Our annual Let's Make Stuff hackathons enable staff and students to work alongside creative industry partners to turn their research into digital media prototypes
Let's Make Stuff is an annual hackathon organised by The Centre for Media Research, aimed at staff and students. The hackathon is the second part of our 'research-led production process', where research ideas presented at We Make Stuff, our public engagement events, are developed as research-led digital media content with a creative industry partner.
In doing so, Let's Make Stuff facilitates a strategic research impact mechanism for supporting socially engaged collaboration across theory and practice, as well as in related industry/community impact.
Let's Make Stuff 2019: Bathscape
Bath City Farm and Newton Park
The inaugural Let's Make Stuff hackathon aimed to prototype film, 360-degree video and social media content in partnership with Bathscape, whose vision is to ensure that Bath is better recognised and experienced as a landscape city. Students and staff were based at Bath City Farm for the first day, speaking to residents and guests about the richness of the Bath landscape while generating creative ideas for how to gather footage from the Farm that could be used online to capture the imagination of the local Bath community.
On the second day of the hackathon, students and staff worked in teams at Newton Park to produce interactive, multi-platform media content that aimed to inspire the local community to engage with rural Bath, and which was published on the Bathscape website. Teams worked across a range of skill-sets: research, creative ideation, user experience design, and technical development.