GLAMhack24 – Anniversary Edition

  • GLAM
  • Hackathon

Workshop and Open GLAM Night, Thu, 5 Sept. 2024 @ Neubad, Bireggstrasse 36, Lucerne
Open Cultural Data Hackathon, Fri/Sat, 6 -7 Sept. 2024 ZHB Luzern, Sempacherstrasse 10

Noon breaks & Presentations @ Moderne Bar & Karussell, Pilatusstrasse 21 

Sign up now for the 10th Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon in Lucerne. Tickets are free*

Datasets | Challenges | Program Thursday | Program Friday-Saturday | Organizers | Sponsors

Two mountaineers, presumably on the Titlis towards the Wenden Glacier. Weber-Strebel, Joseph Maria, 1905.
CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication. Graphic design: L’équipe visuelle.

The Swiss OpenGLAM working group unites cultural institutions, software developers, digital humanists, artists, Wikipedians, and other enthusiasts with a shared goal of advancing openness among galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM). Within the collaborative environment of the GLAMhack, we engage in joint experimentation, innovation, and artistic creation, exploring the realms of cultural content and digital tools. Our focus spans research initiatives, web and mobile applications, Wikipedia, artistic creations, and a variety of other use cases aimed at fostering openness and creativity.

Join us for GLAMhack24 in Lucerne, where creativity meets innovation, and help us shape the digital transformation of the heritage sector:

  • We are starting on Thursday, 5 September 2024, at Neubad, with an Afternoon Workshop on GLAM & Digital Humanities. After dinner, we will celebrate an Open GLAM Night, which is open to the public. 
  • The Hackathon itself takes place on Friday/Saturday, 6-7 September 2024, at Moderne Bar & Karussell and Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern (ZHB): Develop concepts, create prototypes, or engage in artistic creation in a co-creative setting, utilizing open cultural data.

This Year’s Theme: “On the Move”

Throughout history, people have left their homes for a variety of reasons and have found themselves in faraway places. This has led to encounters with foreign lands, their inhabitants, their customs, their flora and fauna. Cultural heritage collections are full of artifacts resulting from and bearing witness to those people “on the move”: archival records, travel reports, audiovisual documents, object collections, oral histories etc. These artifacts weave an invisible web between people and places, between events and stories being told about them, between heritage collections and scholars, and between the people of every generation making sense of them – through artistic creation, through the (de-)construction of collective memories, or by exploiting them in the pursuit of political or economic interests.

The thematic focus is intended as a source of inspiration; hackathon participants are free to work on other topics related to cultural heritage.


SHARE YOUR DATA in view of the upcoming Open Cultural Data Hackathon:

You may own yourself cultural data that you are ready to share. Please look at the infosheets and if you have any questions, feel free to contact:

New Datasets

The list of new datasets that have been made available in view of this year’s hackathon will follow shortly.

Selection of Earlier Datasets

Below is a selection of earlier datasets that fit in well with this year’s theme:

You may also want to consult our full list of open datasets for further inspiration.

Hackathon Challenges

Do you already have a challenge or an idea for a project to work on during the hachakthon? – If yes, feel free to share it on our challenges page. You will be invited to pitch your challenge or project idea at the beginning of the hackathon to invite others to form a team and work on it during the event.

Workshop GLAM & Digital Humanities (Thursday Afternoon)

The Swiss network for the digital humanities DARIAH-CH is setting up a GLAM Working Group. The new working group’s mission is to strengthen the cooperation between the Heritage Sector, the Cultural Sector, Public Administration, and the Digital Humanities in the area of data and data infrastructures.

If you are a researcher, work in the cultural heritage field, or are otherwise interested in the topic, you are welcome to join us for this workshop where we will start devising the action plan of this working group.

Thursday, 5th September 2024Program (location: Neubad)
15:15 – 17:15Workshop GLAM & Digital Humanities
18:00 – 19:30Dinner at Neubad (at participants’ own expense)

Open GLAM Night (Thursday Evening)

Celebrate with us the Open GLAM Night at Lucerne Neubad with contributions from Mexican artists, a participatory performance of the Swiss Afro-Cuban artist Ivonne Gonzalez, and a kaleidoscope of “remarkable” Lucernese people.

The first part of the event will be live-streamed to one of the cinemas of the Complejo Cultural of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), our Mexican partner organization.

The event is open to the public at large. Admission is free. Consumption at Neubad is at participants’ own expense. No registration is required if you plan to attend only this public event.

The detailed programme is available here.

Thursday, 5th September 2024 Program Open GLAM Night (location: Neubad)
19:00Opening of the Doors
19:30 – 19:45Welcome and Opening of the Open GLAM Night
19:45 – 20:45CultureFLOW – Artistic Projects from our Mexican Partner University
21:00 – 21:45Re-Imagining Future Collections – Immersive Performance
21:45 – 23:00Famous Lucernese People on the Move
00:30Closing Time
Times are in CEST (UTC +2), live-streaming from 11:30 to 13:00 Puebla time (UTC -6).

Hackathon Program (Friday & Saturday)

The hackathon takes place from Friday morning to Saturday evening at Moderne Bar & Karussell/ZHB Luzern. We will meet on Friday morning in the Moderne Bar & Karussell (Pilatusstrasse 21). Then we will inform you about the locations and where exactly the workplaces are. Note that the detailed programme is subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact Gaston Wey.

Friday, 6th September 2024Program
08:30 – 09:00Check-in, Breakfast
09:00 – 09:20Opening Session
09:20 – 09:40Presentation of the datasets
09:45 – 11:00Presentation of Challenges / Idea Pitching (3 minutes per person)
11:00 – 12:00Group Creation – First Group Meeting
12:00 – 13:00Noon Break
12:00 – 18:30Work in groups
18:30 – 20:00Dinner
from 20:00-23:30Work in groups (“night shift”)
Saturday, 7th September 2024
08:30 – 09:00Breakfast, Foyer
09:15 – 09:30Check-in “Welcome to Day 2”
09:30 – 13:00Work in groups
13:00 – 14:00Lunch

Work in groups
15:30 – 17:00Final Project Presentations
17:00 – 18:00Apéro/End


This event is organized by the OpenGLAM CH Working Group of the association, with contributions from:
Beat Estermann (Member of the Board; Lead Open GLAM Programme a.i.)

Oleg Lavrovsky (Technical Support)
Jonas Lendenmann (Dataset Team)

Lionel Walter (Lead Dataset Team)
Gaston Wey (Support Project Coordination)

Christian Erlinger (Dataset Team, Host Institution)

Benjamin Flämig (Director, Host Institution)
Simone Rosenkranz (Open Science Manager, Host Institution)
Juliette Wyler (Coordinator, Host Institution)
Sandra Palacios (Coordination CultureFLOW @ BUAP, México)
Birk Weiberg

Enrico Natale (Documentation)
Swiss National Museum
Pierre-Louis Blanchard (Dataset Team)
Wikimedia CH
Sandra Becker (Support Programme Team)
(c) Leo Finotti, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern

Free as in freedom

We thank our sponsors for being able to offer free tickets and support to all GLAMhack participants. However, places are strictly limited and we hope to account for everyone. If you register for an event and do not show up, this means that someone else may not be able to participate, and it will generate food waste. Therefore we kindly ask you to notify us as soon as you can in the event of sickness or change of plans. Failing to do this, we ask you to make a voluntary donation of 100 CHF.

What else….

Watch the the project presentations of the GLAMHack 2023 in Geneva.

Learn more about the first nine Open Swiss Cultural Data Hackathons.

In the meantime, follow on TwitterLinkedIn.

Check out our open GLAM Newsletter and Newsletter.

Stay tuned for more or write to [gaston.wey at] for more information.

Curious about all things GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums)? Check out our website.

We can’t wait to see and hack with you!

Host partner


International Cooperation Partner

Communication Partner