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Science Hack Day NYC

World Science Festival

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

Science Hack Day NYC

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Science Hack Days- Two Day Pass Ended Free  
Science Hack Days- Two Day Pass Last Minute Registerees Ended Free  
Science Hack Days - Saturday Only Ended Free  
Science Hack Days - Sunday Only Ended Free  
Science Hack Days- Saturday Last Minute Registerees Ended Free  
Science Hack Days- Sunday Last Minute Registerees Ended Free  

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The World Science Festival and New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) team up to launch Science Hack Day in New York City.  This two-day event will bring together scientists, designers, developers, and innovators on an unprecedented level of collaboration. Hackers work in groups to mash up ideas, media, and technologies, and create quick solutions to problems big and small.  Use bacteria from dollar bills to collect NYC’s genomic data, hack micro satellites to reflect sunlight, build a distributed computer simulation of the Large Hadron Collider, and much more. Join us for hacking, workshops, and the opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists. See what you can accomplish in just two days. 

How It Works: Groups form after listening to pitches by scientists. All are welcome to stay in one group lead by moderator, or work with others throughout the weekend. Awards for the best hacks will be selected by a panel of judges and presented at the finale of the Science Hack Day weekend. 

Anyone interested in science, contributing ideas, or hacking is welcome. No prior experience necessary. Space is limited so registration is required to this free event. When you register, please share your interests and skills, and let us know which hack you may be interested in from our list of confirmed scientists, or suggest your own. Ages 18 and above welcome.

Saturday, June 1
9:00 AM:  Check-in and Breakfast
10:00 AM: Lightning Talks (Scientists give brief pitches on their proposed hacks)
11:30 AM - 10 PM:  Hacking

Day 1 Workshops:
2:00 PM Mapping for Science Workshop (Andrew Hill / Vizzuality)     
4:00 PM 3D Printing Workshop (TBC / ITP)
Sunday, June 2  
9:00 AM:  Check-in and Breakfast
10:00 AM-8:00 PM - Hacking
8:00 PM: Presentations & Awards

Day 2 Workshops:      
2:00 PM Balloon Mapping Workshop (TBC / Public Labs)

4:00 PM Arduino Workshop (Tom Igoe / ITP)    

Please note, the building closes at night. There is no overnight access. Participants cannot sleep over.

THE PARTICIPANTS: Check back for updates as this list is growing!

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It's a Dog's Life: Monitor Dog Health and Human Environment with Dog Collars
Kevin Lhoste, CRI, professor at Universite Paris Descartes

Work with a prototype of smart dog collars that have built-in sensors to monitor dog health and human environment. Test sensitivity and make a web page for sharing data.

Big Cicada Data: Map and Classify Cicadas Around NYC
Yasser Ansari, ITP adjunct; Project Noah, CEO
Gather data about the appearance of cicadas in NYC as they emerge after 17 years with the phone app “Project Noah." Sort data based on visual or sound classification.

Genome of New York: Measuring Genes on Dollar Bills and in Sewers.

Jane Carlton and Paul Scheid, Professors at Dept of Biology, NYU

Learn how to grow bacteria collected from dollar bills, extract genetic material from sewage and analyze the resulting DNA.


Virtual LHC: Create a virtual simulation of the Large Hadron Collider
Ben Segal, Honorary Staff at CERN, mentor to Tim Berners-Lee
Build a distributed computer simulation of the Large Hadron Collider. Learn how to install and run virtual machines on computers to simulate particle collisions.

Living Crystals: Why Do Microscopic Particles “Flock?”
Paul Chaikin, professor of physics at NYU
Jeremie Palacci, postdoctoral fellow, Center for Soft Matter Research
Study "artificial life" created using microscopic magnetic particles, make a citizen science app with video-microscopy data.

Mirror, Mirror on the Satellite: Harness Microsatellites to Reflect the Sun
Eric Rosenthal, ITP scientist in residence
Explore a simple way to reflect sunlight from a passing micro satellite so it can be detected in NY. Develop the hardware and software required for this project.             


Sensors in the City: Convert City Phone Booths into Environmental Sensors
Ann Chen and Nick Wong, graduate students at ITP and Cooper Union
Explore the potential of city phone booths as environmental sensors. Help build a demo sensor booth, analyze data, and develop a community participation model.

Life of Trash: Track Where Your Trash Goes After the Bin
Nick Johnson, graduate student at ITP
Explore what happens to the trash and recycling you throw away in the Big Apple. Does your effort to recycle count in the end? Build your own trash tracker and harness the necessary software to monitor its route.

Brooklyn Atlantis—Monitor the Gowanus Canal and Manipulate Data
Oded Nov, assistant professor of technology management, NYU Poly
Analyze data from a sensor and a camera raft that floats on the Gowanus Canal.

Meaning of Tweets: Filter and Visualize Tweets to Track Crime and Violence
Patrick Meier, iRevolution & director of innovation, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Luis Morton, student at ITP
Find the best and most efficient way to filter tweets about the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, and more.


iPad Chemistry: Make Chemical Bonding Easy to Learn
Jin Montclare, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at ITP
Carlo Yuvienco, student at NYU Poly

Add features to an iPad app that is being tested in Brooklyn schools to make chemical bonding something anybody can do. Port it to Android.

Crowdcrafting Research: Contribute to a Variety of Online Citizen Science Projects
Rufus Pollock, co-founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation
Daniel Lombraña González, developer and researcher at the Citizen Cyberscience Centre
Collect, analyze, and simulate your own data, or work on specific Crowdcrafting projects, e.g. in psychology and nanotechnology. Crowdcrafting is an open source toolkit for DIY online citizen science projects.

School of Citizen Science: Build the Structure of an Online Center for Citizen Science
Philipp Schmidt, founder of Peer-2-Peer University and MIT Media Lab 

Gather and post information for a Citizen Science course on P2PU, part of the new wave of open course in higher education available online.



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When & Where

721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. 

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