Arriving

Please show up at Houston Museum of Natural Science (google map) between 9:30am and 10:00am on Saturday (we’ll be kicking things off at 10:00am). See the schedule to get an idea of what’s happening after that.

Drop-outs

We are expecting the event to sell out, so if you  signed up and then find out that you’re unable to make it to the event, please contact us to let us know so we can offer your space to someone else.

Ideas

We encourage people to submit project ideas before the event, so people can view and discuss them before the event. They can be submitted here. For inspiration have a look at the list of APIs and datasets and last year’s ideas wiki

Talks

After the introductory talks on Saturday morning, we will have “lightning talks” sessions for those who want to discuss a project idea or platform to hack on. Interested in leading a discussion around your project idea (5mins max)? We’ll have 9 open slots, please email us if you would like a slot (first come, first served)

Bring

Bring your hacking tools of choice: laptop, extension cord/power strip, toolbox, arduinos, science kits, various materials, your imagination (lab coats optional). Don’t forget a sleeping bag if you are planning to sleep overnight.

We’ll supply

Internet, hacking space, meals, snacks. Power, but power points will be limited, so it would be a very good idea to bring a power strip.

Food

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors food and drink will be provided for you for the whole event. If you got special dietary needs feel free to bring your own food. There is also a McDonalds in the museum and better food close by.

Sleeping Over

Although it’s called Science Hack Day, it goes right through Saturday night and into Sunday. But you don’t need to worry about where to spend the night: you can stay at the venue, coding and mashing up to your heart’s content. If you want to get some sleep, please bring a sleeping bag. That’s what makes it so much fun — it’s like a big geek slumber party. If you’re already planning on spending the night at the venue – please send us an email so we can get a rough headcount.

Most of all

Have fun! If you’re nervous because you don’t have any specific ideas of what to do — or you’ve never been to a hack day before — don’t worry: there will be plenty of people with ideas who will need your skills. Above anything it is a social event, but you’ll probably find it an incredibly rewarding experience to form an ad-hoc team to spend 36 hours creating something crazy and exciting.

If you have any other questions, check out the FAQ. Feel free to email jacob@brightworkcoresearch.com or ask the question on Twitter by giving @brightworkcore  a mention.