Yapi Kapi Web App, "Hack the Hearst" Hackathon


Yapi Kapi is an interactive visualization of the California Indian artifacts collection at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley, California.

Created for the Hearst Museum's "Hack the Hearst" hackathon in September 2014, Yapi Kapi allows users to search for and explore over 700,000 items from the museum's extensive collection of artifacts. The project was developed for K-12 teachers and students, and we developed the concept with the Common Core State Standards initiative in mind.

Design Goals

Our design goals for Yapi Kapi were to help users explore the Hearst Museum's collection freely and to develop their own path of interests. We incorporated a large map at the entrypoint of the design with an interactive search feature. The search feature, built with Javascript, asks users to draw a polygon around areas they would like to explore, and Yapi Kapi returns a list of results from that area.

We also developed teacher-student tools in Yapi Kapi, such as the ability to let teachers assign prompts and homework. Teachers are also able to create accounts for their classes, with sub-accounts for each student. Students can then explore the museum collection through Yapi Kapi, and add any interesting artifacts to their "satchel." We wanted students to be able to explore freely, and to later reflect on what they found interesting.


Yapi Kapi was an amazing experience as "Hack the Hearst" was a first hackathon for many people in my team, including myself. "Hack the Hearst" also occurred in only our third week at the School of Information, and with a large team of 11 people, it was a memorable experience of collaboration and team bonding.

Map Search Page