Art Hack Weekend SF: A WebGL + HTML5 Hackathon



Art Hack Weekend SF is an opportunity for San Francisco’s leading web designers, developers, artists and hackers to exchange concepts, projects, and to create the next phase of cutting edge web apps. The hackathon hopes to attract all who seek to push pixels out of the screen and implement highly dynamic and interactive creative experiences into their websites. With you, we hope to not just reimagine the future of the web but actually build it.

More than just a weekend hackathon, Art Hack Weekend SF will focus on unearthing new properties of the web by exploring the nature of how we build and interact with 3D objects. This hackathon’s aim is to transcend the traditional 2D experience of the internet by combining radical thinkers that dream of projects outside of the screen, but interpolate them into an web-based experience. When the Bay Area’s preeminent innovators and creatives gather together the results always yield useful projects, products, and partnerships that largely exceed the sum of their parts.

As our culture migrates onto the internet at a startling rate, we become increasingly dependent upon the use of creative applications to better understand the world we’re living in. We believe that merging technologists hailing from a variety of backgrounds with artists and other creative thinkers harvests unforeseen projects that shine light into the uncharted corners of the internet. Over the course of the weekend, web design’s playful sensibilities meet progressive visions of contemporary culture to push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible.


You are encouraged to join even if you don’t have an idea, haven’t worked much with WebGL/HTML5 before, or are not a coder. Come find a team to work with and help bring new projects to life!


Cost: Free with registration!
Location: GAFFTA, 998 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Friday, March 2nd, 6-10pm

+ Presentations from leading HTML5 + WebGL coders
+ Hackathon meet and greet over pizza and beers

Saturday, March 3rd, 10am-midnight

+ Development time

Sunday, March 4th, 10am-4pm

+ Development time

Sunday, March 4th, 4pm-7pm (Open to the public)

+ Project Demos
+ Jury deliberation
+ Awards ceremony
+ Party

Awards and Exhibition:

At the end of the two-day hackathon, participants will present their projects before a jury of experts (curators, artists, GAFFTA and The Creators Project staff).

The jury will select a number of projects to award a project development stipend and will have the opportunity to show their works-in-progress at the The Creators Project: San Francisco event taking place March 17-18th at Fort Mason.

The Creators Project and GAFFTA will also host a panel discussion at The Creators Project event at Fort Mason where the selected artists will present and explain their work.

Watch the Creators Project video profile on the winning projects from Art Hack Weekend NYC.


+ Incubate the nascent phases of several precocious and creative web applications that reflect the potential of WebGL and HTML5
+ Raise the bar and develop a new artistic standard for web developers working with WebGL and HTML5
+ Integrate the communities of artists, developers, designers, musicians, filmmakers, and creatives of all kinds
+ Display several leading projects developed at the hackathon at The Creators Project: San Francisco event, March 17-18

Ground Rules:

+ Projects should have a strong connection to the arts—visual art, music, film, gaming, etc.—with a strong creative concept as the foundation of the work.
+ Projects should not be under development prior to the start of the event. Pre-existing code libraries, APIs, sketches, and similar raw materials are allowed, but the spirit of the event encourages participants to build what they can in 36 hours.
+ Choose an Open Source Initiative-approved license, or, if for a non-code project, a Creative Commons license if an OSI license does not meet your needs.
+ Projects must be based in HTML5 or WebGL, but can be combined with any number of other tools and resources.
+ We encourage participants to work with at least one person at the event who they don’t already know.
+ We encourage coders and non-coders to work together, with both types actively participating throughout the project’s development.