Video from Science Hack Day San Francisco 2013:
What is Science Hack Day?
Science Hack Day is a 48-hour-all-night event where anyone excited about making weird, silly or serious things with science comes together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype within 24 consecutive hours. Designers, developers, scientists and anyone who is excited about making things with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity.
The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science! People organically form multidisciplinary teams over the course of a weekend: particle physicists team up with designers, marketers join forces with open source rocket scientists, writers collaborate with molecular biologists, and developers partner with school kids. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results. Please register here.
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?
Science Hack Day is for anyone with an interest in bringing science and technology together. If you’re a coder, designer, scientist, artist, hacker or just an enthusiastic person with ideas, Science Hack Day is for you.
You had me at Science!
Here is the schedule. After breakfast and the introduction, everyone breaks into teams (usually of 4-6 people) and starts working on bringing that idea to life. You don’t have to come with a team and it is not unusual for people to float around a few different groups before settling on an idea they like.
Spending the night at the museum
The event will be in full flow all throughout Saturday night. We’ll supply the necessary caffeine to make this happen, but if you do want to get a few hours of sneaky sleep in, we will have a quiet sleeping area (bring a sleeping bag and pillows!). We also understand that some people do have homes to go to, so you are free to go to them and return in the morning to continue hacking fresh as a daisy.
What sort of things get made?
Check out the cool projects made by people at previous international Science Hack Days. Before the event kicks off you can add any project ideas you are interested to list of projects here . There will be lots more projects made on the day.
Does Science Hack Day Houston have a code of conduct?
Yes! Science Hack Day Houston is an inclusive event based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or software preferences.
If you have any concerns, please contact a member of the Science Hack Day Houston organizing team.