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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 is 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 developers partner with school kids. 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.

Interested in creating a Science Hack Day in your city? Consider applying to the Science Hack Day Ambassador Program before May 1, 2013! We will be sending 5 people who are interested in organizing a Science Hack Day from around the world to attend Science Hack Day in San Francisco, happening September 28-29, 2013 at the California Academy of Sciences. Apply at http://sciencehackday.org/ambassador .

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the spirit and guidelines of Hack Days

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The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science! A Science Hack Day is a 48-hour-all-night event that brings together designers, developers, scientists, citizen scientists, web geeks and anyone with good ideas in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building cool stuff. Science Hack Day strives to create events that are filled with people from all different backgrounds - no prior experience in science, hacking or coding is necessary to attend - just an enthusiasm to make things that bring science and technology together! Science Hack Day is not an organization, it's a grassroots global network of volunteers. Science Hack Day is intended to be a completely free event for people to attend. Ideally, the event provides free breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and a dinner on Saturday - this allows attendees to be focused on hacking rather than where to find food. Free attendance and free food is achieved through the gracious support of sponsors and ideally a venue that offers their space for free as an in-kind sponsorship.

This video is a great overview of what larger Hack Days are often like:

London Hack Day Video from Tom Coates on Vimeo.

 
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