Virtual Reality for Cyber-Archaeology Hackathon

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This Spring, VR Club at UCSD is partnering with the Center for Cyber-Archaeology & Sustainability at UCSD to host a VR Cyber-Archaeology hackathon. Participants will have 36 hours to create a Virtual Reality experience with applications for at-risk archaeological sites from the eastern Mediterranean region. All attendees will be provided with a wealth of archaeological data and VR equipment for their hacks.

When: Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9
Where: B210 (VR Lab) in EBU3 Basement & CSE1202 in EBU3 First Floor

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a coding marathon that lasts anywhere from 12 to 36 hours. During a Hackathon, students work with a team to create an innovative project completely from scratch, with no prior work allowed. Participants are provided with food, space, mentorship, and the equipment needed to complete their projects. At the end, all attendees will present their work, and judges will award prizes to the top projects.

Who can attend?

All UCSD students can apply for this Hackathon! We especially encourage students interested in archaeology or VR technology to attend. Teams will consist of 1-2 anthropology students, and 3-4 engineers, with a maximum team size of 5 students. Roughly 10 anthropology/archaeology students and 40 engineers will be selected from the applicant pool, for a total of 10 teams and 50 participants.

What should I bring?

Participants should bring a valid UCSD student ID, any toiletries needed during the hackathon, a sleeping bag or pillow for rest, and an open mind! We recommend students bring their own laptops, though VR ready computers will be provided during the event. Students will also be allowed to leave and return throughout the event for rest or any forgotten items.

What will be provided?

We’ll be providing all necessary VR hardware, space, data, computers, and computer peripherals. Food will also be provided at regular intervals throughout the event, though students will need to eat outside of the VR Lab. Additionally, there will be VR and archaeology workshops and mentors during the Hackathon.