Update 10/18/19: Our childcare and travel bursary application has now closed. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]

We want everyone to be able to attend Science Hack Day San Francisco (within our physical capacity restraints). One way we do this is by making it free to attend. We also feed everyone for free. So it’s free, right? Well yes and no, attending can add extra costs to someone’s normal weekend expenses and this could make joining in the Science Hack Day fun an impossibility. Inspired by our friends over at Science Hack Day in Dublin, we are offering the following:

Childcare bursary

  • If you would like to come but the cost of paying for childcare is stopping you, we will pay it for you.

Travel bursary

  • If you are within a 100-mile radius of San Francisco and the cost of getting to Science Hack Day is stopping you, we will pay your gas/transit costs for you.

How are do I apply?

Fill out the form below. Let us know the costs (an estimate is fine and it’s okay if it slightly changes). On the day we will give you the cash/Square/PayPal. No fanfare, no fuss.

Hold on, are you offering to mind everyone’s kids?

No. We are offering to pay the cost of childcare for people who would like to go to Science Hack Day but can’t because that cost is prohibitive. Sound like you? Please apply. We will pay for your childcare in your regular place, or for a taxi for a parent/friend to come over to mind the kids (or vice versa). Whatever makes most sense for you.

How much travel cost will you cover?

We will pay for your train, bus, taxi, parking, or gas for journeys to and from Science Hack Day SF within a 100-mile radius.

These bursaries are intended for the local community, so we’re not offering to reimburse plane tickets or hotel stays at this time. All attendees are welcome to spend the Saturday night at the event venue for free – just be sure to bring a sleeping bag with a mat if you plan to sleep!

How are you going to police it?

We are going to trust you. If you don’t need it, don’t apply. If you do, *please* do.

Can I apply for both?


Do you know what you are doing?

Well… no, but it has never stopped us before. We tried this out in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and we want to keep it going. We hope it works and helps people. We really want people to apply. If it is super popular we might run out of money. So it could become first come first served. If you have any further questions about the bursaries email [email protected].