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What is Science Hack Day?

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.

The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science! 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. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results.

Why is a Science Hack Day needed in DC?

Because its happened in over 17 different countries, but never in DC!

Science and technology operate in the realm of “solutions.”  These fields respond to a question, a need, a curiosity and propose theories and solutions through a repeatable method.  Washington, D.C. is full of incredibly complex challenges that have far reaching implications.  D.C. also happens to be home to brilliant and passionate people who are working towards the public good.  Lets get everyone in a room together and come out with some solutions! or a robot that sings and dances.

What’s a Hack?
A hack is a quick solution to a problem – maybe not the most elegant solution, but often the cleverest. On the web, mashups are a common example of hacking: mixing up data from different sources in new and interesting ways.

Who is this for?
Imagine a Venn diagram showing the intersection of web geeks and science geeks …that’s a pretty big intersection. Science Hack Day is for anyone with an interest in bringing science and technology together. If you’re a coder, designer, scientist, artist, hacker or just an enthusiastic person with good ideas, Science Hack Day is for you.


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