 1–15 August 2020:

Week 1 1 August 2020
2 August 2020
3–9 August 2020
(Monday- Sunday)
Breakout session for individual teams and week-end check-in
Week 2 10–14 August 2020
(Monday- Friday)
Breakout session for individual teams
15 August 2020
Final presentation



  • The event will be held entirely online. A computer and stable network connection are required for online activities during the hackathon. Guidelines, reference materials, and tools will be shared with participants after registration.
  • Staff of M Plus Museum Limited (‘M+’) and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and their family members are NOT allowed to participate in this event.

Please contact Ms Lo or at (852) 2200 0707 during office hours.

About the Facilitators:

‘M+ Online Hackathon—City of Objects’ is developed in collaboration with Chun-wo Pat and Christian Marc Schmidt. This edition of the M+ Hackathon is the first event in ‘ObjectiCity’, a series of workshops designed by Pat and Christian that aims to encourage creative thinking and projects through unpacking the politics of objects in relation to their social and cultural contexts.

Chun-wo Pat
Chun-wo Pat holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and is a New York-based designer, educator, and researcher. Pat is the founder and owner of Whitespace Integrated Design (est. 1996) which provides creative services to non-profit organisations, educational/cultural institutions, and business corporations. He has taught typography, data visualisation, and cross-cultural design from private institutions to community colleges, and lectured at several universities around the world. As one of the most highly regarded cross-cultural designers/typographers, Pat has written and published articles to advance the field and has created many commissioned public projects with polylingual typography, both nationally and internationally.

Christian Marc Schmidt
Christian Marc Schmidt is Founder/Principal of Schema, a research and design firm based in Seattle. Schema’s core focus is on the intersection of design thinking and data visualisation. Christian holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His work has received recognition from organisations such as D&AD, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and the Industrial Designers Society of America. Among other publications, Christian’s writing has appeared in ARCADE Magazine, Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design, and the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping. Christian has taught in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University, the Visual Communication Design program at the University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts.

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