From augmented and virtual reality to data visualization and gaming, interactive technology provides opportunities for users around the world to explore online museum collections. Using 2D and 3D digitized assets from the Smithsonian’s Open Access collections, seven teams were recently commissioned by Cooper Hewitt’s Interaction Lab to develop new digital interactions and innovative tools that enable play and discovery with the vast dataset, thanks to the support of Verizon 5G Labs.

In this hour-long webinar, learn about the commissioned projects of the Activating Smithsonian Open Access program and hear directly from the teams who built them:

  • Zander Brimijoin presents Art Clock
  • Zhizhen (Jerry) Tan presents Art Echo
  • Jonathan Lee presents ButtARfly
  • Abigail Honor presents Doorways into Open Access
  • Mayowa Tomori presents Casting Memories by Loot Merch 
  • Jackie Lee presents ScienceVR 
  • Jono Brandel presents Writing with Open Access 

Following the webinar, the prototypes will be available to the public for experimentation and exploration.


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be available upon registration. This program will include live closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering.

About Activating Smithsonian Open Access (ASOA)

Made possible by Verizon 5G Labs, Activating Smithsonian Open Access fosters a new approach to activating museum collections by expanding access to deep engagement for people of many abilities and interests worldwide, and supporting creative technology teams in the process. Each team received $10,000 to build a functioning prototypes of a new digital interaction that enables play and discovery with 2D and 3D digitized assets from the Smithsonian’s Open Access collections and will retain ownership of all intellectual property developed from the program.

About the Interaction Lab

The Interaction Lab is an embedded R&D program driving the reimagining of Cooper Hewitt’s audience experience, across digital, physical, and human interactions. Since its Fall 2019 launch, the Lab has injected new ideas into the museum’s work through internal workshopping and strategy, a highly participatory public program series merging interactive design and museum practice, and a commissioning program that engages the design community as creative collaborators in creating the next wave of the Cooper Hewitt experience.