2017 dates for Science Hack Day SF announced!



Register here for Science Hack Day SF and use the navigation menu at the top to learn more about the event.

Save the date! Science Hack Day San Francisco returns on October 14-15, 2017. We’ll open up registration on September 1 above. This year’s event will be hosted at GitHub (88 Colin P Kelly Jr., San Francisco, 94107). We can’t wait to get excited and make things with science with you soon!

If your company is interested in sponsoring, check out our sponsor prospectus and email [email protected].

Yay, science! The 7th annual Science Hack Day SF roundup

Science Hack Day San Francisco 2016

Wow. It’s our 7th annual Science Hack Day SF and it’s as strong, amazing and geeky as ever. We gathered 150 attendees this year at General Assembly. Among them were linguists, particle physicists, UX designers, roboticists, biohackers, anthropologists, marketers, programmers, artists, and many many more.

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Wrapping up another epic year of Science Hack Day SF!

Science Hack Day San Francisco 2015Demos begin at Science Hack Day SF 2015!
Science Hack Day, how I love thee – let me count the ways. This was the largest Science Hack Day yet with 225 attendees! We also had our largest percentage of new-to-SHD participants this year, underlining that after six annual events we are far from slowing down the science hacking. It’s still the overwhelming, quirky, fascinating, humble and delightful event it was when we started it back in 2010 and it is truly wonderful to watch each new year of science hackers run with it. The best part of Science Hack Day is that I can never come even close to predicting what people will create. I love that. Science Hack Day is inherently about the unexpected, the serendipitous, the unlikely and the unexplored.

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Save the date! Science Hack Day SF 2015


Save the date! Registration for Science Hack Day SF 2015 will open on Wednesday, September 23 at 12pm Pacific. We’ll post the link to the registration on http://sf.sciencehackday.org and http://twitter.com/sciencehackday at that time.

Update: Registration is live! Go to http://sciencehackday2015.eventbrite.com

Science Hack Day SF 2015 will be taking place on October 24-25, 2015 at GitHub HQ. We’ll be posting more details on this site as they become available.

If you have any questions, or if your organization is interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Ariel Waldman at [email protected].

Thanks for attending the 5th annual Science Hack Day in San Francisco!

Demos begin!Demos begin at Science Hack Day SF 2014!

I’m still in the afterglow of Science Hack Day. This year was our 5th Science Hack Day in San Francisco – and the 40th worldwide! It has been heartwarming to see the community grow with each event. Two of my favorite things to see (as an organizer) each year are: 1) watching people reconnect with friends and collaborators they’ve made at the event – the hugs and excitement are really sweet, and, 2) seeing a large group of hands go up when we ask the audience if it’s their first time at the event. I’m really proud to run an ongoing event that has an amazing group of “regulars” as well as bright-eyed “newbies” collaborating with one another.

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Announcing Science Hack Day SF 2014!

10047811746_d5c393ed43_b2013 people’s choice award winners, photo by Matt Biddulph

Registration is now open at http://sciencehackday2014.eventbrite.com!

We’re excited to announce our 5th annual Science Hack Day San Francisco! The event will take place October 4-5, 2014 at GitHub‘s new amazing HQ (2nd & Brannan). Stay tuned to http://twitter.com/sciencehackday for all announcements.

Mark your calendars! We’ll be opening up registration for Science Hack Day SF in two waves this year. Registration will open up on Tuesday, August 26 at 12pm Pacific and Sunday, September 7 at 12pm Pacific. The link for where to register will be added on this post and at http://twitter.com/sciencehackday.

As always are looking for sponsors to help support this free, volunteer-run event. Please download our sponsor prospectus and email [email protected] to get in touch!

Summarizing Science Hack Day SF 2013

Science Hack Day SF attendees inside the Morrison Planetarium, photo by Matt Biddulph

Wow. The 4th annual Science Hack Day in San Francisco was our most epic yet! I was ecstatic to bring the most science hackers yet (200+) to the largest venue yet – the California Academy of Sciences! Each year of Science Hack Day SF has brought some of the most unexpected creations to life. Each year, I’m asked by reporters what I expect to see at Science Hack Day, and I struggle to explain that it’s simply not something you can predict – and that’s precisely what I love about it. When I talk to audiences about the beauty of it, I evoke a quote from John Peel that sums it up to me: “At the heart of anything good there should be a kernel of something undefinable. And if you can define it, or claim to be able to define it, then in a sense you’ve missed the point.” 

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Meet the organizers!

Each year, Science Hack Day San Francisco is organized by a group of volunteers who do awesome work on top of helping us all hack science:

Jun Axup
Jun is interested in changing the way science is conducted and perceived in society. She is a chemical biologist in biotech developing antibody-based cancer therapeutics. Jun is also the founder of Biochemies, a science education/outreach startup that makes cute DNA plush toys.


Matt Biddulph
Matt is a software developer, data tinkerer and hardware hacker. A few years ago he co-founded Dopplr, the travel social network. He recently relocated to San Francisco to start a new company called Product Club, after a couple of years living in Berlin and London. He is also the official photographer of Science Hack Day SF.


Rose Broome
Rose creates new technology for social good. She is the founder of HandUp, a direct payment app for homeless people and neighbors in need (handup.us). In addition to co-organizing Science Hack Day, Rose runs the SF Homeless Innovation Meetup Group and a poetry group focused on the work of 13th century Sufi poet Hafez.


Ian Fung
Ian is a computer scientist and security enthusiast. He currently works at Fastly, a content delivery network specializing in caching dynamic content. In his spare time he plays with drones and tries to replace as many parts of his life with software as possible. One of his passions is organizing events to facilitate collaboration and the open exchange of ideas. In addition to Science Hack Day, he also organizes an information security conference called BSides SF.

Matt Ganucheau
Matt is a developer, designer, teacher and musician, but at the end of the day calls himself an Artist. Regardless of the title, he strives to create environments that foster empathy, curiosity and introspection through the use of technology. Matt works at the California Academy of Sciences as a Digital Learning Specialist.


Ariel Waldman
Ariel focuses on making space exploration more open through hacking. Outside of Science Hack Day, she is working on projects with Institute For The Future, the National Academy of Sciences’ committee on human spaceflight, and her own Spacehack.org. She recently submitted her first NSF proposal to try to go to Antarctica (fingers crossed!).

Nic Weidinger
Nic loves to make tools for making tools. He spends his days thinking about the potential of humanity at the Institute for the Future. On the weekends he works on projects like WikiSeat (an open tool for maker education), 3D printers, or a new general-purpose bio science tool (think Arduino or 3D printer, but for biology). Nic is also on the board for the San Francisco Institute of Possibility and a co-organizer for Science Hack Day.

Also, special thanks to Ruth Klotz-Chamberlin at the California Academy of Sciences for helping us coordinate the event. In addition to seeing all of us in lab coats, you’ll see many of our friends in red shirts throughout the event who are also volunteering their time to help make it awesome! Many of these friends have helped organize Science Hack Day in previous years. The San Francisco event will also be welcoming six Science Hack Day Ambassadors from Madagascar, Canada, Lebanon, Myanmar, Brazil and India.