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Bentham Hackathon

October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Bentham Project, Innovation and Enterprise, Centre for Digital Humanities, UCL

UCL BaseKX, 103c Camley Street
London N1C 4PF
United Kingdom

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‘Many hands make light work. Many hands together make merry work‘, Jeremy Bentham, 1793

UCL have teamed up with IBM to hack the writings of the philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). Bentham wrote on a vast array of subjects including democratic reform, religion, crime and economics and his ideas on education inspired the founders of UCL.

Transcribe Bentham, part of the Bentham Project at UCL, is a digital humanities crowdsourcing initiative which asks members of the public to transcribe material written by Bentham. Transcripts produced by volunteers are made freely available online and are used by the Bentham Project in the production of the definitive edition of Bentham’s Collected Works.

Transcribe Bentham is working with IBM to explore the following question at the Bentham Hackathon:

How can digital technologies help us to research Bentham’s philosophy?

Join us for an intense and fun weekend of hacking and problem solving as we apply the best of IBM’s innovative technology to a vast and unparalleled dataset of Bentham’s manuscripts.

If you’re interested in…

·         Contributing to an active and important UCL research project and learning about Jeremy Bentham

·         Sharing ideas about the best ways to use digital technologies in humanities research

·         Working collaboratively in diverse teams to tackle research challenges

·         Working with IBM’s cutting-edge platforms and learning new tech skills

·         Making new friends and connections

sign up today for the Bentham Hackathon!

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October 20, 2017, 4:00pm BST

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