Vitra invites you to be part of the first of 12 Work Hackathon events worldwide. You are challenged to submit an idea of the future work agenda that approaches current problems in the collaborative and social space. As the world is in a seamless stage of changes, conceptional solutions that question the status quo and react to our technological, economic, societal and urban conditions are required.
The Work Hackathons are open to anyone working at the intersection of engineering, technology, architecture, design, software developing, art and science. You are encouraged to be innovative beyond your area of expertise and create new tools for future collaborations and reflect the common understanding of creativity and space.
Our work environment is constantly changing due to disruptive technologies and developments of social and economic processes. These challenges are no problems to be solved at once. Instead of creating utopian concepts out of nowhere, the main idea of the Work Hackathon is to question common concepts of the collaborative workspace in the public an semi-public area.
Considering the partial failure of modern planning to create universal answers for utopian solutions, human behavior and social conditions, traditional office models seem to lack the capacity to articulate innovative alternatives to understand and react to rapid changes. How should we approach our technological, urban and societal changes, the way we live, work and see the world?
The Work Hackathon event has an interdisciplinary approach to come up with innovative ideas and to design radical alternatives on current problems in the field of collaborative work. Contrary to the already mentioned concept of universal design solutions, hacking always starts where other models have failed. Therefore, hacking can be seen as a tool to deal with challenges and solve them by optimizing existing conditions. It has become clear that new concepts cannot provide universal answers for every problem, but rather have to react on a contemporary state, to deconstruct processes, disrupt and transform the status quo. Hacking is no longer just a way to intervene in the digital space, but to redefine collaborative processes, objects, rooms, buildings, software tools and new civic ideas.
Your task at the first event in Tokyo is to design concepts and build prototypes that create space for future collaborations and react to the evolvement of the physically and digitally connected workspace.
The Work Hackathons will take place in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, San Francisco, London, Oslo, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Munich and Frankfurt. Starting in Tokyo on September 26th 2017, you will get the opportunity to work in teams on your ideas and concepts and create a prototype within one day. The best results will be awarded with exclusive Vitra products.
To be a part of the Work Hackathon event in Tokyo, submit your ideas either individually or in teams up to six people. Please send your idea in English or Japanese in a PDF file (1x DIN A4 page, max. 10MB) until September 20th to Ryo Kataigi. The PDF file should include a presentation of your concept and a short description of yourself and your team. You can add pictures and graphics to illustrate your idea. The selected finalists will be contacted until September 21st 2017.
We take care to ensure completeness, correctness and being up-to-date, we can not guarantee this. Each Hackathon participant is responsible for his or her submitted ideas. This includes also any copyright violations affecting third parties resulting from these ideas.
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Interdisciplinary hackathon event to redefine the future workspace.
Be part of the first hackathon event.
September 26th 2017
9 am – 10 pm
17F, Kioi Tower,
1 – 3 Kioicho,
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As the world is in a seamless stage of changes, conceptional solutions that question the status quo and react to our technological, economic, societal and urban conditions are required.
Submit your idea now to be part of the Hackathon on September 26th in Tokyo.
The submission deadline for the event is September 20th 2017.