Note: The deadline for this call has passed and submissions are no longer being accepted. You can click here to check out the selected teams!

Art-A-Hack 2016

Announcing Art-A-Hack™ 3 - a collaborative creation between groups of artists/engineers, designers/makers, or whatever combination arises based on your project proposals.

Previous years of Art-A-Hack included inventions, installations, collaborations, performances, which you can read about in the report, watch in the live-streamed video or see in the blog.

This year promises more fantastic opportunities!


This year our partner is Integrated Digital Media of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Art-A-Hackers will have access to their motion-capture and VR studio and facilities!

Are you interested in taking part? To apply now, please read the Open Call below and send your ideas to [email protected]. We really want to work with you!

Make sure you are available to take part on the dates of June 11, 18, 25, July 9 and July 15. Send us your ideas, we'll team you up with like-minded souls, and you can blast off into the stratosphere together.

The deadline for applications is Monday April 18 - early applications are appreciated.

Open Call

Here's the deal: we will provide space for four Saturdays (10am-6pm) in June and July, equipment, facilitation and advice, and stellar showcase opportunities.


During four Saturdays (June 11, 18, 25 & July 9) we will co-create at Thoughtworks New York, and NYU Tandon. There will be a pre-event social on the evening of Wednesday, June 8, as well as a well-earned closing party July 15 to present your final work, chat, network and land back on the planet.

How to apply

To apply, send your ideas now to [email protected]. Describe a project idea you want to try, the technologies you'd like to get into, or the skills you have to contribute.

Please include info on any technical tools you know, or a project proposal you have. If you want to focus on a subject area, or social issue, let us know. Please also confirm that you are available on the dates listed below.


When we receive your applications, we will match you up with others to help you achieve your ambitions.

Each year we group people together around the most compelling proposals. This means your specific idea may not be selected, in which case we will try to find you a team and a project which matches your skills and interests.

This is an ad-hoc process, and we can't always match everybody to teams, but we work hard to create aligned teams and have had great results from the process.

Dates for your calendar

Here's a list of scheduled dates to mark off in your calendars. Please make sure if you are going to apply that you are available for all of the listed dates!

  • April 18 (midnight)— Deadline for applications
  • June 8 (6pm-9pm)— Pre-event Social
  • June 11 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 1
  • June 18 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 2
  • June 25 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 3
  • July 9 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 4
  • July 15 (6pm-10pm)— Presentation at Thoughtworks and/or NYU Tandon

Equipment you can use

We have all kinds of equipment available, just for the asking!

Equipment we have available

Virtual Reality

  • Oculus Rifts (Development and Consumer versions)
  • Powerful VR computers
  • Motion capture studio and VR lab

Video & 3D Video

  • GoPro-based 3D video rig
  • RGBDToolkit (for Xtion, Kinect 1)
  • DepthKit (for Kinect 2)
  • Webcams

Brain-Computer Interface

  • Muse Headset
  • Emotiv EPOC+ with EEG data
  • OpenBCI

Body Interface

  • Leap Motion
  • Kinect 1, Kinect 2
  • Myo Armband
  • More on request


  • A drone!


  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • LittleBits
  • Arduino (LilyPad, Uno, etc)
  • nRF51's with Bluetooth Mesh capabilities
  • BeagleBone
  • Studio with soldering facilities
  • Various sheilds, sensors, actuators, components (we can order more if required)

Presentation Facilities

  • Projectors
  • Touchscreen monitor
  • PA/Sound system

Ellen Pearlman
Director and Curator
Volumetric Society of New York
Contact: [email protected]

Andy McWilliams
Artist, Technologist
Contact: [email protected]