What is Science Hack Day?
The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things, with science! A Hack Day is a 48-hour-all-night event that brings together designers, developers, scientists and other geeks in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building ‘cool stuff’. Hack Days were originally created by Yahoo! in 2005 and soon after became a worldwide trend. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results. Some Hack Days have a specific focus. There have already been very successful Music Hack Days and Government Hack Days. It’s time for a Hack Day focused on science!
What’s a Hack?
A hack is a quick solution to a problem – maybe not the most elegant solution, but often the cleverest. On the web, mashups are a common example of hacking: mixing up data from different sources in new and interesting ways.
Who is this for?
Imagine a Venn diagram showing the intersection of web geeks and science geeks …that’s a pretty big intersection. Science Hack Day is for anyone with an interest in bringing science and technology together. If you’re a coder, designer, scientist, hacker or just an enthusiastic person with good ideas, Science Hack Day is for you.
A global movement, you say?
Yes. Science Hack Day is a global grassroots project run by weird scientists, hackers and enthusiasts around the world on a volunteer-basis. Since its beginnings in 2010, more than 30 Science Hack Days have been held in over a dozen countries. The event has open source instructions for anyone to adopt and create a Science Hack Day in their own city with.
For a taste of Science Hacking in Berlin, check out the video of our most recent hackathon from last year:
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