Yasaman Sheri with the ‘Jello Shot Electrophoresis’ hack, photo by Matt Biddulph
And I need your help to make it happen. Science Hack Day has open sourced a guide on how to organize a community of geeks to come together and make awesome things over a weekend. No experience in science or hacking is necessary – the mission of Science Hack Day is just to get excited and make things with science! Science Hack Day was created out of this frustration that there’s actually a lot of open science data and stuff out there, but often no one is doing anything interesting with it.
This is where you come in. Science Hack Day should be in your city – it just needs someone like yourself to take charge and assemble a friend or two to help make it happen. And you have me – I’m available to help you make it happen by advising and supporting your efforts wherever I can! Science Hack Day isn’t an organization/company – it’s just a loose grassroots network of people like myself who are into thinking about weird/amazing/useful/fun stuff you could mashup and play with. So, it only happens if you create the event and run with it. There are already Science Hack Days lined up for 2013 in six countries: Cyprus, England, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, and USA. I’d love to add your city to the list of places that are getting excited about hacking science – and a few more countries, as well!
Speaking of getting excited, I’m excited to announce the 2013 Science Hack Day Ambassador Program. Thanks to a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (the Gordon Moore who famously came up with Moore’s Law!), 5 people interested in organizing a Science Hack Day from around the world will be selected to win a scholarship for a trip to Science Hack Day San Francisco. The selected five will be flown in from around the world to San Francisco where they’ll get to experience first-hand how Science Hack Day works and connect with a global community of organizers. Science Hack Day San Francisco will be September 28-29 at the California Academy of Sciences, where we’ll get to stay in the museum overnight and hack the planetarium, among other cool things. If you or someone you know might be interested in organizing a Science Hack Day, please do apply to the Science Hack Day Ambassador Program – we’re accepting applications until May 1, 2013!
More about Science Hack Day can be found at http://sciencehackday.org, including upcoming events, sponsorship information, examples of science hacks, etc. For anything not answered on the website, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.