EVENT: Science x Kickstarter Hackathon

February 28, 2015
10:00 amto10:00 pm
March 1, 2015
10:00 amto10:00 pm


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

Join a weekend of collaboration and creativity – scientists, artists, designers, writers and makers working together to bring their ideas to life.
Who should apply? 
It’s a first-of–kind hackathon where scientists – both professional and amateur – will be working with artists, designers, makers, writers and experts from the Kickstarter community to develop compelling crowdfunding campaigns for their projects.
What will we be hacking?
The organisers have now selected 16 scientists to participate in the event. The projects they are pitching range from using big data for sorting trash to laser cooling for detecting antimatter, and from studying the microbiome of cats to GPS-enabled mine-sniffing dogs. Check out all the weird and wonderful projects on the list below and see which one inspires you enough to devote a weekend to helping cool science happen. Then sign up on Eventbrite, while tickets last!

Beer DeCoded

The 1,000 beer genomes project


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.

Urban Decay — Food to Compost

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.

• If you are a scientist with a project idea, you or a member of your team must meet Kickstarter’s Creator Requirements.

Organizers & Sponsor

Aurora Thornhill, Kickstarter

Nancy Hechinger, ITP, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

François Grey, Citizen Cyberscience Centre, University of Geneva

Special thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for sponsoring the event



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