Science Hack Day – Cape Town
Theme: Hacking Science for Development
The OAD partnered with several organisations to host the first of these events in Africa, to explore ways in which programming and computer skills (essential skills in the astronomy field) can be used for development.
WHAT IS SCIENCE HACK DAY?
The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science! A Hack Day is a 48-hour event that brings together designers, developers, scientists and other geeks in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building ‘cool stuff’. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results!
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?
If you’re an amateur coder, designer, scientist, hacker or just an enthusiastic person with good ideas, Science Hack Day is for you.
WHY CAPE TOWN?
After London in 2010, San Francisco in 2010, Cincinatti, Mexico City and San Francisco in 2011, Science Hack Day is coming to Cape Town! With four tertiary level education institutions (UCT, UWC, CPUT, SU) and national research agencies (SKA Africa, SAAO, CHPC, iThemba Labs, SANSA, ALC, SANAP, SACEMA) in the region, science is alive in Cape Town! Add to that a vibrant design community that got us the title of 2014 World Design Capital under the same theme of design to transform lives, and you could be part of something really new and different! Bring science and design together with African ingenuity. Who knows what could come out of it?
HOW AND HOW MUCH?
The event is FREE and we will feed you! You just need to be among the first 50 people to register at: http://scihackct.eventbrite.com/
I WANT TO PROPOSE SOMETHING…
Great! If you know a really cool technology that you want to talk about or an interesting dataset or even a science project you would like to tell us about, let us know! Contact us and we’ll get in touch!
WHEN AND WHERE?
28-29 January 2012 at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), 6 Melrose Road, Muizenberg 7945
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
@SciHackSA on twitter