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Science Hack Day, San Francisco

13 Nov 2011, 05:02 UTC
Science Hack Day, San Francisco
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NASA participates in a number of ‘hackathon’ type of events, most notably, the successful Random Hacks of Kindness in partnership with Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, World Bank, and HP. This weekend, NASA is participating in the sold-out 2011 San Francisco Science Hack Day and we’re bringing all the action to you as it happens.

Science Hack Day is part of a larger movement of “hacking” as a new collaborative approach to problem solving. “Hack days” offer a unique opportunity to collaborate on focused tasks for a short period of time by a small groups of hackers and are capable of producing remarkable results. The original concept of a hack day was popularized by Yahoo! in 2005 and soon after became a worldwide trend. Science Hack Days started in London in 2010 by a developer who wanted to apply the concept to the field of science. Since then events had been planned in numerous cities around the world, bridging the gap between the science, technology and design industries and encouraging future collaboration, community building and general social awareness of one another.
So what exactly can you expect from a Science Hack Day? Well, imagine a Venn diagram where the intersection is a ...

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