VC CultTech Hackathon

Startups, Tech innovators and developer teams meet for two days to create solutions that will impact the future of arts and culture. The solutions will be presented during a hackathon closing event at 16:00 on September 21, 2017.

Tech meets arts & culture



Vienna Contemporary together with Pioneers Discover brings tech solutions to Viennese cultural institutions in a first of its kind event.

Tech innovators and developers meet for two day to create solutions that will impact the future of arts and culture. The solutions will be presented at the closing event during the viennacontemporary.


The VC CultTech Hackathon is at the intersection of art and IT and encourages international tech experts and startups to solve problems for the participating art institutions through the use of technology. Participation in the hackathon is a unique chance for the cultural institutions to get inspiration and fresh ideas from digital natives through exposing their business models and problems to them.



Hackathon Challenges



Kunsthistorisches Museum • Ticketing 

 How can we improve the ticketing & purchasing process for art institutions?


• How might we sell more tickets? 


• How might we integrate new payment solutions?


• How might we keep contact with the customer after sales?



Wiener Staatsoper • Customer Journey & Art Experience 

How can we enhance the customer experience in the opera house?


• How might we digitalize the stay in the Opera house from arrival to departure?


• How might we enhance the art experience through new technologies? 


• How might we integrate community building features?



Viennacontemporary • Decision support & art-education


How can we help art lovers to make buying decisions at the Art Fair?


• How can the fair organizers and the galleries convert visitors to art buyers & collectors, also after the fair? 


• How might we provide information on art pieces & artists in an interesting & engaging way before the fair? (storytelling, art education, gamification, interaction,..) and what could be the role of the galleries.



Wiener Festwochen • Information & communication on site 


How can you communicate the program of the festival in a new way?


• How might we inform the user quickly & instantly of what is happening?


• How might we create a better experience (orientation/ navigation/information) on spot? 


• How might we raise awareness of the events?



Stadt Wien
• Concept for Culture Platform
(Hacker Group: Agencies)


How can we design an overarching digital platform for all arts & culture offers and activities in Vienna?


• How might we represent all cultural offers (institutions, events, happenings,..) of Vienna in an appealing digital format?


• How can we show the offers & activities in an interesting and appealing way? 


• How might we engage with the audience and create a community around the platform?

Who are we looking for?

Since this event is at the intersection of arts, culture and technology we are looking for a diverse group of participants. If you are a startup please apply here:




In the case that you haven't founded your startup or are a student or software developer who wants to showcase his/her skills please apply here: 



Why participate?

Because your heart beats for tech and art.


As every hackathon it is your opportunity to meet like-minded people, have fun, drinks, establish new relationships, introduce your craziest ideas, show off your talent, learn from your peers and create something new within limited time.


If it is not enough, we have more in store for you:





Become a part of the Pioneers network 


Pioneers’ 18 tickets are at stake!In addition to the tickets, the winner gets a coaching session by Pioneers Ventures team and a match-making session with international corporates by Pioneers Discover.

Collaborate with  arts & culture institutions


Use your chance to work and establish relationships with the most established and traditional Vienniese art institutions and get a valuable track record for your CV and Startup.

Join the arts scene



Take your time at the promiment contemporary fair, mingle with art experts and buyers. For art enthusiasts, the partners have organized special treats like exclusive guided tours and annual memberships.

Hackathon Days


 HACK • 19.09 - 21.09

Two days of rapid prototyping. 8 Startups with over 30 participants will shape the future of arts in Vienna, Austria.


 CLOSING EVENT • 21.09 -16:00

See the final pitches and outcomes of the participating Startups and meet with international ecosystem innovators.


Project Partner
Partner (active visitors)
Supported by


Hackathon applications running until August 20, 2017 till 12am
Selected startups will be informed by End August 2017
Hackathon days September 19-21, 2017
Closing Event (incl. team pitches) September 21, 2017, 16:00
Location: Marx Halle, Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, 1030 Wien

Questions? Contact us

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Startups & developers teams

Pioneers Discover