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Science x Kickstarter Hackathon


Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM (EST)

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Science x Kickstarter


A weekend of collaboration and creativity — scientists, artists, designers, writers, and makers working together to bring their ideas to life


Where: ITP, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
When: February 28 & March 1, 2015 10am-10pm 

Who should attend?

You’re an artist, designer, writer or maker who wants to use your skills to help bring a project to life in a field you love — science!



How will this work? 


Designers, artists, writers, and makers: Sign up for the event here and include a short statement about what drives your excitement to participate, or a link to a project you love with a paragraph about why you love it. Bonus points for both!

We’ll get back to you with a list of projects that need collaborators. The event will be held at NYU’s iconic ITP, the Center for the Recently Possible, in the Tisch School of the Arts. Food and beverages will be provided.


After the hackathon: Members of Kickstarter’s Outreach team will be available to the projects to launch, fulfillment and beyond! 


Why are we doing this?

We want to help. This event will help unite scientists with designers, artists, writers and makers; folks that are passionate about bringing new ideas to life. The Kickstarter Outreach team will also offer help with conveying your compelling idea in a way that appeals to a general audience.

Support is out there. The science community on Kickstarter is comprised of young makers, experienced enthusiasts, and many more. They're eager to support and offer feedback, you just need to get your story out there!

Science is for everyone. Everyone has a stake in exploring the world around them. Science provides the explanations for what we discover. We can work together across disciplines to help bring those ideas to life!


What projects need collaborators?


We've selected 16 projects to participate in the event. Check them out below and see which one inspires you!


Beer DeCoded

The 1,000 beer genomes project


BioArcade is an app and joystick controlled gaming system where you control the motions of an aquatic microorganism.


Broadcasting Ecological Restoration at Freshkills Park

Bringing restoration and scientific research at the closed Freshkills Park site to the public via digital applications and resources.


Cities at Night

Make a color map of the Earth at Night with images taken by astronauts from the ISS


Cosmic Pi

A compact Cosmic Ray detector designed by scientists working at CERN for educators and enthusiasts to visualize particles from space.


eCan Machine Learning 

Earn rewards by cleaning up litter!  eCan is a project to update old public waste baskets with technology that rewards users!


Gelfoo - smart gel imaging for everyone

Capture, upload, analyze, save, and print, all with the click of a button! Gelfoo: open-source wifi-connected digital imaging


Guardian Angels: Rovers Protecting Threatened Tortoises

With remotely controlled devices we will give online helpers the tools to do environmental good while having great fun.


Ice drop

First-ever laser-cooling of negative molecules to cool antiprotons to make ultra-cold antiatoms to test gravity.


LabLessons: Bring Digital Laboratory Exercises To Students

LabLessons aims to bring technology into STEM classrooms, providing students with digital simulations to make learning more intuitive.

Leaf Chamber Project - The Photosynthesis Calculator

Our device enables an economical way to estimate respiration of vegetated areas and determine their role in mitigating global warming.

PhotosynQ: Global Plant Health Tracker

PhotosynQ is an open source platform to create, share, and analyze plant health information across the globe.


SMARTDog. The wearable tracking and demarcation system for dogs in rescue and de-mining operations

Strømlingo DIY AFM Kit - A Nano Microscope For Everyone

Exploring "Real Nanoworld" becomes affordable now! Build your own 10,000,000x magnification microscope with the Strømlingo DIY AFM Kit!

The Kitty Microbiome Project

Just like people, cats depend on microbes in their guts to aid digestion, provide nutrition and support immune function.

NYC food scrap collection & compost sites. Map, monitor & message. At the heart of disruption is activitsm. "Measure-Data-Truth"




Designers, artists, writers, and makers: The Eventbrite will be open for signups until 10am EST Friday, February 20.



- You must have a passion for science, art, design, writing or making and be able to commit the entire weekend of February 28-March 1 to the event.

- You must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.



Organizers & Sponsors

Aurora Thornhill, Kickstarter

Nancy Hechinger, ITP, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
François Grey, Citizen Cyberscience Centre, University of Geneva
Lead Sponsor: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 

Mentor Sponsor: Atmel 

Have questions about Science x Kickstarter Hackathon? Contact Kickstarter

When & Where

Interactive Telecommunications Program
721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM (EST)

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