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Deadline for submissions: 10 pm, Sunday 3 December 2017

What is Climate Hack?

Over three days, four museums in Cambridge, will be handing over control to teams of people to shake up how they share stories about climate change.

From Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, participants will collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams to create a prototype museum installation or experience in one of our collections.  The teams will be put together by the Climate Hack organisers to ensure that they each have the right combination of skills to bring a brilliant new idea to life – whether it’s a 3D interactive, an audio interpretation, an immersive experience or a hands on challenge, the choice is yours! At the end of the weekend the prototypes will be revealed for the public to play with and enjoy.


Friday 19 - Sunday 21 January 2018

Where is it happening?

With the support of Makespace Cambridge, these four University of Cambridge Museums will be opening their doors to makers, designers and experts alike:

The Polar Museum - This museum tells the story of planet Earth's coldest, driest and deadliest places. Covering all aspects of life in the polar regions; exploration, Arctic cultures and modern polar science.
The Museum of Zoology - This museum traces the evolution of animal life with a vast collection of recent and fossil animals including a spectacular whale skeleton.
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Experience the diversity of people and cultures from around the world. Highlights include Pacific material collected on Captain Cook's voyages of exploration and the 14-metre-high totem pole from Canada.
The Whipple Museum of the History of Science - A collection that demonstrates the vitality of past science with scientific instruments dating from the Middle Ages to the modern day.

Each museum will have a few areas of their collections they think are especially ripe for interpretation, and they’ll make sure they have experts on hand to share those objects and displays with teams.

Why get involved?

This is your chance to share your skills and help change the narrative of a Cambridge museum in a three day makeathon. As well a chance to try out your skills in a unique environment and collaborate with other specialists, at the end of the weekend, judges will give out awards and there may be the opportunity for successful prototypes to be developed further by the Museums.

How do I get involved?

We are looking for hackers, makers, storytellers, collections devotees, climate scientists, communicators and designers. You don’t have to be a professional in that area, but choose something you are passionate about and are confident with.

If you would like to apply to participate in the Climate Hack, please fill in this form.

Participation Fee

The Climate Hack is FREE to take part in but as this is a non-profit event, unfortunately we are unable to provide transport or accommodation. Food will be provided for the three days.

What’s going to happen now?

The deadline for submissions is 10 pm, Sunday 3 December 2017. We will announce the successful participants on Monday 11 December 2017. All applicants will be emailed to confirm if they been successful or not. If you have any questions about applying, please email