Featuring a spectacular range of exhibits, hacklabs, events and interventions, from a flock of robot drones to billboards hijacked in augmented reality and stealth underwear, HACK THE CITY will invite citizens of Dublin to take control and adopt a hacker mindset to bend, tweak and mash-up Dublin’s existing urban systems – rethinking the city from the ground up.

Presented in unique collaboration with the Department of the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Dublin City Council, IBM, Dublin City of Science and EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), HACK THE CITY will feature the ingenuity of over 70 leading artists, scientists, engineers, designers and start-ups who are hacking, modding and rewiring the urban environment.

Highlights include:

  • A summer-long HACK THE CITY EXHIBITION at Science Gallery, which will see an expected 60,000 visitors deep-dive into the world of city-hacking; exploring the idea of cloaking their movements with stealth underwear, creating their own DIY cola, considering new uses for Dublin’s ghost estates and getting equipped to view an augmented reality art exhibition on hijacked billboards by artist Julian Oliver (winner, Prix Ars Electronica ‘Golden Nica’ award 2011).
  • Provocative CITY WORKS that will include a band of robotic buskers and ‘City is a Playground’, a series of citywide interventions transforming everyday urban objects into opportunistic games by artist Florian Rivière.
  • The HACKLAB - a living space at Science Gallery with an extensive workshop programme that amongst other will teach visitors to hack into wireless surveillance cameras, set up their own mobile networks and transform their spare bedrooms into artist residences.
  • IDEALAB, a previously vacant retail space on Dublin’s Capel Street that will nurture five enterprising ideas focusing on open-source transport, crowdsourcing of public services and solutions to dereliction. Presented in collaboration with Dublin City Council and IBM, the IDEALAB will invite the public to meet the teams working at IDEALAB daily.
  • An extensive events programme that includes Dublin’s first ever Mini Maker Faire, the biggest and best TEDxDublin to date, the next installment in the rapid-fire IGNITE Dublin talk series, and Science Gallery’s return to the Electric Picnic at Stradbally to HACK THE PICNIC through a distinct line-up of events, workshops and performances.

Hope to see you at the members launch party on June 21st - full details here.

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