Are you a design, astronomy or web enthusiast? Team up to win £1000 for the best website!
Calling everyone who loves space and technology! The Science Museum is launching a website competition to release hundreds of stories from our Cosmos & Culture exhibition on to the web.
From ancient heritage to cutting-edge technology, Cosmos & Culture traces the history of people and the stars through stories from around the world. But we can't tell all the stories ourselves - we need your help. Our data about the remarkable objects on display will be opened to the public so that you can 'mash it up', combining it with external resources and software to create new interfaces. Your challenge is to create brand new web interfaces for the objects - to shine a new light onto them and bring the stories behind them to life.
The winning sites will be hosted on a Science Museum website - and did we mention there are two prizes of £1000 up for grabs?
Whether you're interested in websites or astronomy, or a little bit of both, come to the launch event to find out more about the competition and meet people who have the skills you need to put together a winning web interface.
What happens at the Cosmic Collections launch?
- Cosmos & Culture tour by Curator Alison Boyle. Come along and uncover some of the hidden stories and people from the Cosmos and culture gallery.
- Mashups, Museums and the Web - in conversation with Mia Ridge. Join this web session with Mia, our Lead Web Developer, and find out more about online museum audiences and web resources for the competition.
- Drama: Caroline Herschel. Born in 1750, Caroline Herschel was the first professional female astronomer. Meet her and find out how she helped mapped out the heavens!
- Exploring the Cosmos with Dr Chris Welch. Hear from Dr Chris Welch the latest ways in which scientists are exploring the cosmos.
- Cosmos and Culture wall. Meet other people, share your expertise, and create a wall of stories, people and objects.
Help us the record the day: bring drivers licence or student card to borrow a digital video camera.
Talk to us @coscultcom for updates and FAQs. The event hash tag is #coscultcom.
Got some great ideas, but not sure how to turn them into a website? Then register your details on our competition wiki to find some team mates. Don't worry if you can't make it to London - the competition is open to all, and submission and judging take place online.