What Science Hack Day is all about, video from Science Hack Day SF 2013, shot by KQED

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.

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. Science Hack Day is inherently about mashing up ideas, mediums, industries and people to create sparks for future ideas, collaborations and inspirations to launch from.

I am the global instigator of Science Hack Day: helping people around the world create the event and community in their own town. I also am the lead organizer of Science Hack Day in San Francisco each year. When funds allow, I coordinate the Science Hack Day Ambassador Program, a program that selects a group of awesome “ambassadors” from around the world to attend Science Hack Day in San Francisco so as to experience the event first-hand and create one in their home city. Science Hack Day ambassadors have flown in from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Iceland,  Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, South Africa and other countries to take part in the program. To date, Science Hack Day has taken place in over 20 cities around the globe and is being planned in dozens more. Anyone is welcome to create a Science Hack Day in their city – there’s an “open source” set of guidelines for how to get started.

If you’re interested in sponsoring Science Hack Day or supporting the Science Hack Day Ambassador Program, feel free to get in touch: ariel@sciencehackday.org.