– Software for participatory culture

Note: A more up to date description of the projects and ways to get involved are posted in the category.

Edgeryders is launching a new software development project! I’ve recently received 100k EUR grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee fund Kulturbryggan to develop open source web based software for participatory culture organisations and collaboration between artists working on big projects. Only Swedish residents or organisations are eligible for this fund, so I applied with my own company with Edgeryders as a collaborating partner, and received the grant in full to my own company. However, I will funnel most of these funds into Edgeryders which will be the party responsible for research and development. We’re calling the initiative, and the plan is to both continue development on a number of ongoing projects and to develop prototypes of new exciting ideas. Development will happen in a community that will hopefully live past this initial funding and continue development and deployment of the projects we’ll develop in a self-sustained fashion. Of course, that community will work and collaborate here on the Edgeryders platform.

Some ongoing projects will be included in and the goal is to develop these to a state where they can be readily deployed with ease. Dreams, a platform to plan and distribute funds to projects at co-created events, will be developed to a state where it will be possible to use it for events without having access to a developer for setup and maintenance, and hosted as a service. It’s currently at a reasonably mature stage of development and has been used in production at multiple events over the last few years. Much of the development has been done by Gal Bracha, who is a founding partner of the project who will also work on Dreams and coordinate development with the existing community tied to that platform. Realities, a platform to manage and visualise needs and responsibilities in a decentralised organisation, will be developed to state where it can be deployed in production for the Borderland, a participatory event and collaborative community in Scandinavia. Two developers who have worked on Realities before will join the project – Erik Frisk and Matt Parsons.

Development of some components of SenseStack (GraphRyder, OpenEthnographer, EdgeSense) might also be included, but since those tools are vital to the newly funded POPREBEL project, it might make more sense to develop the SenseStack suite within that context.

In addition to working on existing projects, the community will dream up, prototype and perhaps develop and deploy other platforms and tools for participatory art and culture. Our primary goal with these explorations is to push the boundaries of how we collaborate and dream together, and a secondary goal is to bring ideas to life that could spinn off into projects that could secure additional funding for the community. @nadia will be involved in this part of the project, focusing on exploring what directions it could take.

How to get involved

Work on will be done in four different forms:

  1. Open freelance development
  2. Exploratory hackathons
  3. Focused development weeks
  4. Freelance development

Open freelance development

You are more than welcome to contribute to the codebase and start working on an issue whenever you want to. You’ll be joining the community, and developers who make consistent contributions may be invited to join for a hackathon or a focused development week or allotted paid hours to do more focused long term work.

Exploratory hackathons

A total of three hackathons will be held in 2019. These will be 4 days long, with 8-12 participants. Travel, food and accommodation will be paid for by the project. Each of these hackathons will focus on exploring and prototyping solutions to specific problems collected from participants on the ER platform. Participants in the hackathons are developers, designers, artists and visionaries. Hackathon participants must not be professionals, and it’s preferable to have a mix of people from different background. One hackathon will be hosted by Matt Parsons outside of Malmö, another will be held at Tivedstorp outside of Laxå and the location of the third hackathon is yet to be decided.

Focused development weeks

Much of the hands on development of the projects will happen during focused work weeks, where 2-4 developers and designers meet somewhere to design and code functional prototypes or new releases of some project. Travel and accommodation is provided by the project, and each participant is also payed 1000 EUR for the week. In 2019, we will host at least 5 of these development weeks in locations decided on by the participants. Participants in these development weeks should be skilled developers or designers.

Paid freelance development

We have a total of 240 hours of freelance developer hours available at a rate of 40 EUR per hour. These hours will only be used by developers have participated in active development, have already contributed quality controlled additions to the code base of a project and want to spend freelance time on developing features or fixing bugs and issues.

Get involved

Go to the category to get involved.


Congratulations, @hugi! Great work as usual.

I do not have the skills to do any development work, but I would be keen to discuss the directions in which to take this. Reasons: there are obvious synergies between this project and the work of the #research-network.

  • Depending on what features you decide to develop, we can use research projects to test them.
  • Researchers might come up with requests that then you decide to follow up on.
  • Extra capabilities developed with this project can become part of ER’s future offer on the research front.

It seems to me that the more we think in an integrated way (“stack”), the more mileage we can get out of projects. Of course, it might not always be possible, but worth a shot.


Thanks to @hugi for leading on this and getting me involved in submitting the application - looking forward to working on the project, and meeting with engaged, excited people in the near future :kissing_heart:


Hei, congrats!
Curious what the process will be for deciding what kind of software and what kind of features…? Are you involving event builders themselves in the events?

Well done again!!

Hmm, could you clarify what you mean?

Sorry, I wasn’t clear at all.
I am wondering if the technologies you will (continue to) develop will need consistent input i.e. for the hackathons from people who organise events and could shape the features of the tech, or if the software requirements are pretty much clear and you only need to adjust and build on top of clear ideas you already have about software for cocreative events.

Since you mention diversity in events, there is probably a lot of blank slate for input to be recorded and turned into tech…

Ah, get it.

For Dreams and Realities, we know pretty much what needs to be done and feature ideas and improvements will come from the communities using those tools. But the developers and designers can come from anywhere.

For the more open exploration hacks, which could lead to viable project ideas, we will have a mix of people from different backgrounds and with different skills, but in order to get something valuable our of a hackathon the ground work for what will be developed in online conversations that inform the design of the hack events. I think it’s likely that each hack will explore an idea that has been developed to a fairly mature stage, so that there can be hands on keyboard coding and prototyping from day one of the hack.


Congratulation @hugi
I would love to take part in it and merge doocrate into realities.
We would soon start to work on doocrate for the next burnerot so it would be good idea to merge forces.

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I’ve started a new category on the plattform where we’ll work on Join us there!

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Above you write:
“Hackathon participants must not be professionals”

By professionals do you mean someone who derives their main income from coding?
And do you want to save such people for the focused development weeks?

I’m not clear on why you made that statement…

Sorry, this is some Swenglish that got mixed in there. What I meant to write was that “Hackathon participants do not need to be professionals”. Thank you for the correction!