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.

Science Hack Day is now in 25 countries and continues to grow. As the global director, Ariel Waldman stewards the entire grassroots movement, from securing grants and global sponsors, to instigating events around the world and providing on-the-ground support as needed. Her work on Science Hack Day has taken me to Colombia, China, Ireland, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia and South Africa to help grow budding multidisciplinary science enthusiast communities. She has 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.

Read the 2015 summary report detailing the first 50 Science Hack Day events for details on how you can get involved as an individual or corporation.