Bring the past to life in another reality, Hack4Heritage.

October 25-27, 2019 | Kingston, Ontario


Preserve stories as immersive experiences, games or apps. Storytelling becomes storyliving in virtual reality and augmented reality.


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What is Hack4Heritage?

Kingston’s first heritage-themed mixed reality hackathon.

Join us for an unforgettable weekend of collaboration, ideation and creativity! 

Basic knowledge of programming in any language/platform is encouraged but not required!


Presentations and workshops prepare participants with fundamentals for creating an immersive experience/game/app. 


Design a new story for mixed reality. See ideas move to prototypes on Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets.


Work directly with industry experts: game developers,
3D artists, Microsoft and Unity evangelists. Learn about our shared heritage from subject matter experts and storytellers.


Join a network of friends and colleagues who are passionate about creativity and technology.



How does it work?

Help someone share their story, or invite others to help express your story.

You’ll form teams of 4 or 5 people, in some combination of artists, creatives, domain experts, storytellers, designers, students, experts, with one or two Unity developers (any skill level) and create an immersive experience, game or app.


What is Heritage?

Our heritage is a core source of individual and group identity, vitality, and inheritance. It allows us to maintain a human connection to our past while simultaneously asserting our similarities with and differences from one another.

Heritage is poutine, Montezuma Castle, Chamomile tea, a Kenojuak Ashevak print, kissing each cheek in greeting, Maasai Adumu dance, the Great Wall of China, Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’, the Underground Railroad. It includes objects, places, landscapes, knowledge and customs.

As creators we’ll use our heritage, individual and universal, to design new stories that make the past the present in mixed reality. With the passage of time, through thoughts, words, and decisions we may create a legacy: “What will you leave behind for others to value?”


Speakers & Mentors

Em Lazer-Walker


Ashley Alicea

Unity Technologies

Bruno Capuano


Julie Driver


James King

James King



St. Lawrence College Conference Centre
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 5A6

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How do we know?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mixed reality?

Mixed reality is the spectrum of immersive reality, including augmented reality and virtual reality.

Microsoft describes mixed reality as blending real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, usually lasting a few days, where small teams collaborate on projects to solve problems.

mixed reality hackathon is an event where people collaborate to create immersive experiences, games or apps.

What skills are needed on a team?

Combinations of artists and creatives, storytellers, UX designers, audio designers, 3D modellers, 3D animators and must have of course, one or two Unity developers (any skill level).

Collaboration skills are essential!

I want to learn how to make MR experiences. A hackathon sounds like fun, but I don’t think I know enough of any programming language to participate (unless I’m seriously misunderstanding what’s required in a hackathon).

It won't hold you back. Everyone starts somewhere, you just gotta start! Really, you can do it!

If you're a keener, eager and enthusiastic to get started, click here to learn key concepts and install the tools.

How do I find a team?

Don't worry, teams will be formed the first evening.

Is there a theme for this hackathon?

Yes. Heritage is the theme of this hackathon, serving as inspiration for the experiments and innovations created during the event. Heritage includes objects, places, landscapes, knowledge and customs.

Who owns the project and intellectual property (IP)?

The team that develops the project is the owner of the project and IP. We do encourage sharing of code with others in the community or making code open source but it is not required to participate in the event.

Can I attend if I'm not from Kingston?

Yes, we'd love for you to share your skills at the hackathon!

Our accommodation sponsor is the Green Acres Inn and the hackathon rate is $110 per room.

How do I get to Kingston and where will I stay?

The Toronto, Ottawa and Syracuse airports are a few hours drive from Kingston or you could fly directly to the city. Via Rail, Greyhound and Megabus also serve Kingston.

Our accommodation sponsor is the Green Acres Inn and the hackathon rate is $110 per room.

It's Deeply Rooted

Meet the H4H Team

Julie Driver

Julie is an immersive experience creator, extended reality community builder and information technology generalist. Her background includes project management, coaching and photography. She is editor of the Community Heritage Ontario newsletter and founder of ARtefactVR.

Andy Fidel

Andy is a social media and spatial network strategist. Virtual nomad. Collects hashtags on a daily basis. Supports entrepreneurs in their quests for social impact as a digital media educator. 

Alan Foster

Alan Foster is a mixed reality designer and creator of ArcLive, a research tool for accessing historical documents remotely. His previous projects include LoreBooks, a HoloLens app that turned e-books and other text documents into 3D holograms.


Get in Touch

Contact us in the following ways:

PO BOX 99900 PQ 809 779
Kingston, ON
K7L 0B8