Science Hack Days have occurred over 50 times in 17 different countries but never in Washington, D.C. The Wilson Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are proud to host the first! We believe this city is ripe for blending civic hackers, artists, designers and scientists that are collectively working toward the public good.
Science Hack Day is a 48-hour-all-night event where anyone excited about making weird, silly or serious things with science comes together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype over a weekend.
Designers, developers, scientists and anyone who is excited about making things with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity.
9:00 AM Check-in & Breakfast (6th Floor)
10:00 AM Welcome & Housekeeping
10:15 AM Opening Remarks
10:30 AM Lightning Talks
11:30 AM Break, Ask Questions, Form Teams
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Hack!
6:00 PM Project Progress Report Out (6th Floor Auditorium)
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Trivia with Prizes! (6th Dining Room)
10:00 PM Optional Movie (6th Floor Auditorium)
10:00 PM Lock Out/In: You may leave but you can't get back in
Overnight: Hack Away!
9:00 AM Doors Open & Breakfast
9:30 AM Progress Updates (6th Floor Auditorium)
10:00 AM Hack!
12:00 PM Lunch (6th Floor Dining Room)
1:30 PM Upload Presentations for Demos
2:00 PM Final Demos! Hacks Judged by a DC Tech Celebrity Panel and SHD Community
3:30 PM Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks
4:00 PM End
A photo I.D. is required for entry. You will be screened as this is a federal building.
By Metro: Take the blue, orange or silver line to "Federal Triangle" station. At the top of the escalator at street level, cross Woodrow Wilson Plaza (just past the giant bronze turkey leg-exclamation point-beaver tail) The entrance is in the center of the Ronald Reagan Building.
From Pennsylvania Avenue at 13th Street: Walk down Woodrow Wilson Plaza, the north-south extension of 13th Street beside the Ronald Reagan Building. Enter the Reagan Building through the entrance in the middle of the plaza.
From 14th Street: Go through the Ronald Reagan Building along the right (south) side of the atrium and continue past it. At the hall's end, turn left and enter the Woodrow Wilson Memorial. At its far end, turn right into the Center's lobby.
Parking: Underground public parking is available underneath the Reagan Building at Pennsylvania Avenue and 13 1/2 Street. Take the elevator up to the ground floor and follow signs to the Woodrow Wilson Center. Because the Reagan Building is a federal building, all vehicle occupants must have photo identification and the vehicle will be subject to a 100% inspection.You can map the trip at: http://www.wmata.com
Attendees 21+ are invited to sleepover Saturday (although the hope is to hack through the night!). The Wilson Center floor is not soft, so you will definitely want a pad to put beneath your sleeping bag. And please, no tents.
Children are welcome to attend, but they must be accompanied by a guardian at all times. This event is designed for all ages!
A film crew will be documenting the event for educational and promotional use. You will be asked to sign a waiver during check-in.
Github membership (individual or organizational account)
All hackers will recieve a free copy of Endnote more details on how to recieve your copy will be shared at the event
During Trivia Night we will be giving out donated Cards Against Humanity packs!
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Intellectual Property Rights: The intellectual property rights of hacks produced at this event belong to the attendees, and not to the organizers, sponsors, or partners.
Participation is fully voluntary and participants are not entitled to compensation, nor will they be considered employees of the United States. Government employees should be aware that this event is not related in any manner to their official duties. Employees of the U.S. or D.C. Government who participate will engage in the event in their personal capacity (i.e. identifying themselves by their own names without referencing their Federal employment) on a voluntary basis outside their working hours, and will not be entitled to to compensation for their time. Furthermore, any Federal employee participating in their personal capacity should contact their Ethics Official to ensure they are in compliance with all ethics laws and regulations. Federal contractor employees should refer all questions regarding their participation to the corresponding contracting officer.