What is Science Hack Day?

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 32 consecutive hours. The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science. Designers, developers, scientists and anyone excited about making things with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity. To date, there have been over 60 Science Hack Day events across 22 countries around the globe and dozens more are being planned.

The Origin of Science Hack Day

In 2010, Ariel Waldman was frustrated about the big amount of science data becoming open source, but no one doing anything interesting with it. So she put together a panel at SXSW to share her frustration with others. Jeremy Keith was sitting in the audience and got so inspired by this problem that he organized the first Science Hack Day later that year in London. Encouraged by what Jeremy had started, Ariel took the torch to make Science Hack Day a global phenomenon. She re-created the event in San Francisco, and published open instructions that anyone could adopt. Ariel continues to instigate events across the globe, supporting people in creating Science Hack Day in their own city. The event is entirely free to attend, organized by volunteers, and supported via sponsors. Science Hack Day Eindhoven is hosted by MAD emergent art center.