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

Science Hack Day is a two-day-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 so on. 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.

There have been over 50 Science Hack Days held in 20 countries so far. As the global director, I steward the entire grassroots movement, from securing grants and global sponsors, to instigating events around the world and providing on-the-ground support as needed. My work on Science Hack Day has taken me to Colombia, China, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia and South Africa to help grow budding multidisciplinary science enthusiast communities. I have received grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for this work, as well as secured Thomson Reuters as a global sponsor.

I created a summary report detailing the first 50 Science Hack Day events. 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.

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. 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.