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AMNH "Hack the Stars" overnight hackathon!

From: user 5.
Sent on: Friday, October 17, 2014 3:16 PM

BetaNYC listers,

I'd like to invite all of you to take part in the American Museum of Natural History's very first all-night hackathon, to be held overnight November 7th-8th underneath the Hayden Planetarium in the Hall of the Universe. This event is being coordinated by the museum's new Bridgeup STEM education program for girls and minority kids and by Space Apps NYC, the local arm of NASA's International Space Apps Challenge.

We just sent out our first few emails 24 hours ago, and have already had an overwhelming response filling over 50% of available signups - if you want to get in on hacking on real science with the astrophysicists of the museum, you'll need to sign up right now:

We're going to have Oculus VR headsets, LEAP controllers, and MakerBots on site to help us create new visualizations of the Digital Universe. Please come and hack with us on some awesome open science projects!!

    "Hack the Stars is the first-ever (overnight!) hackathon at the American
     Museum of Natural History. We're opening up the Digital Universe data set
     and challenging hackers to build applications that use that data, along with
     publicly available data sets from NASA, NOAA, and more to rethink how we
     study, visualize, and understand the stars. 

     Space is limited - apply here:

     November 7-8, 2014
(starts 6pm Friday night, ends with demos and a cocktail
     reception on Saturday from 6-9pm)
     Hall of the Universe, under the Hayden Planetarium at AMNH
     Must be 18+ "

(there's only room for 100 participants).

We will get challenges from the museum researchers soon... There will be food, drink, kids programs on Saturday, and all kinds of fun stuff! And if you can't make it, please forward this to 2 people you know who are awesome doers / hackers / designers - we need amazing people to make some amazing projects!

Mike Caprio
[address removed]

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