Meet the Science Hack Day SF 2017 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:

Ariel Waldman
Ariel sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that nurtures radical, science-fiction-inspired ideas that could transform future space missions. She is the co-author of a National Academy of Sciences report on the future of human spaceflight and the author of the book What’s It Like in Space?. Ariel is also the founder of, a directory of ways for anyone to participate in space exploration.

Dawn Ho
Dawn is a lawyer turned software engineer and hobby hardware hacker. For the past few years, she has been bouncing around different hackerspaces in the Bay Area collecting different engineering techniques, and building an assortment of contraptions. Recently, she’s been especially excited about home automation, hydroponics, and working on her motorcycle.

Jun Axup
Jun is a biotech scientist, entrepreneur, and maker of science-y art. As Science Director at IndieBio, she mentors early-stage biotech companies and accelerates innovation globally. She also designs biology-inspired toys and fashion to promote science education and outreach.

Matt Biddulph
Matt is a creative technologist from the UK who works with data to make interesting things happen in the physical world. He works at eero, the wifi company, making software for hardware. He has co-founded a couple of startups focused on travel, social networks and the Internet of Things. He’s a little obsessed with photography, music and virtual reality.

Rose Broome
Rose is the co-founder and CEO of HandUp, a fundraising platform for poverty-focused nonprofits and the people they serve. Previously, Rose served as COO at SuperBetter Labs and as a Data Manager for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. She lives in San Francisco and can be found on twitter at @rosical.

Teon Brooks
Teon Brooks is a cognitive + data scientist who is fascinated by language and memory. He is very passionate about making science accessible to all: he teaches hands-on workshops that blends science and tech and he’s one of the directors for the March for Science. He loves to travel and is a big fan of baking.

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 and at that time.

Update: Registration is live! Go to

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!

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 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

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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