Immerse-Ed Hackathon announced!

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The TORCH (En)coding Heritage network has partnered with the Oxford X-Reality Hub to organise the first hackathon at Oxford dedicated to immersive technologies: Immers-Ed Global Hackathon. The event, modelled upon programming hackathons, brings together participants to creatively solve problems in the course of three days of intense collaboration.


The event tasks participants with devising solutions to challenges which were created or amplified by the pandemic in one of four key areas: Cultural Heritage, Education, Healthcare and Environmental Sustainability. The (En)coding Heritage Network is supporting the Cultural Heritage challenge which queries how technology can facilitate inclusivity and access in the cultural heritage sector.


Participants are invited to apply either individually or together with colleagues, as part of a team. The winning team will receive $10,000 in Amazon Web Services credit and expert mentoring in order to develop its idea further. No experience with hackathons or technical knowledge is required, just curiosity and a passion for building, creating and learning.


Apply here.  Deadline: 8 August 2021.


The hackathon takes place online on 27-30 September 2021.


For more information, including answers to commonly-asked questions, visit:


Organised by the Oxford X-Reality Hub in collaboration with TORCH (en)coding Heritage Network. University partners include: the Oxford Heritage Network, Reuben College, the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Oxford Department of Education, and Oxford IT Services. Sponsored by Amazon Web Services.


For questions, email

(en)coding Heritage Network, TORCH Networks