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Canon + Imaging Mind + EyeEm: Photo Hack Day 4 Berlin is a 24-Hour Coding Marathon/Contest for Developers, Designers & Photographers from Europe to Rapidly Prototype New Photo Apps, 28 – 29 November: Public Demo Day is 29 November 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Canon + Imaging Mind: “Hack the Visual” 48-hour Community Hackathon, London, UK June 26-28, 2015.

The following video presents TechBerlin Interview w. Photo Hack Day Berlin Organizer Florian Meissner (Founder, EyeEm).m4v:

  • Florian Meissner, Organizer of the Photo Hack Day Berlin and Founder of interviewed by Nikolas Woischnik from TechBerlin.

Canon, Imaging Mind and  EyeEm


Photo Hack Day 4 Berlin


Saturday, 28 November 2015 at 09:30 Sunday, 29 November 2015 at 17:30 (CET); Public Demo Day is 29 November

Thiemannstraße 1
12059 Berlin

Hack the future of photography
Photo Hack Day is a 24-hour coding marathon where developers, designers, makers and visual artists come together to rapidly prototype new photo applications.

Powered by lightning fast internet, great food and tons of coffee, we’ll hack the future of photography. Big prizes, an international jury and recognition within the community are waiting for you.


  • €10.000 (10768.50 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) worth in prizes across all categories are waiting for the winning teams.

Details to be announced shortly!

4 Main Themes for the hackathon:

  • #Discover: Create a compelling mobile experience that enables people to discover the world around them through photography – or find photography by exploring and sharing their own worlds. Smart use of location is key to winning this challenge.
    Keywords: geolocalization, travel, exploration, context, machine vision, gamification, visual search, storytelling.
  • #Inspire: Use the personal context of the user: Inspire and nudge them to go out and take photos, or share what they’ve already captured. Behavior design and creative use of context is key to winning this challenge.
    Keywords: notifications, haptic feedback, habit forming, nudging, behavior design, gamification, machine vision, augmented reality
  • #Create: Harness the latest web and mobile technologies to create an experience that helps anyone, regardless of experience. Get them out shooting and developing their photography skills on the go. A seamless user experience is key to winning this challenge.
    Keywords: notifications, machine vision, augmented reality, virtual reality, ux design, gamification, virtual assistant
  • #Experience: Make experiencing imagery an experience in itself. Connect photo, video and other visual media with types of data and/or new display-input interfaces. Thinking outside the frame is key to winning this challenge.
    Keywords: virtual reality, physical computing, data poetry, speech recognition, machine vision, gamification, immersive storytelling, interactivity, 3D, photo sharing, printing

For more info including attending demos as well as schedule and registrations, please visit .

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!


November 5, 2015

Canon, Imaging Mind and EyeEm Team Up to Present Photo Hack Day 2015

London, UK – Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, Imaging Mind, a futuristic agency and visual culture community; and EyeEm, a creative community and marketplace for photography, have partnered to present the fourth annual Photo Hack Day, Berlin on 28 November. The event, a 24-hour coding marathon, brings together the most creative developers, designers and photographers from across Europe and challenges them to prototype new photo applications that revolutionise the way we take, see and interact with images.

Photo Hack Day 2013: Image Courtesy of Canon

Photo Hack Day 2013: Image Courtesy of Canon

InfoTrends reports that 810 billion photos were taken worldwide in 2014. They estimate that number will grow to 1 trillion photos by the end of 2015 and 1.3 trillion photos by 2017¹. What this tells us is that people all over the world are becoming more passionate about communicating through images and videos,” said Alberto Spinelli, Digital Services Director at Canon Europe. “We are excited to tap into the Berlin tech community and continue to support these Hackathon events aimed at unleashing innovation and creativity.”

Earlier this year, Canon and Imaging Mind hosted ‘Hack the Visual’ in London, a 48-hour community hackathon to collaboratively unlock the next level in visual culture. These companies are now joining forces with EyeEm, who has been organizing Photo Hack Day since the beginning.

“Berlin is a cultural hotspot within Europe, with a unique history and creative ecosystem that is alive and kicking, making it a logical location for our next event,” said Floris van Eck, CEO of Imaging Mind.

Over 150 creatives across Europe will come together to build new applications and present their projects at the public demo day on 29 November at Colonia Nova in Berlin.

Projects developed at the third annual Photo Hack Day in 2013 include Snapcat, a selfie app for cats; Tourist Eraser, an app that removes tourists from photos; best photo location, which analyzes impact and social graph to suggest the best place and time to take a photo of a landmark; physical filters, which uses lenses and hardware to reproduce popular digital photo filters; and more.

“We’ve been organizing Photo Hack Days since the very early days of EyeEm” says Ramzi Rizk, co-founder and CTO of EyeEm. “They’re an excellent way to connect with like-minded creatives and challenge yourself to create a working prototype in an extremely short time. It’s amazing to see what’s possible in just 24 hours.”

The main goal of the event is for participants to have fun together while learning new skills and meeting like-minded creatives. Canon, Imaging Mind and EyeEm will provide a rooftop terrace with entertainment, and serving food and drinks throughout the weekend, and award over €10,000 worth of prizes to winning teams.

To participate in Photo Hack Day Berlin, or get more information about attending demos, visit

Check out photos from the third annual Photo Hack Day here.

¹DATA SOURCE: INFOTRENDS 2014 Worldwide Image Capture Forecast