Design for Democracy Hackathon

A two day hackathon hosted by Scholz & Volkmer investigating the power of design and creative coding practices.

18 Nov 2022 – 19 Nov 2022

Scholz & Volkmer Campus

Schwalbacher Str. 72
65183 Wiesbaden

free entry, sign up via Email!

Creative coders, designers and developers beware! We are happy to announce an interdisciplinary hackathon series dedicated to the creative power and responsibility of design and its influence on our society. The series is based on the motto “Design for Democracy. Atmospheres for a better life” of the World Design Capital application of the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region – an agenda we are more than thrilled to contribute to.

No matter if you are a beginner, student or advanced developer – the design field needs your skills!


Things do not change. We change them. Democracy lives from the fact that we shape it." - Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Application WDC'26

Join the first hackathon at Scholz & Volkmer on November 18th and 19th!

The first hackathon will be hosted by Scholz & Volkmer (Wiesbaden). And their question is: How can we make democracy shine?

You will have 24 hours to do so. For your project presentation you may work with a very bright 6 m² LED display in the middle of Wiesbaden and use it to project your messages to the public! The LED wall can be programmed by addressing its pixels individually, or by creating images and animations with tools of your choice that then will be flashed on the wall.

See and for further info.

Reward: 500€

A jury of professional designers, thinkers and decision-makers will reward the three most convincing projects with 500€ each.


Register via mail at If you would like to team up with up to two friends or colleagues, just send all names and contact info in one e-mail.

More information about the schedule will follow by mail!



Visitors welcome for the keynotes!

Even if you can’t make it to the hackathon as a participant, join the public introductory by Scholz & Volkmer and NODE team on November 18th at 4 pm at Scholz & Volkmer Campus. For all visitors, there will be the opportunity to meet up and mingle with a cold beer or sparkling wine.


16:00 – Arrival and networking
16:30 – Kick-Off with Jeanne Charlotte Vogt, Daniela Hartmann and Susanne Stöck (HA Hessen Agentur GmbH)
16:45 – Input by Michael Volkmer
17:15 – Input by Alexander Roidl
18:00 – Public part ending with snacks and drinks // Start of the Hackathon


XX:XX – Wake up and continue hacking!
18:00 – Jury Meeting
20:00 – Drinks and presentation of the results




Michael Volkmer

Wiesbaden, Germany

Within the Scholz & Volkmer senior management, Michael Volkmer provides strategic direction while at the same time, managing the areas of sustainability and support. As owner, he attaches importance to a particularly creative culture and respectful working relationships. This has been the case for more than 25 years.

Alexander Roidl

Mainz, Germany

Alexander is a designer, artist, and media researcher, with a background in graphic / interaction design, software art and programming. His research investigates the diverse implications of human-computer interaction with a focus on the creative use of software. His practice explores the intersection of programming, design, and software culture. He is regularly teaching workshops on creative coding, web technology and interaction design. Currently, he is holds a position as a Tandem-Professor for media informatics in design at the faculty of design Mainz University of Applied Sciences together with NODE.

Jeanne Charlotte Vogt

Frankfurt & Hamburg, DE

Jeanne is a dramaturge, curator and cultural producer. Since 2017, she is the artistic and managing director of NODE. Trained in management theory, working in arts and culture, she embodies the multidisciplinary perspective in the team. Her projects are working at the intersection between the digital arts, performance and technology, always aiming at spreading the means for the critical reflection and application of technology.


Q & A

1. Who is the hackathon for?

Everyone is welcome. You may be a student or young professional in the field of IT, creative coding, developer of any kind, designer or other creative.

2. Can I join as a team?

You may join as a team or individual. The hackathon is also a place where you may get to know new people.

3. Do I have to work with the LED panel provided by the hackathon?

You can also bring your own ideas and equipment. You could find others who want to join your project!


Any further Questions?

If you have any more questions about participating or the event itself, just shoot an e-mail to