Hack Birmingham @ BOM Lab

February 16 2019 – Idea/Prototype 8hr Hack

March 9th 2019 – Rebel Makers Drop in 10am-2pm

March 23/24th 2019 – 24 Hour Hackathon


Hack Birmingham

Our second event in the series is BMAG:RMXD – Hack Birmingham. This time we’re focusing our archive hack exploration firmly on Brum. The hack objective is to more closely look through our archive to build ideas and projects specifically for and from Birmingham.

Past Event: Hack The Archive

A digital content production and archive hackathon lab project funded by the Arts Council England as part of BMAG’s plan to release an image and sound archive for use by others. Working to ‘hack’ the contents through spoken word, writing and technology responses over a short period of time.

Hack Birmingham

With participants and partners from across Birmingham we will be taking the opportunity to examine how we present information about the city and discover what opportunities there are to forge new ideas, cement relationships and share more engaging ways to link the strands of tourism, heritage, local info and city pride.

To achieve this we need you! Regardless of whether you are a citizen, storyteller, artist, techie, data enthusiast, history buff, maker or curator, this is your chance to get involved.

Discover the archive/s

Develop your skills

Show your Brum Love

Free to attend

What to expect

An Interesting, busy and fun day in the BMAG.

Who can take part

Everyone, no skill required, just a willingness to share ideas and create.

Share your passion

Show us your deep down Brum love and help to make engaging, fun prototypes.

What if I’m not a tech person

We need tech people of course, but we also need history buffs, storytellers, archive enthusiasts and more.

What is a hack?

A hackathon is best described as an invention marathon where participants work together in teams to create prototype projects to solve a specific challenge. Participants collaborate and share skills, learn new things and have an awesome time!
All skill levels are very welcome.

Question not covered? Get in touch and we’ll get back to you.

Isn't hacking bad?
In this context, hacking means building apps, websites and services really quickly to prove the value in an idea. Nothing malicious, nothing illegal.
Who is this event for?
Anyone! Our aim is to make the event accessible to everyone. As such, whether you are a citizen, storyteller, artist, techie, data enthusiast, history buff, maker or curator, this is your chance to get involved  and we are very excited to welcome you to BMAG:RMXD.
Who owns the projects?
All IP generated at BMAG:RMXD events belongs to the participant. However, to generate the widest benefit from this event, we encourage developers and participants to provide Open Source licenses for the results of their creativity.
What shall I bring?
All participants will need to bring their laptop, charger(s) and any other devices they wish to work on.
Is there a Code of Conduct?
Yes, this event is following the Rebel Labs Code of Conduct. All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at Hack The Economy are required to comply with these codes. The organising team will enforce these codes throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everybody.

Do you have an archive you’d like to share with our hackers?

Get in touch if you have an archive related to Birmingham that you’d like to bring to the hack.

The more we have to share with our participants, the better the prototypes. Of course your archive will remain your property, but by widening access, even if only for a day, you will contribute to a great event and perhaps walk away with new ideas, partners and champions for what you do.

Find out more about BMAG

From collections and events, to fundraising and more.

Testimonials from Hack the Archive

“The whole series of events  were amazing and gave me a new thought process regarding the artwork in the gallery. It made me find myself in pieces that didn’t look like me.”
Dennis  Nkurunziza

“I wasn’t sure what to expect. A lot more of a diverse group that I think I would have expected. Was very interesting to mould together technology and written word.”
Scott Street

It brought together knowledge with dynamic means to transmit it. I enjoyed all aspects, it was a case of where next?
Tim Franks


Birmingham Museums

The core purpose of Birmingham Museums Trust is to showcase their outstanding collections and venues to inspire learning, creativity and enjoyment.

Rebel Labs

Rebel Labs is a an innovation organisation  run by Comutiny Ltd, and is committed to helping individuals, communities and organisations understand how they can harness the potential of digital to power-up and improve their future.

Arts Council England

We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Call-out for Archives

We would love archive curators, holders and general archive enthusiasts to get in touch and tell us what we can do to help get their archives and projects to a wider audience with tech.

We have 3 spots available for archives to get a 1 to 1 session with Julia Higginbottom, chief agitator and archive fanatic, so help you and your organisation to unlock the potential of your archive with API’s, tech prototypes and great IP advice.

So get in touch to bag yourself an appointment now.

Venue Partner


Birmingham Open Media
1 Dudley St, Birmingham B5 4EG, UK

The next 3 events in the BMAG:RMXD series are being hosted at the rather brilliant Birmingham Open Media Lab space right near New Street Station, so it will be even easier to get to than ever before. It is a lovely, welcoming space for all and has amazing Science, tech and art related events open to the public all year round. In their own words though, here is what they are all about.

BOM is a centre for art, technology and science dedicated to creative innovation with purpose.

Located in central Birmingham, less than one minute’s walk from New Street Station and the Bullring, our gallery is free to enter and presents cutting edge digital artworks and exhibitions that spark debate about technology and scientific progress.

BOM is dedicated to positive social impact in all that we do. Our exhibitions and events explore topical issues in digital culture and science which impact on human lives. Our education work engages excluded children, young people and adults in creative technology programmes, with a particular interest in neurodiversity and technology.

BOM is born from hacker culture. But unlike other hackspaces that are filled with tools and operate on a membership model, our building is publicly accessible with free exhibitions and events.

Questions? Get in touch…