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Science Hack Day: Science in the City

Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 am

Life in the city is complicated, and sometimes the only way to solve an urban problem is with a hack–a science hack, that is.  Science hacks are low-cost, elegant workarounds that create useful scientific projects.  Science Hack Day is a two-day event that brings together scientists, designers, developers and innovators who will invent, build and test their projects. You can participate in two ways:

– Join a team over the weekend to produce cool Science Hacks and compete for prizes. You can even submit your own pitch for a Science Hack you’d like others to help you with.

– Just stop by for our Citizen Science Explorers Program, and learn how to participate in a range of urban science projects, like swabbing bacteria on the subways to map the microbiome of NYC.


For details see Science Hack Day NYC Wiki

Submit your Science Hack Day Pitch

Find out about the Citizen Science Explorers Program


Francois GreyPhysicist, Citizen Science Leader

Francois Grey is a physicist and the head of Citizen Science at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. He launched the popular Science and the City hackfest series at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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Luke DuBoisArtist

R. Luke DuBois is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and is on the Board of Directors of the ISSUE Project Room. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance.

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Dana KarwasTechnologist, Artist

Dana Karwas is a media artist and educator working in video installation, architecture, live data visualization, and experimental film. She is an Instructor of Integrated Digital Media at NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering.

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Nancy HechingerTechnologist

Nancy Hechinger is a faculty member at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and has a diverse background in education, which includes interactive multimedia production, the development of interactive museum exhibits, and publishing.

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Michael FlowersAnalyst

Mike Flowers is CUSP’s first Urban Science Fellow. Flowers works closely with CUSP to identify approaches to advance the use of data analytics in municipal operations and urban policymaking. A recognized leader in promoting the use of civic data, Flowers is a key participant in CUSP projects that will help define the emerging field of urban informatics around the world.

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Jin MontclareChemical and Biomedical Engineer

Jin Kim Montclare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature.

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Julie HechtCanine Researcher, Science Writer

Julie Hecht is a canine researcher and science writer. She manages Alexandra Horowitz’s Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College and has investigated dog olfaction, interspecies play, and theory of mind.

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