It’s been two weeks since the third San Francisco edition of Science Hack Day and visions of particle collisions are still dancing in my head. 150 science hackers came together over the weekend to create brilliant mashups of imagination and mischief. Even more than all the delightful hacks that emerge over the 24 consecutive hours, I absolutely love the people that make up Science Hack Day each year. Now on our third year, the beginning of the event has become such a joyous occasion – veteran science hackers hug each other, many not having had a chance to see one another since the previous year; newcomers quickly strike up conversations with one another over percolating ideas. What excites me the most are the potential serendipitous sparks that may ignite by having such a diverse group of people in the same place. No other event that I know of can bring together U.S. coastguards, fashion designers, environmental lawyers, particle physicists, futurists, novelists, watercolorists, molecular biologists, high school students, and roboticists to see what they can prototype, together, in 24 consecutive hours. People flew in from as far as Kenya and Ireland to attend (keep an eye out for Science Hack Day Nairobi & Science Hack Day Dublin in 2013!).
Update: We’re sold out for 2012! You can still register to be on the waitlist.
Save the date! Science Hack Day is coming back to San Francisco for 2012 (our third year)! Here are the details:
When: November 3-4, 2012
Where: Hot Studio, 585 Howard Street (at 2nd St.), San Francisco
We’ll open up registration in September, so stay tuned to @sciencehackday on Twitter. In case you missed it, here’s what Science Hack Day SF was like last year.
We’re now looking for sponsors – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in supporting this super awesome event!