24-hour coding marathon around the future of photography and visual culture


Photo Hack Day is a 24-hour coding marathon where developers, designers, makers and visual artists come together to rapidly prototype new photo applications.

Powered by lightning fast internet, great food and tons of coffee, we’ll hack the future of photography. Big prizes, an international jury and recognition within the community are waiting for you.

You can get your tickets for the event on our event website.

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32,419 in prizes

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits

$5,000 AWS Credits. $2,500 divided among all participants.

Grand Prize

The winning team will be awarded €1500 in cash to be shared among the members of the team.

Runners Up

The runners up team will be awarded $2500 courtesy of Amazon Web Services.

Audience Award

The audience favorite receives 3x a Canon G7x with a RRP of €600 (per camera) courtesy of Canon.

INSPIRE challenge

2x Sony Action Camera

CREATE challenge

The team with the best submission in the CREATE challenge receives 3x a Canon Legria Mini X with a RRP of €300 (per camera) courtesy of Canon.

DISCOVER challenge

The team with the best submission in the DISCOVER challenge receives 3x Canon SELPHIE CP 900 printer with a RRP of €100 (per printer) courtesy of Canon.

EXPERIENCE challenge

The team with the best submission in the EXPERIENCE challenge receives a Xbox One 500GB Fifa 2016 bundle. We'll also throw in copies of Killer Instinct Combo Breaker and RARE Replay Collection. Total Xbox package value is €400 courtesy of Imaging Mind

Best use of Creative SDK (3)

The team that demonstrates best use of the Creative SDK will receives 3 Creative Cloud subscriptions for 1-year courtesy of Adobe.

Beste use of Narrative API

The team that makes best use of the Narrative API will receive 3 2nd generation Narrative Clips with a RRP € 229 each courtesy of Narrative.

Best use of EyeVision API

The team that makes best use of the EyeVision API will receive 1x DJI Phantom 3 Standard Camera Drone courtesy of EyeEm.

Best Camera Bag hack

4x Crumpler Bag courtesy of Crumpler for the best camera bag hack.

Best Analog Hack

The team with the best analog hack will receive the Lomo'Instant Black: the most versatile, customizable instant camera around. Shoot beautiful photos wherever you go and share them instantly. RRP €99 (per camera).

Best use of ascribe API

The team that makes best use of the ascribe API will receive 4x a 1-month workspace in Berlin courtesy of Ascribe.

Best use of Stripe API

150x €15,000 in free Stripe processing vouchers. Provided by Stripe.

Best use of Evercam API

The team that makes best use of the Evercam API will receive 3x 2MP Hikvision Networked IP Cameras courtesy of Evercam (think Dropcam for hackers!)

Best use of Kite API

The team that makes best use of the Kite Print API will receive €2.000 in Kite credits, free mentoring if they bring the product to market, and € 300 in cash to be divided among the members of the team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Who Can Participate?

1. The event is open to registered participants of the event who are at least 18. Participants under the age of 18 should be registered and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

2. There is no purchase necessary to enter the event but only entries from registered, eligible participants can be considered by the jury 


What teams will submit on Sunday (if all goes well):

  • A functioning software application (mobile/web), web service, hardware prototype (that is connected through a service).
  • Slidedeck 5 slides about the thinking and process (for judges, you won't present the slides on stage, only the hack)
  • 5 screenshots (HD resolution) of the product/service (video = bonus points). This can be a Vine-style MVP demonstration. 
  • On-stage demo as part of the submission that clearly showcases and demonstrates the appliation and user experience of the software application, prototype and/or service.

How to enter

Photo Hack Day will be held at Colonia Nova starting on November 28-29, 2015. Prior to the start time, you must be registered to participate in Photo Hack Day online at http://www.photohackday.com Participants under the age of 18 should be registered and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Teams consist out of 3 - 5 people and can be formed either in advance or during the event.

We have three target groups for this event:

DEVELOPERS, DESIGNERS, ARTISTS/CREATIVES – Tickets are only for hackers who wish to participate and work on hack projects to present. If you are not working on a project please register for a SPECTATOR Ticket. Tickets are available on a limited basis (max. 150 people). 

SPONSORS & API PARTNERS – There are many ways for companies to partner with the Hackathon. To learn how you can provide support for the developer community, please contact sponsor@imagingmind.com

SPECTATORS – Tickets for everyone who does not participate as either hacker or sponsor will be for sale but you will have to buy one in advance.


Alberto Spinelli

Alberto Spinelli
Digital Services Director @ Canon Europe

Ramzi Rizk

Ramzi Rizk
CTO @ EyeEm

Sven Ehmann

Sven Ehmann
Creative Director @ gestalten

Nancy Birkhölzer

Nancy Birkhölzer
Managing Director @ IXDS

Julia Kloiber

Julia Kloiber
Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity – the WOW factor
    Is it an amazing, original and innovative idea?
  • Positive Impact / Value
    The scale of the potential positive impact on the lives of people. "Enriching lives through imaging" is what this criteria is all about.
  • User Interface & Design
    Does the entry have an user interface & experience that is gorgeous, easy to use and fast?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the entry technically interesting or difficult? Were there real technical challenges to surmount?