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Drumroll please… Hack the Bass winners are…

Posted on September 17, 2012

And the winners of the first hackathon for the arts in Miami, announced Sunday night, are…

* First place went to Team 7: Alexandra Saba (age 19), Alfonso Guerra (age 48) from Apokalypse Software Corp, and Chris Scott (age 24) from Gnome Labs. They won $5,000 in cash for their geolocation based app that allowed users to easily locate works of art scattered throughout the city and access information related to each piece for the Temporary Contemporary exhibit. (Photo of team shown at right).  http://www.bassmuseum.org/art/tc/

* The honorable mention, which awarded each of them museum memberships, went to Daniela Cadena (20) from SoShial Corp. and Jose M. Infante (21).

Hack The Bass was a social entrepreneurial weekend-long event put on by LAB Miami, the Bass Museum of Art and Knight Foundation to develop a mobile app for Bass’ Temporary Contemporary art project, where various public art will begin surfacing starting Nov. 2 in Miami Beach -– in parks, on the sides of buildings, in stores, etc.  Bass and the LAB Miami issued a challenge to developers and designers to work together to create an application that will map the public artworks as well as provide information and interactivity, according to LAB Miami. “We thought it would be great to bring together the tech community to build something for the public and that helped spread art,” said Wifredo Fernandez, one of the co-founders of LAB Miami. Read an earlier Starting Gate post about it here.

Ten teams competed in Hack the Bass. The winners will also be honored at the debut of the art project, where the app may be used. All of the participants will be receiving one week of free co-working space at LAB Miami. Congratulations teams!

This was the first hackathon for the arts but it won’t be the last, pledged Boris Hirmas Said, Florida International University’s entrepreneur in residence and a speaker and judge at the hackathon.

(Thanks to Pabla Ayala of CVOX Group for tweeting up a storm at #HacktheBass and providing the information and photos)