San Diego Opera (SDO)’s first OPERA HACK was held in 2018 with support from an OPERA America Innovation Grant, bringing together a diverse group of experts from theater and technology to brainstorm and develop new ideas to enhance the building blocks of opera. Forty multidisciplinary artists, designers, and engineers came together in San Diego, CA in July, 2019 and a total of $40,000 was awarded to three winning teams to support the research and development of their ideas. For the results of the first OPERA HACK, visit the Results page.
We are honored to receive another Innovation Grant, which allows us to apply learning from the first OPERA HACK to further identify and address some of our industry's most important problems with new technologies.
In OPERA HACK 2.0, we will:
1) Conduct an industry-wide survey to identify challenges currently facing our industry.
2) Hold an online, international hackathon to discover technological solutions for the identified challenges.
3) Award $15,000 in total to up to (3) three innovative proposals for solutions to these challenges.
4) Provide an online platform to host all proposals (with permission) so that companies may contact the creators for further development.
The results of this survey will be used to identify challenges that our hackathon participants will be given for our month-long event (June 4 - July 2, 2021). The survey will close on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
OPERA HACK is made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
To be a platform that embraces diversity and solves problems by combining expertise
from all backgrounds of theater and technology.
To discover new methods for technology to be used in the production and presentation of music theater.
To promote new ways to make all forms of theater more exciting, affordable, and environmentally sustainable.