Icehack: discovering polar data (open to all)

Makespace (Cambridge, UK)
Makespace (Cambridge, UK)
Public group
Location image of event venue


Test your coding skills on data collected from some of the most inaccessible regions on Earth. The data collections of the British Antarctic Survey reflect the breadth of its science and operations from monitoring the upper atmosphere to the mapping of the ocean floor. Staff from BAS science and data teams will be on hand to supply selected datasets, along with ideas and tips for data discovery and visualisation. The winner of the best data visualisation will receive BAS-related goodies and promotion on the BAS website.



We will have everything else set up for you, so there is nothing else you need to bring unless you want to work in a specific environment or with some specific software.


Pizza, nibbles and soft drinks will be provided.


The best visualisation will be voted for on the night. Exciting prizes for the winner!


This event is open to everyone, so with some experts on hand to help, come along and give it a go! Just remember to bring your laptop.

The event will begin at 18:00, after which scientists will give you a brief introduction to the data and tools that we have available. Following that, there will be food and drink available and time is your own to play with the data. We’ll have a short show-and-tell towards the end, after which the winner will be announced.

Image credit: Alex Tate, Polar Data Centre. British Antarctic Survey.

Image caption: Bathymetry data showing the sub-sea and Island volcanoes that form the South Sandwich Islands in the Southern Ocean. This view is looking south east past the Saunders Seamounts.