MDEA Connect Webinar > The Met 3D Hackathon: Practical Lessons for Your Institution

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This slide deck created by Don Undeen is from a MIDEA Connect webinar that took place May 1, 2013. Don Undeen is the Media Lab Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York & spoke about how museums are in a great position to engage the maker and hacker communities.

In June of 2012, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in cooperation with MakerBot Industries, invited 30 digital artists into the museum to photograph collection sculptures, turn those images into digital 3D models, make new works based on those models, and print them on MakerBot's 3D printers. Undeen explained in the webinar how the Hackathon is a springboard for considering practical possibilities in any institution. He also discussed inexpensive software and hardware that opens up new possibilities for engagement with art lovers of all ages and abilities, and delved into the DIY spirit of cooperation.

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MDEA Connect Webinar > The Met 3D Hackathon: Practical Lessons for Your Institution

  1. 1. 3D Hackathon The Met / Makerbot Brought to You by MetMediaLab Practical Lessons for your Institution
  2. 2. Survey Questions
  3. 3. Redacted
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  5. 5. Jonathan Dehan
  6. 6. Lessons • Show, don t tell • Go where the interesting people are • YOU are interesting! • Ask for stuff for free!
  7. 7. Redacted
  8. 8. Lec Maj
  9. 9. Free!
  10. 10. Game-Changer $0 + $0 = Priceless
  11. 11. Let s have a Hackathon! More Artists = More Ideas! speculative problem space? unclear metrics for success ? unfamiliar technology? big community of smart creatives? cool content?
  12. 12. Lessons • Leave room for ideas to change and grow • Find good partners • Community! • Trust younger staff, support risk-taking • Steal ideas (give credit) !
  13. 13. What s a Hackathon? • Compressed time period • Smart people who make things • Caffeine • Broadly defined problems • Intrinsic reward
  14. 14. Hackathon in THE MET? logistics? communications? press? budget? tradition? curators? cultural sensitivity? physical space? catering? security? wifi? visitor servces?
  15. 15. Erin Jackie Me
  16. 16. Lessons • Listen to the voices of experience. • Be prepared to compromise
  17. 17. American Oceania Arms and Armor Asian
  18. 18. I Bless This List
  19. 19. • No Acquisition • Share your work • Use Approved Objects, Please Artists:
  20. 20. • No Pre-Press • Insurance! • No promotional activity at event Makerbot:
  21. 21. Swallow the Bitter Pill
  22. 22. Have a Documentation Plan • Operating Systems • Tools • Software (free? expensive? ease of use?) • Techniques • Resources
  23. 23. Survey Results •  Openscad •  3D Studio Max •  Maya •  Mixology Modo •  Zbrush •  Mudbox •  Wacom Tablets •  Windows and Mac •  MeshMixer •  Netfabb •  MeshLab •  Sculptress •  Rhino •  Cinema 4D •  Blender •  Replicator G
  24. 24. Lesson • Printing is SLOW
  25. 25. + =
  26. 26. + =
  27. 27. We Met Heads On By Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
  28. 28. Success?
  29. 29. We all learned a lot!
  30. 30. Good Press
  31. 31. thingiverse.com/met
  32. 32. Relationships
  33. 33. Main Points •  Not a core museum skill (new tech thing x) •  Not a huge museum priority on its own •  Uncertain, surprising results •  Enthusiastic Community •  Data sharing •  Inspiration is a two-way street
  34. 34. Community Culture Inspiration Museums Creative Technologists Content History Knowledge Authority Expertise Enthusiasm Curiosity Time
  35. 35. Community Culture Inspiration Museums Creative Technologists Content History Knowledge Authority Expertise Enthusiasm Curiosity Time $$? Vendors
  36. 36. Principles • Get Involved and Make Things ™ • NOT Museum Agenda-Driven • Intrinsic Reward • Open Data, Code, Results • Play along at home
  37. 37. Potential Pitfalls • Acquisition? • Free labor? • Favoritism? • Intimidation? • Overpromising? • Bad Actors?
  38. 38. Making it Work for You • Relationships are #1, #2, and #3 • Low expectations, budget, commitment • Build on small wins • Share
  39. 39. Questions? @donundeen Don.undeen@metmuseum.org

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