Life in the city is complicated, & sometimes the only way to solve an urban problem is with a hack-a science hack, that is. Science hacks are low-cost, elegant workarounds that create useful scientific projects. Science Hack Day is a two-day event that brings together scientists, designers, developers & innovators who will invent, build & test their projects.Participants will compete in teams to produce Science Hacks that all New Yorkers can use. Join us for the entire weekend or just stop by for a one-hour Pop-Up Workshop.
Examples of projects include:
Swabbing bacteria on the subways to map the microbiome of NYC
Recording city sounds on smartphones to create an online urban soundscape
Building low-cost spectrometers to measure water quality locally
Recording the oral history of New Yorkers with head-mounted displays
Detecting air pollution using lichen on trees
And whatever else you can dream up
How It Works: Teams will form on Saturday morning after listening to project pitches by both professional scientists & motivated amateurs. Don't be shy! Science Hacks usually need a wide spectrum of skills, including programming, web design, electronics engineering, writing, illustrating, & marketing. During the weekend, a series of Pop-Up Workshops will feature scientists explaining how to participate in specific Science Hacks, & why your contribution matters. Awards for the best Science Hacks will be selected by a panel of judges & presented at the finale of Science Hack Day NYC, on Sunday afternoon.
Who Participates? Anyone interested in science & with skills & time to contribute is welcome. Space is limited so registration is required to this free event. When you register, please share your interests & skills, & let us know which Science Hacks or Pop-Up Workshops you are interested in from our list of confirmed activities. Feel free to suggest your own Science Hack!
Ages 18 & above.
Presented in collaboration with New York University's Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) & the School of Engineering's Integrated Digital Media Program (MAGNET.)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00 AM: Check-in & Breakfast
11:00 AM: Lightning Talks (scientists pitch their proposed Science Hacks)
12:00 PM onwards: Teams work on their Science Hacks, day & night!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
5:00 PM: Presentations & Awards (Prizes in categories Best Science, Best Tech, Best Social Impact, Best Design & Crowd Choice)
Day 1 Pop-Up Workshops:
Collect Data for an Online Urban Soundscape with your Smart Phone
Build & Use a Smartphone Spectrometer for Water Pollution Measurements
Measure Air Pollution by Tracking the Size of Lichen on Trees
Use the Processing Power of your Smartphone to Contribute to Cancer Research
Day 2 Workshops:
Test out Google Glass as Part of Project to Record New York's Oral History
Swab the Subways of New York to Collect Data for a DNA analysis of the Microbes in NYC
Record & Analyze the Contents of a Typical New York Trash Can
Classify Images of Cities at Night to Estimate Light Pollution