Tribeca Hacks <DOK>

Date: Oct. 28-30, 2014
Partner: DOK Leipzig

For our first German hackathon we partnered with DOK Leipzig and focused on interactive non-fiction storytelling.

Four hybrid teams of storytellers, designers, technologists and blackboxes worked together over the course of two days at the inspiring HALLE 14 in the Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany, to explore new tools and methods of story creation.

A jury composed of experts: Alexander Knetig from Arte, Irene Vandertop from Deep Inc. and Kristian Costa-Zahn from UFA selected one of the four projects, Spot The Difference, to be developed further at the NetLab.

Special thanks to the amazing DOK Leipzig team, jurors and our tutors—Thomas Wallner and AC Coppens—for making this hackathon such a great success. And, of course, the participants for their hard work and great energy.

Big thanks to our Interactive drinks sponsor DREFAbrik and to our Wi-Fi provider HL Komm for their support.


Spot The Difference (awarded project)

Hannah Kappes - Storyteller
Timo Maier - Blackbox
Kilian Krug - Designer
Christian Koschmieder – Technologist (Backend Development)
Lars Schumann - Technologist (Frontend Development)

The project, Spot The Difference, tells the story of image manipulation and some of its digital possibilities nowadays. We show how images can be used for (political) manipulation by changing their contexts or features. We want to empower the user and see if he/she will dare to manipulate an image of him/herself and publish it on social media. We also will provide real time statistics according to the publishing.

Coding Repositories:
Google Web Fonts ("News Cycle")


The Cardboard Curtain
optimized for FireFox

Malwina Antoniszczak – Blackbox/Storyteller

Cornelius Voigt – Blackbox

Robert Wolter – Designer/Technologist
Martin Czygan – Technologist

Sebastian Kannegießer – Technologist

The Cardboard Curtain tells the memories of three people who grew up during the end of the communist period in Eastern European countries. The user can follow the individual story of each character or the paths of four daily life themes that emerge from their memories. While watching the videos the audience will get a chance to experience a communist daily life through content-specific interaction. The viewers will have to make an effort or even struggle to watch some of the films. For instance, one of the videos, which tells the story of a propaganda music being played in public spaces, can only be heard once the viewer moves closer to the screen. The effort serves as a metaphor for the difficulty of life behind the Iron Curtain.

Learn more:


5 1/2 Characters In Search of a Story

Caterina Monzani – Storyteller
Bruno Pace – Blackbox
Georg Waldmann – Designer
Jens Wittmann – Technologist
Joerg Pfeiffer – Technologist

A bunch of lost negatives were found in an abandoned circus in Moldova. After being developed, they revealed intriguing images that provoked us to figure out the stories behind the scene. Possible relationships between characters are intermingled with real facts, breaking the delicate line between reality and fantasy. A labyrinthic network of strange associations gives a mythological dimension to a bunch of pictures of people that could, otherwise, just look dead. A soviet soap opera between the lines. 


100 of '89

Malgorzata Jurko - UI & Graphic Designer
Lars Blumberg - Software Engineer
Michael Geidel - Producer/Technologist
Ryan Green - Filmmaker
Zach Jama - Design Engineer/Filmmaker

Every Revolution needs a hero; but in reality, revolutions take a group of brave individuals, each from different backgrounds, joined together by a common goal: changing the world around them. 100 of ‘89 is a Mobile Application used to educate youth using their mobile devices.  This app will guide users on a walking tour of the Ring in Leipzig—the very same route used in the demonstrations 25 years ago.  The app will immerse users into the stories and content about the events of 1989 - an event that lead to the fall of communism and the reunification of Germany. 

Date: Oct. 28-30, 2014